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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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May 7 Truck Touch (Nursery School Fundraiser)
May 8 LGBTQA Coffee Corner
May 16 UUCSS-Adhmadiya Mosque Evening
May 30 Women's Book Group
June 22-26 General Assembly
May 23 Suite Treat Cafe
May 30 Blue Jeans Saturday
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).

SSNS TRUCK TOUCH – Fun for Kids of ALL Ages!

Date: May 7
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Silver Spring Nursery School’s 13 th Annual Truck Touch! Our parking lot will be filled with vehicles of every kind for children to explore, including Montgomery County Construction Trucks, Fire Engine, Rescue Vehicles, School Bus, Metro Bus, Motorcycle, and more.

Returning this year is the popular Silent Auction! Bid on amazing items from donors such as Walt Disney World, Whitetail Resort, Dutch Wonderland, International Spy Museum, Imagination Stage, Blue Heron Wellness...plus local favorite restaurants, boat tours, summer day trips, kids' classes, theater tickets, and much more.

Also enjoy live music from local favorite Marsha & the Positrons, as well as yummy food and drinks, arts & crafts, games and face painting.

Please park at the CHI Center (10501 New Hampshire Ave., Silver SpringMD) and then head one block South to SSNS at 10309 New Hampshire Ave. – located in the parking lot of the Unitarian Church, with whom we share space. 

Admission is $5/person and children under age 2 are FREE. Rain or Shine. All proceeds benefit SSNS, celebrating 75 years of sharing and caring, helping children learn through play.

For more details and an updated list of vehicles and silent auction donors, go to  http://www.silverspringnurseryschool.org/home/truck-touch


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

UUCSS-Adhmadiya Muslim Evening for Conversation And Understanding

Date: Monday, May 16
Time: 7-9 pm

Please mark your calendars and come to this very special opportunity!  Mr. Amer Safir, editor of   The Review of Religions  in London, UK, is visiting the Washington area  and will be at UUCSS the evening of Monday, May 16.  His topic will be offering his personal, political and international perspectives on the Muslim faith and his community's efforts to counter the extremist views that ISIS and other similar organizations are  perpetuating about Islam.  

The Review of Religions , in print since 1902, includes a robust social media component that promotes peaceful teachings of Islam and aims to counter efforts by extremists to radicalize Muslim youth.  It is one of the longest-running comparative religion magazines in existence. The magazine, published by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, presents an interfaith perspective to the teachings of Islam and brings together articles and viewpoints dedicated to promoting greater understanding in the international community.

Mr. Safir has a master’s in literature of modernity: modernism, postmodernism and post-colonialism from Royal Holloway, University of London.  In addition to his work on   The Review of Religions, Mr. Safir is also the Deputy Director for the Translation/Interpretation Department of Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA), the international television station of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Working as a senior translator/interpreter, Mr. Safir helps translate an array of religious programs on MTA International from Urdu to English and also helps oversee translations in over 20 languages.

Mr. Safir has appeared as a panelist on MTA programs such as ‘Faith Matters’ and ‘Real Talk’, often speaking in the UK and abroad on Islam and confronting the misrepresentation that Islam promotes terrorism and extremism.  Please come to this important evening and help us promote a better, truer narrative about the nature of Islam and our relationship to it.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Friends, neighbors and members of the public are all very welcome.

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. 

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

June 27: H Is for Hawk  by Helen MacDonald.

Blue Jean Saturday - Church Cleanup and BBQ

Date: May 28
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Please mark your calendars and join us for Blue Jean Saturday! We’re going to celebrate the beginning of Summer by making our church sparkle and having a BBQ lunch for all the volunteers!  Choose your own activity: whether you want to do some gardening, landscaping or cleaning, there will be plenty of tasks from which to choose.

So if you are not headed to the beach for Memorial Day weekend, come join us to do a little cleaning or gardening, and enjoy a Memorial Weekend BBQ lunch with some chicken and veggie kabobs on the grill, and other goodies (we may even roast some marshmallows!).   Side dishes are welcome!

If you have any questions, send me an email, and I look forward to seeing you on May 28th!  Thanks, Brian Beard  

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.

Suite Treat Cafe

Date: May 21
Time: doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, $45 for families, and a $2 discount for tickets purchased prior to the show. Purchase tickets at coffeehour or online.

Suite Treat is our annual musical event featuring vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles performed by UUCSS members and friends. A buffet of delectable desserts sweetens the night's entertainment. This year's theme is, "Isn’t It Romantic, Love Songs Through the Ages." Proceeds from the event will benefit the music program at UUCSS.

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. 

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


Opening to Our White Privilege Workshop

Saturday, May 14, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick


This workshop will strengthen the work of racial justice allies by

We particularly prioritize creating a supportive and safe environment so that participants can internally process challenging knowledge; and emerge stronger for the experience.

Facilitators: Andrew Batcher and Danna Pope, both of the Washington Ethical Society, racial justice allies and workshop facilitators for the UU BLM Summits.

Who Should Attend: participants with some commitment to anti-racism work, some familiarity with white privilege and institutional racism, having encountered the concepts before, but who have not taken an intensive anti-racism training. We will discuss foundational concepts, but mainly focus on delving deeper. We intend that the workshop will feel profound for participants, and will motivate them towards anti-racist transformation both within themselves and their community.

Updated 5/4/16

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