Announcements

Wednesday, May 25May Soul Circle 7-9 pm CANCELLED
Rev. Henry Simoni-Wastila

This months Soul Circle has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Check back for announcement on next month's discussion. 

 

 

 

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 May's theme"What Does It Mean to Be a People of Blessing?" will be held on Wednesday, May 25th from 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, the link on the lefthand side of the website, or pick up a copy in the Sugarloaf House. Take a look, and do the exercises or ask yourself 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, May 29Service: Personal Resistance
Carol Plummer

Steven Pressfield said "Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance." Our service will explore the idea of resistance...what it is, why it occurs and how we might overcome it.

Tuesday, May 31Gardens Coordinator Sought

Do you love to garden?  Do you have ideas about improving our landscape and grounds?  Then SCUU needs you!  We are currently seeking a Gardens Coordinator to help plan grounds work days, organize gardening volunteers and to coordinate the improvement and maintenance of our property. 

Please contact Michael Youngman, youngmanmk@aim.com, if you are interested or have questions.

Friday, Jun 3Service Event Seeks Volunteers

“Planting Hope” is an annual event at the Frederick Fairgrounds where anyone can attend for free and receive services at no cost to them including groceries, haircuts, dental and health care and even family portraits.  There will also be live entertainment, hot food, children’s activities and other community services.  The Event is organized by local Church Communities and supported by a number of non-profit organizations and Frederick County Government.  If you are interested in volunteering on June 4th, you can sign up online.  See your Order of Service or our Facebook page for the signup link.

The website is http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1620156.jsp

Contact: Karen Alegi
karen@alegianderson.com

Sunday, Jun 5Service: Wolves of Racism
Rev. Henry Simoni-Wastila
Sunday, Jan 1Sunday Meditation Circle

The Sunday meditation circle 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 Henry, our Minister.

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Rev. Henry Simoni-Wastila
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Sun, 03/01/2015
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Sun, 02/22/2015
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 02/01/2015
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Sun, 01/25/2015
Rev. Megan Foley
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Rev. Megan Foley
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Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 12/07/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 11/16/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 11/02/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 10/26/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 10/05/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 09/21/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Tue, 09/09/2014
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Sun, 09/07/2014
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Sun, 05/11/2014
Rev. Heather Rion Starr
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Mon, 05/05/2014
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Sun, 03/30/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 03/23/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 03/09/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Mon, 03/03/2014
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Sun, 02/23/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 02/09/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 02/02/2014
Gustaaf Vandermeeren
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Sun, 01/26/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 01/12/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
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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
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Sun, 12/08/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 11/24/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 10/27/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 10/20/2013
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Sun, 10/13/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 09/29/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 09/15/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 09/08/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 08/25/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 07/14/2013
Rev. Megan Foley and Chuck Becker
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Sun, 06/30/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 06/16/2013
Helen Pop
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Sun, 05/19/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 05/05/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 05/05/2013
Gustaaf Vandermeeren
Please click on the link below to access the sermon. GRATITUDE
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
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Sun, 03/31/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 03/03/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 02/24/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 02/10/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 02/03/2013
Colin Doyle
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Sun, 01/27/2013
Gustaaf Vandermeeren
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Sun, 01/20/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 01/13/2013
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 01/06/2013
Elissa Klein
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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
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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
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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
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Sun, 09/09/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
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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...
Wed, 08/08/2012
Gustaaf Vandermeeren
Please click on the link below to access the sermon. We All Bleed Red
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
Gustaaf 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
Gustaaf 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
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Sun, 04/01/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
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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
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Sat, 03/03/2012
Gustaaf Vandermeeren
Please click on the link below to access the sermon. Animal Ethics
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
Gustaaf Vandermeeren
Please click on the link below to access the sermon. Beware of Eagles in Brazil
Sun, 02/12/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 01/29/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 01/15/2012
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sat, 12/24/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 12/04/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 11/20/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
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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
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Sun, 10/30/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 10/23/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 10/16/2011
Jessica Bland
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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
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Sun, 09/25/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
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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
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Sun, 06/19/2011
Carol Plummer
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Sun, 06/12/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 05/29/2011
Gus Vandermeeren
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Sun, 05/22/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 05/15/2011
Rev. Megan Foley
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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....
Thu, 03/03/2011
Gustaaf Vandermeeren
Please click on the link below to access the sermon. The Bright Side of Life
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, 04/04/2010
Gustaaf Vandermeeren
Please click on the link below to access the sermon. LABELS
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...
Wed, 03/03/2010
Gustaaf Vandermeeren
Please click on the link below to access the sermon. TRUTH
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...
Tue, 05/05/2009
Gustaaf 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...
Sat, 04/04/2009
Gustaaf Vandermeeren
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Tue, 03/03/2009
Gustaaf Vandermeeren
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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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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!

 

 

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...
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  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016


    Hi All

    A few people mentioned to me last Sunday that they would really like to have access to the Story for All Ages that I read during Service.

    excerpt ... "From Shannon, age 5, with a picture she drew of squiggly lines: The squiggly lines are the words God told me to say when I closed my eyes to think about her. She also told me to draw a cross. God has lots of words to say."

    Here's the link http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle/session4/157118.shtml

    Thanks!
     Best,
    Erin
  • 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