Announcements

Sunday, Dec 21Service: The Real Gift of the Fire
Rev. Megan Foley

This time of year we tell stories of miracles and love, and especially the sort of love that creates everyday miracles.  Join us to hear a folktale from our great SCUU storyteller, Roy M., and have a chance to reflect on what the real gifts of the fire might be for you and yours in this season.

Wednesday, Dec 24Christmas Eve Cookie Reception 4-5 pm
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Bring your favorite homemade cookie to share or grab some from the store on the way in, but be sure to join in our traditional pre-worship service cookie reception in the Sugarloaf Great Room!

Wednesday, Dec 24Christmas Eve Service 5 pm
Rev. Megan Foley

Join us for our traditional Christmas Eve service with caroling, reflections, and candlelighting!  All ages welcome.  Want more celebrating? Come at 4 pm for our cookie reception- bring some of your favorites!

Sunday, Dec 28Service: Finding Peace
Carol Plummer

The holidays can be stressful and tiring. You are invited to this all meditation service to find some peace and ease.

Tuesday, Jan 6Soul Circle Conversation: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Wonder? 7-9 pm
Rev. Megan Foley

Soul Circle is an open spiritual development group that uses the monthly Soul Circle packet (see link to left of screen on website) to grow personally and as Unitarian Universalist people of faith.  We meet the first Tuesday of each month (with some exceptions) to talk about how the theme of the month affected our lives.  To participate, check the link at left at the beginning of each month, 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. Megan.  See you there!

Sunday, Mar 22Sunday Meditation Service

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

Services every Sunday at 10:30am.
About Megan, our Minister.

