Soul Circle has been POSTPONED until after church on March 23rd. See you then!
Soul Circle is a monthly discussion group where we talk about things we've discovered about the month's worship theme by using the exercises and questions presented in the packet. Everyone is welcome to dive deeper into "What Can I Get From Unitarian Universalism?" and learn what others have discovered as well! Facilitated by Rev. Megan.
Saturday, Mar 15
On Sunday, March 16th Carol Plummer is hosting a Silent Retreat at Soul Source in Derwood, MD. Do you need some quiet time? Would you like to feel more connected to your spirit? Join us for a day of contemplation and meditation. This soul nourishing day will eave you feeling calm, peaceful and relaxed. www.spiritualityforeveryday.com/retreats
The Sunday meditation service meets for silent meditation, reading and sharing of insight on Sunday mornings at 9:00am, prior to the main service.
Sunday, Mar 23
Service: A Religion for Its Time & New Member Ceremony!!
Rev. Megan Foley
This month we’re asking What Can I Get from Unitarian Universalism? – little did we know that the answer might be that being UU is cutting edge! How is Unitarian Universalism high fashion these days? Come and find out.
Sunday, Mar 30
Service: A Chance to Practice What We Know
Rev. Megan Foley
This month we ponder “What Can I Get from Unitarian Universalism?,” and this week, we’ll talk about how our UU churches offer us something we really can’t get anywhere else: an opportunity to put our highest ideals about how to treat each other into practice. Not that it’s always pretty! But is it worth the trouble?
Monday, Mar 31
March's Curiosity: What Can I Get From Unitarian Universalism?
Rev. Megan Foley
Join us in March for our theme-based activities: Sermons on March 23rd and 30th. Soul Circle Meeting March 11th. Curiosity Check-in after service on the 30th. See you there!
2014 AUCTION The Sugarloaf Spring Social and Live Auction is only a month away. Join us on Saturday, April 5 in the YURT from 7 to 10 PM. Tickets will be on sale in Sugarloaf House after each Sunday service. The advance ticket price is $10 for one person and $15 for two. Please buy your tickets before the event because the committee would like to know how many people to plan for. At the door tickets will cost more. Save money to spend at the auction by buying your tickets early.Expect a call and/or e-mail in the next few weeks asking for service donations and other assistance. See or contact Kathleen Walker, Liz Collins, Laura Keene, or Judy Stilwell if you have any questions.
In the Unitarian Universalist congregational covenant, we have The Living Tradition We Share Draws from Many Sources’ # 6 –“Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” It’s so easy to witness and feel those rhythms both by being on our property and from belonging to Sugarloaf’s covenantal community of mutual trust and support. We have a natural gift to give. How is it natural for us? It would be an expression of our identity as a spiritual community – the way we connect.Sugarloaf’s retreat qualities give enjoyment of the silence, the beautiful land’s foothill features, the sweet smells, the birds, plus so much more. For a UU churchwork group such as those from neighboring congregations who are in charge of such committees as the spring auction, the year’s fundraising, membership, worship, the aesthetic and physical enhancement of grounds and buildings, the social justice efforts, Beacon House support, youth group activities, etc., we have a service to provide. Inside our buildings, a retreat can inspire community building and ideas to carry forth. Outside, on one’s own, restorative solitude awaits. If (when?) our property becomes a home spot for such retreats, we will belong to the UUA’s CERG movement that is just beginning (as it organizes to form clusters of congregations.) Through these retreats we would be in an enabling role for UU growth. If we can think bigger, we can, successfully cope with the major changes that could spark resistance. Since we are all seeking Sugarloaf’s sustainability which will have the security of dependable, incoming money flow, we can do it by just being who we are with volunteering as we are able, according to our strengths in complementarity with the strengths of the others in our vibrant and diverse community. Our Board of Trustees and Megan support providing the venue for an experimental retreat for board chairpersons to happen on September 20 (after our annual meeting when we can discuss and vote on the retreat dream project.) Up till that point, our challenges lie in making our property ready (e.g. Great Room interior decorating with sound dampening arrangements, the campfire spot made more inviting and legal for fires, the path to the State Park opened.) Our success greatly depends on Sugarloaf’s creativity, sweat equity and secretarial tasks responsibility, perseverance and collaboration skills.Experienced know-how and price surveying is needed for the food the Presidents’ RoundTable will be supplied for their Saturday meals. Equipment for sit-down meetings is to be inventoried and missing supplies procured and picked-up from close-by UU churches. I will be on-hand throughout the Presidents’ retreat, but need a locally knowledgeable co-host/ess to be available to aid my handling problem solutions according to what is available close-by, e.g. where to get a prescription filled. It would be good to have a welcoming team to buddy with the arriving presidents to give them the “lay of the land” tours. The day of the retreat promises to be an enjoyable flow experience of hosting. Those who participate in that exciting day, are there to seek to ensure the guests have a pleasurable and fulfilling day at our church home. When they fill out their evaluation forms, hopefully, they will want to recommend that future retreats be held at Sugarloaf to get all their churchwork leadership together. (I realize we will have to “share the imperfect” for the experimental retreat and so can ask the presidents for input for improvements.) If the CERG staff believes