Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
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.*
Learning to Pray
Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay
Over time, Rev. Liz has learned that not all forms of prayer work for her. This actually took a while to figure out. For some time it seemed that earnest application of effort and learning would open many doors of prayer - and maybe so, but in fact, for her, some forms of prayer do not really flow and some really do. It began to seem that maybe prayer should be an experience of flow, rather than frustration or even worse, boredom. Prayer as an arrow to God, prayer as communion with the world or with the self - this sermon will explore some very different understandings of prayer, and how we might find, even if we haven’t already, the prayer for each of us.
The Bones of Faith
Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley
How does one nurture the deep wishes of the soul? How does one grow sacred hope? With great humility, many of us learned that we should get down on our knees. When we were children, many of us were taught to pray each night before we went to bed. And so, perhaps, we did. We prayed. Few of us do this anymore. Did we know something then that, somehow, we learned to forget over time? After all these years, can we remember what that was? Is it worth the effort? Come find out!!
Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay
We’re at another crossroads of race and culture, when we learn or realize anew, how differently some of us experience our nation, our police, our justice system, our people, our possibilities. This Sunday, as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches, we need to re-engage with Dr. King’s wisdom as we seek our own way forward in our own time of race turmoil and, hopefully, change for the better for all of us.
When We’re Out of Prayers
Rev Elizabeth Lerner Maclay
Our service this morning will explore the story of a small group of refugees, over 3,000 years ago; Minoan people chased out of their prosperous and beautiful land by the violent and invading Mycenaeans of Trojan War fame. Invaded and overwhelmed, eventually the last of the Minoans had been driven from every other more habitable place. So they arrived at the roof of the world, a hidden, desolate mountain crag where they could live out the last waning of their own way of life and their gods. The sparse archaeological record from this tiny settlement tells a poignant story about what it means to hold onto faith in the face of insurmountable odds, and leaves us with haunting question: what does it take for us to bury our Gods?
Rev. Leon Dunkley
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