A Recent Sermon

Sun, 12/07/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
Our weather has been very up and down these past couple of weeks, but we’ve certainly gotten the taste of winter at least once or twice....
Sun, 11/16/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
video               “Giving is the Best Communication” at karmatube.org...
Sun, 11/02/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
Welcome to this year’s Day of the Dead service, our annual Sugarloaf tradition.   Each year, we treat this holiday a little bit...
Sun, 10/26/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
   Today, like in our video, [http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en#t-344436...
Sun, 10/05/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
Each year around the time of the Jewish High Holy Days, I take the opportunity to talk a bit about forgiveness, why it is important to all...
Sun, 09/21/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
I don’t know about you, but I remember being much more viscerally, emotionally, and relationally affected by the whole world of promises...
Sun, 09/07/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
Water Communion         It is September, and the time has come for us to officially join together...
Sun, 05/11/2014
Rev. Heather Rion Starr
“Now I become myself. It’s taken / Time, many years and places; I have been dissolved and shaken, / Worn other people’s faces...” —May...
Sun, 03/30/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
  A cute video from a cute but also surprisingly deep movie about the power of true love – I recommend seeing it if you haven’t yet....
Sun, 03/23/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
Our worship theme this month is What Can I Get From Unitarian Universalism?, and in service of this theme, I want to tell you a few stories...
Sun, 03/09/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
Who here has seen The L*go Movie? And who is planning to see it but hasn’t yet? That might be a little bit of a problem because right now...
Sun, 02/23/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
A few months ago, the Washington Post reported on what they clearly found to be a strange phenomenon, a pair of English comedians who are...
Sun, 02/09/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
[This Sunday, we heard from a variety of people, younger and older, about what our church means to them. The following were the words used...
Sun, 02/02/2014
Gus Vandermeeren
Please click on the link below to access the sermon. The Ultimate Goal.pdf
Sun, 01/26/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
As you know, the theme this month is What Would a Truly Just World Look like, and two weeks ago we started talking about UUtopia and how we...
Sun, 01/12/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
This month, we’re curious about, our theme is, what a truly just world might look like. And, of course, being UUs, we think the truly just...
Tue, 12/24/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Chime Congregation: Christmas Time is Here Christmas time is here Happiness and cheer Fun for all That children call Their favorite time...
Sun, 12/22/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Today I’m talking about what the point of spiritual practice is, and I’m going to start with a few descriptions of people’s interactions...
Sun, 12/08/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Some of you already know, I’m sure, that one of Starbucks’ business plans has been to create what they call a “third place” for its...
Sun, 11/24/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Last spring I worked with a group of you to decide what our monthly worship themes should be this year, this year that we’re calling The...
Sun, 10/27/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Reading: Exodus 3:1-15 We’ve already heard one story from the book of Exodus in the Hebrew Bible today, and we’re now going to hear...
Sun, 10/20/2013
Helen Popenoe
Part One When I “friend” someone on Facebook, I wouldn’t go so far as to say I am “filled with wondrous love” as Hymn 18 claims. That’s...
Sun, 10/13/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
[Before the sermon, the congregation saw these clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVg2EJvvlF8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX-Aldx-LM0...
Sun, 09/29/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
This is the second of my monthly theme-based sermons for September, and this month, along with the theme, I’m also introducing you to what...
Sun, 09/15/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Here we are, at the kick off to a whole church year of talking about the things that people might be spiritually curious about. We’ll be...
Sun, 09/08/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Who here has heard the Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum before? Is there anyone who can tell me what it means? Is there anyone who knows where...
Sun, 08/25/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Let’s talk about rain for a few minutes, and how rain works – at least around here.   Ideally, with rain, you want a system where you...
Sun, 07/14/2013
Rev. Megan Foley and Chuck Becker
Today we’re exploring that tricky little surprise that life throws you when you get to be 20, 30, 40 or 50, or maybe even older than that,...
Sun, 06/30/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Here comes the Fourth of July on Thursday, right on schedule on the fourth day of July, and maybe you’re one of those overworked Americans...
Sun, 06/16/2013
Helen Pop
Unique, Just Like Everyone Else by Helen Pop A NOTE to newcomers and visitors before I begin: We have freedom of the pulpit. Hear my...
Sun, 05/19/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
A few weeks ago, I was driving to church on Route 270, which is not my favorite experience, since it ranges between being either boring or...
