Letter from the Minister: Solidarity with Ukraine

This Sunday, March 6, we lift up our voices in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. I invite you to attend worship – online or onsite – wearing blue and/or yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Let’s fill the Sanctuary and our Zoom screens with a colorful demonstration of our confidence in this heroic and beleaguered nation. Remembering that our Eight Principles include “the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all,” we’ll share our joys and sorrows, and look to the future with hope.

I’ve been deeply moved by courageous anti-war protests held in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. I have fond memories of both cities, and of the many artists who befriended me during my time there. I’m reminded that a nation’s leadership and a nation’s people are not always of one mind, especially when the democratic process has been curtailed or corrupted. And so, this Sunday, we’ll also give a thought to the Russian people who suffer for the violent ambitions of those in power.

Join us in the Davies Sanctuary or online (HERE) for a hybrid worship service beginning at 10:30am. The hybrid Post-Service Discussion will bring those online and onsite into lively conversation.

And Don’t Forget…!

Religious Education Returns this Sunday
RE will be offered onsite this Sunday, March 6. Katie and Siloam have been working on some exciting new ideas that will give our children hands-on experience working for Climate Justice. We can’t wait to see you in the building!

Intergenerational Black History Walking Tour
The 8th Principle and Religious Education Committees invite you to a 90-minute guided walking tour titled “Freedom’s Flight in Alexandria” on Sunday, March 20 at 1pm. The Manumission Tour Company charges $15/adult, $6/child, and nothing for children under three. Please reserve and purchase your tickets by March 7 using this form.

Spots Remain for Adult Spiritual Formation

Some Adult Spiritual Formation courses are full but a few spots remain for:

  • “Our Shared Theology” – Wednesdays, March 9, 16 & 30 and April 6 & 13, 7-8:30pm.
  • “The Women of Easter” – Tuesdays, April 5 & 12, 7-8:30pm
  • The Shape of our Faith (at the Hirshhorn) – Saturday, April 30, 1-3pm.
  • To hold your spot, email Rev. Norm ASAP at minister@daviesuu.org.

I look forward to seeing you in person or online this Sunday morning as we prove, once again, that ours is a faith that exists fully in the here and now. And, even as we face the challenges of today, we remember the words of our namesake, Rev. Davies, who said, “Life must have its sacred moments and its holy places. We need the infinite, the limitless, the uttermost – all that can give the heart a deep and strengthening peace.”

Until we meet, I wish you all good things,

Rev. Norman Allen