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Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring

Upcoming Events

Want to plan ahead? Here's a list of major church events planned for June 2015 to June 2016. You can sign up to receive email notices on major cultural and community events here. (Members automatically enrolled)

In addition to the following listing, you may check the "What's Happening at UUCSS?" brochure for an overview of Coffeehouse events, workshops and classes.

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October 19 Justice and Healing discussion
October 21, 28 Friday in the Sanctuary
October 23 UUCSS 101
October 24 Women's Book Group
October 15-16 David Smith Musical Residency
October 26 New Member Get Together
November 1 Green Sanctuary Committee
November 13 Men's Reading Group
November 19 Church Auction
November 19 Pathways to Membership
  Children's Choir
  Creative Aging
  Events Around the Beltway

Non members can sign up to receive email notices of special events at UUCSS (members and friends do not need to sign up, as they already get these and other email updates).

Justice and Healing Discussion

Date: October 19
Time: 7:30 PM - 9 PM
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary

The members of the UUCSS Racial Justice Task Force would like to invite you to join them for a discussion about Justice and Healing. We want to hear from as many different people as possible, voices that have been heard and not heard. What does Justice mean to each of us? What does Healing mean? And how are the two related for us, as we live out our lives within this faith community?

If you request ASL interpretation, please email justicetaskforce@uucss.org. Our fault that we have not sent out notice sooner, so we may not be able to secure an interpreter, but if there is a need, we will try.

Childcare will not be provided this month, but if you are comfortable, you are more than welcome to bring children to sit in the circle or play independently in the sanctuary.

RSVP not required, but feel free to let us know if you plan to attend.


Dates: October 23
Time: Coffee Hour, around 10:45 a.m.
Location: Triangle Room, in the Community Hall 

This is an informal informational session to learn more about our church and ask questions. All visitors are welcome to join us during coffee hour on October 23 in the Triangle Room (in the Community Hall) for this session.  Feel free to bring your coffee along with your questions!

The Women's Book Group 

Date: Fourth Monday of the month
Meetings are held at a member's home. All interested readers are welcome with no long-term obligation. We meet informally, discuss the book, take a break for delicious drink and refreshment, and discuss the future titles.  Questions: Call 301-754-1239. 

October 24th, The Man Called Ove,  by Frederick Bachman

David Smith Musical Residency Weekend

Dates: Saturday, October 15th, singing workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday worship services, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Registration: Residency events are free of charge, and all are welcome, regardless of experience. (Donations will be gratefully received and lunch may be ordered for $10.) Bring your family and friends! Please pre-register for the Saturday workshop so that we accomodate everyone and you may order lunch.

During this 7th year of music residency, David Smith will lead us in music that explores the theme of Healing. The residency will include a full day of singing on Saturday, October 15 and two worship services on Sunday, October 16.

Known for his high energy, passion, and Pentacostal gospel musical roots, David’s unique musical contribution to the UU movement has been highly significant. He currently serves as Executive Director of Worship at the 1800-member All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to that, he served as associate pastor for worship and fine arts for churches founded by Bishop Carlton Pearson, author of The Gospel of Inclusion.

New Member Get Together

Date: October 22
Time: 6:30 pm

Have you joined UUCSS in the past year? If so, the membership committee is planning a get together. We will have dinner and fun conversation. Please contact Linda Barrett if interested and available

Green Sanctuary Committee

Date: November 1
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Sanctuary Foyer

We’re Looking for a Few Good Tree Huggers - The Green Sanctuary Committee works to green our church operations, educate our members, and advocate for laws that will protect the planet. If you’d like to join our team contact Doneby Smith.

Men's Reading Group

Date: November 13
Location : home of Jerry Herbers

We will focus on Deface The Currency: The Lost Dialogues of Diogenes by Samuel Alexander and, time permitting, The Deadly Dowager by Edwin Greenwood. If you are interested in joining the group, just let David Miley or Richard Lorr know you are ready to read the book(s) and come to the next meeting. See you there.

UUCSS Church Auction

Date: November 19
Time: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This year's theme is "Fantasy Island"!

The annual UUCSS Auction is one of the church’s most enjoyable events as well as a terrific fundraiser. It is an evening of great fun and fellowship at which donations made by UUCSS Members and Friends are auctioned off to others within the church family. You will find everything from terrific things such as: paintings, pottery and other artistic creations; to homemade baked goods made for sale the night of the Auction or promised for a later date. Many Members and Friends offer special dinners or outings, or services or lessons. Each donated event provides an opportunity to get to know fellow Members and Friends better.

Learn more about the Auction and look over the just published Auction Catalog to plan what you might want to bid on.

Pathways to Membership

Dates: Saturday, November 19
Time: 9 a.m. until noon
Register: send an email to membership@uucss.org. Let us know if you'd like childcare or ASL interpretation.

This class is the first formal step toward becoming a UUCSS member. The class is a chance to get to know more about Unitarian Universalism, UUCSS, and how to officially join our church.

The UUCSS Children's Choir

The children’s choir has now expanded, and will be a year-round continuous program with performances for several services this church year.Weekly regular practice will be led by Audrey Engdahl and Michael Holmes. They are seeking children from the ages of 5-12 who simply love to sing. No past experience is required. Please contact Michael Holmes at musicdirector@uucss.org to register or for more information.

InReach Creative Aging Groups open to new participants

If you are in the second half of life (as defined by you) then one of these groups may be for you as we explore questions of identity and purpose unique to this stage of life.

Evening: We meet once a month on a Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. in the Dolan Lounge.  Contact Kent McCullough

Daytime: We meet in the Dolan lounge on the first and third Wednesdays at 10:15. Contact Noni Barker.




 Diwali or Deepavali means “rows of lighted lamps.”  It is a popular Indian festival that falls in late October or early November, and is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists with great pomp and joy. The five-day festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil, of wisdom over ignorance. While the story behind Diwali varies from region to region, the underlying meaning is the same: the celebration of the reawakening of the Inner Light. Diwali traditionally marks the beginning of the New Year for businesses and the last harvest before winter. In India, as in the US, the festival is a time for decorating homes, shops, and public places with small earthenware oil lamps called deepas or diyas, wearing new clothes, preparing festive meals, sharing sweets, and bursting fireworks. Here at Cedar Lane, we are marking this celebration as a unifying festival that promotes unity, being in community, and service.  

This event will feature Indian classical dance, music, storytelling, lighting of lamps, and delicious vegetarian food. All are welcome. The service will blend together a faith and cultural tapestry which celebrates the beauty and oneness of the human journey. The evening will conclude with delicious vegetarian Indian food.

Updated 10/16/16

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