Sun, 05/05/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Have you ever been at one of those big toy stores, or a giant store with a big toy section, and found yourself in the middle of…the pink...
Sun, 04/21/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Stories, and decisions, and stories, and decisions, and stories some more, and decisions….boy, does that describe church to me. In the...
Sun, 04/14/2013
Helen Pop
  If you saw the website blurb describing my talk today, you got the viewpoint that words give the ability to discover and create who...
Sun, 04/07/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Last January, I spent a whole week in a continuing education class for ministers.  Lest that makes you feel sorry for me, I should...
Sun, 03/31/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20b, NRSV I believe I say this every single time I get up to...
Sun, 03/03/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Reflection 1One of the things that Unitarian Universalists like to tell themselves about our religion is that our beliefs are really...
Sun, 02/24/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
One of the things that’s so interesting about working in a church is that I get to know folks who have professions and expertise in fields...
Sun, 02/10/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
Unitarian Universalists LOVE to talk about the inherent worth of every human being.  We LOVE it.  It’s right there as our first...
Sun, 02/03/2013
Colin Doyle
Readings Today we will hear readings from six diverse sources that have each influenced some of us. Evolution Our first reading is from...
Sun, 01/27/2013
Gus Vandermeeren
Selected stories of everyday greatness. Humility and Inherent Worth
Sun, 01/20/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
We’ve spent a lot of time today talking about how power is an aspect of every relationship, and when there’s an inappropriate imbalance of...
Sun, 01/13/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
In order to discuss what I’d like to discuss today, I have to use a stereotype of Unitarian Universalists.  Like all stereotypes, it...
Sun, 01/06/2013
Elissa Klein
Soul, Substance and Science.pdf
Mon, 12/24/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
Story: Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to...
Sun, 12/02/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
Three Stories: The Hanukkah Story (Adapted from http://judaism.about.com/od/holidays/a/hanukkah.htm) In 168 B.C.E. the Jewish Temple...
Sun, 11/18/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
It’s finally Thanksgiving this coming Thursday, which I’m glad about.  I always feel a bit of pressure to make sure Thanksgiving...
Sun, 11/11/2012
Kerri Burson, Rev. Megan Foley
Kerri Burson A man who can’t afford insurance for his family.  A junior college student who needs money to continue his education....
Sun, 10/28/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
One of the neat things about where Sugarloaf is located is that we are pretty much right in between the city and the country.  So I...
Sun, 10/14/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
It won’t surprise most of you to hear that we Unitarian Universalists do not have the same belief system as the Roman Catholics do. ...
Sun, 09/30/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
About a year and a half ago, I got it into my head that I wanted to own a bicycle.  For the first time in, I think, thirty years. I...
Sun, 09/23/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
Every year around the time of the Jewish observance of Yom Kippur, I do a worship service about repentance or forgiveness.  Now, you...
Sun, 09/09/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
Who brought their water with them this morning? Every September we open our church year with a water communion ritual.  Why do we do...
Sun, 08/12/2012
Carol Plummer
Meditations & Contemplations from Service on Aug 12 2012 A Time to Be Silent by David O. Rankin There must be a time when we cease...
Sun, 07/29/2012
Carol Plummer
Thadeus Golas, philosopher wrote, “Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling...
Sun, 07/22/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
Last summer around this time, I decided that I wanted to learn to play the banjo. You could ask me why, and many of you have, and the real...
Sun, 07/15/2012
Colin Doyle
Unitarian Universalism is a faith that looks inward and outward. We look inward to the spirit and we seek to develop our spirituality and...
Sun, 07/08/2012
Gus Vandermeeren
Confessions_of_a_referee.pdf
Sun, 07/01/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
America, The Beautiful O beautiful for spacious skies,For amber waves of grain,For purple mountain majestiesAbove the fruited plain!...
Sun, 06/24/2012
Gus Vandermeeren
I believe in God.pdf
Sun, 06/17/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
Imagine something like this:  You sort of remember moving here.  You know there was a lot of excitement and a trip – crowded, hot...
Sun, 06/10/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
The story, as Rev. Forrest Church told it so many times, goes like this:  He would be sitting down somewhere next to a stranger – on...
Sun, 05/20/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
My family has a six-month subscription to The Atlantic Magazine as a result of the middle-school fundraising cartel that kidnapped one of...
Sun, 05/06/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
This video we’ve just seen by Jeff Bethke[1] has a lot of interesting points to it, some I imagine that you might agree with, some that may...
Sun, 04/29/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
In order to put together this service today, S.V. and I did a bit of thinking about what happens, what actually happens, when you take a...
Sun, 04/15/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
This story is the first of R.’s stories that I ever heard, and when I heard it the first time I was so delighted by the notion of Joy being...
Sun, 04/08/2012
Gus Vandermeeren
