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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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Ongoing now Uniter Dinners Sign Up
2nd Sunday of the month LGBTQA Coffee Corner
January 24 Women's Book Group
February 6 Hand's Up, documentary screening
March 12 UUCSS Church Auction
February 6 African Odyssey in Song workshop
  Events Around the Beltway

Non members can sign up to receive email notices of special events at UUCSS (members and friends receive do not need to sign up, as they already these and other email updates).


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

The Women's Book Group  

Date: Fourth Monday of the month

Meetings are held 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, and discuss the future titles.  Questions: Call 301-754-1239.  

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.

Sign up for a meal.


Film Screening, "Hands Up"

Date: Saturday, February 6
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
ASL and childcare deadline: January 25

Hands Up, the documentary, captures the spirit of the #Black Lives Matter movement as it transcends state boundaries and touches the hearts of millions of Americans. The film documents the stories of clergy and activists who are igniting a passion for justice and peace. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the film with the director, Zinhle Essamuah after the screening. For more info and to RSVP.

African Odyssey in Song Workshop

Date and Time: Saturday, February 06, 2:00PM to 4:30PM 
Registration: Register online. $20 in advance (or UUCSS member), $22 at the door

Kick off Black History Month with a dynamic workshop led by vocalists and song leaders, Elizabeth Melvin & Lauren Kelly-Washington.  Learn a variety of easy, multi-part songs from the African diaspora, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Americas. Immerse yourself in the deeper meaning of songs of worship, play, celebration and struggle.  Written lyrics will be provided.

All are welcome—no experience necessary! 

UUCSS Church Auction

Date: March 12th
Time: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This year's auction theme is Mardi Gras! Start planning your event and/or service(s) donations now submit them online before February 4th. Learn more about the auction.


Reeb Project for Voting Rights at All Souls Church, Unitarian

2016 Kickoff Organizing Meeting Jan. 10

Join us on Sunday, January 10 at 1:15 pm after the second service to learn more about the Reeb Project actions in 2016 and find out how you can get more involved. Please   click here to RSVP.

Moral March in Raleigh - Feb. 12-14

We will once again travel to Raleigh for the Moral March, and this will be a very big event for All Souls and the Reeb Project. We plan to provide bus transportation, and ask riders to share some of the cost if they can. We will also be helping coordinate housing.  And this year, we are hoping to organize a voter registration action for the day after the march, on Sunday. We will travel down Friday night, Feb. 12 and you will have the option to return Saturday night after the march, or Sunday night after the voter registration. All ages welcome, and we encourage families and youth to join. We will be taking sign ups in early January, watch your email for more information. 

Jubliee Anti-Racism Training Jan. 15-17

"Jubilee Anti-Racism Training helps participants understand what is involved in nurturing a multicultural community and working against racism in all of its forms. The workshop requires a weekend commitment; and it is worth every minute of that commitment."

Scholarship opportunities are available if finances are a limiting factor. And, after the training is finished, you'll still have a day off from work :)

Sign up below:


Film Screening: "Merchants of Doubt"

Date: January 15th, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Cedar Lane UU, Bethesda, MD

Contact: Chris Graham, EJM at chraham73(at)verizon.net or 301-949-2624

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church will show Merchants of Doubt, a movie inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Light supper will be served by our Plant Based Food Group and Environmental Justice Ministry.

UULM-MD Annual Legislative Meeting

Date: Saturday, January 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: UU Church of Annapolis, MD 21401
Keynote Speaker: Paula Cole Jones

Join UU activists from across the state as we discuss issues of interest to Maryland UUs, how these issues are interrelated and plan for the 2016 Session of the Maryland General Assembly.  Participate in advocacy training; develop the faith aspects of your advocacy; increase the voices for liberal religious values in Maryland.  Help us better coordinate the efforts of congregations across the state and more effectively involve our ministers, youth and young adults.

Paula Cole Jones, founder and president of ADORE, LLC, will be the keynote speaker.  Familiar to many UUs, Paula has led numerous workshops to help build multicultural organizations.  She will help us address the ways in which many of our social justice issues overlap and are interrelated with each other.

After reviewing the results of the 2016 Issue Survey that many of you submitted, the UULM-MD Board of Directors is recommending that our 2016 Priority Issues be Criminal Justice System Reform/Police Accountability, Climate Change, Earned Sick Leave and Death with Dignity.

Register online.


 Updated 1/16/16

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