Summer Services 2021:
Preaching Up the Potomac

The DMV’s five largest Unitarian Universalist congregations have often partnered to celebrate milestones, take social justice actions, and share resources. As we return this fall to hybrid in-person/online services, we want to support and learn from one other. This summer series is our first collaboration.

Experience the rich diversity of worship, music, preaching, and liturgy offered by five different congregations this summer – all from the comfort of your home! All Souls Church Unitarian, Cedar Lane, River Road, UU Church of Fairfax, and UU Church of Arlington are inviting YOU to join them on Sunday morning. Below is a schedule of Sundays which describe topics as well as time and location. Go to the home page of each church’s website to find the link to view the service. On Sunday July 11 and August 1, partner churches will offer worship as usual for their own congregations; but of course, you are welcome to attend virtually any service. We’re excited to welcome you!

  • On June 27, all five congregations will attend the UUA’s General Assembly Sunday morning worship.
  • On July 4, 18, 25, and August 8, 15, 22, one congregation will host a service for all five. (See below.)
  • All Souls will be the host on July 4. We will not hold All Souls services on the other five dates.
  • On July 11 and August 1, All Souls will hold our own services. You may attend All Souls or a different congregation.
  • On August 29, All Souls will hold our first live-broadcast service from the sanctuary, on Zoom.

Date

Time

Host Church

Preacher

Website

Access

6/27

10:30

UUA

Link will appear on All Souls' homepage on Sunday morning

7/4

10:30

All Souls

Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

Zoom

7/18

11:00

Cedar Lane

Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

YouTube stream

7/25

11:00

River Road

Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd

YouTube stream

8/8

10:00

Fairfax

Rev. Christin Green

Zoom

8/15

11:00

Cedar Lane

Rev. Katie Romano Griffin

YouTube stream

8/22

10:15

Arlington

Rev. Amanda Poppei

Vimeo stream

Service Descriptions

Sunday, July 4, 2021 – 10:30 AM

The United States of Reparations

Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

On this day, the United States commemorates the Declaration of Independence. However, it is time for this country to create a new declaration – one that involves emotional, spiritual and financial reparations to descendants of slavery, America’s Original Sin. The time is now – and accomplishing this will truly make July 4th a day of celebration for all.

All Souls Church Unitarian @ 10:30 AM | all-souls.org

 

Sunday, July 11, 2021 – 10:30 AM

Food and Justice: A Celebration of Urban Farm Community

Coordinated by Rev. Louise Green

All Souls Church Unitarian @ 10:30 AM | all-souls.org

On this Sunday, all the local churches are offering services directed to their own congregation; but you are certainly welcome to attend any worship service you wish! This morning, Rev. Louise will be explore the intersections of food, justice and urban farming with delicious music, offered by Rochelle Rice.

All Souls Church Unitarian @ 10:30 AM | all-souls.org

 

Sunday, July 18, 2021 – 11:00 AM

Being Spiritual AND Religious

Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

I am not very interested in being privately spiritual but not religious. There is nothing challenging about having deep thoughts all by yourself. What is interesting is doing this work in community, where other people might call you in on your stuff, or disagree with you. The service will explore what it might mean to be both spiritual and religious in community.

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church @ 11:00 AM | cedarlane.org

 

Sunday, July 25, 2021 – 11:00 AM

For Good

Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd

What does it mean to be good? To do good? What does it mean to choose something “for good” or on behalf of “the greater good?” This service will playfully and philosophically explore goodness itself – as an aspect of our individual and communal identities. This service will be shared live via YouTube from various sacred spaces in the River Road building.

River Road Unitarian Universalist Church @ 11:00 AM | rruuc.org

 

Sunday, August 1, 2021 – 10:30 AM

Hiroshima Day Sunday / Heiwa Peace Project

Congregant Mel Hardy and Music Director Jen Hayman collaborate on a service that focuses on All Souls’ relationship to Hiroshima, Japan.

All Souls Church Unitarian @ 10:30 AM | all-souls.org

 

Sunday, August 8, 2021 – 10:00 AM

Title & Description – Coming Soon!

UU Church of Fairfax @ 10:00 AM | uucf.org

 

Sunday, August 15, 2021 – 11:00 AM

What I Know Right Now

Rev. Katie Romano Griffin

This sermon will explore what it means to lean into uncertainty.

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church @ 11:00 AM | cedarlane.org

 

Sunday, August 22, 2021 – 10:15 AM

Our Bodies, In Real Life

Rev. Amanda Poppei

As we look forward to our fall reopening and the chance to be together again–in person–inside–in real life–how are we relating to each other’s bodies, and to our own? Some of us have bodies that have changed during our time away; some of us have bodies that have always been scrutinized by others. What can we learn from virtual life, and how can we use our return to reset our relationship with embodiment? Rev. Amanda will explore consent, healthy boundaries, the concept of body neutrality, and the push-pull of an embodied life.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington @ 10:15 AM | uucava.org

Questions

How do I access these services?

Zoom links or other streaming information will be found on the host congregation’s website. We will also put that information on our All Souls homepage calendar and in the weekly e-bulletin.

What about All Souls’ summer religious education?

RE on Zoom will continue every Sunday: preschool (9:30 – 10:00) and K–5 (10:00 – 10:30). Dolores and James will hold outdoor events on Saturdays and other days this summer. Dates and times will be announced per usual.

What about coffee hour?

Host congregations will open virtual coffee hours to all. This is a great time to see your All Souls friends AND make some new ones!

Is this the beginning of future regional UU collaboration?

We hope so! As large UU congregations in the DMV, we have much in common. We truly are stronger together.