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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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TBA Poetry Writing Group
September 22 Women's Book Group
Sept. 10 & 24 Daytime Creative Aging Group
September 14 LBGTQA Coffee Corner
September 21 Crossroads Coffee on General Assembly
September 21 Blue Jeans Sunday
September 23 Creative Aging Group
October 3-5 Catoctin Retreat
October 19 Congregational meeting on Building Plans
November 15th Church Auction
  Events Around the Beltway

UUCSS Poetry Writing Group

Dates: TBA
Time : 10 am -noon
Meeting location : Dolan Lounge
Contact: Craig Flaherty, Group Leader.

Craig Flaherty invites you to write a poem and to share it with friends, especially. Please bring half a dozen copies of your poem for others.  


Date: September 22, 2014
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm
Location : Deb Weiner's home; call Deb for directions

Titles : For September 22, we will discuss A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra.

For October 27, we will discuss The Woman Upstairs by Claire Massud.


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

Daytime Creative Aging Group
Looking for New Members

Dates: September 10 & 24
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Contact: Hank Dahlstrom

The Daytime Creative Aging Group has openings for a few new members.  We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday mornings of each month.  We are structured like an Inreach Group, with an opening ritual, check-in, and then a discussion that relates (sometimes very vaguely) to aging.  We have just finished a study of "Aging as a Spiritual Practice" by Lewis Richmond, and are in the process of deciding what we want to read next. 

Crossroads Coffee on General Assembly

Date: September 21
Time: 10:45 am
Location: Triangle Room of Community Building

The annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association (GA) attracts UUs from all over the world, including a delegation from UUCSS. It's five days of workshops, speakers, worship, and meetings designed to conduct the business of the association and provide inspiration and connection for participants to bring home to their congregations. Join some of this year's attendees as we briefly share our experiences in Providence, RI, this past June. We also hope to identify people who might be interested in attending a future General Assembly. GA 2015 will be in Portland, OR, June 24-28.

Blue Jeans Sunday

Date: September 21-- 
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
Contact: Jean Alexander 

The main project will be planting the groundcover vinca (periwinkle) at the top of the N.H. Ave. slope.  If you have vinca (periwinkle) in your yard, please contribute some (or lots of it) to the cause.  We will also be moving wood chips, so, if you have a wheelbarrow and shovel, please bring them.  And, as usual, we will be bagging the debris next to the dumpster to take home for your yard recycling.  Plus--weeding, trimming, and general clean-up.

Breakfast treats in am and Picnic Lunch at 12:30pm!**

How to prepare vinca for transplanting:  Please cut the vines to about 6" length, because the transplanted roots can't support long trailing shoots.  Keep the roots cool and moist.  It's best to dig clumps up no sooner than the day before they are going to be replanted. You'll need to bring a hand trowel and gloves. 

Donations of yard recycling bags would be greatly appreciated.  It would be great to have them by the 14th.

InReach evening Creative Aging Group

Date: September 23
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Dolan Lounge
Contact: Kent McCullough

The creative aging group kicks off it's 5th season on September 23rd from 7-9 p.m. in the Dolan Lounge.  If you are in the second half of life (as defined by you) then this group may be for you as we explore questions of identity and purpose unique to this stage of life.  We meet once a month on a Tuesday. 

UUCSS Catoctin Mountain FALL RETREAT

Dates: October 3rd-5th
Contact: Catoctin coordinator Nicole Levesque with questions or to volunteer

Church members and friends gather for games, hikes, shared meals, music, and much more. If you are new to UUCSS it’s a great way to get to know many members of our community.  Registration begins this Sunday September 7 th, during coffee hour through the end of September.  Register for the retreat online.

UUCSS Congregational Meeting

October 19

The Dream Builders Committe will report on year-long building wishes inquiry findings, ask you to confirm that we have accurately identified the goals and priorities for UUCSS, and ask for permission to hire building professionals to develop more detailed proposals to carry your priorities forward.

As always, we welcome your questions or comments at DreamBuilders@UUCSS.org.

Church Auction

Date: November 15th
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The annual Auction is an evening of great fun and fellowship at which donations made by UUCSS Members and Friends are auctioned off to others within the church family.

Volunteers needed! Sign up to help out before and during the Auction by emailing the coordinator at auction@uucss.org.

Please submit your donations online by October 4th!

Learn more about plans for this year's Auction.


Peoples Climate March

When : September 21, 2014 - New York City

Time : September 19 and Saturday, September 20

UUSJ and IPL Multi-Faith Buses leave Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20

From northern Virginia, Maryland near the Beltway and Baltimore UUs for Social Justice and Interfaith Power and Light have teamed up to sponsor “Multi-Faith” buses to this critical People's Climate Justice event in NYC. Sign up at the Quick Link at http://gwipl.org/pcm/bus-ride/ for roundtrip buses by September 2 going to “Stand on the Side of Love at the

People’s Climate March.” Buses depart Friday and Saturday to arrive in time for the March and the advance activities including an interfaith service with Rev. Peter Morales and the March to the UN Summit of World Leaders gathering to discuss the Global Climate Treaty.  To get more information and register (with no obligation) go to www.uusj.org.  For information about the March go to www.peoplesclimate.org. For more information or questions contact Rev. Cyn Snavely, info@uusj.org or 202-600-9132.

FYI: Read Bob Mckibben's call to arms in Rolling Stone, "In a rational world, no one would need to march. In a rational world, policymakers would have heeded scientists when they first sounded the alarm 25 years ago. But in this world, reason, having won the argument, has so far lost the fight."


Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Beacon House could expose all of our young boys and girls to science so that, rather than be intimidated, they would eagerly take  STEM courses and learn about how our world works?!

Another program where we have roots, yet need additional resources is in the area of health and wellness

Finally, we would love to welcome our children each day into a more professional, attractive learning environment.  Beacon House is a hodgepodge of furniture, tables, chairs, amateur wall art, and woefully insufficient storage space.  We have architectural plans to renovate the intake and study hall areas, at a cost of roughly $50,000.  We have a challenge grant of $25,000, and pledges for another $15,000, leaving just $10,000 left to raise. 

Help us nurture our seedlings/children so they may blossom by donating to Beacon House.  Please donate online at www.beaconhousedc.org, or mail a check to Beacon House, P.O. Box 29629, Washington, DC 20017. 

Book Signing : Ralph Nader

When : September 21, at 12:45 PM,

Where : River Rd. Unitarian Universalist Congregation is hosting:

Who : Ralph Nader.  Talk about his new book, "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left/Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State"

All area UU's are invited, as well as the general public.  There is no fee, and Mr. Nader will be signing his book, offered at a discount price attendees. Contact phone: 301 229-0400.

Get Involved with UULM-MD

This September you have a number of opportunities to get involved in issues related to focus areas of UULM-MD and live your UU values! If you need more information, check out our website, http://www.uulmmd.org or contact us at info@uulmmd.org or 410-266-8044, ext. 111.


Updated 9/5/14

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