Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
Want to plan ahead? Here's a list of major church events for the current Church year, June 2013 to June 2014.
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.
Click on event for details.
|resumes in July||Poetry Writing Group|
|March 24||Women's Book Group|
|March 9||LBGTQA Coffee Corner|
|March 18||2014-2015 Calendaring Meeting|
|April 4||ASL Poetry|
|Forming now||Young Adults Group|
|March 21-23||Women's retreat|
|Events Around the Beltway|
Dates: 1st & 3rd Thursdays
Time : 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Meeting location : Dolan Lounge
Contact: Craig Flaherty, Group Leader.
The group is suspended until July.
LGBTQA Equality Task Force meeting
Date: March 10
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Triangle Room
The UUCSS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning & Allies (LGBTQA) Task Force holds an informal & welcoming Coffee Corner on the Second Sundays (between the services) in the Triangle Room of the Community Hall. All members, friends, & visitors are welcome. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: March 24, 2014
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm
Meets on the fourth Monday of the month at a member's home at 7:30 pm. Please call Deb for directions.
We are an informal group that meets to discuss a book that has been previously selected for that month (see below). All voices and thoughts are encouraged. Discussions can move in unexpected directions. We break for dessert and coffee/tea and conversation and then disperse by 9:30. No long-term obligation is required.
March 24, 2014 : The Burgess Boys by Katherine Stout
April 28, 2014 : Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
May 26, 2014 : The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Date: 2nd Sunday of each month
Time: immediately after service
Location: "Triangle Room" of the Community Hall (where the sofas are)
The UUSCC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning & Allies (LGBTQA) Task Force holds an informal & welcoming Coffee Corner on the Second Sundays after the Service, in the triangle room of the Community Hall. All members, friends, & visitors are welcome. For more information, email email@example.com.
Date: March 18th
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: UUCSS Chapel
The Program Council will be setting the 2014-2015 Church Calendar. If you have a church-wide event you would like scheduled, you are highly encouraged to attend the meeting.
If you cannot attend (or a representative from your committee), please send the following Information to Chris Lindsley:
Name of event:
Brief description (5-6 words):
Date: (please include 3 choices)
Location: (If at UUCSS, which rooms?)
Contact person: Name, email address, phone
Percussionist: Rev. Leon Dunkley
Spoken English access for nonsigners: Miako Rankin
Date: April 4
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary
Tickets: $10.00 (50% of the proceeds will benefit UUCSS)
Poet, actor, and activist, Terrylene, has recently become involved with UUCSS, and our community now has the rare opportunity to experience an evening of Terrylene performing American Sign Language (ASL) poetry! ASL poetry centers in visual movement. Through Terrylene's expressive hands, face, and body, she deftly reveals her true self. You will be entertained as Terrylene's rhythmic hand shapes, graceful movements, and stirring iconic images provoke powerful feelings. Terrylene will be accompanied by our own Rev. Leon Dunkley on percussion, and Miako Rankin will help make the poetry accessible through spoken English. It’s an evening not to be missed!
