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Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring

Upcoming Events

Want to plan ahead? Here's a list of major church events for the current Church year, June 2013 to June 2014. 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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August 20 Poetry Writing Group
No August mtg Women's Book Group
September 14 LBGTQA Coffee Corner
Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 LUUV Camping Trip
September 21 Crossroads Coffee on General Assembly
September 23 Creative Aging Group
October 19 Congregational meeting on Building Plans
  Events Around the Beltway

UUCSS Poetry Writing Group

Dates: Wednesdays July 2, 16, 30 and August 6 and 20
Time : 10 am -noon
Meeting location : Dolan Lounge
Contact: Craig Flaherty, Group Leader.

Craig Flaherty invites you to write a poem and to share it with friends, especially. Please bring half a dozen copies of your poem for others.  


Date: September 22, 2014
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm

We meet on the fourth Monday of the month at a member's home for book discussion and snacks. We are an informal group; no long-term obligation is required. We welcome all interested readers. Here are the upcoming titles and dates:


September 22 : A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra

October 27: The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud

Please call 301-754-1239 for further information . 


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

Crossroads Coffee on General Assembly

Date: September 21
Time: 10:45 am
Location: Triangle Room of Community Building

The annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association (GA) attracts UUs from all over the world, including a delegation from UUCSS. It's five days of workshops, speakers, worship, and meetings designed to conduct the business of the association and provide inspiration and connection for participants to bring home to their congregations. Join some of this year's attendees as we briefly share our experiences in Providence, RI, this past June. We also hope to identify people who might be interested in attending a future General Assembly. GA 2015 will be in Portland, OR, June 24-28.

Labor Day Weekend Camping

Dates: August 30 – September 1
Location: Rocky Gap State Park
Contact: Steve Wilmarth

Come camping Labor Day Weekend at beautiful Rocky Gap State Park in Western Maryland!  It’s great place for swimming, hiking, boating, 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, clans, tribes -- are all welcome! 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 $22 per adult and $17 per kid over 3.   That includes the food!  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.

InReach evening Creative Aging Group

Date: September 23
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Dolan Lounge
Contact: Kent McCullough

The creative aging group kicks off it's 5th season on September 23rd from 7-9 p.m. in the Dolan Lounge.  If you are in the second half of life (as defined by you) then this group may be for you as we explore questions of identity and purpose unique to this stage of life.  We meet once a month on a Tuesday. 

UUCSS Congregational Meeting

October 19

The Dream Builders Committe will report on year-long building wishes inquiry findings, ask you to confirm that we have accurately identified the goals and priorities for UUCSS, and ask for permission to hire building professionals to develop more detailed proposals to carry your priorities forward.

As always, we welcome your questions or comments at DreamBuilders@UUCSS.org.


Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry

Joseph Priestley District Jubilee Anti-Racism Training

Friday, August 22, 6:00 p.m. through Sunday, August 24, 5:00 p.m.

Info: Joseph Priestley District Jubilee Ant-Racism Training

Cedar Lane UU Church, Bethesda, MD

Book Publication Announcement: Science and Religion: 5 Questions

Announcing the publication of Science and Religion: 5 Questionsedited by Gregg D. Caruso—a collection of interviews with thirty-three of the world's leading philosophers, scientists, theologians, apologists, and atheists.

Are science and religion compatible when it comes to understanding cosmology (the origin of the universe), biology (the origin of life and of the human species), ethics, and the human mind (minds, brains, souls, and free will)? Do science and religion occupy non-overlapping magisteria?

Updated 8/18/14

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