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GoodloeSunday services explore and develop our “Touchstones" (see the Religious Exploration page for more information).

Children attend Worship at 10:30am
Childcare, Activity Packets available

December Theme: Hope

December 3, 10:30 The Freedom to Believe, Live and to Die With Dignity ( UU Inspiration) - Rev Pratima Dharm
Advent is an observance for the coming of Jesus Christ! In medieval times, Advent was a time of fasting as the entire church waited in anticipation to celebrate the birth of the infant Jesus. There was hope in this preparation because of what people believed the celebration of this birth symbolized: a child who was born against all odds and who had the power to ‘save’ them individually as well as the world. However, as Unitarian Universalists our hope is not in being ‘saved’ but in how compassionately we engage with others and respond to the call for creating a world community that works together to create more peace, liberty and justice for all. Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead service on the first Sunday of Advent to explore how we can hold onto this very hope that is espoused by our faith as we strive for the right of every person to believe, to live and to die as they choose with dignity, peace and freedom.

Goodloe Vocal Choir performs.

Short discussion of proposed 8th Principle (see Announcements)

Long Strange Trip video series (11:45 - 1:00 pm). See description under Announcements.


December 10, 10:30 A Conversation about Hope (Reflective conversations)
- Alethea Shiplett
Where does our hope come from? How do we keep it alive? What hopes may visitors to our congregation have? Do you remember what your hopes were when you visited?

Potluck (11:30)

Going Deeper (11:45 - 1 pm)


December 17, 10:30 Finding Hope When Hope Is Hard to Find (Reflection) - Dick Wobus
How do we find hope in the season of seasonal depression? How do we find hope in a country and a world that sometimes seems to back away from hope for the future?

December 24 (Christmas Eve), 7:00pm Striving for A Greater Future For All Our Children (UU Inspiration) - Rev Dharm
Rev Dharm will speak on the topic of hope and the significance of the birth of Jesus and how our faith inform us and reminds us to respond to the injustices that children in the United States and all over the world face violence, sexual trauma, human trafficking and so on, especially brought on by poverty. Our hope as Unitarian Universalists is to respond and reach out with an urgency to protect and to nurture these children who deserve as much of a childhood as any of our own children in this Christmas season. May our intentional effort for the safety of these children be their gift for a return to love, security and a much deserved childhood this Christmas!
Goodloe Vocal Choir and Goodloe Bell Choir will perform

December 31 (New Year's Eve) 10:30 Ringing in the New Year with Hope (Reflection) -Jackie Lord
We remember the joys and sorrows of the past year and reflect on actions we can take that will provide hope for the New Year.

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





Long Strange Trip Film Series

Next session - 3 December, after service

Join us in watching a fascinating film series on the history of Unitarian Universalism over the past 2,000 years. This series will occur at noon on the First Sunday in November and December. We will watch some film clips and then discuss. Rev Dharm will host the event. This is a Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL) event. It will run for several months as it addresses our Touchstone - UU identity.

We will watch a video for about a half hour and then have a half hour discussion. .


Consideration of an 8th UU Principle

The UUA general assembly has approved a study commission.to consider adding an 8th Principle: https://www.uua.org/.../2017_responsive_8th_principle.pdf.

The current draft version of this Principle is:

"We the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

Goodloe will be discussing this proposed 8th Principle on Sunday 3 December 2017 and vote on it in the spring of 2018.


Goodloe Coffee House Night

Holiday Edition

The local talent is lining up at Goodloe's monthly coffee house night. See the Events page for details. The Holiday Edition of the Coffee House will be held on December 16.


Photos from Goodloe's Interfaith Fellowship Dinner and Celebration of 'Light'

See pictures from the event that took place on Saturday, November 11, on the Photo Gallery page.


Ken Shilling Receives Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award!

Goodloe's own Ken Shilling (current and past Board President, among his many roles over the years) received the UUSJ 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the award ceremony on October 29, 2017, at Cedar Lane UU Church. Go to the Photo Gallery for pictures from the event and to listen to the audio of Ken's award presentation.


"301 Corridor" Small Group Ministry

The next SGM gathering will be after Labor Day. Watch this page for announcement of its resumption.


More information on Standing on the Side of Love and Black Lives Matter on the Social Justice page

Seeking DC Region Hosts for Social Justice Action Attendees

See the Social Justice page for more information.





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