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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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TBA Poetry Writing Group
September 22 Women's Book Group
Sept. 10 & 24 Daytime Creative Aging Group
September 14 LBGTQA Coffee Corner
October 3-5 Catoctin Retreat
October 19 Congregational meeting on Building Plans
November 15th Church Auction
November 9th "Book Discussion, "12 Steps to a Compassionate Life"
  Events Around the Beltway

UUCSS Poetry Writing Group

Dates: TBA
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
Location : Deb Weiner's home; call Deb for directions

Titles : For September 22, we will discuss A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra.

For October 27, we will discuss The Woman Upstairs by Claire Massud.


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

Daytime Creative Aging Group
Looking for New Members

Dates: September 10 & 24
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Contact: Hank Dahlstrom

The Daytime Creative Aging Group has openings for a few new members.  We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday mornings of each month.  We are structured like an Inreach Group, with an opening ritual, check-in, and then a discussion that relates (sometimes very vaguely) to aging.  We have just finished a study of "Aging as a Spiritual Practice" by Lewis Richmond, and are in the process of deciding what we want to read next. 

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 Catoctin Mountain FALL RETREAT

Dates: October 3rd-5th
Contact: Catoctin coordinator Nicole Levesque with questions or to volunteer

Church members and friends gather for games, hikes, shared meals, music, and much more. If you are new to UUCSS it’s a great way to get to know many members of our community.  Registration begins this Sunday September 7 th, during coffee hour through the end of September.  Register for the retreat online.

UUCSS Congregational Meeting

October 19, 12:30 pm, after the One worship service at 10:30 am.

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.

We will also be voting on electing a new Board President. Barbara Eyman has been nominated.

A light lunch will be provided.

*Learn about the top priorities the Dream Builders collected from the congregation and the proposed process moving forward beforehand at optional information sessions during Coffee hour. There will also be an informal session at the Catoctin Retreat.

If you require childcare for this meeting, please contact . Please contact Dreambuilders@uucss.org for ASL interpreters for this meeting or any of optional  informational sessions.

"Book Discussion of "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life," by Karen Armstrong.

Date: November 9th
Time: 2 p.m., in the Dolan Lounge
by Nov. 2, at adultre@uucss.org

Join us for a discussion of Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong, one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world. The twelve steps Armstrong suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion and provides a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Armstrong teaches that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and a journey filled with rewards.

Sponsored by the Adult RE Committee and facilitated by Bob McGaughy.

Church Auction

Date: November 15th
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The annual Auction is an evening of great fun and fellowship at which donations made by UUCSS Members and Friends are auctioned off to others within the church family.

Volunteers needed! Sign up to help out before and during the Auction by emailing the coordinator at auction@uucss.org.

Please submit your donations online by October 4th!

Learn more about plans for this year's Auction.



Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Beacon House could expose all of our young boys and girls to science so that, rather than be intimidated, they would eagerly take  STEM courses and learn about how our world works?!

Another program where we have roots, yet need additional resources is in the area of health and wellness

Finally, we would love to welcome our children each day into a more professional, attractive learning environment.  Beacon House is a hodgepodge of furniture, tables, chairs, amateur wall art, and woefully insufficient storage space.  We have architectural plans to renovate the intake and study hall areas, at a cost of roughly $50,000.  We have a challenge grant of $25,000, and pledges for another $15,000, leaving just $10,000 left to raise. 

Help us nurture our seedlings/children so they may blossom by donating to Beacon House.  Please donate online at www.beaconhousedc.org, or mail a check to Beacon House, P.O. Box 29629, Washington, DC 20017. 

Get Involved with UULM-MD

This September you have a number of opportunities to get involved in issues related to focus areas of UULM-MD and live your UU values! If you need more information, check out our website, http://www.uulmmd.org or contact us at info@uulmmd.org or 410-266-8044, ext. 111.


Updated 9/23/14

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