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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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November 23 Women's Book Group
November 8 LBGTQA Coffee Corner
November 11 Good Grief, Grace Happens
November 16 "The New Jim Crow" Reading group
November 7 Blue Jeans Saturday
November 8 Screening of "Cock Fight: Meet the Farmer Blowing the Whistle on Big Chicken"
November 14 Screening of "Trails of Hope and Terror"
Now Uniter Dinners Sign Up
December 12 Learn to Lobby Like a Pro
December 13 Holiday Bazaar
  Events Around the Beltway


Date: Fourth Monday of the month
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm
Location: please call 301-754-1239 for directions

The Women's Book Group meets on the fourth Monday of the month 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, discuss the future titles, and adjourn  by 9:30. 


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

Good Grief, Grace Happens

Dates: Nov. 11
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: UUCSS

Join a friendly, caring group of people who will talk together and walk together through life's most difficult experiences. This is a six-week support group for adults. We offer guided experiences designed to assist in recovery from loss. Together we will learn to look forward to the building and the rebuilding of our lives. Register with the Church Adminstrator at 301-434-4050 or Administrator@uuscc.org. If you have questions, call Rev. Leon.

“The New Jim Crow” Reading Group

Date: November 16
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: UUCSS Chapel

The Racial Justice Task Force and the Adult RE Committee are sponsoring a   three-month reading group for "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander. The October session will cover chapters 3-4; November, chapters 5-6 of the book, although everyone is welcome to participate even if you aren't able to complete the reading.  Contact Susan Westenbarger with questions.

Blue Jeans Saturday

Date: November 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wear your work clothes, bring tools and gloves, if you have them, and help freshen up our buildings and grounds! You can choose from a list of tasks, indoor or outdoor. (If we get a morning shower, we will work indoors until it stops—lots of things to clean!) Lunch Provided – Homemade chicken salad and cole slaw (side dishes appreciated!) If you have any questions, contact Brian Beard.

Film Screening:  "Cock Fight: Meet the Farmer Blowing the Whistle on Big Chicken"

Date: November 8th
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary

Support the chicken farmers! Did you know that 71% of contract poultry growers live below the poverty line while big poultry corporations are making billions of dollars in profits each year without regard to farmers, chickens, the environment, or public health?

Join the Green Sanctuary Committee on Sunday, November 8 th  or the 43-minute documentary  Cock Fight  about how one North Carolina farmer, Craig Watts, blew the whistle on Big Poultry.

Craig the farmer will be at our screening and we’ll learn what we can do to support The Farmers Rights Act being introduced to the Maryland state legislature this January. The screening is free, but join us at 6:15 for a delicious plant-based meal by eco caterer Zenful Bites.

Immigration film showing: Trails of Hope and Terror

Date: November 14
Time:  2:00-5:00 pm
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary

We will show the   film, “Trails of Hope and Terror”, produced by Dr. De La Torre and his son, Victor De La Torre. This moving film explores the desperation of the current immigration crisis and the responses to it by politicians, faith groups, and others. Discussion and book signing will follow the film.  The deadline to request ASL INTERPRETATION is past.

The next day, the Rev. Dr. De La Torre will co-lead the 9:30 and 11:30 worship services. In his sermon -- titled   “Was Jesus a Racist?”  – Dr De La Torre explores aspects of racism across time and culture, offering fresh perspectives for today. He is a DYNAMIC preacher. This is one Sunday not to miss!

Invite family and friends to join us next weekend. It’s going to be fantastic!  Flyers are available to help spread the word. Contact   diversity@uucss.org   for more information.

Uniter Dinners sign up

Small, casual, one-time get-togethers for any interested members and friends--are back by popular demand starting this January! This year we're also including two brunch options and a restaurant option for people who hate to cook! Choose from a variety of themes and dates. Each person can sign up to provide one piece of the meal. Once a date has a host and at least three attendees confirmed, the meal is on! Membership Coordinator Ashley Burczak will put the group members in touch to work out the details together. To sign up for a meal, go to: http:// www.signupgenius.com /go/20f044faba72ba6fb6-uniter

Learn to Lobby like a Pro

Date: December 12
Time: 1:30- 4:00 pm
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary

Three of UUCSS' Social Justice Initiatives are jointly hosting a class to will teach you how to lobby our state legislature.  December 12, 1:30-4 in the sanctuary.   Registration information coming soon.     Questions - email Alexa Fraser

UUCSS Holiday Bazaar

Date: December 13, 2015
Time:9 am -1 pm
Location: UUCSS Community Hall

Vendor information:

Items for sale: We are looking for 12 vendors of hand-crafted or other u nique high-quality gift items.

Customer Traffic: We advertise widely but most attendees will be from the church. Traffic will be highest between 10:30 and 11:30, which is “coffee hour” between services(9:30 and 11:30). Total traffic is expected to be about 250 people.

Space: We willprovide 5’ by 2’ tables and table cloths. Vendors are encouraged to reserve ½ table if that is all t he space you will need. You may also bring your own display as long as it will fit within a 4’ by 6’ space. Chairs will be provided.

Table Fee: We do not c harge a table fee but instead ask that you donate 10% of your sales to the church, up to a maximum of $30. Other arrangements can also be made – contact Susan-Marie Stedman (see info below) to discuss.

Set-up and break-down : Vendors will be able to set up b eginning at 8 AM a nd break down between1 and 2 PM. WE MUST BE OUT BY 2 PM.

TO RESERVE A SPACE: send an mail to or call Susan-Marie with the following information:

Name; e-mail; phone number; type of items for   sale; space requested (1 table, ½ table, your display measuring X feet by X feet). You will receive a confirmation by e-mail or phone.


Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) invites you to   Beyond Partisan Division

Saturday, November 14, 12:00-4:30pm
Channing Memorial Church, 3220 Corporate Court, Suite C, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Tickets are $10; $12 after November 11 (includes vegetarian lunch and materials);
Visit   www.uusj.org  to register. Flyer

Election season is upon us, and opinions and ideas are flowing. Or are they?

• Are we really open to diversity of political discourse?
• Do we really encourage and accept differing political views in our own congregations?
• How can we understand our own political bias?
• How can we be more effective in our understanding and conversations, and open our doors wide to intentionally extend our love and welcome to all?

This program will help us to compassionately witness a seldom-challenged bias that often exists in our congregations and association. We’ll learn how to deepen the conversations about partisan division that exists around labels like “liberals” and “conservative.”

Presenters include Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, minister, and Paul Roche, Board Chair, UUC Sterling, and Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, minister, Accotink UUC.

Sponsored by UUs for Social Justice in the National Capital Region.

Questions? Contact   info@uusj.org  or  202-600-9132.   A UUCSS contact,  is  Susan Westenbarger.

Updated 11/5/15

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