Thursday, March 28, 2024

We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.

This Sunday, March 31

9:00 a.m. UU Buddhist Fellowship:

Group Meditation & Discussion (1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays):

10:30 a.m. Sunday Service in-person & online: 

"Resurrection, Apologetics, Polemics, History"  - Rev. Carl with Sabrina Smith as liturgist

Music: Choir

12:00 p.m. Opportunities after the Sunday Service

UUCF Knitting Circle (Room 123)

3:00 p.m. Atheists/Humanists/Agnostics Group: (zoom); EXCEPT third Sunday of the month, NOON in room Chapel

Please spread the word

to anyone you know who may be interested in the above opportunities.

Check our homepage for

upcoming classes, events, and Zoom links:

General Announcements

Jazz Band & Finger-food Potluck: This Friday, March 29, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

  • Please do drop in anytime starting at 5pm, and stay as long as you’d like until 8pm.
  • The Darryl Brenzel Group will be playing jazz 5-8pm.
  • If possible, please bring a simple, “finger-food” potluck dish to share. (No items that need heating, further cutting at UUCF, or serving utensils. Among many possibilities, examples include veggies, finger sandwiches, fruit, bread/crackers, hummus/cheese, brownies/cookies/cupcakes, etc.)
  • No need to RSVP. Come if you can. Spread the word, and bring a friend.

Stewardship Celebration RSVP? If you intend to attend the Stewardship Celebration in person on March 30, we'll need your RSVP to help in planning refreshments no later than Thursday March 28. If you are planning on attending in person, please email Steve Berté ( with the first and last name of each person attending. You are also welcome to join us on Zoom using the same link as for the Sunday Service. No RSVP is necessary to attend online.

WE NEED MORE KITCHEN HELPERS THIS SATURDAY! If you enjoy cooking and teamwork, please pick a time period this Saturday between 2 and 6 pm to join us as we prepare the Stewardship Celebration Reception. It will be a delicious finger food buffet of heavy appetizers and yummy desserts. Please contact Nancy Roblin:, or 703 346 2022.

UUCF's Blanche Ames Art Gallery: The Exhibit runs through April 28. To learn more about our artist, Mary Garwood, go to the UUCF home page, tap “Visit.” Then tap painter’s palette icon. You also may visit the show at UUCF on Tues., Wed., Thurs. mornings 10:00-12:00 or by appointment at Send name, phone #, date/time of desired appointment. Enjoy the show!

Connecting through Poetry Group: Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom.

UU Thursday Buddhist Meditation: 7:00 p.m. Dharma talk or reading, meditation, discussion. Beginners welcome.

The UUCF Book Club will be reading the following:

  • April 19 - Stolen by Ann-Helen Laestadius via zoom using this link 
  • May 17 - Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder in person at UUCF
  • June 21 - The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride in person, location TBD
  • July 19 - Whiskey Tender by Deborah Jackson Taffa in person, location TBD

Meetings begin at 7:00 PM. For more information contact Diana Pitcher -

Antiracist Book Group, Tuesdays, March 19 through April 16 at 7:00 PM. The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future by Robert P. Jones. Jones examines how the Christian ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ has shaped America’s history for 500 years, and examines contemporary communities in Mississippi, Minnesota, and Oklahoma for models of racial repair. For more information, contact Barbara Schectman or email All are welcome on Zoom at:

Split-plate Nominations! It’s time to make your nominations for the UUCF’s Split Plate for 2024-25. Nomination forms can be found on UUCF’s website at To learn more about Split-plate nominations, visit here. Please complete and return your nomination by April 30, 2024; selection of the recipients for 24-25 will be made at the May Social Action Committee meeting, May 7, 2024.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL! IT'S COMING THIS SATURDAY! Our Beloved Gardens ONLINE PLANT SALE CATALOG opens at 8 am on March 30. To see it, go to Click on Shop Now or Shop All to peruse 100 different plants at amazingly low prices. Online ordering ends on April 21. Shop Early for the best selection!

Our Plant Sale Needs Volunteers! UUCF'S Beloved Gardens Plant Sale is coming up on Sat, April 27. This is a fund-raiser and a great opportunity for the congregation and visitors to obtain Natives, Perennials, Herb, Veggies and Flowers at remarkably low prices! We need VOLUNTEERS to make it happen! Some to help Set-Up on Wed and Thurs, April 24/25. Some to sort and move plants on Thurs and Fri, April 25/26. And MANY to help with multiple tasks on Plant Sale Day, starting by 8:30 am. If you are interested, contact Nancy Roblin: Ph: 301 662 8506 or Cell 703 346 2022. Or We guarantee this will be FUN!

UUCF's Beloved Gardens' Plant Sale (April 27) needs many tables for our hundreds of plants. 6-footers are best, but 4-footers are also fine, and even card tables or other, different sizes. We need them no later than 10 am Thursday, April 25, but we can take them starting on Sunday, April 21. Please contact Nancy Roblin if you have one or more to lend. We can pick them up and return them too, if needed. Ensure that your name is marked on each one. EM: Call/text: 703 346 2022.

