Monday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m.
MCC Rear Plaza (across from the library). Outdoor Event -- Masks strongly recommended
Free admission; registration is required. Register here
For ages 6+. Join us for a celebration of the great LGBTQ+ people in our lives and the allies who walk with them! Music, games and all of the supplies for creating a unique LGBTQ+ ally shirt will be provided to participants. This event is for family members to participate in together to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 50 people who register.
Presented by Equality Virginia
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.
McLean Community Center. Masks required for all participants
Free admission; registration is required. Register here.
For ages 12+. Join Ann Murdoch, a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau, for an evening of connection and learning as she shares her story as a transgender woman, followed by plenty of time for dialogue and questions. Moderated by the McLean High School Gay-Straight Alliance.
Thursday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m.
In The Alden Theatre
Free admission; registration is required.
Come enjoy a foreign film as part of our Ally Week celebration. The film screening features the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, about and starring a transgender woman living in Santiago. The film will be shown in The Alden at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.
All movies are shown in the original language with English subtitles. Sign up for our monthly e-news to see what movies are showing. Click here to receive the Alden's monthly e-Newsletter.
*These movies are chosen for adult audiences and may contain mature content, language and themes.
Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
The Alden. Masks required for all participants
Free admission. Registration is required. Register here.
For ages 14+. The MCC proudly welcomes local faith leaders to discuss of how the different faith communities walk as allies with their LGBTQ+ neighbors and what resources and communities are open to those who identify as LGBTQ+. Fairfax County Interfaith Coordinator, Ramona Carroll will moderate this discussion and Fairfax County leaders will provide opening remarks. Attendees may submit questions ahead of time on the registration form.
Rev. Dr. Rebekah Savage, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Dr. Savage began her ministry at UUCR in October 2015, grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, where her family attended the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, studying non-Western theology as a Religious Studies major and minoring in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Rev. Savage attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City and, in her second year there, felt called to the ministry. She graduated with a master’s in divinity and Pastoral Theology. She completed Clinical Pastoral Education at a large hospital in Miami, Florida, and her internship at the Boca Raton Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida.
After the events of September 11, 2001, Rev. Savage felt drawn to military chaplaincy. She was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister in June 2003 and commissioned as an army chaplain in September 2003. Since becoming an army chaplain, Rev. Savage has spent the majority of her career on active duty and completed one overseas tour in Afghanistan. In 2007, she completed a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2014. Rev. Rebekah completed her doctorate of ministry in Military Chaplaincy at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in May 2020.
Outside of her ministry at UUCR, Rev. Rebekah serves as the co-chair of the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee and is active in many collegial support and study groups. You can also find Rev. Rebekah on bike trails, on a yoga mat or at the gym.
Rev. Aaron Fulp-Eickstaedt, Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Rev. Aaron Fulp-Eickstaedt has served as the Senior Pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church since April of 2005. Prior to coming to McLean, he served churches in Statesville, N.C. and Glens Falls, NY. Aaron has a B.A. from Austin College in Sherman, Texas (1988) and an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. (1992). He and his wife, Rev. Judith Fulp-Eickstaedt (who is the Senior Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian in Arlington), have two adult daughters, Rebecca and Martie.
Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein, Temple Rodef Shalom
Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein, Temple Rodef Shalom, received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2009. Prior to her ordination, Rabbi Bernstein was a clinical social worker for more than 20 years.
Rabbi Bernstein served on the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism for nine years, teaching and coordinating Introduction to Judaism classes in the greater Washington, DC area. She was a Study Guide writer for The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, and worked as a chaplain with Jewish Social Services. She has served on the Boards of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, Jews United for Justice, and was the Board Chair of Equality Maryland. Rabbi Bernstein was a member of the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of the DC area and is currently on the executive council of the Washington Board of Rabbis. She is the proud grandmother of Michael David Berry and Kian Leo Bernstein.
Monday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7p.m.
The Alden. Masks Required for all participants.
Free; registration is required. Register here.
IDs will be checked for films with age restrictions.
In the culmination of Ally Week and to mark National Coming Out Day, The Alden will host a movie marathon featuring LGBTQ+ affirming films. Register for The Alden’s email list at www.aldentheatre.org to see the list of films being shown!