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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 Women's Book Group
December 14 LBGTQA Coffee Corner
January 14 Meditation Practices for Daily Life
December 13 Christmas Eve Pageant Rehearsal
December 13 Holiday Children's Choir Rehearsal
December 14 UUCSS Holiday Bazaar
December 20 Song of Solstice concert
December 24 Christmas Eve celebration
January 10 Quiet Day
January 14 Meditation
  Events Around the Beltway


Fourth Monday of the month
7:30-9:30; please call 301-754-1239 for directions

No meeting in December.

Ferguson Response Meeting

Date: December 7 (this Sunday) Time: 1 pm
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary

Join a discussion about what UUCSS can do in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and too many others. The meeting will take place in the sanctuary after the second service. 


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

Christmas Eve Pageant Rehearsal this Saturday!

Date: Saturdays, Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, and 20th
Time: 11 am - noon
UUCSS Sanctuary
Contact: Sarah Gonzales

This year's Christmas Pageant will tell the story of Sandy the UU Reindeer and we have lots of parts for all ages to play! Our first rehearsal will be on Saturday, November 22nd, from 11am-12pm in the UUCSS Sanctuary. For those who are interested in the Children's Choir, rehearsal will take place on the same day in the same place from 10-11am. Snacks will be served in between the two rehearsals. Email Sarah at dre@uucss.org if you are interested in either the Pageant or the Children's Choir!

UUCSS Children's Choir for Holiday Season 2014

Date: Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20
Time: 10 am
UUCSS Sanctuary
Michael Holmes, Music Director

Calling all kids ages 5-11! We will be preparing to perform for the Christmas Eve Pageant on December 24 th. Please RSVP as soon as possible. This year, the Children’s choir rehearses on Saturdays at 10am before the pageant rehearsal in the Sanctuary. All children who enjoy singing are welcome! No audition is required. Don’t be shy! Please contact Michael Holmes, UUCSS music director, in advance, email to musicdirector@uucss.org.

2014 UUCSS Holiday Bazaar

Date: Sunday, December 14 th
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Location: Community Hall
Contact: Susan-Marie Stedman

Please contact Susan Marie Stedman if you are interested in participating or have any questions. 

“SONG OF SOLSTICE” - A Celtic Winter Celebration at UUCSS

Date: December 20
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary

“Tis the gateway of the Year…Shortest day and darkest hour…” So come on out and celebrate the magic of the Winter Solstice in cozy fellowship on December 20th, when OCEAN Celtic Quartet comes to UUCSS to celebrate Yuletide.  Their boisterous program will feature British Mummer’s play recitations, traditional English and French carols, foot-stomping Scottish & Irish fiddle tunes, 19th century broadside songs, and original seasonal compositions celebrating both the joy of the Season of Light, and the introspection of the Dark Half of the Year.
With their soaring vocals and high-energy instrumentals, they are known for marrying lighthearted exuberance with great spiritual depth. The OCEAN Celtic Quartet is led by composer and ethnomusicologist Jennifer Cutting (accordion and keyboards), a WAMA Musician of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. OCEAN features the stunning vocalist LISA MOSCATIELLO (herself a multiple WAMMIE winner and Artist of the Year), folklorist/vocalist/percussionist STEPHEN WINICK, plus champion Scottish-American fiddler ANDREW DODDS.
Cutting’s original anthem, “Song of Solstice,” has become a classic on Celtic and Folk radio; and her all-faiths hymn, “Light the Winter’s Dark,” has been much recorded and performed by other artists. Come prepared to sing along with OCEAN on these and other seasonal songs ancient and modern!

The concert is part of a weekend residency which also includes participation in UUCSS' two Winter Solstice Services the following day.


December 24 th Services at 7 pm and 9 pm. Come Celebrate Christmas and bring treats for the cookie reception in between the services.

Our intergenerational early service at 7 pm will feature a Christmas pageant, Christmas music and carols, rejoicing and, of course, the telling of the nativity story in a fresh way. Our atmospheric late service at 9 pm will feature readings, Christmas music and carols, as we move from darkness to light, yearning to hope, in the course of telling and exploring the Christmas story.

Christmas Cookie Reception!

As always, bring a Christmas sweet or savory to share between services at our popular Christmas cookie reception. We’ll look forward to sharing fellowship and conversation during this time between the early and late services on Christmas Eve.

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

Dates: 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.

Quiet Day

Date: January 10th

Watch for more details.

Save the date for the fifth annual Quiet Day. The UUCSS Adult Programs Committee promises you a relaxing and enlightening break from your everyday routine.


UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland 2015 Issue Survey

The UULM-MD Board will be considering some new issues for the 2015 Session of the Maryland General Assembly.    

In order to best understand which issues are most important to Maryland UUs, we need you to complete and submit the 2015 Issue Survey that is now available online .  

The results of this survey will assist the UULM-MD Board in choosing which issues they will recommend as Priority Issues for 2015. 

The UULM-MD 2015 Issue Survey is available at www.UULM-MD.org. Type this URL into your browser if the link here isn’t active.


A complete listing of the many activities of UUSJ in December and January is available at http:// www.uusj.net.

Updated 12/17/14

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