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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
www.ecologiadesign.com
www.projectbonafide.com

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.

Welcome!

You’ve found your way to a remarkable congregation practicing a remarkable religion. Unitarian Universalism is a liberal, creedless faith, born out of the Judeo-Christian tradition, that takes two tasks to heart: freely exploring spiritual truth, using a broad range of religious sources and our own inspiration and reason as guides; and loving our neighbors without qualification, as best as we are able. At Sugarloaf in particular, you’ll find a range of people from a variety of backgrounds who come together regularly to celebrate what’s most important to them, support each other in life’s hard moments, and to be a part of a community that matters and cares.

Sugarloaf is located in an idyllic setting and is filled with friendly people. We invite you to come and experience our religious community at Sunday worship. You are welcome here whoever you are: however old or young, wherever you are from, whoever your ancestors were, and in whatever religion you were raised. You are welcome here whatever your gender and whomever you love. You are welcome with whatever abilities and limitations you have. We invite you to bring your whole self.* We know that your presence will enrich the Sugarloaf community – and that Sugarloaf will become a special place for you, too.

If you have any questions about the Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian Universalists, Unitarian Universalism in general, or just want further information, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. Better yet, just come down on Sunday morning and see what we have to offer. You’ll be glad you did.

See you at Sugarloaf,
Megan

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WOW! An exclamation of discovery and Joy!!
  • Monday, March 2, 2015


    The SCUU content management website is renewed, restored, sprung back to life.

    There's a pun there ...
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015

    Hopefully we can get the site back online soon.

    For visitors you may visit our visitor web page --> http://scuu.org/visitors/

    Please note: The server is setup to show the "splat" page and not go to a backup web site so that the techies at Entirely Digital can see the issue and resolve it. If we bypass the error in the case of the system being down they can not debug or know what the issue is... Hence the splat page shows all the techie information of the error. The last error during the Great Web Crash of November 2013 resulted in making this change to facilitate resolving the issue. Plus the bypass can cause errors of its own.

    The tech representative said they are aware of the problem. It is affecting many customers. We share a server with up to 1300 customers however I think we "only" share with 100 ish customers on our current server based on a conversation I had in 2013.

    So the Tech representative says they are aware and they are working on the issue. My guess is that it is migration related.

    quite the pain.

    This is the first time since November 2013 we've had to make this announcement.

    I am arranging my altar to the tech gods. Hopefully that will help too ... I've considered lighting incense.

    It is the nature of the cloud beast that we don't have complete control over our environment. There are setting to the server that we are not privy to. Entirely Digital holds the keys to control of the servers.

    Nevertheless, quite the pain.

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015
    Advocate Peace!! Fellowship Dinner this Saturday!!!! We Still Like Punxsutawney Phil!! & 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 2/26/2015. 

    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
  • 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!!!

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

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