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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
October 27 Women's Book Group
October 12 LBGTQA Coffee Corner
October 19 Congregational meeting on Building Plans
October 21 Meditation Practices for Daily Life
November 2nd Babywearing 101
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: October 27, 2014
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm
Location : please call 301-754-1239 for directions

Date: October 27
Title: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (postponed from September)

Date: November 24
Title: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (rescheduled, originally scheduled for October


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 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.

Mindfulness, Lovingkindness, Self-Compassion— Meditative Practices for Daily Life

Dates: Part 1— October 21, October 28, November 4 (all Tuesdays)
Part 2— January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11 (all Wednesdays)
Time: 7:30- 8:45 pm
Place:  UUCSS Sanctuary
Contact: Jane Jackson, Please RSVP

Mindfulness meditation trains us to be with whatever happens, with less stress and reactivity, less judgment, and more kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Lovingkindness practice develops concentration and a peaceful heart.  Self-compassion teachings offer the really good news that by caring deeply for ourselves and our own suffering, we can connect naturally and deeply with our fellow beings everywhere.

This is an eight week course in two parts. Part 1 introduces basic mindfulness, lovingkindness, and self-compassion practices; Part 2 explores them in more depth. Each class session will include gentle movement, guided meditations, and practical suggestions that you can take home and use in daily life situations.

This class is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. We will sit in chairs; you are welcome to bring your own cushion or bench if you prefer to sit on the floor.

"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.

Babywearing Class 101- a class for new parents

Date: Nov. 2nd
Time: 10:45 a.m. (between the services)
Location: Triangle room of Community Bldg.

UUCSS member Cynthia Curry-Daniel is offering this Crossroads Coffeehouse discussion to orient parents on the skills of babywearing, the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or in another form of carrier. Although it has been practiced around the world for centuries, babywearing has recently become quite popular. Doing it right and doing it well isn’t easy. It requires a bit of skill.  It takes practice.  Come learn more.

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 12th! Deadline extended.

Learn more about plans for this year's Auction.


Greater Washington Immigration Filmfest

October 23-26 Thirteen Films dealing with the subject of immigration and the status of immigrants will be shown in DC & around the Beltway. For more information go to http://immigrationfilmfest.org.



November 8, 2014 8:00 p.m.

First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
12 West Hamilton St.
Baltimore, MD

“Love Reaches Out” a benefit for the UULM of MD.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, at the emma's revolution website (http://emmasrevolution.com/live/) and the UULM-MD website (www.uulmmd.org).

Updated 10/12/14

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