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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 first service is interpreted in American Sign Language. Please join us in the Community Hall between services for an informal coffee hour, starting between 10:45-11:30.

April 13
Blessing of the Animals

Revs. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay and Leon Dunkley, DRE Sarah Gonzalez

Our beloved annual multigenerational celebration of the animals in our lives and in our world, we bless them and honor the many ways they bless us with their presence.  All pets are welcome, appropriately crated or leashed.  If you can't bring your pet, feel free to bring a photograph or stuffed animal and we'll bless those as well.  And as always, memorial photos of pets that have died in the past year are welcome, please place them on the pulpit table for display during the service.  Bring a blanket if you'd like to sit on the floor with your pet.  Make sure to invite your neighbors and friends, if they'd like their pets blessed, all are very welcome at this service of love and gratitude.

April 20

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

Our theme this month is Nature - and Easter always seems to echo the message of the season about death followed with life, and despair with new hope.  Life is full of challenges and pain, any of us who has lived long enough knows this.  We'll explore the Easter story, our own human nature, and the Nature all around us at this time of year, that help us renew our hope and will and joy in living.  

April 27

Rev Leon Dunkley

On September 9 th of 1836, Ralph Waldo Emerson published a book called Nature.  This book was incredibly romantic.  Of course, it was.  How could it have been otherwise?  It was romantic because he had us dream.  He said, “If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.” Every night and every day, the miracle is all around us.  We are so consistently in the company of miracles that they seem quite normal to us.  And, in fact, they are quite normal.  That’s what makes them fascinating.  Emerson was on to something.  How can we best appreciate the normal things in life?   How can we tune our souls so that we don’t miss everyday envoys of beauty and light?

May 4

Rev Leon Dunkley

On September 8 th of 1836, the day before Ralph Waldo Emerson published Nature, he met with a group of “like-minded intellectuals.”  It was the first meeting of the Transcendental Club.  It was the first transcendence, so to speak.  Frederic Henry Hedge, George Putnam, George Ripley and, much later, Margaret Fuller and others met together and talked deeply of their experiences in life.  They wanted to pierce through their frustrations with the outer surfaces of American culture and find the holy in a way that was entirely new. These transcendentalists are our spiritual ancestors.  What they dreamed is ours to do.  What things must we pierce through today?  What did they imagine of the possibilities of their faith in the early 19 th century?  What must we imagine of the possibilities of our faith in the early 21 st century?

Sunday Support team schedule.

updated: 4-8-2014