Summer Worship 2020

Summer brings new leaders to our weekly worship. From now through mid September, enliven your summer Sunday mornings with our lay-led summer services.  These personal, engaging gatherings are great for a newcomer just learning about Unitarian Universalism, a long-time member who treasures regular services, or a member interested in seeing a new point of view.

You may find personal stories, ideas new and ancient, and diverse music. Members of our congregation have worked hard planning this beautiful and inspiring worship series. The theme they have chosen this year is “Healing the Earth.”

Like many UU churches, CVUU is no longer holding in-person gatherings, so the summer series presents a unique opportunity this year for us to collaborate with our UU friends at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg (UUFF), VA. We will be sharing services with them on a rotating schedule through mid September. Services put on by CVUU can be accessed with the same link, meeting ID number and password each time:
Or enter the following information:
Meeting ID – 760 822 163
Password – 8092020

Dial in by phone: +1 301 715 8592

Worship Schedule:

July 5th at CVUU: Steve Hansen –  “Telling a New Cosmic Story”

UUs are active supporters of the secular environmental movement that grew from the first Earth Day over 50 years ago. Unfortunately, after 50 years we are closer to environmental collapse than ever before in human history. What’s missing from the environmental conversation is a strong moral component informed by science that moves us from a human-centeredness to a life-centeredness moral narrative. What our contribution—call it Eco-theism, Sacred Realism, Evolving Faith, Religious Naturalism, or Evidential Mysticism—might look like and how it could change our lives are the topics of this sermon.

Steve Hansen is a CVUU member. He is a reformed child of the American Empire, having graduated U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S. Economics) and Air Force Institute of Technology (M.S. Operations Research) and having served many years as an officer and a civilian military analyst. Steve was founder of Emerging Hampton Roads, a nondenominational group of free thinkers that sponsored discussion groups and conferences. He’s currently retired and is the Hampton Roads organizer for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

July 12th at CVUU: Ben Thacker Gwaltney – “Interdependence”

Healing the Earth is a process that recognizes the thorough Interdependence of all things, the ecological web of life and non-life in which each touch resonates with the whole. In Buddhism, the third mark of existence itself is selflessness.  This Sunday we will talk about selflessness and interdependence, tracing out how the healing or harming of one piece of our world ripples out with effects for all the others.

Ben is Buddhist UU with membership at the Williamsburg UU congregation.  He has been teaching meditation since 2010, and he began meditating in 2001 at the Joshua Tree Center in Charlottesville, VA with Dr. Mark Oberman.  He graduated in 1993 with an M.Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. For 15 years he worked in community organizing, with a strong component in adult education, for the nonprofit Virginia Organizing.  He has also completed over 1000 hours of experience teaching Yoga for Arthritis with an additional focus on somatic meditation. He describes himself as a Buddhist Mutt, finding skillful teachings in Theravada, Tibetan Buddhism and Zen.

July 19th at UUFF: Diane Elstein – “What I learned as a Nun”

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Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
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Four years in a liberal Catholic convent, during her young adulthood, helped shape Diane’s outlook on life.  She was given opportunities to work with people who were poor, mentally ill, infirmed, or imprisoned. Diane is grateful for having lived with a community of women who were compassionate, open minded and questioning, and for learning early in life that many people have little choice about their roles in society.

After her convent years, Diane worked for 12 years in the DC government as a rehabilitation counselor for visually impaired people and juvenile offenders, and served on the Mayor’s Task Force to help make DC government accessible to people with disabilities. For the next 10 years, she worked for the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission as a disability rights specialist. After moving to Fredericksburg, she was active in her daughters’ PTAs and with Mary Washington Healthcare Hospice. Diane has held numerous positions in support of UUFF, including Board President, since becoming a member 27 years ago.

July 26th at UUFF: Roxy Montgomery – “Synchronicities, Broken Chains and the Red Thread of Destiny”

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Roxy Montgomery, daughter-in-law of our very own Hannelore Montgomery, will be taking us on a reflective journey of meeting her husband … again. It will be filled with the highs and lows of self-realization, breaking generational curses, an old Chinese Proverb and getting married at IKEA. Please note that there will be short references to domestic violence, so please plan to take care of yourself as needed.

Roxann (Roxy) Montgomery is a proud wife and mom of 3 children. Her day job consists of supporting security upgrades for our nation’s Military Bases. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her family and starting creative projects. Between projects, she enjoys volunteering and providing career services to those seeking employment. Roxy says “I am very grateful to be here and look forward to sharing a little snippet of my wild and crazy world with you.”

August 2nd at CVUU: Karen Forget – “Healing the Earth: Healing Ourselves”

Karen Forget is a CVUU member and the Executive Director of Lynnhaven Now.

August 9th at CVUU:  Winona LaDuke – “Redefining the Sacred,” Ware lecture recording from 2010.

Winona LaDuke is a Native American activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer. In 1996 and 2000, she ran for vice president as the nominee of the United States Green Party, on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader. An Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg, LaDuke lives and works on the White Earth Reservations.

As Program Director of the Honor the Earth Fund, she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups. She also works as Founding Director for White Earth Land Recovery Project.

In 1994, Winona was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the BIHA Community Service Award in 1997, the Ann Bancroft Award for Women’s Leadership Fellowship, and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, Winona has written extensively on Native American and Environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves as co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network. In 1998, Ms. Magazine named her Woman of the Year for her work with Honor the Earth.

August 16th at CVUU: Barbara Gelzer and friends at CVUU – “Healing the Earth: CVUU’s Role in Healing the Chesapeake Bay Watershed”

August 23rd at UUFF: “Healthcare Inequities in the US” –  Dr. Patrick Neustatter

Dr. Patrick Neustatter is the UUFF WSC chair and Medical Director of Free Clinic in Fredericksburg.

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August 30th at CVUU: Young Adult Group (Addison Phoenix, Cecilee Linke and Darcy Ferguson) – “Healing Our Home: Where Do We Even Start?”

How do we find what we are passionate about and maintain the energy and the self-awareness to keep ourselves going in our efforts to heal the Earth? Then, how do we turn outward and become active while keeping an open mind and communicating effectively and compassionately in today’s movements? 

September 6th at UUFF: Rev. Doug McCusker

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Meeting ID: 632 068 0813
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