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16 February

This Sunday

"To Begin Again"
In this intergenerational service, we will highlight Black History Month using the art of Jacob Lawrence (the inspiration for the Poetry Slam art) and his images of the Great Migration.

Religious Education
All children are invited to stay in the sanctuary for our monthly intergenerational service. The nursery will also be open.

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

Social Justice Offering
LCPS Backpack Coalition
Mobile Hope

Message from Rev. Aileen

Our Poetry Slam is happening this weekend. In preparation, a wonderful group of artists has created work based on the art of African American Artist, Jacob Lawrence. February is Black History Month so it is fitting that we raise up his work. He was the first African American to be represented in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His Migration Series depicted in images the story of the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to Northern industrial cities. Both his own work and the story of the Great Migration show the resilience and perseverance of those who face incredible challenges and yet find ways to make a better life for themselves and their families.

Images above: Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series, 
Panel no. 13 "The trains were crowded with migrants." 
Panel no. 57 "The female workers were the last to arrive north."

Poetry Slam - 15 February 7:00
This Week at UUCS

Valentine's Day
Friday, 14 February
Show some love!

Poetry Slam and Workshop
Saturday, 15 February
3:00 Workshop, 7:00 Main Event

Grief Support Group
Sunday, 16 February, 9:00 a.m.

Separation & Divorce Covenant Group
Sunday, 16 February, 11:15 a.m.

Choir Practice
Tuesday, 18 February, 7:00 p.m.

Writer's Group
Wednesday, 19 February, 6:30 p.m.

Covenant Group
Wednesday, 19 February, 7:00 p.m.

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!

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

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

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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