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Upcoming Events

Want to plan ahead? Here's a list of major church events planned for June 2014 to June 2015.

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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February 23 Women's Book Group
February 8 LBGTQA Coffee Corner
February 8 OWL K-1st grade parents' meeting
February 22 Junior Signers
March 4 Meditation Practices for Daily Life
February 22 Fellowship Dinner
March 14 Music Workshop with David B. Smith
March 27-29 Women's Retreat
  Events Around the Beltway

WOMENS BOOK GROUP

Date: Fourth Monday of the month
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm
Location: please call 301-754-1239 for directions

We are an informal group of interested readers and we meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 pm. We welcome new people and there is no long-term obligation. Call 301-754-1239 for additional information and directions.

Date: February 23, 2015

Title: The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland (available in libraries)

Date: March 23, 2015

Title: Beyond the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo.

LGBTQA COFFEE CORNER

Date: 2nd Sunday of each month
Time: after the service
Location: Sanctuary

The UUCSS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning & Allies (LGBTQA) Task Force holds an informal & welcoming Coffee Corner on the Second Sundays ( after the service & in the Sanctuary during the Summer Schedule.)  All members, friends, & visitors are welcome. For more information, email lgbtqchair@uucss.org

Comprehensive Sexuality Education Class for Kindergarten and 1st Graders

Date: February 8
Time: Check with DRE

The UUCSS Religious Education program is excited to announce we will be offering the Our Whole Lives (OWL) Comprehensive Sexuality Education Class for Kindergarten and 1st Graders this spring. This eleven session course will take place on Sunday afternoons beginning with a parent meeting on February 8th. The class is free for UUCSS members. If you would like more information or would like to register your Kindergartener or 1st grader for the class, please email DRE Sarah Gonzalez at dre@uucss.org.

Junior Signers

Date: February 22
Time: 10:45 - 11:30 am
Location: Dolan Lounge

The February meeting of the Junior Signers class will be on Sunday, February 22nd.  They will meet in the Dolan Lounge from 10:45-11:30 am. This is an exciting opportunity for all ages of RE participants to learn American Sign Language! Please email Sarah at dre@uucss.org for more information or to sign up.

Mindfulness, Lovingkindness, Self-Compassion— Meditative Practices for Daily Life

Dates: Part 2— March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1 (all Wednesdays)
Time: 7:30- 8:45 pm
Place:  UUCSS Sanctuary
Contact: Jane Jackson, Please RSVP

Mindfulness meditation trains us to be with whatever happens, with less stress and reactivity, less judgment, and more kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Lovingkindness practice develops concentration and a peaceful heart.  Self-compassion teachings offer the really good news that by caring deeply for ourselves and our own suffering, we can connect naturally and deeply with our fellow beings everywhere.

This is an eight week course in two parts. Part 1 introduces basic mindfulness, lovingkindness, and self-compassion practices; Part 2 explores them in more depth. Each class session will include gentle movement, guided meditations, and practical suggestions that you can take home and use in daily life situations.

This class is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. We will sit in chairs; you are welcome to bring your own cushion or bench if you prefer to sit on the floor.

Let us know if you need childcare and for how many children.

Fellowship Dinner

Date: February 22
Time: 5:00 -9:00 pm
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary

Secure your spot by registering today. You can also sign up for childcare or ASL interpretation when you register. Questions? Need a ride to the Dinner? Please contact fellowshipdinner@uucss.org.

Music Workshop with David B. Smith

Date: March 14
Time: 10 am-4 pm

As part of our ongoing diversity initiatives and residencies with influential musicians, renowned gospel musician David B. Smith will return to UUCSS for another uplifting and transformative workshop and two Sunday worship services.

This year’s program will explore the themes of multiculturalism, music, healing, and letting go. 

David is Associate Music Director of the 1800-member All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His unique musical contribution to the UU movement has proven highly significant and includes serving as music and worship leader at the 2013 UUA General Assembly in Louisville, KY and for the UU Musician’s Network. David is also notable for his former professional partnership with noted religious leader, Rev. Carlton Pearson, author of The Gospel of Inclusion.

All are welcome, regardless of experience!

 For more information, contact residency@uucss.org

Women's Retreat

Date: March 27-29
Location : Claggett Conference Center

Join an amazing group of UUCSS women for this year's Women's Retreat, to be held March 27-29 at the Claggett Conference Center, Buckeystown, MD, a peaceful rural setting overlooking Sugarloaf Mountain and the Monacacy River Valley.  Planned activities include relaxation, socializing, making art, hiking the grounds, time alone, sharing, prayer and meditation--you choose!  For more information or to sign up, contact Cynthia Curry-Daniel.

UU EVENTS AROUND THE BELTWAY

Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice - National Capital Region

Get on the Train to Selma with Other UUs
Wednesday, March 4, 2:00 p.m. - Tuesday, March 10, 2:00 p.m.
NOTE: The Marching in the Arc of Justice Conference is now full and the registration is closed.

Unitarian Universalist Conversations About Race & Ethnicity
February 12 (Rm 1-2), March 12 (Chapel), April 9 (Chapel), and May 14 (Chapel), 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cedar Lane UU Church, Bethesda, MD
Participants will engage in theological conversations and develop spiritual practices that highlight the religious and/or spiritual components of social activism and social transformation.

Black Lives Matter Die-In

While Members of Congress and their staff gathered in the Longworth cafeteria for their lunch, about ten area UU ministers laid on the ground in silence for just under four-and-a-half minutes with a group of nearly fifty clergy members and people of faith from Jewish, Christian and Muslim groups, to bring the demands of the #BlackLivesMatter movement directly to Congress. Articles about the event can be found at Colorlines , Huffington Post , and the Washington Post.

Unitarian Universalists Celebrate Climate Justice Month

Sunday, March 22 - Wednesday, April 22
From World Water Day on March 22 through Earth Day on April 22, Unitarian Universalists will be celebrating Climate Justice Month and developing long-term collective responses to climate change.

Coming Soon

Watch for a request for nominations for social justice awards to be given at the Annual UUSJ Social Justice Gala, which this year will be held in the spring.

Updated 2/4/15

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