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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.

Click on event for details.

May 8 LGBTQA Coffee Corner
April 18 Women's Book Group
June General Assembly
April 23 Missa Gaia Performance
April 24 Passover Seder Potluck
April 21, 24 Uniter Dinners
April 24 UUCSS 101
April 30 Pathways to Membership
June 3-5 Camping at Patapsco State Park
July 10-16 UUMAC
  Events Around the Beltway

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


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

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. 

April 25:  Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories, by Alice Munro

May 30 (date change to fifth Monday, Memorial Day):   The Light between Oceans  by M. L. Stedman

General Assembly Registration And Housing Reservations Open

Date: June 22-26

GA Registration opens (at 9 a.m. EST) http://www.uua.org/ga/registration
GA Housing Reservation System opens (at 9 a.m. EST) http://www.uua.org/ga/travel

GA (UUA General Assembly) this year is in Columbus, Ohio.

Missa Gaia Performance: Earth Mass, by Paul Winter and Jim Scott

Date: Saturday, April 23, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $25; $20 UUCSS and MVUC members with advance purchase: $15 senior/student. Register online.

Come celebrate the Earth in song!

The UUCSS and Mount Vernon UC Choirs join acclaimed composer Jim Scott and a host of other musicians to bring you the breathtaking Missa Gaia, integrating world music with songs from the wild to celebrate the whole earth as a sacred space.

Annual UUCSS Passover Seder Potluck

Date: April 24
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary
Contact: Jeremy Holt or Bailley Whiteman

The annual UUCSS Passover Seder potluck is fast approaching! People of all ages, come join us for this important event. We will share great food, participate in one of the Jewish faiths's most important ceremonies, reflect on how the seder's messages of the value of human freedom and dignity is needed today, and sing some great songs. For sign language interpretation, ask ASAP and no less than 2 weeks before the event.

Uniter Dinners

Date: April 21st
Time: 7:00pm

The theme is Italian food! Sign up to bring your best garlic bread, homemade Caesar salad, and tiramisu!

Date: April 24 th
Time: 2:00pm (right after church)

Anyone who loves the togetherness of Uniter Meals but not the cooking or clean up can join this meal at a local restaurant the group will choose together! The slots for this sign up lists specific meal elements like all other Uniter Meal sign ups, but the group doesn't have to divide payment or ordering this way if they'd prefer another system.

To sign up for either meal, go to   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044faba72ba6fb6-uniter  .

UUCSS 101 

Date: April 24th  
Time: 11:30 am -12:30 pm

This casual one-hour session is a chance for visitors and newer members to ask questions about UUCSS, Unitarian Universalism, our membership joining process, how to get involved in church activities, and more. It will be held in the "Triangle Room" (just off the Community Hall). We'll start just as coffee hour is ending, so feel free to bring a cup of coffee and snack. No preregistration required. Questions?  Send them to   membership@uucss.org.

Pathways to Membership Class

Date: April 30th
Time: 9:00 am - noon

The Pathways class is the first formal step toward becoming a UUCSS member. The class is a chance to learn more about UUCSS, Unitarian Universalism, and church membership. We can provide childcare and ASL interpretation with advanced notice. To register, send an email to membershipchair@uucss.org  with your name and contact information.

It’s UUMAC Time!

Dates: July 10-16

Are you looking for a summer vacation option that will be fun, rejuvenating, multi-generational, and affordable? The Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community (UUMAC) ’16 will be held July 10-16 near Allentown, PA. It is many things—a spiritual retreat, a family summer camp, an institute for learning and exploration, a weeklong party and reunion of kindred souls. We play games and instruments, sing, listen, discuss, learn, worship, visit, laugh, work, eat, (and sometimes sleep), dance and nosh at Night Owls, and paint faces and toenails at the Carnival. UUMAC is intentionally a multi-generational community, and programming is a balance of activity according to age grouping and across age barriers. Children, teens and adults each have programming geared to their interests. As well, ages mingle for off-campus trips, and evening activities.

This year’s UUMAC will focus on Radical Hospitality and Radical Justice. Rev. Libby Smith, an adjunct staffer at the Joseph Priestly District, and Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls of our Plainfield UU church will be our Minister of the Week and Theme speaker.

For more information, please: go to  uumac.org and/or contact Alexa Fraser

Camping at the beautiful Patapsco Valley State Park!  

Date: June 3-5

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, hordes -- 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!

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 Alexa Fraser and include: (1) number of adults and kids, and (2) include any dietary constraints (e.g, vegetarian) or food allergies.   Once you are confirmed please plan to send a check. 


Opal Tometi of BLM at UU Congregation of Columbia  

Date: April 28
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Join our neighboring congregation UU Congregation of Columbia   for the inaugural event in the Conversations for Change Speakers Series on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30pm - 8:00 pm. The featured speaker is  Opal Tometi, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Registration is required:  http://uucolumbia.net/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=84

Reply to Eli Briggs if you are going and we will see about arranging car pooling.

Racial Justice Task Force

Updated 4/15/16

To publicize an event in the next Uniter, send information to uniter@uucss.org. (Uniter temporarily suspended; submit events to administrator@uuscc.org for publication in the weekly email.)