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.
Broken and Free: A Joyful Heart or Dried Bones?
Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay
Rumi said, "The wound is the place where the Light enters you." Brokenness is our theme for March. This Sunday we'll explore what it is to be human, what it is to be 'whole', what it is to be 'broken', whether it's possible to be live without being broken, and what does broken mean anyhow? In the New Testament, the same word for broken also means unbound, released, destroyed, overthrown, ended and freed. A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones, as it says, believe it or not, in the Bible (Proverbs 17:22). Let's look at what it's like to live broken and free.
Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay
Pain Management is an album recently released by southern hip hop artist Bubba Sparxxx. It's about the pain he's been through in recent years, the ways he's broken and not yet healed, the hope he's carrying along with the pain as he moves through his days. We all know what it's like to move through pain like that, having to carry it through our days, struggling with our demons and unsure how to get out to the other side. This morning we'll look at the ways we try to manage pain, including some of those techniques that ultimately only make it worse, how we can carry hope, and try to move closer to fine.
Healing a Brokenness
Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay and UU/Muslim Women's Book Group members
For two years now, some women from UUCSS have been meeting every month with Muslim and Ahmadiyyan women from the area to read and discuss books together.
This relationship was a deliberate choice for everyone, to push against the trends and prejudices that divide and isolate us, that had undermined earlier efforts to build relationship between our communities. We spent a year just on preparing to begin. Now that one evening every month, the relationships and care and joy that have been fostered there, are precious to us all. Come hear Rev. Liz, Muslim and UU members of the book club reflect on their experience of joy in beginning to heal a brokenness.
The Internet--YRUU service
UUCSS YRUU group (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists)
This year, the YRUU moves on from one of humanity's earliest inventions, fire, to one of its latest, the internet. We'll discuss pressing issues such as net neutrality and NSA spying, as well as why the internet is so important to us.
Yours, Mine and Ours
Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay, Rev. Leon Dunkley
Our congregation belongs to itself. That's the bedrock foundation of Unitarian Universalist understanding - that congregations are self-determining and self-reliant, and this is how it should be in a free faith searching for truth and meaning.And yet, belonging to itself also means we belong to each other, all of us, with a shared sense of ownership and pride in what we are and what we are becoming.Our worship this Sunday will be an exploration and celebration of what this means for us and to us. Our story, our songs, our time - come be part of this special Sunday together.
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