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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 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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November 24 Women's Book Group
December 14 LBGTQA Coffee Corner
January 14 Meditation Practices for Daily Life
November 29 Christmas Eve Pageant Rehearsal
November 29 Holiday Children's Choir Rehearsal
December 14 UUCSS Holiday Bazaar
December 20 Song of Solstice concert
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Fourth Monday of the month
7:30-9:30; please call 301-754-1239 for directions

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

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.

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.



Updated 11/25/14

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