About the Artist
The Deaf community reveres Terrylene as one of their foremost celebrities’ -- the actress who not only represents them truthfully in the roles she plays, but a sublime performer who fluently and artistically preserves and celebrates their authentic native language, American Sign Language. Terrylene created her critically acclaimed, autobiographical, one-woman stage play, “In The Now,” which toured nationally and has been adapted into an indie feature film, “The Upper Room,” currently in preproduction. Most recently, Terrylene devotes her craft to ASL poetry in the hope of enlightening new audiences to this emerging art form. She also dedicates her time and talent in creating an entertaining e-learning website that promotes healthy bilingual (ASL-English) development to children up to the age of five ( www.clercschildren.com ). Terrylene is grateful to UUCCS for the opportunity to share the artistic dimensions of American Sign Language. Her poetry is sure to take your breath away. “You have never known poetry until you have seen ASL poetry. You have never known music until you experience the music in Terrylene's definitive hands.” www.Terrylene.com
Date: March 21-23
Location: Clagett Conference Center
Contact: Olivia Pickett
Join an amazing group of UUCSS women for this year's Women's Retreat at the Claggett Conference Center, Buckeystown, MD, a peaceful rural setting overlooking Sugarloaf Mountain and the Monacacy River Valley. Guided activities, meditation and sharing, socializing, dancing, arts and crafts, hiking the grounds, personal time, you choose! Massages will be offered, with payment made directly to the massage therapists.For more information or to sign up, visit the women's retreat table in coffee hour beginning January 19 or contact Olivia Pickett
Are you a young adult interested in connecting with other UUCSSers your age? If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 and have an interest in starting a group at UUCSS for social events, justice action, spiritual discussions, and community-building with others in your age group, please be in touch with Membership Coordinator Ashley Burczak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard Movie
Date: March 14
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: JICC auditorium, Embassy of Japan
In 1946, appalled by the flippant treatment of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the glorification of the hydrogen bomb experiments on the Bikini Atoll, Reverend A. Powell Davies of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, DC decided to take action. He inspired his congregation to give school supplies to the children of Honkawa Elementary School in Hiroshima, who had survived the bombing and were struggling to move on with their lives.
In gratitude, those same children sent 50 drawings and paintings to the All Souls parishioners, beautiful drawings of cherry blossoms, festivals, children playing and picking flowers, kites in the sky. The drawings showed in brilliant color the children's memories of better times and their hopes and dreams for the future.
In the ensuing decades, the drawings disappeared from view and memory until they were rediscovered in 1995. Then in 2007, the drawings started a journey back to Hiroshima, as the All Souls pastor and parishioners sought out the original artists, now in their 70's, and brought them together again to see the pictures they had created so many years ago.
Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard is about hope in the face of horror, the possibility of reconciliation between bitter enemies and the unwavering optimism of children.
English and Japanese w English subtitles | Not Rated | 82 min | 2013 | Dir. by Bryan Reichhardt
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat. Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Doors for the evening showing open at 6:00pm. No admission or re-entry after 7:00pm.
Jewish Voices in UU Gathering March 14-16 in Morristown, N.J.
"Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism", a national gathering of Jewish UUs and others interested in exploring Judaism and Jewishness within our faith tradition is being held March 14-16 at the UU Fellowship of Morristown, N.J. Rev. Liz was a past president of that organization.
Jewish practices, culture and identity within the context of Unitarian Universalism (UU) will be the subjects of presentations, workshops and small group sharing over the weekend. Worship opportunities will include a Friday night & Saturday morning Shabbat service , a Havdalah service, a very special Purim celebration Saturday evening with the David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble ( www.glukh.com ), and Sunday morning service with the host minister, Rev. Alison Miller.
Keynote speakers Rev.Leah Hart-Landsberg and Rev. Marti Keller, co-editors of the just published "Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism" (Skinner House Press) will talk about the questions of Jewish identity, theology, spiritual practices and justice work as Jewish UUs and allies experience them within our congregations and movement as a whole, based on the 20 contributed essays. How do our UU experiences and convictions fit with the major Pew Research Center study on Jewish Identity in the 21st century that was released and widely debated last year? How might these findings inform the commitment to diversity in UU?
Jewish Voices contributor Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs will offer a workshop asking us to honor our ancestry and think deeply about what our living faith demands today. He will probe the inherent tension between treasuring a particular identity and living into the longing to build and to be the Beloved Community.
Other workshops include one on Beyond the Holidays, a look at ways to infuse our Sunday services and other programming with Jewish music, liturgy and practice, and Bringing Jewish Traditions and Teachings to Life through vibrant local UU Jewish groups and other forums, featuring lay and professional leaders.
All of this plus Jewish food, music, noisemakers, and opportunities to share deeply will make this gathering memorable.
To register, or for the latest information on transportation and lodging, sliding scale/scholarship assistance, go to www.uuja.org .
Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry—Maryland
For a complete listing of events sponsored by the UULM-MD, go to the following website: www.uulmmd.orgUpdated 3/7/14
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