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Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring

Upcoming Events

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.

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resumes in July Poetry Writing Group
April 28 Women's Book Group
April 13 LBGTQA Coffee Corner
April 25 UUCSS BBQ
Forming now Young Adults Group
May 3 Pathways to Membership
May 4 Installation of Rev. Leon
May 10 Suite Treat
  Events Around the Beltway

UUCSS Poetry Writing Group

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.


Date: April 28, 2014
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm

LOCATION CHANGE: Tina Borror's home.

Meets on the fourth Monday of the month at a member's home at 7:30 pm. Please call Tina for directions.

We are informal group of interested readers and we meet on the fourth Monday of the month at a member's home. People are welcome to attend with no long-term obligation. Good discussion and good treats are guaranteed every month. 

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 lgbtqachair@uucss.org.


Date: April 25

The Dream Builders, with the support of the UUCSS Gentlemen's Club, will host a spring BBQ at UUCSS.  Come by for some food and drink. We'll share, through visual displays, what we've heard from the Congregation about how our spaces can better support our UUCSS values and aspirations. This is also a chance to tell us more about what you'd like to see. We will ask for donations to help cover the food costs. All are welcome, kids included.  If you'd like ASL interpretation, please write to DreamBuilder@uucss.org or talk to any on the Dream Builder team: Phyllis Ryder, Marty Atias, Rob Dahlstrom, Laura Ellis, John Robinette, Melanie Berkemeyer.

Pathways to Membership Class

Date: May 3
9:30 am-1:30 pm
Location: UUCSS

Explore what Unitarian Universalism and the UU Church of Silver Spring are all about. We’ll offer an overview of the history and basic tenets of Unitarian Universalism – and  a discussion of activities, programs and volunteer opportunities at this church. Meet and get to know others exploring the opportunity to make UUCSS their spiritual home.   A light lunch will be served. Childcare & ASL interpretation are available with advanced notice. To register, please email membership@uucss.org . Come Join Us!

Installation of Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

Date: May 4
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: UUCSS sanctuary

Sign up  begins this Sunday, April 13th during Coffee Hour, to bring finger foods such as: finger or rollup sandwiches; cheese and crackers, vegetable, fruit, or sushi trays (a Rev. Leon favorite); deviled eggs, cookies, sweets, and like foods ( no casseroles please). We also need volunteers for the Set-up, Clean-up and Food Committees.

Those who prefer to donate money, may write checks to “UUCSS” and note “ Rev. Leon’s Reception” on the memo line. The checks may be placed in the collection plate or in Lynn Edmiston’s box (The Collector) in the Admin office.

You may also call Dorothy Hale, the Reception Coordinator with questions or donations. Thank you so much, we look forward to this important event in our church life.

Suite Treat 2014 Presents: Home Grown

Date: May 10 th
Time: 7pm
Location: UUCSS Sanctuary.

The 22nd annual Suite Treat concert to benefit our music program is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014.  This year, we will be raising money to produce a CD to promote our music program. This CD will also serve as a calling card for UUCSS music. Last year, we were able to raise enough money to buy a new drum set for the sanctuary, which has certainly enhanced our worship experience.

This year’s program will feature compositions and arrangements by our house musicians and UUCSS friends, as well as a few non-musical acts.  As always, a buffet of scrumptious desserts will be served. Tickets will be $20 for adults, $17 for students/seniors, and $40 for families (three or more people).  There will be a $5 discount for tickets purchased before May 10, 2014. Tickets can be purchased online at http://uucss.org/suitetreat_tix . ASL interpretation and child care are available if requested through the Suite Treat website by April 25, 2014. Doors for the show will open at 7 P.M., with the performance starting at 7:30 P.M. Hope to see you there!

New UUCSS Group Forming for Young Adults!

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 membershipcoordinator@uucss.org.


Paul Ehrlich at River Road

Paul Ehrlich, world renowned biologist and author of the landmark book, The Population Bomb, will speak on April 27th, from 1:30 to 3 pm at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation (RRUUC); Bethesda, Md. Ehrlich will discuss Ethics, the Environment, and Avoiding the Collapse of Civilization. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and President of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. A reception, from 3 to 4 pm, will follow the lecture. Tickets are $20 until April 18th, available online or after Sunday services at RRUUC.  After April 18th, tickets will be $25 online and at the door. To purchase tickets online, go to http://www.rruuc.org/social-justice/task-forces/environmental/paul-ehrlich-april-27-2014.html .   RRUUC is located at 6301 River Road, Bethesda, Md., 20817. 301-229-0400

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry—Maryland

For a complete listing of events sponsored by the UULM-MD, go to the following website: www.uulmmd.org

Updated 4/20/14

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