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23 February

This Sunday

"Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now"
In his book by the same title, Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not primarily about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Brueggemann calls out our 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. How can we recognize these patterns within our own lives and within American culture today? How might the ancient practice of sabbath-keeping serve both as a practice of resistance and as a pathway to honoring our humanity and the sacredness of the earth? Rev. Anastassia Zinke, guest minister.

Religious Education
Children in PreK-5th grade will be learning about how to find resilience in nature. The middle school class will be meeting today during the service, with leaders Ben Friedson and Gus Douoguih.

February Hospitality Providers:
Families whose names begin with Ro - Z

Social Justice Offering
LCPS Backpack Coalition
Mobile Hope

Message from Rev. Aileen

What is the purpose of Sabbath? Is Sabbath a radical act? I think it is. It is the rejection of a 24/7 life of productivity. We are not meant to be slaves to our work. We are meant to take time to rest, to take care of ourselves. The idea of Sabbath was an equalizer. Not just the wealthy or those who had time for leisure were meant to take Sabbath. It was meant for everyone, masters and servants; humans and animals; friends and strangers; residents and immigrants. While its meaning and practice have changed and been used in many different ways, its intent was to allow for rest. To take time, to just stop seems inimical to our consumer society which demands access to our time at all hours. So...Unplug. Take time for silence. Take time for wonder, unattached from our electronic gadgets. Ignore their pull, even for an hour. Take time to repair and refresh. Sabbath is meant to allow us to just be. This is a radical form of resistance!

About Sunday's Guest Speaker, Rev. Anastassia Zinke...

Rev. Anastassia Zinke serves as the senior minister of All Souls Indianapolis. She previously filled the roles of Intern Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Summer Minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C., and Youth Program Director at First Parish in Concord, Massachusetts. Rev. Anastassia completed her undergraduate history degree at Bryn Mawr College and her Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in 2011. She and her husband, Kent, are parents to two children, Sadie and Benjamin. They share a commitment to progressive causes, international travel, community service, and embracing the adventure of life.

This Week at UUCS

UUCS Men's Group
Saturday, 22 February
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Choir Practice
Tuesday, 25 February, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb 22

Help Popal Family Move - Updated

In August of 2016, our congregation, along with the Fairfax UU Congregation, agreed to co-sponsor a family from Afghanistan in their resettlement in the U.S. The family consisted of a mother with two children. They settled in Reston, and with financial support from both congregations, personal assistance in handling daily activities, improving English language, transportation, etc., the family is now managing on their own. They are moving to a new apartment and the coordinator for the Fairfax Refugee Committee is requesting volunteers to help with the moving.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, 26 February

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Opportunity

Habitat for Humanity is doing some rehab work in Sterling (Countryside area) on a townhouse in preparation for one of its partner families. The deadline to sign up is Monday, Feb 24th. No construction experience necessary and all tools are provided onsite (volunteers will be provided with water, but should bring their own sack lunch).

Date: Wed Feb 26th
Time: 8am – 3pm
Address: 81 Bickel Court Sterling 20165

Sign-up link (password = UUCL):

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, February 15, 2020.

The art is inspired by the work of Jacob Lawrence.

We hope you enjoy it!

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

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

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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