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Sunday, Feb 14Service: Do I Really Want to Be Loved?
Rev. Henry Simoni-Wastila

What is the nature of love and what are some of our struggles with being more loving?

Sunday, Feb 21Service: Fear of the Unknown & the Uncontrollable
Elissa Kline
Sunday, Feb 21Seekers Class Video

The Seekers class continue in their hard hitting news program. This show discusses what UUers believe.

Wednesday, Feb 24February Soul Circle 7-9 pm
Rev. Henry Simoni-Wastila

Soul Circle is a spiritual development group that uses the monthly theme packet to grow personally and as Unitarian Universalist people of faith. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month explore the worship theme in more depth. Meetings are open to members and friends of SCUU.

 

The conversation for February's theme "What Does It Mean to Be a People of Desire?" will be held on Wednesday, February 24th 7-9pm, in the Yurt. To read the packet - with exercises and food for thought to help the theme make a difference in YOUR life - click the link above, or pick up a copy in the Sugarloaf House. Take a look, and do the exercises or ask yourselves the questions that speak to you the most. Then come to our meeting to talk about your new understandings or struggles with people on similar paths in a safe, supportive environment facilitated by Rev. Henry.

Sunday, Feb 28Service: Mindfulness and Meditation
Rev. Henry Simoni-Wastila

What is mindfulness meditation? How has meditation worked in the Buddhist tradition?

Monday, Feb 29How do you tell right from wrong?

The Seekers class continues in their reporting on the big questions.

Sunday, Mar 6Sunday Meditation Service

The Sunday meditation circle meets for silent meditation, reading and sharing of insight on Sunday mornings at 9:00am, prior to the main service.

Sunday, Mar 6Service: Mystery and Openness
Rev. Henry Simoni-Wastila

If we cannot know with absolute certainty, are we left with Mystery. How can we have a more open religion?

Rev Henry

Ralph Emerson's Desiderata

To laugh often and much;

to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children;

to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty,

to find the best in others;

to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch

 or a redeemed social condition;

to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.


Religion has almost always been of great value for me, even though it has taken different forms: from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism and finally to Unitarian Universalism. I was brought up in a somewhat stern form of Roman Catholicism. I remember being in seventh grade and reading most of the Bible in order to get a "plenary indulgence" which would insure my soul's entrance into heaven! However, the religion in which I was raised also contained positive elements. Like most things in life, it was a mixture of good and bad. As I share in ministry with others, I try to draw inspiration from all religions, each one having its strengths and weaknesses.


I went to college at the UMASS, Amherst. Fortunately, the reputation of the school as "Zoo-Mass" reflected upon only a small portion of the student body and not at all upon the excellent faculty! Religious studies was my major. Visiting Israel and Rome gave first-hand knowledge of the geography of the Bible. It was quite a thrill to step on the very stones of Herod's Temple upon which Jesus walked and to swim in the Sea of Galilee!


I planned to go to seminary and become an Episcopalian. Harvard Divinity School seemed to be the most interesting place to pursue these goals. There, I found a more inclusive and liberal approach to theology. Since I was no longer convinced that Jesus was the "Son of God."


I entered Boston University to start a Ph.D. in religious studies. I graduated with my Ph.D. and have continued to teach college courses one or two nights per week in the ensuing years. While the academic environment has a lot in common with rational UU faith, I find life in the congregation is deeper and more long lasting than teaching in an environment when so many want to know, “is that going to be on the final exam!”


I became a Unitarian Universalist where my liberal spirituality could find a home at last. I have followed Sugarloaf congregation ever since the ministry of Rev. Amy Russell, who met with the Small Group Cluster of UU Ministers. I realize that you are a small congregation and that this is 1/2 time. As I teach religion and humanities at local colleges, so part-time works for me. My wife works as a pharmacy professor in Baltimore, therefore it's good to have one partner with more flexibility for children's sick days, dentist visits, etc. I have a son and a daughter.


I served for 11 years at Cedarhurst in Carroll County.


My preaching runs the range from theistic to humanist to Buddhist to philosophical ideas. I like to add some literary allusions, and try to convey, in the beauty of language, just how beautiful and meaningful life can be. --Sometimes we all struggle to find the meaning we know could be there.

Latest Update from SCUU Religious Education.
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The Seekers class continues in their reporting on the big questions.

The Seekers class continues in their reporting on the big questions.

Some funny bloopers from the class's latest production.  

Some funny bloopers from the class's latest production.

 

The Seekers class continue in their hard hitting news program. This show discusses what UUers believe.

The Seekers class continue in their hard hitting news program. This show discusses what UUers believe.

Watch the first video from this year's talented Seekers Class where they ask the question, "Where did we come from?"  

Watch the first video from this year's talented Seekers Class where they ask the question, "Where did we come from?"

 

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Watch the first video from this year's Seeker's class!    

Watch the first video from this year's Seeker's class!

