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1 March

This Sunday

"And...She Persisted"
In Unitarian Universalist history, we are often well aware of the men who made UU what it is today. But do we remember the women? Who published Emerson's writings? How did the "Resolution on Women" get crafted for UU General Assembly in 1977? (hint: women were involved). In honor of Women's History Month, Rev. Aileen will raise up some of the women in UU history, who can often remain invisible and unknown, and highlight their impact on UU history.

Religious Education
Children in PreK-5th grade will be celebrating the wisdom that arises from simplicity today in RE with leaders Carol Kolojeski and Lisa Jones-Bateman.

March Hospitality Providers:
Families whose names begin with A - Ch

Social Justice Offering
LCPS Backpack Coalition
Mobile Hope

Message from Rev. Aileen

Olympia Brown voted on November 2, 1920 at the age of 86. She had spent her entire adult life advocating for Women's Suffrage and was one of those who were alive to celebrate by being able to vote for the first time. Olympia Brown also spent her life challenging those who told her that, as a woman, she could not do something. She was the first woman to be ordained with full ministerial standing recognized by a denomination. In her case, it was the Universalist Church. There are those who challenge us as a denomination, that enable us to move forward. And yet, sometimes they remain invisible. So many women challenged Unitarianism and Universalism and Unitarian Universalism to live up to their values. They were brave and determined and...they persisted...and...they still persist. May we live up to our values and allow those voices on the margins to penetrate the status quo and challenge us to grow.

1 March, 11:15 to 12:15

Social Justice Meeting

Do you feel called to support social justice in Loudoun County and beyond?You are invited to a meeting of like minded congregants on Sunday, March 1 following the service to set the direction of UUCS' social justice effort.

Raj Mehta, a UUCS member and experienced consultant, will help us craft our group mission and vision.

We hope to see you at 11:15 on March 1st

This Week at UUCS

Grief Support Group
Sunday, 1 March, 9:00 a.m.

Lunch Bunch
Sunday, 1 March, 11:30 a.m.

Choir Practice
Tuesday, 3 March, 7:00 p.m.

March is just around the corner and for UUCS that means stewardship month is upon us. What is stewardship anyway? Stewardship is caring for something you hold dear, something you have faith in. For us, at this time, that something is UUCS and we care for it by pledging enough to fund our budget. We UUs are great talkers, about the theory of religion and our own policies and procedures, but when it comes to money, we clam up. Well, the Stewardship campaign is the one time of the year when we need to overcome our reluctance and talk about money. Our budget, funded by this pledge drive, will determine what our priorities truly are and how we live our values out loud! If UUCS disappeared tomorrow what values could Loudoun County identify with UUCS? Do you believe that a budget is a sacred document? Do you live your values through your money? For this week, I ask you to think about money and your values, and how much you might be able to pledge. Next week we’ll take another step and start a conversation. Live your values out loud!! 

Sharon Williams Stewardship chair,

13 March, 7:00 p.m.

Living my Truth: A Transgender Virginian’s Story

Equality Virginia’s TASB and UUCS
Living my Truth: 
A Transgender Virginian’s Story

Join Sara Simone, a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau, for an evening of fellowship and learning as she facilitates an open and honest dialogue by sharing her life story and providing a forum for a question-and-answer session. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Click here for more information

Building Bridges: Face the Past, Create the Future

The art currently hanging in the sanctuary, part of a show entitled "Building Bridges: Face the Past, Create the Future," came from a pair of workshops for people to make Social Justice paintings at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling for the Poetry Slam.

The art is inspired by the work of Jacob Lawrence.

We hope you enjoy it!

10 March, 10:30 a.m.
Book Club

Our book for March is:

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

We will select May's book at this meeting.

April’s selection is Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Save These Dates!

March 6:  Stewardship Dinner 6:00 PM
March 20
: Stewardship Dinner 6:00 PM
April 26
: Rev Aileen’s Installation 4:00 PM

Swing Dancing

Office Hours

Hours may vary.
Please email to schedule or call to confirm


Rev. Aileen Fitzke

Tuesday, 3 - 6pm
Wednesday(1st and 3rd), 10am - 3pm
Thursday, 3 - 6pm

Other times by appointment


Jenny Wolfer

By appointment


Podcast Sermon Archive

Service Opportunities

UUCS Directory Request

RE Registration for Children and Teens


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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

22135 Davis Drive, Suite #105, Sterling
VA 20164 United States


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