Sunday Morning Service

A Welcome Mat, a Wedding and a Wave of Change

10:30  June 23


Why did the UUA establish the “Welcoming Congregations Program” in 1990?  Why, in the words of then UUA President William F. Schulz, “….. take active steps to make the welcome known to the gay and lesbian community.”?  We’ll talk about what was happening across the country and within UU congregations and the many changes over the past few decades.  Kristi and Ruth will share their personal experience with the great marriage rights debate of a decade or so ago, and we’ll explore how changes in our culture have led to changes in the “Welcoming Congregation Program” in the UUA and what that means for us here at UUFR.


Ruth Micklem and Kristi VanAudenhove will celebrate 35 years together this coming July, and many of those years have included UUFR.  When they aren’t participating in UUFR activities, they can be found in leadership roles in Virginia’s movement to end sexual and domestic violence and to build communities where all of us thrive, enjoying time with their children and grandchildren and exceptional animal companions, enjoying good conversations and good food with a wide circle of fabulous friends, nurturing flowers and vegetables and insects and birds, or enjoying a good read on the porch of their River cottage.

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Who We Are

As the Rappahannock River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, it draws strength and beauty from many sources. So, too, our UU Fellowship of the Rappahannock draws on the strength of its members to offer a community of caring, a celebration for our joys, a refuge in times of need, a space to reflect on religious journeys and a forum for the exchange of ideas.

UU Fellowship
of the Rappahannock
366 James Wharf Rd
White Stone, VA 22578

What We Believe

Unitarian Universalist beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no doctrine or creed. Our shared covenant of seven Principles supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism are liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to embrace diverse teachings from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.

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UUs are people of all ages, people of many backgrounds, and many beliefs. We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and love in our lives and the world.


Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience, and ancient traditions as described in our six Sources.
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Everyone is Welcome
in Our Fellowship

The UUFR welcomes all people as friends and members of the fellowship. We strive to be accessible. We are a place of fellowship, caring, and community for those seeking a home that is accepting and comfortable for people of any age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. People from all faith traditions are welcome, as are humanists and atheists, and others seeking community outside of the traditional approach on Sunday mornings.


We are a “Welcoming Congregation” recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This means we affirm and include people who are two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life ~ in worship, in programs, and on social occasions ~ welcoming all as whole people. 


As a Welcoming Congregation, we have pledged to:

  • honor the lives of all people and equally affirm displays of caring and affection without regard for sexual orientation;
  • celebrate diversity by using inclusive language and content in worship;
  • incorporate an understanding of the experience of  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and non-binary persons throughout all of our programs, including our children’s programming;
  • affirm and celebrate two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues, and history;
  • affirm marriage equality for all, celebrating ceremonies as they are designed by the people choosing marriage; and
  • advocate for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, promoting justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society. We speak out when the rights and dignity of people are at stake.

What We Do

Members of our fellowship engage in a variety of activities, including weekly fellowship, spiritual exploration, social events, community service, and justice work. The navigation menu on this website will guide you to more specific details.