 

 

Religious education classes start at SCUU this Sunday for grades pre-school through 7th grade. Onsite registration will be available. Come meet the new RE coordinator. Parents, bring your checkbook!

 

Just a reminder that our Sugarloafs OWL Program begins on September 20 in conjunction with the Frederick UU church.  The starting time...

Just a reminder that our Sugarloafs OWL Program begins on September 20 in conjunction with the Frederick UU church.  The starting time is 6 PM and will take place at the Frederick UU facility.  Please fill in and bring any necessary...

OWL is coming!  OWL is coming! Unitarian Universalism has made a commitment to provide comprehensive sexuality education for our...

OWL is coming!  OWL is coming!

Unitarian Universalism has made a commitment to provide comprehensive sexuality education for our children and youth, and we are happy to announce that we will be joining with the Frederick congregation...

Dear Parents and Youth (age 12 and over), A youth retreat, with the emphasis on fun, will happen at Sugarloaf, May 15/16!  D....
Dear Parents and Youth (age 12 and over), A youth retreat, with the emphasis on fun, will happen at Sugarloaf, May 15/16!  D. Ohlandt, a professional youth adventure facilitator, UU Arlington Church member, known and valued in the JPD...
Attention All Those Ages 12 to 15 and Your Parents!  Join us for our Fun-Doing-Things Retreat starting the evening of May 15...

Attention All Those Ages 12 to 15 and Your Parents!  Join us for our Fun-Doing-Things Retreat starting the evening of May 15 through Saturday, May 16, till 4 P.M., for Sugarloaf youth and your friends.  It will be...

We have a special RE United lesson planned for this Sunday, March 22.  Recent topics in the Mavericks class have covered...
We have a special RE United lesson planned for this Sunday, March 22.  Recent topics in the Mavericks class have covered Generosity and Random Acts of Kindness.  Along these themes we have organized a field trip for all RE...
Presenter:  Tiana Meek Durations:  Sun, 01/25/2015 - Wed, 01/28/2015 Join RE's new spiritual growth group for Sugarloaf...

Presenter:  Tiana Meek

Durations: ...
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  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! The BIG question...at this Sunday's service!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 02/04/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Friday, January 29, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Special Reunion Event - This Sunday! See inside for details!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 01/29/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, January 21, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! No Church This Sunday! Stay home and be safe!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 01/21/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Spread the word! Reunion Sunday is January 31st...see inside for details.!!! Happy 1st day of year you stop typing xx/xx/15!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 01/14/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, January 7, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Ring in the New Year with this Sunday's aptly titled service "Endings & Beginnings"!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 01/07/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Friday, January 1, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Happy New You!! Or Happy New Year!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 01/01/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, December 24, 2015
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Meditation Service this Sunday - No RE!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 12/24/2015. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Friday, December 18, 2015
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Join us on Christmas Eve for cookies and carols!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 12/18/2015. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, December 10, 2015

    If we updated our banner and used it as a sail on the ship that we use to sail to our new destination it might look like this ...
    The Volunteer System allows us to make helpful connections.
    How To Be A Sugarloaf Requester:
    Look at those who are long term volunteers being committee members.  I see these folks as committed to our ministry for the duration of their terms.  Now, look at those whose ministry is to be there to support committee members throughout the Volunteer System’s trial period (the Go ‘Rounders.)  That period ends with the congregational vote at our May annual meeting on whether or not to have a volunteer system.
    Any committee member qualifies as a Requester.Step 1 is when a committee member finds a need to have a one-time task done.  Julie B. from the E-Task Force needed a volunteer substitute for Laura to do the Weekly Digest.Step 2 is when Julie asked Helen who is available for that temporary job.  Rosie was the one.Step 3 is when Julie gave a personal invitation with a full job description to Rosie.Step 4 is when the two women buddied-up with mentoring and technical help to accomplish the task.  (The arrangement was so satisfying that Rosie went ahead and was editor for seven issues!  Obviously, this is not the usual example of the “One task- One time’ stipulation of the Volunteer System.)Step 5 is when gratitude is shown to the volunteer for completion of the task.Step 6 is when the Manager was notified (Helen, with Jeff substituting from Jan. 10 till March 10, by the Requester, Julie, that Rosie  had completed the job.  Note:  An additional adjustment to the System was when Rosie decided to bank her credits for later use and stay active as a volunteer (on the Go ‘Round list of five folks, at this point.)
    The Go ‘Rounders are each committed to doing one task per month during the Volunteer System trial period.   So far, these wonderful folks have found new knowledge and awareness of Sugarloaf’s inner workings when giving their monthly boosts toward achieving committee goals for our sustainability on our land.

    Helen Pop 
  • Thursday, December 10, 2015
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Don't forget - use the link on our home page to shop on Amazon this holiday season. SCUU will receive a donation for each of your purchases!!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 12/10/2015. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link