- The Washington Times - Monday, September 17, 2001

They lit 10 candles at River Road Unitarian yesterday for victims, rescuers, leaders as well as posterity, and invited worshippers to use the memorial garden for daily meditation, even for the next year.
The 1,000-member church, dedicated to free thinking, spirituality and humanism, joined to mourn and to be counseled to "doubt" simplistic causes of and solutions to terrorism. The members organized to aid mosques and Arab-Americans who suffered public antagonism.
With a growth in youth religious education, the church will add classrooms to its award-winning 1965 sanctuary of wood and light, which stands on 4.5 forested acres. Its social justice work matched the interest of the Rev. Scott W. Alexander, a Wisconsin native and lifelong Unitarian Universalist (UUA), who arrived in 1998.
Ordained in 1973, Mr. Alexander studied urbanology, earned a master's degree in divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry, and served churches in Maine and New Jersey. At UUA headquarters in Boston, he was minister of a "church without walls" and headed the office for homosexual and lesbian concerns and AIDS information. He was involved in the production of five books one on the art of preaching in the liberal religious tradition.

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