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8 March

This Sunday

"Just Because We Can, Should We?"
There is a difference between cleverness and wisdom. As a society, we tend to value cleverness over wisdom. Rev. Aileen will share her insights on the difference, and consider the reality that, though cleverness has often given us incredible breakthroughs in all sorts of fields, wisdom may be what saves us from using them to destroy ourselves.

Religious Education
The PreK- 5th grade class will be remembering how we are wise when we are grateful, truthful, loving, and hopeful, led by Carol Kolojeski, Allie Roche, and Mark Mohr. The High School Youth Group will also meet at UUCS today beginning at 12:30 p.m. with volunteer Albert Pucio and guest Rev. Aileen.

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

Social Justice Offering
LCPS Backpack Coalition
Mobile Hope

Message from Rev. Aileen

As humans, we are capable of incredible ingenuity, creativity and innovation. So much of the technology that we use has made our lives easier and more efficient. Each innovation in technology changes our behavior whether we realize it or not. In the evenings before television, for example, people would ask, "What shall we do this evening?" A plethora of options were available. But after the advent of television, for many people, the other options did not go away but they ceased to be considered because even the question changed. It went from being "What shall we do?" to "What shall we watch?" When J. Robert Oppenheimer, who oversaw the Manhattan Project which developed the first atomic bomb, saw the first test of the bomb he is reputed to have quoted the Bhagavad Ghita, "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." Just because we can do something...should we?

This Week at UUCS

Stewardship Dinner
Friday, 6 March, 7:00 p.m.

Inquirer's Conversation
Sunday, 8 March, 11:15 a.m.

Youth Group Meeting at UUCS
Sunday, 8 March, 12:30 a.m.

Covenant Group
Monday, 9 March, 7:15 p.m.

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

Choir Practice
Tuesday, 10 March, 7:00 p.m.

Our Stewardship drive is here! We will be having those difficult conversations about money. 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.  Stewardship is caring and living your values through funding our budget and directing our values out into our wider community. What would happen if UUCS disappeared tomorrow?  What would the wider community say about us?  Could they identify our values?  Could they piece together our values from our budget?  A budget is a sacred document.  We currently wisely pledge enough to have a fully funded minister, part-time musical director and part-time Religious Educator.  In our denomination, we have always pledged our fair share to the UUA throughout our history.  Not all UU Congregations can say that. We don’t take outside funds.  We need to talk about our money, your money, and how much you might be able to pledge. On March 6 and March 20th, we will be having those important conversations about how we live our values out loud.

Sharon Williams, Stewardship chair,

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

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!

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


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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

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


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