Thursday, April 11, 2024

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

This Sunday, April 14

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

"Poetry Sunday:

The Transformations of John Donne" 

- Rev. Carl

with Sabrina Smith as liturgist

Music: Nick Int Veldt

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

"UUCF 201: Pathways to Leadership and Greater Involvement" with Rev. Carl and the UUCF Board (Sanctuary)

Earth-centered Spirituality Service (Chapel)

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

Sunday, April 14 at Noon "UUCF 201: Pathways to Leadership and/or Greater Involvement" with Rev. Carl and members of the UUCF Board of Trustees. Your chance to ask about "how things work around here" "why we do what we do," or anything you'd like to know. 

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!

Chair Yoga with Renée Wimer: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. Reservations required (Chapel)

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

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

UU Hike Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. Point of Rocks C&O Canal Trail Parking Lot.

Route and duration: Head south from there for approximately 1.5 hours then head back for a total time of about 3 hours. ***Also, please contact Beth Reilly ( and then please be on the lookout for your invitation to join the UU Hiking Google Group. I will send it out later this week. You will need to be a part of the group if you want to continue to get information about hiking opportunities in the local area.

Retired UU Men Eating Out (RUUMEO): 3rd Wednesdays (April 17) at 8am, Enjoy breakfast and conversation at the Airways Inn of Frederick (310 Aviation Way). All are welcome, retired or not. Contact: Steve Berté, 

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, 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.

Our Beloved Gardens ONLINE PLANT SALE CATALOG is Open for Sales! 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!

Friendly Forum, Sunday April 21, 11:45 to 1:00 Room 113: "Shaping Frederick's Future" presented by Alan Feinberg "Currently Frederick is facing a challenge, and it is critical for more residents to be engaged and fight for the kind of place we want it to be. After all, shaping Frederick is too important for just the community planners and the developers to determine what our future is. If you love a place, you must fight for it." Alan Feinberg Join us for this timely presentation and discussion to learn how you can help determine the future of Frederick.

UUCF 2024 Frederick PRIDE Booth for June 22 We're looking for help with everything from logistics to setup, staffing the booth, and everything in between. Reach out to Willow (Laurie) if you're interested: or 3016930680 (WhatsApp friendly/NO group SMS).

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.

Our Religious Education Director, Melissa Rosenberger, MSW, resigned from her position this week, effective May 19. In her resignation letter, Melissa explained that it had become to balance all her responsibilities as a social worker, mom and to UUCF. Rev. Carl will begin a search soon.

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.

Joys & Sorrows

Tom Moore's Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 5, at 2:00 pm (Sanctuary). All are welcome to help celebrate Tom's wonderful life!

The Bullis Family: Tim Bullis is at Frederick Health Hospital with some issues related to his lungs and heart they are working to diagnose and treat. There are three potential ways to help:

1. Meals: The Meal Train sign-up for his wife and two children is available at Please feel free to buy pre-prepared food, make a home-cooked meal, or buy a gift card so they can have food delivered. (If you choose delivery, please still select a date and put in "gift card" or "door dash," so we know that meal is covered.)

2. Visit Tim in Hospital: John Hopkins Hospital, 1800 Orleans St, Zyad West-Brain Rescue Unit, Room 7. Visiting hours are 8am-8pm. To coordinate more specific visiting times, email Nicole Ramey at 

3. Help with their kids: Elsie (she/her pronouns, 8th grade) and Willow (they/them pronouns, 5th grade) may need some rides from Thurmont to various events this week — and/or it could help if there are some things your family may be doing that you could include them on to help them have a good spring break this week since they are off school. To coordinate helping with the kids, email Nicole Ramey at 

Frederick Covenant of UU Pagans April Classes & Activities:

Chair and Accessible Yoga: Wednesdays at 11 AM At the UUCF with Renee

Join us Wednesdays at 11am for chair and adaptive yoga that is truly accessible to every body. Open to teens and adults that are looking to grow a yoga and meditation practice but find traditional classes uncomfortable or out of reach. Variations will be offered from a chair to allow you to gain the most from your practice. This is a great class for those recovering from an injury or seeking to improve balance, strength and flexibility. Some blocks, straps and mats will be provided, but please bring your own if you have them. Renee is certified in adaptive and trauma informed yoga and has completed her 500hr CYT certification. Please email Renee if you plan to attend and have not been to class before:

Sunday D&D Community Campaigns: First and Third Sundays, 1 PM At the UUCF

Grab your dice and join the Frederick CUUPS community for an adventure! Our D&D Campaigns meet the first and third Sunday of the month at 1 PM starting March 17th. These campaigns are designed to run 'til May initially. Recommended for ages 10+. We currently have space for two campaigns of 6 players each.

