At the annual parade in Blacksburg on December 1, I marched with our Middle School Youth Group and proudly witnessed them carrying out our mission. They marched with signs about love, wore rainbow hats, and educated others about who we are. They were our beacon of liberal religion. They are already becoming our future leaders for the UUC.

As we marched, I reflected on the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC, in 2004. I had felt the collective power of over a million people in protest. As such, I hope the Blacksburg parade experience laid the groundwork for our youth to become adults who continue to march for what they believe in.

We, the UUC Board, seek informed collaboration and clarity in our work of supporting UUC ministries. In the next several months, we are increasing our efforts to interact, listen, and communicate with you. We will accomplish this by listening to our committees, being available in person at our 2nd Sunday potlucks, and having a Member Forum at each monthly Board Meeting. We encourage you to read the minutes from our Board Meetings posted in the Member’s Area on our website. Also, we are always available by email if you have questions or suggestions for improvements: board@uucnrv.org. We hope this will help us be good stewards of the UUC.

We want to know what you think. Our congregation convenant includes listening to one another and communicating directly, honestly, and compassionately. So, the Board might be asking for your thoughts on occasion. We value your feedback and hope to spend more time with you.

So, let’s have more fun together! Would you join us for Dancing Through The Decades? Come to the UUC on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 6 PM, and show your dance moves to the tunes from 1950-2020s. The UUC Board will provide snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, and music. Wear your favorite outfit from your favorite decade! This is a fundraising event for the UUC with a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per household. Register here for the event.

With courageous love,

Laura Robinson, President-Elect