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December – In the Interim…

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles

The month of December is intense for many of us: a mixture of emotions and memories, and usually an over-full calendar of parties and celebrations, and extra rehearsing and shopping preparing for the Holidays.  I encourage everyone to keep breathing deeply, and to take time to look for little things, signs of hope, moments of peace, glimmers of love.

I hope to see many of you at our worship services this month, and the December 2 “Ease into the Season” get-together.  Good ways to center and find inspiration.

And this month will also offer us chances to live out the ideals of the season – “peace on earth, goodwill to all.”  See below for descriptions of showing solidarity with children (Dec. 3 Outreach for Beacon House and Dec. 10 meal-packing for hungry children); with people who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender (Dec 5 witness at the Supreme Court); with victims of gun violence (Dec. 14 witness at the NRA headquarters).

While this month is filled with messages which may not ring true to you – “be of good cheer!” and “buy, buy, buy!” –  may you find your own pathway to acknowledging the darkness, finding hope in little things, and reaching out to others.  Then may the peace of winter solstice enter your hearts.

Rev. Linda

Looking Forward: A Note from Your President and Program Council Chair

There’s a good reason why we start our church year in September. Fall is a time of transition and reflection—a time to take stock, assess progress on our path, and plan for the future.

By the time you read this, your AUUC Board of Directors, Program Council members, and staff will have met in a half-day retreat on Saturday, August 29, to develop enhanced communication channels and brainstorm ways to energize our collective experience as a spiritual community beyond belief.

We have several major events to look forward to this fall: Ingathering on September 13; the NOVA UU Music, Faith and Fun Fest on Saturday, October 3 here at AUUC; and our ever-popular Auction on November 21, to name a few of the “biggies.” Please mark your calendars now, and please do read the weekly emails, this monthly newsletter, and check our website for many other fabulous, fun, and rewarding events and activities—we have a lot going on!

None of these events and activities would be possible without the support of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. We are so grateful to the many folks who make all of this happen. If you haven’t already signed up to help with something, please do – it’s so rewarding and fun to collaborate with other members of our vibrant and loving community.

And please do share your ideas, concerns, and suggestions. We’re all in this together.

In faith,

Connie Diamant,
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Judy Usherson,
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