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19 January

This Sunday

"Where Do We Go From Here?”"
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr left an incredible legacy, one that was meant to continue. Rev. Aileen will reflect on the ways we can build on and continue the work that he started.

Religious Education
Today in RE, children in PreK and Elementary school will learn about working together in a group while valuing individual worth.

January Hospitality Providers:
Families whose names begin with Mer - Ri

Social Justice Offering
LCPS Backpack Coalition
Mobile Hope

Message from Rev. Aileen

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last book was entitled, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? In it he looks toward the future and imagines where we need to go, as people of good faith, in terms of African American emancipation and rights. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction ended slavery but did not always extend equal rights, as the Jim Crow laws and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the early part of the twentieth century, attest. But as we look around us today we see that Dr. King's vision of equal rights and equity still has not come to fruition. When children are still made to go to school in "hostile learning environments" in Loudoun County Schools, and are subject to racial slurs and other forms of discrimination, when young people of color are afraid to drive for fear of being pulled over and killed, then we know that we still have a lot of work to do. As we remember Dr. King this week, let us realize that the best way to honor his memory is to continue his work until all people feel free and safe and can truly know that they have the freedom of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

January 18
Social Justice Art Workshop

Be part of a painting project to create 10 or more 16 x 20” painted acrylic canvases for the Poetry Slam and to exhibit at the church.  Click here for more information.

Sunday, January 19, 11:30am

Social Justice Meeting

Are you called to serve the community? With the beginning of a new year, it’s a good time to plan our future work for social justice. Please join us to review UUCS’ current efforts, consider interest in other efforts, and discuss how to form a team to advocate and implement a vision of a better Loudoun County and more just world. Please contact John Botts ( if you are interested in attending the meeting.

Dr. Martin Luther King March and Celebration 

Monday, 20 January 2020 at 10 am – 1:30 pm

Join others from UUCS at 10am at the Loudoun County Courthouse at 18 East Market Street, Leesburg and march to the Douglass Community Center. Learn and grow with others, listening to music and speakers at the community center during and after the march.

Contact Sharon Williams ( for more information.

This Week at UUCS

Poetry Slam Painting Workshop
Saturday, 18 January, 1:00 p.m.

Grief Support Group
Sunday, 19 January, 9:00 a.m.

Separation & Divorce Covenant Group
Sunday, 19 January, 11:15 a.m.

Social Justice Meeting
Sunday, 19 January, 11:30 a.m.

MLK March and Celebration
Monday, 20 January, 10:00 a.m. -- Leesburg

Choir Practice
Tuesday, 14 January, 7:00 p.m.

Poetry Slam - 15 February 7:00
13 March

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

Social Justice News

Collections and Distributions:
Our December Justice collections were as follows:
BackPack Coalition
- $125.00
Mobile Hope - $176.00
Beacon House
- $731.61
Minister's Discretionary Fund
- $234.00

In December four women volunteered time at Mobile Hope, and we delivered four boxes of goods.


Popal Family Move

This has been postponed as renovations to the new apartment are taking longer than thought, but will still take place soon.

Click here for more information.

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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VA 20164 United States


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