Easter, A Time For Change   Easter Sunday is the most important Christian holiday. It's a celebration of the day Jesus rose from the...
Sun, 04/01/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
In order to do this sermon topic justice it is important to acknowledge my own “social location” within the subject of abortion.  It...
Sun, 03/18/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
  How many of you have been to visit a cathedral, either in Europe or here in the US at say, the National Cathedral in Washington?...
Sun, 03/04/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
Two Tuesdays ago it was Mardi Gras, and two Wednesdays ago it was Ash Wednesday, which means that now, here on March 4th, we are in the...
Sun, 02/26/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
In our meditation this morning, we took a look at being an interdependent web, not metaphorically, for once, but for real.  A real web...
Sun, 02/19/2012
Gus Vandermeeren
Beware of Eagles in Brazil Written February, 2012 by Gus Vandermeeren. Delivered at Sunday Service, Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian...
Sun, 02/12/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
I don’t know if this happens to you, but I have found that some of the most thought-provoking ideas I get here at Sugarloaf come from...
Sun, 01/29/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
A few weeks ago, it was reported that scientists have discovered a black hole the size of 10 billion suns, out there in a galaxy far, far...
Sun, 01/15/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
Some words from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, given August 28th, 1963:   “In a sense we've come to our nation's...
Sat, 12/24/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
If you’ve been celebrating Christmas for a while, then you probably know a lot of stories about the baby Jesus and the strange...
Sun, 12/04/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
Maybe you’re like me and you’ve been a little surprised to find yourself in the part of the year already past Halloween, already past...
Sun, 11/20/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
Last week Thailand celebrated their annual Loy Krathong [lai gra-tong] ritual, which sounds to me like possibly the most beautiful...
Sun, 11/13/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
A few months ago I went over to B. R.’s house with M. to check out a collection of religious books that SCUU has been storing in B.’s...
Sun, 11/06/2011
Gus Vandermeeren
I met Ben and Carl almost twenty-five years ago, shortly after I graduated from college, when the three of us had just been hired as...
Sun, 10/30/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
One of the challenging things about being a minister who does weddings and funerals is that sometimes the couple or the family picks a...
Sun, 10/23/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
Story told by R.M.: The Suppressed First Chapter of Genesis   There is a suppressed first chapter of Genesis, long since expunged from...
Sun, 10/16/2011
Jessica Bland
Today I am going to try to contrast the lives of the working class to those of the middle class and explain how those differences impact...
Sun, 10/09/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
One of the things I love about the Judaism I’ve been exposed to is how Jews introduce their children to religious practices.  The...
Sun, 10/02/2011
Catharine Clarenbach
Last October, I stood near the bank of Laurel Run, the Chesapeake Watershed stream that falls down Pine Grove Mountain to Slab Cabin Creek...
Sun, 09/25/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
I think there is something deep in the American soul that thrills when we see democracy in action.  I think it gets to us down in our...
Sun, 07/24/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
  Today is your lucky day!  By the end of this sermon, we’ll have defined spirituality once and for all!   Just kidding....
Sun, 07/10/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
Despite the fact that I enjoy sitting and eating more than almost anything, Despite the fact that I like to sleep a lot, Despite the fact...
Sun, 06/19/2011
Carol Plummer
What do you think about motivation? Do you consider yourself motivated? Or do you find yourself doing the opposite of motivation -...
Sun, 06/12/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
Story:  John Seeks the Greatest and Most Important   A child was born into the world, and his parents called him John.  ...
Sun, 05/29/2011
Gus Vandermeeren
The Bright Side Of Life A sermon by Gus Vandermeeren May 29th, 2011 Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian Universalists Germantown, MD ...
Sun, 05/22/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
It Takes a Village…blah, blah, blah.   Doesn’t it seem like that’s how this sermon could go?  I mean, we’ve been hearing the old...
Sun, 05/15/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
    The scene opens with a cage in the foreground containing a colorful green parrot.  Behind the parrot, the room is a...
Sun, 04/24/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
 Here is a story from long ago.   There once was a man who lived in a time of great injustice.  He was a member of a nation...
Sun, 03/20/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
Today I’d like to take a look at personal relationships from the vantage point of two stories, told to you this morning by R. M. and S. V....
Sun, 03/06/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
  Coming here to Sugarloaf every week, or more than once a week, it is easy to get a certain view of what Unitarian Universalism is....
Sun, 02/20/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
I have fallen in love with the word “nourish”.  But more on that in a minute.   You may already know that this Saturday we launch...
Sun, 01/23/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
This sermon is entitled What Makes You NOT a Buddhist, after a book by the same name written by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse[1], who is a...
