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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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January 26 Women's Book Group
February 8 LBGTQA Coffee Corner
March 4 Meditation Practices for Daily Life
January 18 Movie Viewing: Selma
February 22 Fellowship Dinner
January 24 Taking the Plunge
January 27 Conversation about Policing in our Area
February 1 Green Investing
March 27-29 Women's Retreat
TBA Self-Determination at the End of Life
  Events Around the Beltway


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

January 26th we'll be discussing, The Invention of Wings, by Susan Monk Kidd.


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

Movie Viewing: Selma

Date: January 18
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Majestic Stadium 20, Silver Spring

Selma is a current movie about the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Meet Al Nathan in the lobby of the theater. Purchase tickets for yourselves. Plan to go to dinner together after the movie. RSVP to Eli Briggs and indicate if you just want to come to dinner and not the movie or vice versa. 

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

Dates: Part 2— March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1 (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.

Let us know if you need childcare and for how many children.

Fellowship Dinner

Date: February 22
Time: 5:00 -9:00 pm
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary

Secure your spot by registering today. You can also sign up for childcare or ASL interpretation when you register. Questions? Need a ride to the Dinner? Please contact fellowshipdinner@uucss.org.

A Conversation About Policing in Our Area

Date: January 27
Time: 7 pm
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary.

UUCSS will be hosting representatives of Montgomery and Prince George's police departments for a community forum discussing policing in our area and what these departments are doing to prevent racist policing practices. We hope that this will provide an opportunity to dialogue constructively with our local police, and can open the door for future collaboration to improve practices. Come ready with your thoughts and questions. Childcare is available with advance notice. Please request childcare by emailing membershipcoordinator@uucss.org by January 20th if you would like it arranged.

Taking the Plunge

Date: January 24
Location: National Harbor
Contact: Lori Hill

Want to tell the world what you think about global climate change? Then wear your bathing suit. In January.  Join UUCSS member Lori Hill when, along with hundreds of others, she will don her bathing suit on Saturday, January 24th at National Harbor to take the plunge to support Takoma Park-based Chesapeake Climate Action Network in their 10th Annual Keep Winter Cold Polar Bear Plunge. CCAN fights FOR legislation in DC, Maryland and Virginia that supports alternative energy for a clean, healthy future. They fight AGAINST things like coal fired power plants and fracking.

 Lori was the #1 fundraiser last year and won a bike thanks in part to the generosity of members of UUCSS who supported her fundraising. If you want to help CCAN help all of us, then join Lori on Saturday, January 24th. We would like to form a team from UUCSS. If you are interested in plunging, contact Lori first for details before signing up through CCAN. 

Green Investinggreen

Date: February 1
Time: immediately after second service (roughly 1PM) 
Location: UUCSS sanctuary

Len Cohen, Certified Financial Planner and member of the Rockville UU Church will discuss how families and individuals can have a meaningful impact on improving the world and still have a good and safe return on investments.  A light lunch will be provided so we are asking for reservations at AdultRE@UUCSS. If you would like childcare or ASL interpretation, please reserve by January 25th to allow us time to make arrangements.

Women's Retreat

Date: March 27-29
Location : Claggett Conference Center

Join an amazing group of UUCSS women for this year's Women's Retreat, to be held March 27-29 at the Claggett Conference Center, Buckeystown, MD, a peaceful rural setting overlooking Sugarloaf Mountain and the Monacacy River Valley.  Planned activities include relaxation, socializing, making art, hiking the grounds, time alone, sharing, prayer and meditation--you choose!  For more information or to sign up, contact Cynthia Curry-Daniel.

Ensuring Self Determination at the End of Life

Date: TBA

Life is what happens while making other plans...and life is fragile at every age. You are invited to hear a Presentation on “Ensuring Self-Determination at the End of Life” by Ms. Rosalind Kipping of the Compassion & Choices National Capital Area group. Please RSVP with Alexa Fraser.


Happy New Year from the Beacon House Family

Thank you for your support in 2014. There's still time to give this year as we count down the hours to 2015.

Help us make a difference in the lives of low-income, inner-city youth. We are working each day to encourage, nurture, and develop our kids. We've stimulated their brains through engaging reading, math, and science activities and one-on-one tutoring. We've nourished their bodies with healthy foods and organized athletics. We've supported their hearts with mentoring relationships and enrichment programs. Pitch in today to be a part of our work. 

Visit www.beaconhousedc.org and click the "Donate" button to help us out at the end of the year. See you in 2015!

Meet a Civil Rights Hero

Date: January 18
Time: 12:45 pm
Location: UUCA Center (Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Va) - lunch available

See the documentary about Joan Mulholland's experiences. "An Ordinary Hero" is the amazing true story of one woman's courage to help change the world. Ms. Mulholland, now a UUCA neighbor, will join us to see the film and talk with us about her civil rights work that led up to Selma.

By the time she was 19 years old, she participated in over three dozen sit-ins and protests, and she was put on death row in Mississippi's notorious Parchman Penitentiary with other Freedom Riders. She was involved in one of the most famous and violent sit-ins of the Movement at the Jackson Woolworth lunch counter and helped plan and organize the March on Washington.

For her actions she was disowned by her family, attacked, shot at, cursed at, and hunted down by the Klan for execution. Her path has crossed with some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Robert F. Kennedy, John Lewis, Diane Nash, John Salter, and Harry Belafonte, to name a few. As a white southern woman Joan's courage and fortitude in the Movement is highly regarded and recognized. She has been written about in several books including "Growing up in Mississippi", "Breach of Peace", and "We Shall Not Be Moved". She has appeared on television and news programs like "Oprah" and "CBS Nightly News".

Contact for the above Selma events is  Rev Dr Linda Olson Peebles.

Colesville Meals on Wheels

Volunteer Opportunities available for Colesville Meals on Wheels weekdays from about 11 am to 1 pm. For more information please contact Becky at 240-583-0728 or go to www.colesville-meals-on-wheels.org


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

Updated 1/22/15

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