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

October Services Monthly Theme: Courage

October 22, 10:30 Overcoming Internal Barriers With A Spirit of Courage ( UU Inspiration) - Rev. Pratima Dharm

Rev. Dharm speaks on the human failure to act with courage at crucial times in our lives and the lives of others. Especially, as the Catholic Church celebrates Oct 23rd as the day of Saint James, the brother of Jesus who famously abandoned his brother on the cross, thus failing to act in courage. However, he went on to lead the early church movement after the death of Jesus with great leadership, wisdom and courage. Just as it was a hard and long journey for James to be courageous, so it is not uncommon for us to fail to act with courage at the most important junctures in life, only to do the greater and harder work of justice, peace and equality later on. The important lesson here is to make the decision and take the necessary steps to overcome all that impedes us internally so we can continue to act with justice and courage and make a real difference in this world!

Vocal Choir sings

Lunch Bunch at Bowie Town Center Food Court (after service)


October 29, 10:30 Samhain - Remembering our Beloved Dead
( Building Community , Inter-generational)   - Peerman Family
At this time of Samhain, it is said that the veil between this world and the next is thinnest. The cycles of Nature are pulling back, decaying, and this is further reflected in frightening imagery associated with Halloween. Let us take courage now, as we hold a remembrance for those who have crossed the veil before us. Let us open ourselves to the messages they offer, to make the most of our own remaining time in this life.


November Services Monthly Theme: Abundance

November 5, 10:30 Honoring Our Departed Loved Ones (UU Inspiration)
Rev. Dharm leads service to celebrate All Souls Day and delve into the topic of how the various religions and cultures around the globe honor and remember their ancestors. How can these rituals for our dearly departed inform our faith and our lives today? What reflections are appropriate and important during this time of the year, where most ancient cultures believe that the veil between our world and that of the ‘beyond’ is the thinnest? Let us come together in worship to understand the significance of this phenomena and the meaning behind its observance the world over!
Goodloe Vocal Choir sings


Long Strange Trip film series: part 2 (noon- 1pm)

Exploration of UU history. See the description in the Announcements section of this page. Bring your own Lunch.

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





Ken Shilling to Receive 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) will receive the UUSJ 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the award ceremony on October 29, 2017, at Cedar Lane UU Church. See the Events page for more information on this honor and details on attending the ceremony.

Goodloe Welcomes Rev. Pratima Dharm

Rev. Pratima Dharm, Goodloe's new Minister,presented her first service on September 3. Visit the Minister page to for a short biography of Rev. Dharm, and listen to her sermons on the Sermon Archive page.

Long Strange Trip Film Series

November 5, after service

The "Long Strange Trip" covers 2,000 years of Unitarian Universalist history. It starts with very early Christian thoughts and early humanism. There are separate focuses on Universalist, Unitarian, and American Unitarian history. There is a session on how UU evolved (merged).

Rev Dharm will host the film series. We will watch a video for about a half hour and then have a half hour discussion. .

Fellowship Dinner and Celebration of 'Light'

Saturday, November 11, 5:30 pm


Interfaith program and Indian meal prepared by Rev. Dharm. See the Events page for more information.

"301 Corridor" Small Group Ministry

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

Goodloe Coffee House Night

The local talent is lining up at Goodloe's monthly coffee house night. See the Events page for details. No Coffee House in October - the next Coffee House will be held on November 4.


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 over the next few motnhs, and vote on it on Sunday 3 December 2017.

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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