Two UUCF Job Openings: American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter: (1) ASL Interpreter for the weekly Sunday Service and reception afterward, 10am-Noon. Each week in advance, we will provide as much as possible of the spoken words and lyrics to music. (2) ASL Interpreter for weekly Sunday Children's Religious Education (R.E.) and reception afterward. Pay: $50/hour with two hour minimum. Requirements: Certification or proof of proficiency. Apply: Email a letter of interest, a recent video of you interpreting (if available), and a resume with three references to (We will reply within 24 hours to confirm receipt.) Deadline: Tuesday, April 23, 2024 or until both positions are filled. Start date: ASAP. Details: Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested and qualified for this position.

"Immerse yourself in a sensory journey at "PAINTING GRATITUDE: A TEA EXPERIENCE," presented by Traveler's Teahouse and Flow Enterprise. Discover how tea, a timeless muse for artists, has infused inspiration into masterpieces throughout history. Engage your senses as you sip exquisite teas, allowing their flavors and aromas to awaken your creativity. Following the tasting, each attendee will be given a Chakra card and an Angel card. Then you'll be guided through a collaborative painting project, which you'll be able to take home with you! No artistic background is necessary to participate and enjoy this communal experience. UU Members get $5 off the $45 tickets! Go to or scan the QR code to reserve your spot, and prepare to paint your gratitude like never before!"

Click the link to register for 2 free April classes at Frederick Community College: "African American Schools in Frederick During Reconstruction" and "The Black Catholic Experience in America."

Tuesday, April 2nd at 7 p.m. via Zoom: Address Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss with Wildlife Corridors. Human expansion globally has resulted in species decline and extinction. In addition, wildlife habitats are shifting northward and to higher elevations due to climate change. Connecting natural areas with corridors that allow for species migration protects biodiversity and addresses increased temperatures from climate change. Learn about the Appalachian mountain range as migration corridor and green infrastructure as a planning tool for protecting not only wildlife habitat, but water sources and our natural environment. Presenter: Karen Russell, UU Frederick County.


All Souls Author Event: The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future

Wednesday April 3, 7:00 PM, at All Souls and Online.


All Souls is pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author, leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics, Robert P. Jones, talking about the 2024 Election and his new book. Taking the story of white supremacy in America back to 1493, and examining contemporary communities in Mississippi, Minnesota, and Oklahoma for models of racial repair, The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy helps chart a new course toward a genuinely pluralistic democracy. It also explains how the founders could build the philosophical framework for a democratic society on a foundation of mass racial violence--and why this paradox survives today in the form of white Christian nationalism. Tickets Sliding Scale $0-100 with In-Person and Online Options. Book Sales, Signing, and Light Reception to Follow.  Register Here

Three young men were lynched in Frederick: James Carroll (1879), John Biggus (1887) and James Bowens (1895). No justice was sought, and no justice was offered at that time or for the next 100+ years.

On April 13 at 10am

the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission will hold a public hearing in Frederick, MD in pursuit of

its goal of bringing to light the stories surrounding the legacy of lynching in Maryland.

In 2019, the Maryland General Assembly enacted, and Governor Larry Hogan signed into law, legislation establishing the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission (MLTRC). Sponsored by Delegate Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk, House Bill 307 tasks the

Commission with researching cases of lynching, holding public hearings in communities where racial terror lynchings took place and developing recommendations for addressing the legacy of lynching that are rooted in restorative justice.

Registration link for Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission Frederick Hearing, April 13:
Frederick County Public Hearing

You are invited to the upcoming Voter Mobilization Organizing School: Saturday, April 27 from 10:00am-3:00pm at All Souls Church in collaboration with the Reeb Project for Voting Rights of All Souls Church and UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ). If you plan to attend, email Rev. Carl as well ( so that he can connect UUCF folks who will be attending.
Organizing School is a chance to gather in person for spiritual grounding, relationship building, and concrete skills training–all towards the goal of engaging as many people as possible in the 2024 election! 
Refreshments and tours will be offered from 3:00-4:00 PM as part of our 100th Anniversary weekend. And if that’s not enough, from 4:00-5:30 PM there will be a free concert featuring choir members from all DMV-area UU congregations, following a day-long singing workshop! We’ll provide recommendations for area restaurants to visit afterwards, so you can make a day of it if you like!
Registration is on a sliding scale from $0 to $50, with $25 being the standard fee. This allows us to provide a light breakfast, full lunch, and snacks. Click here for more information and registration

Come to Star Island this Year! Natural History Week - June 16 - 23

Enjoy the historic Unitarian conference center off the Maine coast. Learn from speaker Peter Alden, enjoy stone chapel services, planned activities, kayak, stroll, or just relax on the porch. Visit for more information.

UU Camp for all ages: CERSI (Central East Region Summer Institute) July 7-13: Registration is open

The 2024 theme speaker is Rev. Julian Soto, a UU minister and activist, presenting “Unlikely Superheroes: Skills for Practicing Faith and Ethics in Tough Times.” . UUMAC, the UU Mid-Atlantic Community will once again be joining CERSI at PennWest for the annual gathering. Join us for a time of community, fellowship, networking, fun, music and so much more. There is programming for children, youth, young adults and adults. Learn more about this year's adult morning seminars and afternoon workshops at the CERSI website. You can still apply for a job at CERSI to underwrite part of the cost of attending and be part of the team that makes the magic happen. Scholarship applications are open with a deadline of May 31. Do note that registration rates go up June 1, so you want to register soon! A once a year gathering of like-minded individuals can be life changing. CERSI has been described as an all-inclusive vacation for the family where children can grow, and everyone can be nurtured. Please join us. Learn more at the CERSI website -

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