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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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May 27 Women's Book Group
June 14 LBGTQA Coffee Corner
June 6 Pathways to Membership
May 19 Baltimore discussion with Paula Jones
May 31 Legacy of Enslavement discussion
June 7 UUCSS Annual Meeting
May 29-31 Family Camping trip
June 19 Unmasking Ok0kon Udo
  Events Around the Beltway


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.
May 25 : MEMORIAL DAY. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
June 22 : Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo


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

Pathways to Membership

Date: June 6th
Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm

Want to learn more about UUCSS?  The next Pathways to Membership class is open for those exploring what Unitarian Universalism and the UU Church of Silver Spring are all about. We will offer an overview of the history and basic tenets of Unitarian Universalism, a discussion of activities, programs and volunteer opportunities at UUCSS. You will meet and get to know others who are also exploring the opportunity to make UUCSS their spiritual home. To register for the class, please email Ashley Burczak at membershipcoordinator@uucss.org .  A light lunch will be served, and childcare and ASL interpretation will be available with advanced notice.  Come join us!

Racial Justice Task Force presents - The situation in Baltimore and the larger Black Lives Matter Movement. 

Date: May 19

Time: 7-9:30 pm
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary

Join the Racial Justice Task Force for an in depth discussion with Paula Cole Jones about what is happening now in Baltimore and the larger Black Lives Matter civil rights.  We will also discuss ways UUCSS can get involved in the work in Baltimore.  Paula Cole Jones is a lifelong member of All Souls Church, Unitarian, in Washington, D.C. She is a former president of DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries) and an independent antiracism consultant for the UUA. She is editor of a collection of poetry published in 2011 about racial identity in the United States.  She is a management consultant with particular expertise in building multicultural organizations.

“It Happened at the TABLE” (Taking America Beyond the Legacy of Enslavement)

Date: May 31
Time: Following the 2nd Service

Coming to the TABLE is a growing national organization that seeks to address the legacies and aftermaths of slavery through facing history, making connections, healing wounds, and taking action.  

Join the Adult RE Committee and local members of Coming To The TABLE ( http://comingtothetable.org/ ) for a discussion about their involvement with this remarkable organization! Learn about their work on behalf of all those who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.

RSVP to Susan Westenbarger for lunch and child care by Tuesday, May 26.

Come Camping!  Come camping at the beautiful Patapsco Valley State Park!

Date: May 29-31

It’s great place for hiking, spashing around in the river, playing capture the flag, or just relaxing.   The trip is sponsored by UUCSS Families LUUV group, but all church members and friends -- singles, couples, triples, tribes, dynasties, hoards -- are all welcome!  Patapsco is an easy drive, less than 45 minutes from church! If you are a new friend or member, this trip is a really great way to meet some people, so come!  You won’t regret it!  Really!  Come!

If you have not been on one of these trips before, you’ll need the usual tent, sleeping bags, and so forth, but all food is organized by meal coordinators.  Each person helps out with setup or cleanup on a meal or two, and helps with some other tasks (such as fetching water, building the fire, or keeping the kids from eating all the chocolate bars).

The cost for the trip is $16 per adult and $12 per kid over 3.   That includes the food -- three meals Saturday and one meal Sunday!  What a bargain!  To register (or if you have questions), email Steve Wilmarth and include: (1) number of adults and kids, and (2) include any dietary constraints (e.g, vegetarian) or food allergies.  Hope to see you there!


Date: SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015
Time: 12:45 p.m.
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary

All members are encouraged to attend this important annual meeting to vote on new board members, the annual budget, .

Suggestions for resolutions due to the Board of Trustees by Wednesday, May 20.Submit to boardsecretary@uucss.org

Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request. Contact boardsecretary@uucss.org by Sunday, May 24.

To register for child care, sent email with names/ages of children and allergy information to childcare@uucss.org by Sunday, May 31.

Questions? Contact Janne Harrelson, boardsecretary@uucss.org

UnMasking Okokon Udo

Date: June 19
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary

The UUCSS Diversity Team hosts this special event, “UnMasking Okokon Udo,” a powerful one-man performance that takes the audience along on a personal journey of transformation. It mirrors the story of everyone who has ever lived with masks, lost their voice, been spoken for, or been marginalized by another person or group. A post-performance dialogue will provide an opportunity for audience members to share their reactions to the show and deepen their learning about UnMasking. Okokon has extended a discounted ticket price for UUCSS members, and an additional early-bird discount is available through May 20. Tickets are available at   http://uucss.org/unmasking and at coffee hour. ASL interpretation will be available if requested by June 4. For more information about the show or to learn about the two-day UnMasking Discovery Workshop (June 20-21), contact unmasking@uucss.org .


