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Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring

Sunday Services

Please join us on Sunday mornings for uplifting and thought- provoking worship.

The upcoming sermon theme is listed below.

During the summer months, from Father's Day through Labor Day, one service is held at 10:30 am. These services are interpreted in American Sign Language. Nursery Care and Religious Education for children through grade 12 are offered during the summer worship services. An informal coffee hour follows the service.

During the regular church year (Labor Day to Father's Day), we hold two worship services, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., for most of the year. The second service is interpreted in American Sign Language (as of May 2015), as well as coffee hour. Please join us in the Community Hall between services for an informal coffee hour, starting between 10:45-11:30.

October 4 (ONE Service at 10:30am)
Interfaith Families as Interfaith Peacemakers

Susan Katz Miller

Susan Katz Miller is author of   Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family  (Beacon Press, 2013), will give the sermon on October 4 th.  A former  Newsweek  reporter, her work on interfaith families has appeared in the  New York Times, Time, Slate, Salon, Utne Reader, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, Here & Now, and the Today Show. At UUCSS, she plans to reflect on interfaith families as interfaith peacemakers, complex religious identities, the mysterious UU thread through her  life , and what she learned at the UUA General Assembly this year as the Sophia Fahs keynote speaker.

October 11
Soul and Oversoul Part I

Rev. Elizabeth   Lerner Maclay

What is the nature of the human soul?  What is the relationship between the soul and ego?  What is the relationship between one human soul and another?  And what is the relationship of the human soul to the God?  These were the central four questions addressed by Unitarian forebear and renowned American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay The Oversoul, back in 1841.  In modern terms we might say:  Does the soul even exist?  What is the relationship between something as transcendent as a soul and our unique selves who can be so shaped and torn and stained and stretched by life in the here and now?  In a world where mutual humanity is not even always recognized, what are the implications of that for our souls?  And what kind of connection is really possible, or really real, between ourselves and the divine?

Our sermon series, over these two Sundays, will look at the history of these questions, folding in old and new sources of wisdom from the theology of the 'Dark Night of the Soul' to modern American Quaker theologian Parker Palmer’s ideas of Ego vs. Soul.  We'll have a remarkable range of music to supplement our sources and reflections, from luminous choral pieces to achingly personal folk anthems.  It’s a big topic, we’ll venture far and wide as we seek to explore and distill soul in word and song.  Come join us on this journey!

October 18
Soul and Oversoul, Part II

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

Picking up where we left off, Soul and Oversoul, Part II will further explore understandings and questions about soul and how they play out in our modern world and our worldly faith.

October 25>

Pastor David Smith,   Revs. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay and Leon Dunkley, and Music Director Michael Holmes

Music flows like living waters that refresh the human soul.    Please join us as we welcome David B. Smith to UUCSS.  David is the Associate Musical Director at All Souls UU Church in Tulsa.  He will be our Artist-in-Residence throughout the weekend.  This Sunday service will be a participatory, musical meditation the theme of SOUL.    May the sounds of the soul flow from us.  May they rain down like blessings.  May we sing and laugh and harmonize as we create new beauty together.

Sunday Support team schedule.

updated: 10/2/2015