Sun, 01/16/2011
Gus Vandermeeren
  Every year, most UU congregations celebrate the life of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. We seem to have a particular fondness...
Fri, 12/24/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  Prelude Pachebel’s Canon           Ensemble Ringing of Bell Welcome, all of you –...
Sun, 12/12/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  Which of these quotes have you heard, or said yourself? “No, we just aren’t doing much to celebrate Christmas this year. We lost my...
Sun, 12/05/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
The seeds for what has turned out to be this service were planted many months ago when I received a pamphlet from the Rainbow Youth...
Sun, 11/21/2010
Gus Vandermeeren
Opening Words   Early on I was tempted to use a Star Trek-inspired title for today's service. "To boldly go where no civilization has...
Sun, 11/14/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
Story:  Niel and the Test of Worthiness for KingshipNiel is a legendary king of Irish folklore from the time of pre-Christian Celtic...
Sun, 11/07/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
It is usually the newcomer who asks the pointed question when we longtime UUs have just learned to accept without questioning anymore....
Sun, 10/31/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
Lyrics:  John's GardenFarmer John wandered back And when he reached the pumpkin patch, began to speak He said “the weather...
Sun, 10/24/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
Meditation  The Welcome TableI’d like to start the main part of our service today with a meditation, so I invite you to get...
Sun, 10/17/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
It begins like this:  You ask your friend what his son is planning to do after he graduates from college in a couple of months....
Sun, 09/19/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
I first started thinking about the concept of forgiveness because the term “forgiveness” meant almost nothing to me.It began when my...
Sun, 09/12/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
“See, I’ve always been the kind of guy who likes things to be predictable and calm.  I’ve never liked conflicts, or problems, or...
Sun, 08/29/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  It was one of those accidental conversations that happen after the kids get home from school as everyone is going in different...
Sun, 08/22/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
Those of you accustomed to Unitarian Universalist ministers already know that every single one of us, without exception, has - at the...
Sun, 07/18/2010
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Elissa Klein, age 11, winner of the SCUU auction’s “write your own sermon” item.
                In our world today there are many problems we face....
Sun, 07/11/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  At the end of June I made my annual pilgrimage to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly or GA, our denomination...
Sun, 06/20/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  Why is it so difficult to define our religion? Unitarian Universalist churches are distinctive.  Our denominational ...
Sun, 06/13/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  It all started several months ago when a pillar of our congregation came up to me at coffee hour. “You know,” he said, “I have an...
Sun, 05/23/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  I’d like to start by sharing the story of two women, a mother and a daughter, the first born in 1942 in Richmond, Indiana, and the...
Sun, 03/07/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  It is my belief that every community needs to hear their story.  They need to hear it again and again, at different times and...
Sun, 02/28/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  I love taking quizzes that tell you some category you’re supposed to belong to.  I used to love them in women’s magazines,...
Sun, 02/14/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  Happy Valentine’s Day!  Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, today is certainly a good day to talk about love – what...
Sun, 01/31/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  Today’s sermon is a continuation of the sermon from last week, where we looked at the “new” theology of James Freeman Clarke’s 1886...
Sun, 01/24/2010
Rev. Megan Foley
  Once upon a time, towards the end of the 1800s, there was a magical period when liberal religious thought was the ...
Sun, 12/13/2009
Rev. Megan Foley
  Confession of the week:  I LOVE Miss Manners.  Usually I just love her because of her graceful language, her artful way...
Sun, 12/06/2009
Rev. Megan Foley
  One theme on which you’re likely to hear a lot from me over the course of our time together is the curious habit that Unitarian...
Sun, 11/15/2009
Rev. Megan Foley & Bob Geiger
  A couple of weeks ago, we had a two-day event here at Sugarloaf called the Ministerial Start-up Workshop, which many of you...
Sun, 11/08/2009
Rev. Megan Foley
  In a sermon a couple of weeks ago I talked about Unitarian Universalists’ difficult relationship with the concept and word “God”,...
Sun, 11/01/2009
Rev. Megan Foley
  Before I begin, can I do a quick survey of the congregation…raise your hand if you were around, of age, during the Kennedy/Nixon...
Sun, 10/18/2009
Rev. Megan Foley
  God, God, God.    Is there a more difficult subject for Unitarian Universalists?  I don’t think so, actually....
Sun, 10/11/2009
Gus Vandermeeren
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Sun, 10/04/2009
Rev. Megan Foley
  Imagine for a moment you’re meeting an old friend for lunch that you haven’t really been keeping track of for a number of years....
Sun, 09/20/2009
Rev. Megan Foley
  This past July, Harvard professor and noted African-American scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. returned home from a trip to China....
