Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun will hold its annual blessing of the animals service at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Debby Kay will lead the service and bless pets. Dogs must be on leashes, cats in carriers and other pets in appropriate cages. 20460 Gleedsville Rd., Leesburg. 703-737-7644 or www.uuloudoun.org.

Unitarian Universalists of Sterling will explore the history and meaning of Rosh Hashanah at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. A week later, the Rev. Matthew McNaught will deliver a sermon on "Hymns in a Man's Life," inspired by a D.H. Lawrence essay that discusses the importance of wonder in science and religion. Sterling Oaks Commerce Center, 22135 Davis Dr., Sterling. 703-406-3068 or www.uusterling.org.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church offers a blessing of the animals by the Rev. Tom Simmons in a special outdoor liturgy Sunday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Small or vulnerable animals should be caged or on leashes. There will be a special area for horses. 37018 Glendale St., Purcellville. 540-338-7307 or www.stpetes.net.

St. James United Church of Christ of Lovettsville is sponsoring a discussion titled "The Great Divide: The Income Disparity That Is Destroying America" on Wednesday at Thomas Balch Library. Moderators will be Terry D. Kester, who hosts Pacifica Radio's "What's at Stake" show, and economic and legal activist Pete Farina. Free. 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. 703-443-0524.

St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church provides a healing service on the second Sunday of each month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the chapel of Inova Loudoun Hospital. Patients, family, friends and staff members as well as the wider community are welcome. The service is conducted with "stations" so people can drop in at any time during the hour for healing prayer and Communion and to request prayers for others. 703-779-3616 or www.saintgabriels.net.

Ashburn Presbyterian Church will broadcast the annual "Thrive!" conference simulcast, featuring speakers and authors addressing women in churches throughout North America. This year's theme is "Leading a Life of Significance," and the speakers include Ruth Graham, Elizabeth George, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Shaunti Feldhahn, Valorie Burton and Florence Littauer. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12. $40. Advance ticket purchase is required. 20962 Ashburn Rd. 703-729-2012.