Saturday, Feb 28Fellowship Dinner Rescheduled! 6:30-9 pm
Annual Budget Drive Team

Join us for a fun night of eating and connecting! Our Fellowship Dinner, hosted by your 2015 Budget Drive Team, is a way to celebrate each other and Sugarloaf just as the Budget Drive begins.  There will be a chance to meet your Visiting Steward, hear more about what Sugarloaf means to those around you, and begin to think about what it means to you. A good time will be had by all; don't miss it!

Sunday, Mar 1Service: Wobble, But Don’t Fall Down
Rev. Megan Foley

Lots of people think that being able to survive the hard times of life is miraculous and unusual.  But what if resilience isn’t unusual at all, but the very hallmark of being human? What if resilience is so good for us we should actually seek it out?  We’ll also hear a long time member's personal memories of the march on Selma, 50 years ago this month, as a part of our reflections on resilience and the long arc of the universe towards justice.

Sunday, Mar 1Fellowship Leftovers Lunch and Coffee 11:30-1
Budget Drive Team

Did you miss the Fellowship Dinner but still want to connect and enjoy? Come to this lunch of delicious leftovers, have fun, meet a Budget Drive Captain, and see what the rave reviews are all about.

Sunday, Mar 8Service: Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist
Michael Judd

Ever wondered how you can have your yard and eat it too? Join author and edible landscape designer Michael Judd in an exploration of combining form, function and production in your yard. Judd will lead a virtual tour through edible landscapes designed and created in the D.C. Metro area while unearthing the ABC’s of how to make your yard more fruitful. Focus will be on water harvesting for successful growing, outdoor mushroom cultivation, creating herb spirals, starting a food forest, choosing uncommon fruits, and much more.  Learn new elements to edible landscaping that move away from just annual garden beds and into approachable designs that graft together ease of care, aesthetics and ecological function.

Bio:Michael Judd has worked with agro-ecological and whole system designs throughout the Americas for the last 20 years focusing on applying permaculture and ecological design to increase local food security and community health in both tropical and temperate growing regions. The founder of both Ecologia, LLC, Edible & Ecological Landscape Design and Project Bona Fide, an international non-profit supporting agro-ecology research.  

Michael has returned to the Mid-Atlantic to put down his roots and apply his knowledge of whole-system design to suburbia. In addition to authoring Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist, teaching, and building a straw bale house, Michael and his wife Ashley recently welcomed Wyatt Wizard to the world. Their budding homestead is in Frederick, Maryland.

Michael Judd

Sunday, Mar 15Service: Good News, Bad News - A Play
Rev. Megan Foley

Join us for this worship service for all ages, where we’ll put on a play based on the ancient Chinese folktale about a time when “good news” and “bad news” wasn’t so clear. This story reminds us that life is full of changes and surprises. How can we meet life’s twists and turns with hope? What does our UU tradition teach us about our power to create happy endings?

 This is a Community Worship service for all ages.

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

Soul Circle is an open spiritual development group that uses the monthly Soul Circle packet to grow personally and as Unitarian Universalist people of faith. The Soul Circle Conversation for March's theme is "What Does It Mean to Be a People of Resilience?" will be held on Tuesday, April 7th 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. 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. Megan.  See you there!

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.

