Sunday, August 24 - 10:00 a.m.

Ingathering Water Service
Rev. Dara Olandt

 After summer, we come together to celebrate UUC as a congregation of “many voices, and one common home”! All are welcome for our annual Ingathering Water Service! Please bring a small portion of water with you. Water can be from your tap, from the New River, or any place that holds meaning from your summer experience. (Extra water will be available for those unable to bring some, so come one and all.)

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Children's Religious Education

 Classes are for PreK-grade 8 children; Nursery care is available for younger children. Children should visit the sanctuary with their parents for the first portion of
the service; teachers will escort
children to class.
See RE curriculum.
Sunday Circle
Sunday Circle meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays from September to May in Room A from 8:30-9:30 a.m. All are welcome for lively disucssion. Watch for more information when it resumes in the Fall.
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Fourth Sunday Collection

On Sunday, August 24, our collection will be donated to the Planned Parenthood program, part of the Blacksburg Health Center, to provide comprehensive health services to women
in the New River Valley.

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Are you seeking a place that stirs your head, heart and hands? The Unitarian Universalist Congregation is a caring, affirming and diverse liberal religious home in the New River Valley, bringing spirit, love, justice, learning and reason to life.

Upcoming Events and News Highlights

UUC's Annual Service Auction and FUNdraiser - Getting to Know YoUU

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 8 for a fun-filled evening for adults and children. What goods and/or services will you donate -a favorite dessert, artwork, jewelry, leading a hike, fabulous dinner, childcare, pet care, and more. This is your chance to showcase your talents and be creative! While raising funds is important, building connections within our community is also a major priority, and there will be fun activities to help us get to know one another better. The children will have their own fun party with childcare. The auction website is now up and running, and donations can be entered at any time. Directions for login are on the auction website's homepage. Contact Linda Powers for more information.

 

 Rev. Dara Olandt is published in a new book "Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism" - now out and available from the UUA Bookstore.

 

In this fresh collection of thoughtful essays, 20 writers explore the blessings and challenges of Jewish Unitarian Universalist identity and community. While there has been a long and consistent presence of Jewish culture and people in Unitarian Universalism, this poignant anthology is the first to give voice to this community's sturggles, wisdom, and contributions. Essayists include born Jews who came to Unitarian Universalism, Unitarian Universalists who adopted Judaism as a spiritual path, and Unitarian Universalists who have encountered Judaism in diverse ways.

 

Rev. Dara's essay is titled "Tambourines and Teshuva."

 

 

Rev. Dara's Maternity Leave: Rev. Dara will be on maternity leave for 12 weeks beginning September 1. Check out the Maternity Brochure for information on guest ministers for Sunday services, Board and staff support, and pastoral support, as well as contact information during this time.

 

 

Witness for Love & Marriage Equality: Interfaith and Community Action

On May 12, over 50 people joined with Rev. Dara Olandt at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Christiansburg to show support of the day when all loving couples can legally marry the person of their dreams in our state! There was singing, interfaith prayer, personal testimonials,  and a sharing of "love cookies." A small contingent delivered a Love Letter to the county clerk indicating our support of Marriage Equality. More information is available from the People of Faith flyer and the Witness for Love flyer. More photos can be found on our UUC Facebook page. The event attracted much media attention. Check out the Roanoke Times article,  local television coverage, and coverage on WVTF, our local Public Radio station.

 

Register for Fall Classes in Lifespan Faith Developement

Registration is now open for the many classes for both children and adults and our middle and high school youth groups. Register online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/LFD-2014. Contact our Director of Lifespan Faith Development for more information.

 

Children's Garden Primary School

The Children’s Garden School runs programs for preschoolers age 3-5, as well as a kindergarten program.  Athough Children's Garden is not directly affiliated with Unitarian Universalist Congregation, it is held in rented space in our building.

For more information, visit the Children's Garden website.