Reverend Cynthia Snavely
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Sunday Service         10:30 am


Children's Religious Exploration from 10:45 to 11:45 am

Adult RE twice per month at 11:45

See the Religious Exploration page for more information

June 28 Desiderata Rev. Cyn Snavely
Desiderata (Latin for “desired things”) is a 1927 poem by the American writer Max Ehrmann. A Baltimore clergyman included it in a book of devotions in 1956. In the late 1960s and early 1970s it was widely available in poster form and was used as a spoken word track on two albums. The poem is one of the readings suggested as a basis for a sermon this year by a Goodloe member.

Congregational Meeting
After Worship Service

The board invites you to attend a congregational meeting after the worship service on Sunday 28 June 2015. The board will outline an approach to balance this year's budget and will present options for professional ministers.

This is the first of a series of meetings scheduled to discuss the future of Goodloe.The board recognizes that people may not be able to make every session during the summer. The meeting schedule is designed to 1) provide everyone with most current information, 2) to give many opportunities for everyone to voice their opinions, and 3) to participate in making informed decisions.See the Events page for the complete list of planned meetings and topics.


July 5 Being American Rev. Cyn Snavely

On this Independence Day weekend we take time to reflect on the privileges and the responsibilities of being an American citizen.

July 12 No One is an Island

Sid Soderholm
In 1624 John Donne published the poem "No Man is an Island." It caught my attention as a high school senior and continues to resonate with me. Its themes assert that each individual is an integral part of humankind and we grow spiritually when we feel joy in another's happiness and feel their pain in difficult times.

Potluck Sunday (after service)


July 19 Where Are You Going, Son?

Rev. Cyn Snavely

President George W. Bush when declaring a National Children’s Day to be celebrated each year said, "Every child in every neighborhood has unique gifts to offer. We must nurture our children's dreams, help them develop their talents and abilities, and ensure their healthy development so that they may reach their full potential. Our success in this vital endeavor will affect the direction of their lives and the future strength and vitality of our Nation.” This service's title comes from a poem by Goodloe member, Aileen Sampson, which will be used in the service.

July 26 Blessing of the Animals
(Inter-generational Service)

Ale' Shiplett
An inter-generational service celebrating our loving relationships with our animal companions, calling to heart and mind the suffering of those living and dying under the horrors of factory farming and poaching, and examining the threat of climate change to those great and small with whom we share this world. Well-behaved, leashed/crated companions are welcome. Friends are invited to bring photos/mementos of companions living or deceased.

Lunch Bunch (after service)

Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation invites you to explore our website.

This Prince Georges County UU liberal religious congregation is honored to open its hearts and minds to worshipers from Bowie and beyond, and we welcome your presence at Goodloe.

We welcome you to this place which we love and tend with care...

We, the free and open community of the Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation, join in common goals: to support each other in our spiritual journeys, to serve humanity, to celebrate diversity, to be in harmony with the universe, and to open our hearts, our minds, and our spirits to the adventure of life.We do not inquire of our fellow worshippers what they believe, nor expect them to think as we do, only that they share a concern for truth and goodness. Those who speak here have the task of presenting religion freely, fearlessly, and faithfully. Those who listen have the responsibility of testing what they hear, not only with a critical mind, but also in the living of everyday life. The members of this congregation welcome the support of all who believe religion is wider than any sect and deeper than any set of opinions.We welcome those who might find encouragement and strength for daily living through our worship services and through our friendship.
The Goodloe Congregation welcomes into its staffing,  its programs, committees and volunteer opportunites all people without regard to their ethnicity, race, or sexual orientaton. Diversity of any  brings strength to all.

Goodloe has been designated by the UUA a Welcoming Congregation.

The "Welcoming Congregation" designation is conferred upon Unitarian Universalist congregations that affirm their commitment to bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people as an official statement of the congregation's moral obligation to serve this oppressed group. We work as partners with BGLT people toward equal rights and marriage equality. Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Community Welcome to Unitarian Universalism

Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation is Named for Don Speed Smith Goodloe,

first principal of the Maryland Normal and Industrial School (now Bowie State University), from 1911-1921, and graduate of Meadville (Unitarian) Theological School in 1906 Rev. Don Speed Smith Goodloe



Goodloe has adopted a section of US 301 under the Maryland Adopt-A-Highway program




Donations to Goodloe Can Now Be Made Through PayPal

See the Donations page for more information and the link.

Goodloe Congregational Meetings after Sunday Services

Goodloe will have a series of congregational meetings over the summer. We will have multiple meetings so everyone can make those meetings that fit their summer vacation schedule. We will have a variety of formats of large group discussions, one on one private chats with board members, and emotionally calming explorations. See the Events page for the complete list of planned meetings and topics.

Pictures from 2015 Goodloe Celebration

and Dick Morris' slide presentation
on Rev. Goodloe

UUMAC Summer Retreat

July 12-18, 2015

See the Events page for details.

The New UU - Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

by Rev. Cynthia Snavely

Four Prezi on-line presentations provide an introduction to the Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation and Unitarian Universalism in general. See the New UU section of the Religious Exploration page for links to the presentations..


Special Music for First and Fifth Sundays at Goodloe

On first and fifth Sundays, Goodloe members are invited to provide the special music, either by singing or playing yourself or by offering a favorite recorded piece of no more than about three minutes in length. See sign-up sheet in fellowship area for open dates or contact Rev. Cyn at 240-475-2111, voice or text or

Goodloe Coffee House Night

The local talent is lining up at Goodloe's monthly coffee house night. See the Events page for details. The next Coffee House will be posted soon.




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