Who We Are
Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church (AUUC) is a vibrant faith community offering a wide variety of services and programs. We have Sunday worship services and we offer pastoral care, adult and youth education, choir, book groups, social justice projects, and social gatherings, and other programs. Our membership of about 200 people is diverse in age, race, occupation, nationality, gender, past religious affiliation, and sexual orientation.
AUUC is an open and nurturing community of faith. We foster each individual’s spiritual journey, and we share common values while honoring a diversity of beliefs. Together, we cherish our connection to nature, and we act to transform our world into a more embracing and just community.
AUUC was founded in 1980 by members of area Unitarian Universalist (UU) churches eager for a presence in the Burke/Springfield area of Fairfax County. The dream of a church home was realized with the dedication of the building at 10125 Lakehaven Court in Feb. 1995.
Interim Minister: Rev. Linda Olson Peebles
Rev. Linda Olson Peebles will begin her ministry with AUUC on August 1, 2017.
Rev Peebles has served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington from 2001 to 2017 where she served as Minister of Religious Education and Minister of Faith in Action. Rev. Peebles life has been committed to community building through arts, education, service, and justice-making. She has answered various calls to leadership in service to the needs of her communities. Prior to entering the ministry, she was a singer-songwriter, a counselor to new mothers, an editor of liturgical and musical resources for the Lutheran Church in America, a teacher and arts educator, a director of a community theatre and a large summer camp, and president of a human services organization in Fairfax County. She served as a Director of Religious Education while she studied for the ministry.
Rev. Peebles was ordained at the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, Va., in 1997. Before coming to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Va., she served as Minister of Religious Education at Mt. Vernon.
About Unitarian Universalism
Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six Sources. More about the Unitarian Universalist Association and the greater UU community.
The Seven Principles
Our congregation holds membership in the Unitarian Universalist Association. As a member congregation of the UUA we uphold these seven principles:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The Six Sources
These are the six sources our congregations affirm and promote:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
- 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.
Learn more at www.uua.org
The Greater UU Community
AUUC is part of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the UUA Central East Region and the Northern Virginia Cluster. Primary Contact for the Northern Virginia Cluster is Rev. Megan Foley (email@example.com, 301-535-2956)
The congregations in the UUA Northern Virginia Cluster include:
- Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria
- Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Arlington
- UU Church of Loudoun, Leesburg
- Bull Run UUs, Manassas
- UU Congregation of Fairfax, Oakton
- UU Church in Reston
- UU Church of Shenandoah Valley, Stephens City
- UUs of Sterling
- UUs of the Blue Ridge, Washington
AUUC is also part of the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice of the National Capital Region (UUSJ)
Director of Spiritual Development: Lara Profitt
Lara Profitt is our new Director of Spiritual Development. Lara is a highly experienced educator with a Masters in Education, eight years as a teacher, and four years as a religious educator. She specializes in creating interesting, interactive, and spiritual RE experiences for children and adults. She is a Unitarian Universalist who employs the seven principles in her teaching methods and in her interactions with adults, parents, volunteers, and children. She is currently working to become a certified Spirit Play trainer. Lara spends her spare time developing UU curricula and creates Pinterest boards with new ideas.
Religious Education Coordinator
We welcome Allison (Ali) Mills as our new Religious Education Coordinator. Ali will be our RE person-on-the-spot assisting Lara Profitt, director of spiritual development.
Pastoral Care Team
At AUUC, we have a special team of trained volunteers, appointed by the Minister, who are here to assist him provide spiritual support to members and friends through a Ministry of Presence. They work to extend a ministry of listening, hope, and understanding while honoring confidentiality. Confidential messages for On-Call Team member can be received by church staff during office hours (703-503-4579); or voicemail box #6 of church office phone between office hours (703-503-4579). Voicemail is checked daily. Email our pastoral care team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accotink is creating a new memorial garden. We will celebrate groundbreaking on Sunday, Nov. 6 immediately following the service. Learn more.