Announcements and News

July: A Month of Hope

The theme for July is hope. We will explore this concept from many directions this month, exploring, as Paulo Freire put it: our “ontological need” for hope. See more on our Monthly Theme page.

Hope from General Assembly

“I recently asked a group of children with diverse gender identities (including transgender, genderfluid, non-binary, and cisgender), ‘what are some things that, if you notice them this month, that would give you hope things are getting better?’ But as I asked, I felt a pain in my heart…

Read the monthly Minister’s Reflection

Feel the Discomfort

“I wish I could write you a cozy, heart-warming message about things that give me comfort, or some positive events that we can all take comfort in as Unitarian Universalists. But I can’t do that right now…”

Read the monthly reflection by our Program Council Chair and Board President.

Rev Pippin is at General Assembly! 

Rev Pippin is working at General Assembly (our Association’s Annual Conference and Business Meeting) this week through Monday, fulfilling her duties as the Chair of the UUA Commission on Social Witness. As a result, she may be unable or slow to respond to calls and emails until after Tuesday, June 30. As always, you may reach out to the Pastoral Care Team with pastoral concerns ([email protected]) or contact the church office at administ[email protected] or 703-503-4579.  


Call for Zoom Worship Helpers! 

As we move forward with many more online services and other gatherings, our stellar team of four Zoom managers need some friends to help out. They promise that helping manage Zoom during worship is doable and fun. All you need is a computer with good internet access. No special expertise required! Help is needed for a variety of tasks, from greeting people in the waiting room, to spotlighting speakers and sharing slides, to running coffee hour. The team will train anyone who wants to help. Please reach out to [email protected] to find out more and help out!

Sewing Brigade: Sewing Continues!

We are pleased to announce that AUUC’s Sewing Brigrade efforts have resulted in the donation of over 500 home-made masks to Let’s Breathe. Our masks have been distributed to area nursing homes and hospitals. Now the destination is a tribal hospital in Arizona where there is a great need. Many thanks to all of our seamstresses – Pam C, Sheilah D, JoAnn F, Celeste F, Shireen M, Marge R, Dotty S, and Janis T.  Please let us know at [email protected] if you are interested in joining our AUUC seamstresses; fabric and elastic can be provided.  If you are aware of a facility that is in need of cloth homemade masks, please let us know and we can pass this information on to Let’s Breathe. Additionally, we want to support our friends here at AUUC. If you are in need of a washable mask, our team would be happy to stitch one up for you. Just contact Celeste F or [email protected]

Sponsor a Mawlat Student – Just $40

Every summer we ask members and friends to consider sponsoring one or more students at the Mawlat Upper Primary School in a very remote location in Northeast India. Our Social Justice Committee commits to sponsor at least 23 of the poorest students. Donating $40 (all donation amounts are warmly welcome!) sponsors one student for an entire year. The money provides books, uniforms, school supplies, a small amount of protein for lunch and some incidental expenses. All for only $40 per year! The village still has no internet connection, but we are hopeful there will be opportunities to communicate with students in the future.

Did you know there are over 10,000 Unitarians in Northeast India?  Most are very poor. The Unitarians in this region operate schools that are open to children of all faiths (unlike most other religiously affiliated schools). To fulfill our social justice mission in the larger world, our Social Justice Committee and AUUC supports the Upper Primary students at the Unitarian School in Mawlat.  In this small village, most of the residents live way below the poverty level.  This is the sixth year for our affiliation with this school (we previously sponsored a small school that closed in a nearby village).

After the covid-19 pandemic, travel/pilgrimage opportunities through the UU Partner Church Council will resume. The trips to India are generally in late February or March. There will also be opportunities to go to Transylvania and the Philippines.

If you can assist, send a $40 (any amount is very welcome!) check to the office by Sep 27.  Please make checks out to AUUC with Mawlat School on the memo line. Contact Marsha W or [email protected] with questions.



During this time of social distancing, we’re finding alternatives to in-person gatherings. Check out what events are happening online this month on our events page!