Summer Adventures at Beacon House: Create. Explore. Discover

Three years ago, the DC government dramatically cut back on summer funding.  Instead of providing enough funding for 100 children, the DC government now provides funds only 50 of our children.  That means Beacon House must withdraw funds out of our precious reserves in order to serve an additional 80 children.  We do so because we firmly believe that our camp fills a vital need for many families. 

 We need you to partner with us to help provide a safe and enriching environment for 130 deserving children.  Your contribution will enable us to:

Please sign on to Beacon House’s website and make a donation today:www.beaconhousedc.org Please partner with us to make sure 130 low-income children have a safe, fun and enriching summer. Thank you for your continued support.  

UU Women's Federation Clara Barton Internship Open

Part Time: 20 hours a week
Washington, DC

The legislative portfolio for this position will focus on issues of importance to the health and well-being of women, such as reproductive justice and economic justice. Click for further info .

3 Job Openings at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, Maryland is seeking candidates for three staff positions serving our vibrant, growing congregation. The Youth Coordinator (15 hours per week) has overall responsibility for managing creative and supportive programs for youth in grades 7-12, including accompanying them on weekend conferences and retreats. The Religious Education Assistant (15 hours per week) provides administrative and operational support for our many religious education programs for children, youth, and adults, requiring strong capabilities with MS Office Suite, Google, and various social media applications. The Child Care Coordinator (6 hours per week) serves in the nursery on Sunday mornings and coordinates volunteer child care providers on Sundays and for some special evening and weekend events. You may find more information, including position descriptions and application instructions, on our website at http://uucr.org/employment-opportunities.

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland

We want to share with you this message from the Rev. David Carl Olson that first appeared on the UUA Standing on the Side of Love site.  Rev. Olson joined other ministers in Baltimore to attempt to bring calm during the recent unrest in Baltimore.  In addition to his duties as minister of the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, he is a member of the UULM-MD Board of Directors and has been instrumental in helping us work for marriage equality and transgender civil rights in Maryland.

This morning, Friday, May 1, 2015, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that she will seek indictments against some of the police involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

From Standing on the Side of Love:

We are grateful to be sharing this salient message from Rev. David Carl Olson, Minister of First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. His post was originally published  here. To see information on how to take action in solidarity, wherever you are based,  check out Baltimore United for Change here.

If you would like to join us in this work, please contact us at info@uulmmd.org.

A Bill That Has Passed Both Chambers: FRACKING !

Hydraulic Fracturing-Protect Our Health and Communities, SB409/HB449:  Extends the moratorium on fracking in Maryland.  The original bill called for an extension until 2023, but was amended to stipulate that no drilling permits can be issued nor can exploratory drilling take place before October, 2017. In the meantime, regulations governing the extraction process must be put in place.   The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 45-2 and the House of Delegates by 103-33 with bipartisan support. 

Action Needed: You can find a record of the votes in the Senate here and in the House here. If your legislators voted in favor of this bill, we urge you to thank them.  Issues surrounding fracking will come up again, so our legislators need to know that they have our support.

Now, we need to urge Governor Hogan to sign it!  Please contact him at 410-974-3901.

Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice

In the National Capital Region

Commit Respond - Climate Justice Month

Commit2Respond, a committed group of Unitarian Universalists, people of other faiths, and people of no faith united to change the world.

Commit2Respond's Climate Justice Month intends to take us through a transformative spiritual process leading to long-term commitments to climate justice. At the end of the month we will be asked to SHIFT to a low carbon future, ADVANCE human rights, and GROW the movement. Learn more and start thinking about how we will #commit2respond to climate change together.

UUA General Assembly

Wednesday, June 24 - Sunday, June 28
Portland, OR

 The theme for GA 2015 is Building a New Way. Part of the theme will be about building a new way to save our Earth and ourselves in the face of climate change. The UUA is committed to the goal of making GA accessible to the maximum number of attendees possible.  Go to  http://www.uua.org/ga to learn about scholarship and volunteer opportunities (work in exchange for registration).

Updated 5/17/15

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