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.
We offer nursery care and religious education classes during both worship services. Preschool through middle school classes are offered at our 9:30 am service, and 4th grade through High School age meet during the 11:30 am service. Your children are also welcome to join you during worship services.Large-print Orders of Service may be obtained from an usher.
Upcoming Worship Schedule:
Practicing My Religion on Facebook
Somehow, I've acquired a few very conservative Facebook friends. I find some of their comments, and the comments of their other friends, to be mean-spirited, ill-infored, and sometimes vicious. The Travon Martin-George Zimmerman tragedy has inspired several particularly harsh
postings. To my surprise, I find that I'm glad we're Facebook friends.
In a society where many of us don't speak this those with whom we
disagree, it's good to talk to those who think differently. There are
few venues where we can talk about deeply divisive issues with quiet
voices and modulated tone. Or, at least, I can talk with a quiet voice
and modulated tone. Maybe it's a religious witness.
Diversity and Treasure
Rev.Elizabeth Lerner Maclay and Dr. Miako Rankin
We often speak of diversity as if its value is self-evident, but in fact, what diversity really means and offers is, well, diverse from one person to the next. This morning, our lead ASL interpreter, Dr. Miako Rankin will step out of her usual interpreting role to shares with us a glimpse of the treasure she has gained through working closely and directly with deaf people. Rev. Liz and she will explore how heeding that calling and sacrificing expectations has opened up new understandings of human diversity. This worship invites us to consider what it means to live in a sensory world and explore the myriad benefits of engaging more deeply with visual culture.
Preparing to Give Thanks
Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay
This is it; the big rush begins now and goes right into the new year. We all have a lot be grateful for. And a lot we are unhappy and unsatisfied about - a lot we are working to change. Even a lot we feel guilty about - the only nation in history that can be at war without the kind of impact and sacrifice we usually associate with war. It's a complicated time and that makes giving thanks complicated too. What does it mean to give thanks in a faithful and fulfilled way at this time in history and in our nation and in our own lives? It's a challenge worth taking up and a question we need to answer.
Hannukah Intergenerational service
Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay, Rev. Leon Dunkley, DRE Sarah Gonzalez
Join us for an all-age worship experience this morning as we recount the Hannukah story in song and story, consider its inspiration and challenges, and start to enter into the winter holidays in all their beauty and richness. Babies will also be dedicated this morning, contact Sarah Gonzalez if you wish to participate in this ritual. And feel free to bring Hannukah cookies and treats to share at coffee hour!
Since What We Choose is What We Are
Rev. Elizabeth Lerner Maclay
Please note--American Sign Language interpretation well be available during the second service at 11:30 am rather than the 9:30 am service, to make it easier for our Deaf members and friends may attend the important congregational meeting at 1 pm.
Our theme this month is courage, and the role of courage in determining how we live, who we are, what we choose. These are, sometimes simultaneously, some of the greatest, extraordinary, and most ordinary, mundane, challenges we face in our lifetimes. Sometimes our choices are made with great attention, sometimes by default, sometimes they're made by majority vote, sometimes they're made hastily or ignorantly or exhaustedly - and still they define us. How do we find energy to live as we believe, to remember that what we choose is what we are, navigating both so large a scope as nationhood and so seemingly small - but ultimately essential - a scope as personhood? Our worship will explore and celebrate this challenge and gift.
Note: There will be an important congregational meeting on Dec. 8th after the second service (1 pm) to vote to 'call' the Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley as Associate Minister. Learn more about the meeting.
Sunday Support team schedule.