• December 8 Minister Moment - I hope to see you this Saturday morning for the Elevator Speeches/Elevator Stories workshop, 9 a.m. to noon. We start with coffee and end in time for those wanting to make it to see “Jane,” playing at the Naro Expanded Cinema at 12:15 p.m., to zip across Ghent. Sign up so we know coffee and … Continued
  • December 1 Minister Moment - Can you explain your faith in 30 seconds?  Can you even say, “Unitarian Universalism,” in that length of time?  Maybe you are new to our community and are unsure what UUism is.  Maybe you have been a “UU” for your entire life and have never tried to put your faith into words.  Or, when it … Continued
  • 23 November Minister Moment - Thanksgiving Greetings, I hope you get some time off over the holiday and can spend it enjoying the autumn.  I am away this next weekend, having a short break and getting ready for my next assignment.  The service Sunday sounds wonderful – In preparation for World AIDS Day, our team will speak about caring for … Continued
  • 19 November Minister Moment - I’ve been away at a ministers’ retreat in West Virginia. Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, Minister of Adult Spiritual Development at All Souls Church in Washington, DC led a two-day workshop on how Joyous Christianity turned to Lamenting Christianity. For example, early church art did not include depictions of the crucifixion. None are found until AD 900 or so! … Continued
  • 10 November Minister Moment - Today is Veterans Day Observed, so the office is closed, and staff has the day off. This Sunday we will be talking about Building Bridges, new connections and new understandings. The weather should be back to normal by then, so come on out and enjoy, 10:30 a.m., just like normal. Congratulations to all who voted, … Continued
  • 3 November Minister Moment - Nov. 3, 2017 From the first century of the Common Era comes these words of wisdom: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” – Rabbi Hillel This Sunday we will explore ways that we fail to be … Continued
  • 27 October Minister Moment - “How do you know your vote was counted?” Come Sunday with a festive costume … our service will be very “spiritual” and intergenerational! Have you voted?  Will you vote on Tuesday, November 7th?  Yes, you can still get an absentee ballot this afternoon (or next week) if you have a valid reason.  For Virginia: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/ … Continued
  • 20 October Minister Moment - “Auction Miracles” The UCN/ CVUU Spring Auction is months away, and last year’s has long since been cleaned up, and yet, they both are very much with us. Last month I went on an inspired hike in First Landing State Park carefully, lovingly organized by Mary Gaskill. We spent three hours in a fantastic natural … Continued
  • 6 October Minister Moment - Last Sunday Dr. Brennan talked about prayers we might say daily.  This one seems to apply to the events of the last week:  “May I find the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change those things that I can change and the wisdom to know the difference.” We mourn and … Continued
  • 15 September Minister Moment - Last weekend was fantastic.  A good crowd gathered at 809 S. Military Hwy to help clean up the landscaping at the new property. Clearing trees, limbs and discovering sections of parking lot under years of leaf accumulation occupied the squad of CVUU-ers. I came to mostly take pictures but managed to get poison ivy anyway. … Continued