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

A Recent Sermon

Sun, 02/22/2015
Rev. Megan Foley
A couple of weeks ago I was looking through the newsletter put out by the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship and saw an...
Sun, 02/01/2015
Rev. Megan Foley
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the nature of the human need to belong. And when it’s football season, I think about it even more...
Sun, 01/25/2015
Rev. Megan Foley
Reflection: Experience and Reason                 ...
Sun, 01/18/2015
Rev. Megan Foley
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Sun, 12/21/2014
Rev. Megan Foley
Story: “Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story,” by N. Scott Momaday What is the real gift of the fire, the gift...
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
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, [
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:
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 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
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
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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Presenter:  Tiana Meek Durations:  Sun, 01/25/2015 - Wed, 01/28/2015 Join RE's new spiritual growth group for Sugarloaf...
We have a special RE United lesson planned for this Sunday.  Recent topics in the Mavericks class have covered Generosity and...
Join RE's new spiritual growth group for Sugarloaf youth and their families. This is an interactive 12 week program that is designed to...
Put together needed packages of school supplies for children in foreign countries.   The ‘Summer Sunday’ program is a series of fun...
Walk through nature and get a little wet! Walking Seneca Creek from the Germantown road parking lot to the pool about a mile up steam. We...
Clay modeling and creating interesting objects!   The ‘Summer Sunday’ program is a series of fun and adventurous activities...
Eat your way through nature!   The ‘Summer Sunday’ program is a series of fun and adventurous activities intended to build...
Paint pre-constructed birdhouses (2 different styles to choose from) to help shelter Montgomery County’s homeless birds. A donation of $5....
Examine the guts of unusual objects and have fun being destructive!   The ‘Summer Sunday’ program is a series of fun and adventurous...
Create music and sounds with different musical instruments!   The ‘Summer Sunday’ program is a series of fun and adventurous...
Tap into your creative spirit and create upscale art objects and collages! The ‘Summer Sunday’ program is a series of fun and adventurous...
  ‘Summer Sunday’ Program 2014 The ‘Summer Sunday’ program is a series of fun and adventurous activities intended to build community...
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  • Sunday, February 22, 2015
    Current Conditions in pictures ... Driveway  
    View from Upper Parking lot
    View of Upper Parking lot and Yurt
    John Plowed Area of Lower Field Too
    We Will Have Church Service!!  Rev Megan writes "Hope to see you if you can make it, totally understand if you can't."
    Tis 34 degrees the snow is melting in earnest.  The main roads are clear and in some places slushy.  There is no precipitation.  Provided you can shovel out of your own own driveways and neighborhood streets the road is clear.  I was able to drive up in a sedan and not skid at 7:20 am.  The snow is melting fast and the temperature is above freezing.
    John P writes at 12:00 am -- "I just finished plowing the church driveway and parking areas.  Rt. 118 is clear but some freezing rain was apparent. I expect all secondary roads will be fine by 10:00 am tomorrow (or today, technically) as it continues to warm."

    John P writes at 9:38 pm Saturday -- "If church is on, I will get there early and shovel the walkways and deck."

    Thank You John for plowing.  Thank you for shoveling.
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015

    The Fellowship Dinner scheduled for tonight has been postponed -- Karen A. wrote yesterday:

    Hello Members and Friends.  We have decided to postpone the Fellowship Dinner scheduled to take place tomorrow, February 21st at 6:30pm at Sugarloaf.    The weather forecast does not look good tomorrow, so we don’t want to risk the safety of our members or volunteers.  We will announce the new date as soon as we can. 
    Enjoy your weekend and stay warm! 
    The Plan for Sunday Service will be based on a review at 7 am on Sunday Morning -- The crazy weather forecast says it will warm up overnight and start to rain.  The optimist viewpoint is that all the snow will wash away by 7 am and the road will be passable.  If that is the case we will let you know.  In any event an update will be posted here by 7:30 am ish.
    So tonight you would have needed snowshoes and tomorrow you may need an umbrella or skates.
    Given that all this is under the heading of weather emergencies you may receive an SCUU email with additional information.
    Please put away the snowshoes, stay warm and stay safe.

  • Thursday, February 19, 2015
    Advocate Peace!! Pathway to Membership Class after church this Sunday! Fellowship Dinner this Saturday night!!!!! & 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 2/19/2015. 

    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 Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

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  • Sunday, February 15, 2015

    Packed powder on half of driveway to Sugarloaf and clear on other half.  Snow is dry due to cold.  Trees sway in the wind.  Able to drive up road with no problem.  Walk on dry crunchy snow.

    On route 118 the road is slick driving down near Black Rock Road need to drive slow. Otherwise the road is ok.   Montgomery County Maryland has wind advisory and snow emergency in effect.

    For today:  High Wind Warning until 2 pm.  Wind Chill Warning until 6 pm.
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015
    Advocate Peace!! Special RE United Field Trip this Sunday! See details below!!!! & 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 2/12/2015. 

    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 Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, February 5, 2015
    Advocate Peace!! Meet and greet with District Executive David Pyle 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 2/05/2015. 

    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 Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

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  • Monday, February 2, 2015

    And never bet against Rev. Megan who truly must be blessed.  To lose twice because of a miracle catch would have been too much.

    Please don't misunderstand I would have been fine with it I root for the underdog.

    It is against our covenant to deflate a football team's mylar balloon in the Yurt.

    Tom Brady is Human but Tom Brady Cannot Be Stopped -- new york times link ...

    "Unbias" look at deflategate: Can you tell if ball deflated? -- boston globe link

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015
    Advocate Peace!! Newcomer's Q&A with Rev. Megan this Sunday if Interested in Membership!!!! & 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 1/29/2015. 

    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 Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    We're a volunteer organization and I think by definition we are therefore a loosely coupled organization. We try to get good mileage with all our options I think it's the hallmark of a loosely coupled organization.
    saw this article ...

    then found this one ..
    So free flow of information for self directed and multi level communicating collaborative teams is a good thing.   especially when more than a few are wearing more than one hat ...
    A very good idea is to share the hats ...

    Blessed are the hat wearers because they get stuff done.

  • Monday, January 26, 2015