we can serve the progress of that UUA movement, we can apply for grants from more than just Chalice Lighters to update our property for Cluster use. CERG reorganization of how our district is to be run puts the key focus on the formation of congregational clusters that are expected to communicate closely in order to share resources. The new governance body we will, eventually, belong to is the Central East Regional Group (CERG.) When we know what cluster of churches Sugarloaf will belong to, we possibly could charge dues, e.g. $5.00 per year per member of a congregation. This income would be for maintaining our property for their use.Historically, we have the Davies verve here at Sugarloaf. Dr. Davies started an organization that lasted more than 50 years that brought together (when I participated) 26 neighboring UU church representatives from the laity to share the ups and downs of their congregations’ churchwork and seek support from one another to strengthen their churches. Tom Everly asked in the Sustainability Task Force meeting, if there were a UU mutual support system for Sugarloaf. We can have that support through CERG. In fact, we would contribute to CERG’s success. What we have to offer for each UU group retreating here, is a chance for an experience of lasting value. We can provide the matrix for the participants’ creative interchange in face-to-face engagement. I remember what Humphrey Bogart said in The Barefoot Contessa, “There’s more to talk than words.” We can fulfill a facilitating role in establishing mutual support systems for our CERG Cluster to aid their finding the strongest paths in order for each church to move into the future of UU growth. When it comes time for us all to vote on future retreats for our property, it would mean all of us valuing the honor (if it’s a yes vote) by steadfastly seeing to it that our property is kept up for UU think tank getaways. Muriel, wife of Dr. Davies and my spiritual guide throughout most of my life, was one of Sugarloaf’s founders. To quote Muriel, after her retirement from River Road UU Congregation and when she had spent five years traveling around the East Coast as the Ethical Society’s National Religious Education consultant, she believed that religion has to be more than “ethics and social action. We need a spiritual base.” Muriel was sure as she was coming to the time when Sugarloaf was being created, that no life can be lived without a “sense of the sacred” and an appreciation for “the mysteries of life.” She believed we each have resources we have not yet realized. She believed we are capable of growth to create a better world. We can do that by kindling UU growth on our naturally spiritual land and with how we each are together. The way we embody life here, I see as our spiritual expression for connection. It comes out naturally as our congregation’s identity.
“To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren’t doing them. Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in the warm water, it is really quite pleasant. I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands. I know that if I hurry in order to eat dessert sooner, the time of washing dishes will be unpleasant and not worth living. That would be a pity,for each minute, each second of life is a miracle. The dishes themselves and that fact that I am here washing them are miracles!”-Thich Nhat Hanh
belated thank you to Jim S. and Richard S. for replacing the dishwasher.
belated Happy birthday to Jackson Pollack January 28!!
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John P. writes on 3/3/14: I just plowed the church driveway and upper parking lot, and shoveled the walk ways and lower porch. The buildings should be accessible to anyone who needs to use them this week. The sledding is awesome!!
Today, drove up to the upper parking lot without any problem -- a little snow sun glare.
WOW Thanks! John P. Awesome Brilliant and Cool ...
Got Snow Plow? Why yes we do ...
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Snow Plowing and Sledding count as both the yin and the yang as it were which is quite ok. They're also not on the list which is ok too .. The list is more like guidelines ... Although Shoveling is on the list ...
Aftermath When the summer fields are mown, When the birds are fledged and flown, And the dry leaves strew the path; With the falling of the snow, With the cawing of the crow, Once again the fields we mow And gather in the aftermath. Not the sweet, new grass with flowers Is this harvesting of ours; Not the upland clover bloom; But the rowen mixed with weeds, Tangled tufts from marsh and meads, Where the poppy drops its seeds In the silence and the gloom.
Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian Universalists is a spiritual community that welcomes questions, explores answers, and shares the lessons of life. We celebrate cultural and theological diversity and are united by caring for humanity and the earth.
As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we practice a liberal, creedless religion with Judeo-Christian roots, and teach tolerance and respect for all people and differing religious viewpoints. Our members frequently come from other religious backgrounds, and UUs are known worldwide for service to their communities, nation and planet.
Sugarloaf is a small Unitarian Universalist church located on 5 beautiful acres bordering Seneca Creek State Park, with a charming "yurt" for worship services and a mountain-style frame house for fellowship, religious education, and office space. Our worship service is Sunday at 10:30. At our services you'll hear inspiring sermons and lively community music. There is a coffee hour after the service. All ages are welcome. We have religious education offerings for children between the ages of 3 and 15, and a nursery for babies and toddlers.
We serve the upper and western areas of Montgomery County, Maryland, specifically the areas of Germantown, Poolesville, Darnestown, Barnesville, Clarksburg, Damascus, Laytonsville, Montgomery Village, Redland, Derwood, North Potomac, and Gaithersburg.