BOD Election Message

October 31, 2020

Dear Accotink Family,

Together, Reverend Pippin and the Accotink UU Church Board of Directors wish to extend our care and concern to you during what is a stressful election period. We recognize that our nation may experience a contested election and/or a period of uncertainty and unrest following the election. The Board and Reverend Pippin met this week to discuss ways we can best support one another, our wider community, and our democracy in this time. 

We remind the entire Accotink UU Church community that we support one another and that we can draw strength and comfort from each other. Remember that the Pastoral Care Team is always available to provide a listening ear and reassurance – simply email [email protected] for support. The team also coordinates meals and other support in times of need. Reverend Pippin is also here for you, and will be holding open meetings on November 3 (1 PM and 7 PM) and Nov 4 (1 PM) to provide calm and connection for all who desire to join. And, of course, you can reach out to Reverend Pippin directly at [email protected] any time. The Board is also here to provide support and guidance for this community. Feel free to email Jan Forsyth at [email protected] or any of the other Board members listed below.

The Board is also taking action to help protect our democracy by partnering with Choose Democracy, a Quaker organization, on the Count Every Vote! initiative. Count Every Vote! is urging individuals to ask their publicly elected officials to go on record in support of a free and fair election. In so doing, it is hoped they will reflect the strong commitment of most Americans to our democratic institutions and especially to the election process. To explore what individuals can do, refer to the Count Every Vote! website. 

There are many other ways we can help defend our democracy and care for one another. We are so grateful for each member of AUUC as we support each other and provide an encouraging presence to our wider community. 

With care and gratitude for your partnership in faith,

Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker, Minister
Jan Forsyth, President
Peter Kahle, Vice President
Joe Tuggle, Financial Adviser
Sarah Pevner, Secretary
Lizzy Breckenridge, Kate Heilig, Lindsay Muirhead, Liz Reed, Jackson Tomasco, Board Members-at-Large


It is hard to believe it: I am already beginning my second and
final year as your Interim Minister. At the same time, I can hardly
believe it has been only a year. I have gotten to know so many of
you, and so much has been happening!
This fall we will be a part of the exciting venture of preparing
for AUUC’s future, so that ministers searching this winter for a
new congregation to serve will be excited to see what you are up
to! Your work this fall will include all our ministries (some of you call them “committees”)
looking at how to be inclusive, safe, and setting goals for growth. In September we’ll be
enjoying a leadership retreat, teacher training and religious education startup,
and a cookout. In October, our annual Auction will give us a chance to invite friends and
neighbors to a fun evening, plus a chance to raise funds for our future. And in November,
the UUA is helping you with a day-long “Beyond Categorical Thinking” worship and
workshop, in preparation for the ministerial search. AUUC is on the road to living out its
mission, honoring its legacy of the dreams of its founders, and being strong to prepare
for new members and wider impact in the community. It is a good time to be together!
— Rev. Linda

January – In the Interim…..

Happy New Year to one and all! 2017 was an eventful year, bringing so many experiences and emotions to each of you in your own lives, to Accotink UU Church, and to our world. Now, even before we have had time to absorb it all, the New Year is upon us, and 2018 calls to us.
May this year be one that we approach with intentionality, as Abraham Lincoln said, that we may be “touched by the better angels of our nature.” Our worship themes for the winter are Justice and Love. I will be leading a small group to invite us into deeper consideration of what those qualities mean in our lives and our church. We will also be asked to join in the process discerning Accotink’s covenant, what we promise to one another. And the Transition Team and I will continue to ask people, “What makes you come alive? What do you love?” Think about these things, and let your answers guide your pathway into this New Year!
Rev. Linda

The Season of Giving and Receiving

A Note from Your President and Program Council Chair

As we enter the holiday season we are grateful for the kinship, camaraderie, loving-kindness, and opportunities to serve that we enjoy here at Accotink. We look forward to the Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Solstice celebrations here at our little church in the woods and with family and friends.  It’s the season of caring and sharing, giving and receiving. We are very grateful for the wonderful auction and everyone’s participation.

Our thanks to Kumutha Lane and Ken Heller for heading up the committee and to everyone on that committee for their contribution to making the afternoon so entertaining. This certainly put the “fun’ into fundraising. The auction has brought in around $20,000, giving our operating funds financial security. Thank you all for being there and for your generosity.

We look forward to continuing our process for improving the physical appearance of our building and its surrounding areas. The Memorial Garden is certainly one of the big enhancements, but in a 20-year old facility there are always needs for maintenance and upgrades. We are now focusing on replacing the windows in the sanctuary and the church office and enclosing the lawn mower storage area. These enhancements and improvements are above and beyond our operating funds but can be accomplished with a little help from you, our Accotink members and friends.
Please include a special holiday gift to Accotink as you develop your gift list (and this might be the last year that such donations are tax-deductible). Dick Robison is heading up a campaign to collect funds (around $16,000) to complete these two projects.

We both wish you and your extended families a healthy and happy holiday. We look forward to the New Year and new adventures. We thank you for your spirit, your involvement, and your presence in our unique faith community. Without you all, AUUC would simply be a church in the woods.
In faith,
Connie Diamant, Congregational President
Judy Usherson, Program Council Chair

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