Sun, 08/23/2009
Rev. Megan Foley
  As most of you know I have only recently finished all of the requirements necessary to become a UU minister, and was at long last...
Sun, 08/09/2009
Rev. Megan Foley
  I am fortunate enough to live very close to Sligo Creek Park in Silver Spring, which as some of you may know is a very narrow park...
Sun, 08/02/2009
Gus Vandermeeren
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Sun, 05/03/2009
Gus Vandermeeren
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Sun, 04/12/2009
Consulting Interim Minister Myron Andes
  Today is the most important day of the year. Today is that Christian holy day called Easter. With all the pagan fertility...
Sun, 01/11/2009
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Sun, 12/28/2008
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Sun, 03/11/2007
Rev. Amy Russell
  Every religious tradition has stories of people who had little but gave it away to someone else who needed it more.  The story...
Sun, 03/04/2007
Rev. Amy Russell
  What if you were an alien just arriving on Earth and you had not received any special training in advance about the culture on...
Sun, 02/18/2007
Rev. Amy Russell
  When we find someone we love enough to imagine a life together, we dream that this idyllic love we’ve found will transform us and...
Sun, 02/04/2007
Rev. Amy Russell
  Do you ever wonder how you came to believe what you believe about God, the universe, and our place in it?  What kind of...
Sun, 01/07/2007
Rev. Amy Russell
  Knock upon yourself as upon a door, and walk upon yourself as on a straight road.  For if you walk on that path, you cannot go...
Sun, 12/03/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  John Murray, a Universalist preacher, left England in 1770, sailing for the New World and the promise of religious freedom. ...
Sun, 11/12/2006
Rev. Amy Russell and Min Kyung Kim
  I. Modern Life- AmyWhen I was in elementary school, I walked home with my sister.  When we got home, we would run upstairs...
Sun, 10/22/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  When you talk to people with different political and economic theories about the definition of freedom, you get different answers....
Sun, 10/15/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  My husband loves Jimmy Buffet.  He loves to turn on the Buffet CD and crank it up high and sing about all the cheeseburgers...
Sun, 10/08/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  Our first Unitarian Universalist principle, the inherent worth and dignity of every human being, is founded on centuries old...
Sun, 10/01/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  In the sixteenth century, Issac Luria, a mystical Jewish Kabbahlist, imagined the world as a pottery vessel that God had made to...
Sun, 09/17/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  Historically, marriage was an economic and tribal institution that supported societal structures.  Decision about marriage...
Sun, 09/03/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  In our favorite UU hymn, Spirit of Life, we sing “Roots hold me close, wings set me free”.  I love this phrase because it...
Sun, 08/13/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  Emily was eight years old when she started Sunday school at the Presbyterian church at the corner of her street.  She liked to...
Sun, 06/04/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  The religious community is essential, for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen, and our strength too limited...
Sun, 05/21/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  Chalice Lighting:Jack pines.. are not lumber trees [and they] won’t win many beauty contests either.  But to me this valiant...
Sun, 05/07/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  My favorite walk lately is walking around this small reservoir near my house.  The other day as I was walking my big furry dog...
Sun, 04/16/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  We are told that the story of Jesus in the New Testament is the gospel- meaning it’s the good news.  And that it is.  A...
Sun, 04/09/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  There was an article in the Post the other day that showed that scientists are trying to prove that it may have been possible that...
Sun, 04/02/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  On one of the flights we took during our vacation I sat next to a woman who had just attended her twenty fifth high school reunion...
Sun, 03/12/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  A man is his late forties is sitting on a bus riding home from work late. It's spring and it's staying light outside later. Dusk is...
Sun, 03/05/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  We live today in urban villages where so much of the time the only glimpse you have of your neighbors is when you might see them...
Sun, 02/05/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  Readings:From You Are Not Alone, Julia ThorneThere are hundreds of faces to depression. There's chronic depression, acute...
Sun, 01/15/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
  Many of us have grown up with an almost saintly image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Those of us who were just growing up when he...
Sun, 01/08/2006
Rev. Amy Russell
Over the holidays, I enjoyed some time playing with my four year old niece, Sarah. Sarah's favorite activity is "playing Pollys". This...
Sun, 12/11/2005
Rev. Amy Russell
For many of us, forgiveness is a Christian concept. In the New Testament, there are several mentions of the need for forgiveness. Jesus...
Sun, 11/13/2005
Rev. Amy Russell
Reading- A. Powell Davies The American commitment is to universal justice, the rights of all people -- not the special...
Sun, 11/06/2005
Rev. Amy Russell
In one of the recent TV adventures, that I loathe to admit I ended up watching the other night, a group of airline crash survivors who...
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  • Sunday, December 14, 2014