Open Seidr Ritual Friday, April 12th, 7 PM At the UUCF CANCELLED

VoteForward Letter Writing Gathering Saturday, April 13th, 3 PM At the UUCF

Join Ron Padrón of White Rose Witching in a letter writing party as part of VoteForward’s Week of Action, writing letters to underrepresented voters encouraging them to register and make a plan to vote. All supplies will be provided, all you need to do is show up and write a few letters! You are encouraged to bring anything that symbolizes a deity or spirit of justice or civic duty to add to the community altar so we can channel their guidance and wisdom into our letters. Stick around for “Archiving Your Queer History” afterwards!

What Is Remembered, Lives: Archiving Your Queer History Saturday, April 13th, 4 PM

At the UUCF The history of LGBTQ+ people is often erased, hidden, or overlooked. Looking for our queer ancestors in the historical record requires overcoming several obstacles, often looking for what is not said or recorded. Join Ron Padrón and Joe Sherren for a workshop discussing the challenges in researching queer history, and how you can help future generations of researchers by preserving your own personal histories. Participants will learn about academic, practical, and technical resources to ensure our community is remembered. Donations are appreciated, but never required. Your presence is what truly matters!We suggest a donation of $5 if you would like to contribute financially. Please bring cash or donate online at Write in your donation amount, select frequency, and add the note “FC-ANCESTORS”

Earth Centered Spirituality Service Sunday, April 14th, 12 PM At the UUCF

Join members of the Frederick CUUPS community for our monthly Earth Centered Spirituality Service. This time provides an opportunity to focus on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism: “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”

FCUUPS Kids & Teens: Join us for a class on crystals, we will be covering 3 crystals and their properties during this class. Families are welcome to drop their children or teens off in room 113, before heading down the hall to the chapel to participate in Earth Centered Spirituality. Donations are appreciated, but never required. Your presence is what truly matters! We suggest a donation of $5 if you would like to contribute financially. Please bring cash or donate online at Write in your donation amount, select “once”, and add the note “FCUUPS”

Fionn’s Window: Celtic 101 Day Sunday, April 14th CANCELLED!

Blackfeather Mystery School: Magpie Training Third Thursday of the month, 7 PM

At the UUCF Magpie Training, the first level of Blackfeather Mystery School, offers a foundational, full-spectrum training in Empowered Witchcraft developed by mystic witch Irene Glasse and spiritworker Caine Dreamwalker. This training is focused specifically on reducing self-sabotage while providing a solid grounding in magickal theory, dedicant practices, mysticism, ritual structure and performance, spellcasting, beginning spiritwork and journeywork, and more. All participants will need a copy of “Blackfeather Mystery School: The Magpie Training.” This course can be taken as a complete path of study as well as individual sessions on a drop-in basis. April 18th is the eighth session, Chapter 11: Beginning Journeywork Donations are appreciated, but never required. Your presence is what truly matters! We suggest a donation of $10 if you would like to contribute financially. Please bring cash or donate online at Write in your donation amount, select “once”, and add the note “Blackfeather”

The Wildling Masquerade Saturday, April 20th, 7 PM At the UUCF

Join Frederick CUUPS for a Masquerade Ball as we dance into the night with the Spring Court of Faerie! This annual fundraiser supports the Frederick Pagan Pride Day and Pagan offerings at the UUCF. Please come in a faerie or fantasy costume as we celebrate the return of spring. Purchase tickets here:

Attractions include:

  • ~Spring Faerie Market
  • ~Dancing to Music by The Dapper DJs
  • ~Performance by Amandari Dance Company
  • ~Costume Contest: Best Group, best Unseelie Court faerie, best Seelie Court faerie, best Spring faerie, best Couple

Faerie and Fantasy Attire, Masks or Elaborate Makeup Encouraged

7 pm – 12 am, 21+, BYOB No entry after 10 pm

Meeting the Heathen Gods: The Vanir Sunday, April 28th, 6 PM At the UUCF and on Zoom Join Ash Glasse, the Gothar (spiritual leader) of Elk Ridge Kindred, for an in-depth exploration of the Heathen Gods! In April, we’ll focus on the Vanir: Freyja, Freyr, and Njordh, the deities associated with the natural world, abundance/prosperity, and the elves. This class will occur both in person at the UUCF and on Zoom. Please email FCUUPS (at) gmail (dot) com for the Zoom link. Donations are appreciated, but never required. Your presence is what truly matters! We suggest a donation of $10 if you would like to contribute financially. Please bring cash or donate online at Write in your donation amount, select frequency, and add the note “FC-Heathen” Elk Ridge Kindred practices #inclusiveheathenry and seeks to foster openness and inclusivity both individually and through our religious practices.

"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!"

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. If you have trouble registering with the online form, please contact Rev. Rob Keithan, the All Souls Minister for Social Justice, at

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