Thank you for your donations to the Accotink Memorials

The Memorial Ministry Committee would like to thank all of you who donated in response to our Memorial Day appeal.  We exceeded our fundraising goal for this fiscal year and can continue to maintain the garden.

The Memorials depend upon directed donations from the congregation and do not receive any support from the church operating budget.  Hopefully, you can stop by the garden and enjoy, even if socially distant.

Thanks again.


Voting Issues

Dotty, Suzy, and Mary are leading our AUUC participation in UU the Vote. Our first action is to write postcards for the North Carolina NAACP 2020 Pledge to Vote Campaign and Do More. Visit the UU the Vote page for more information.

Nearly Native Garden News

Our garden is now in full summer swing.  The new rain barrel is working perfectly and makes watering much easier.  The wisteria and trumpet vines over the gazebo are leafing and will be in bloom soon.  Along the sidewalk the many new native plantings from last year including inkberry bushes, button bushes, and serviceberry tree are all starting to thrive.  We’re now working to pull out stray trumpet vines (see photo) and other weeds.

If you’d like to pitch in to do some weeding, plant identification, or watering, just let us know and we can orient you to what we’re working on at the moment. Contact JoAnn Flanagan at [email protected]

July Outreach: Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice

Our July Outreach Collection will support the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ). This organization advocates for a peaceful, just, and environmentally sustainable world. Their mission is to mobilize and amplify the voice of Unitarian Universalists as we seek to change the world through acts of love and justice. Make your tax-deductible check payable to AUUC with “Outreach” on the memo line and send it to the church, odonate ONLINE (select Monthly Outreach Offerings).


Stay Connected

Help from AUUC Tech Team 

The AUUC Tech Team is here to help you access Zoom and other technologies! Please email us at [email protected] for help, and we will be glad to talk by phone or online to guide you through. Technology may have challenges, but it also brings an exciting opportunity for AUUC to stay well connected; we hope you will be as charged up as we are to learn new things and get connected!

Rev Pippin’s Virtual Office Hours

In this time of physical distancing, let us be intentional about reaching out. I am holding flexible office hours Tuesday through Saturday, in addition to specific Zoom check-in meetings. You can always reach out to me by email or phone to connect or set a time for a virtual meeting. Note that I am off on Mondays. Here is my informationre[email protected]org703-503-9729 (leave a voice message if I don’t answer).

DSD Office Hours

Lara and Ali will be holding online office hours on Sundays from 1 to 1:30 for anyone interested.  Feel free to visit for resources, asking questions, or just to chat. Email [email protected] for Zoom info.

Connecting our Kids and Youth

Please see your This Week email with information about kids Coffee Hours, Youth Activities, and Parent Support Group meetings.

Weekly Email

AUUC sends out a weekly email update, “This Week at Accotink.” If you are not receiving this email message each Thursday evening, please send a message to [email protected] and ask to be put on the distribution list.

Connect with the AUUC Community on Facebook 

Join and use the private Facebook group “Accotink UU Church Community. It is there for AUUC Members and Friends to share announcements and discussions related to our church community. In these difficult times, use it for ISO (In Search Of) and Offering Help (if there is something you or your family needs help with or if you can offer to do a specific errand). Many of us are frequently on Facebook so the odds are that such postings will get prompt attention and responses. Facebook group – Accotink UU Church Community:

Please Subscribe to the AUUC YouTube Channel!

During this time of virtual worshiping, all of our sermons will be uploaded to YouTube for later viewing. Please be aware that they are not shown publicly on AUUC YouTube channel. If you would like to watch these videos at anytime, use this direct link We also need at least 100 subscribers to have a custom URL for our new YouTube channel so please click on the red Subscribe button. Thank you!

AUUC Newsletter Pause

In this time of rapidly changing events and adaptations, AUUC has decided not to publish our newsletter for the duration of the physical distancing and building closure due to the COVID-10 outbreak. This better allows us to respond to and publicize activities that are being postponed, cancelled, or reworked for an online format. It is our hope that you, our community, will rely on the more current information available online on our website, in the This Week Email, and on our social media platforms.  Thank you for your understanding. This page will provide many of the articles and features you’d expect in the newsletter.