    Dear SCUU Members and Friends, please spend a few minutes taking this survey:

    SCUU 2015 Priorities Survey  adapted from last Sunday's "next steps" discussion!

    21 members of SCUU came together to continue the congregation-wide conversation about where our community is heading. We compiled a list of things we want to see at Sugarloaf going forward. Whether you were there or not, this is your chance to weigh in!
  • Thursday, December 11, 2014
    Advocate Peace!! Next Steps Survey, Circle Dinners, Racial Justice, and Cookies?? Read on!! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


    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 12/11/2014. 

    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 Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Friday, December 5, 2014
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    Karen writes: I am liking this sign. The blank hanging sign can be whatever we want, as needed. Obviously we wouldn’t have one up there without a message.
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014
    Advocate Peace!! Rev. Megan service this Sunday, followed by Next Steps Discussion Series! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


    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 12/04/2014. 

    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 Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Advocate Peace!! Happy Thanksgiving!! Come decorate the Yurt on Saturday! Potluck lunch after service this Sunday!! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


    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 11/26/2014. 

    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 Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014
    Advocate Peace!! Mindfulness Meditation Leader, Jerry Hartman - Service this Sunday! Class Tonight! And workshop for the holidays! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


    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 11/20/2014. 

    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 Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Sunday, November 16, 2014
    For you To do :  Talk to your regular church friends and contacts and tell them we want to hear from them about what they want to invest in as a church.  Discussion meeting DEC. 7 12-2, come if you can or send your ideas to the Board of Trustees.  Megan


    What 3-4 things do we want to focus on this year at SCUU?
    1. Successful pledge drive 2015-2016 (11) *
      1. Congregational budget discussion (Making Church Awesome)
    2. Increase Rentals and external investments (9) *
      1. 5 year plan
    3. Property maintenance (6)
    4. Outreach and publicity – more visitors (7) *
      1. Visitor Web Site
      2. Social Outreach
    5. Member connection with active member contact (12) *
      1. Following up with member care
      2. Mentoring one on one/circle dinners
      3. Volunteerism
      4. Minister of Fun
    6. Mission and Vision (6) (CREW)
    Attendees:  Julie, Kathy, Jim, George H., Adam, Helen, Michael y., Jeff, Faith, Barbara, Tom and Kathleen, Donny, Anneke, Rev Megan

    Votes appear in parentheses.
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Advocate Peace!! Next Steps SCUU (Brainstorming Session with Rev. Megan) This Sunday! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


    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 11/13/2014. 

    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 Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014


    Unitarian Universalist

     When she spoke of the need for all religions, I thought of
     UU as a faceted jewel. We are allowed access to all the
     knowledge of the different paths we cross. Each path shines
     light on a different facet, making the whole jewel sparkle.

     Maybe the inside is left empty intentionally, so that the
     heart of our religion is mystery. So that there is room for
     each of us to find our own path. The outside is the
     community, and this is the meaning of the church. Community,
     support and acceptance. The faith that binds us is the
     belief in the capacity of each individual to forge an honest
     and personal quest for truth and meaning.

     Wanda P. -- Glad to be getting the right idea.

    Wow -- Speak to inform and not to manipulate.
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014


    Here is a draft. I'll need to swap in a vector version of our logo. Trying to keep the message clear and maintain negative space.

    Donny said "vector version" ...  Thanks Donny ...