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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.

November 9
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

There's a lot that gets us through challenges in life, that makes good times even better.  Some of it we lift up, and celebrate.  Some of it we take for granted.  Some of it we actually choose not to mention because it's unusual or small or not what people might expect matters to us.  But in fact, sometimes it's just those things that mean the most, and that we share, even when we don't know it.  Rev. Liz will reveal a few of her favorite things in hopes we might discover some new things we've had in common all along and share the pleasure or strength they give us.

November 16
An Irresistible Sense of Mission

Rev. Kathleen McTigue and Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

Some of the most powerful movements for social justice have been those inspired and sustained by religious faith and practice. Many of us yearn to bring our own justice commitments into deeper conversation with our spiritual lives, to find that same inspiration and sustenance. How might we learn do this, individually and together -- and what difference can it make?   The Rev. Kathleen McTigue is a good friend of Rev. Liz and is the Director of the UU College of Social Justice. Prior to accepting this position in 2012, she served as a parish minister for 25 years, first in North Carolina and then New Haven, CT.  She currently resides in Boston, MA. [See additional notes after Rev. Liz’ Column.]

November 23
Gratitude is the Sign of Noble Souls (Aesop)

Rev Leon Dunkley

 “Thank goodness for you!” she said with an honest smile upon her face.  “Without you, my life would surely be less rich.”  In this time of our thanksgiving, sometimes it’s hard to find gratitude.  Sometimes, it’s hard to find the signs of the noble soul.  What is the secret to finding genuineness and gratitude in our lives?  Come find out…and bring your riches.  You’ll find them all in your heart.

November 30 [ Please note we will have ONE service this morning at 10:30 am.]
America, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

Nowadays we know Thanksgiving as a conflicted holiday, lifting up myth at the expense of history, a time to celebrate family but also a time to remember war, prejudice, colonialism, inhumanity, and the roles they have played in our nation's family.  We are ever more aware that we could, and should do, so much better than we do.  But there's also still plenty to be grateful for and to celebrate in our flawed, remarkable nation.  This service will lift up beauties and gifts we may take for granted or lose sight of - even when they're some of the most precious gifts a nation can offer its people.

December 7
A Personal Piece of Peace

Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay

We're entering the dark months, the inward and cold months, the months when peace is celebrated in many holidays and nations - hard-won and elusive though it is.  It's hard-won and elusive also for our own yearning, insecure, guilty, struggling, aspirational souls.    What gives us peace, brings us peace, fosters peace in us, and if and when we find it, can it be shared or do we all have to find our own way?

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