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

August 24 Mystery Ken Shilling

Over the past months, I have pondered mystery. There is the mystery of Creation, the mystery of Life, and the mystery of Self. Different aspects of songs and quotes and riddles have mysteriously appeared.  So, come to play and ponder Mystery.


August 31 The Beatles Lexi Phelps

Enjoy live music as we celebrate the Beatles during this Sunday service.  We'll be discussing how the Beatles were meaningful in our lives and America, and we'll discuss other musical groups and artists we find meaningful as well.  Come listen to great music, discuss a great band, and sing a Beatles song with us!

September 7 Multigenerational Water Communion: Holy Water, Healing Water

Rev. Snavely

Bring a small amount of water with some significance to you to be added to our collected waters at this fall ingathering service as we begin a new congregational year.

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” Margaret Atwood

Adult RE (11:45 - 1:00)

Cultural Literacy in Religion: Catholic and Orthodox

 

September 14 Those We Turn Away

Rev. Snavely

At the end of July and in early August I participated in immigration reform events and visited the Holocaust Museum with my nephew. At the museum I read the story of the St. Louis, a ship bound for Cuba filled with Jewish refugees, which was turned back to Europe. At the immigration reform events I had heard a story of a Central American girl who had been raped by a gang. The parents reported it to the police. The family then began to get death threats, which they quickly realized were coming from the police. The family sent the girl to the United States for her safety. She is one of those some Americans want to quickly deport without a hearing. It makes me wonder what happens to those we turn away.

September 21 The Peace of Autumn
Rev. Snavely

“Today the peace of autumn pervades the world. In the radiant noon, silent and motionless, the wide stillness rests like a tired bird spreading over the deserted fields to all horizons its wings of golden green” Rabindranath Tagore

Adult RE (11:45 - 1:00)

Looking Back and Moving Forward

 

September 28 Liberated by Forgiveness: Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur

Rev. Snavely
“When we forgive, we take back control of our own fate and our feelings. We become our own liberators.” Desmond Tutu

October 5 Love is My Religion
Rev. Snavely

The Iraqi American rapper Timz puts out a new piece this fall. The lyrics are in part, “If I ruled the world there would be no god, no hell, no heaven above, just love.” He echoes the sentiments of Ziggy Marley’s “Love is My Religion” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Can these songs help us to live together in peace?

 


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

Announcements

 

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 September 20

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training

Friday, August 22 - Sunday, August 24
Cedar Lane UU Church, Bethesda, MD

See the Events page for details.

People’s Climate March

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, people from all over the world will converge on New York City for the People’s Climate March in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit. Unitarian Universalists and people of all faiths will be there. See the Events page for details.

Exhibition of Sy Mohr's Paintings at
Bowie State University -
September 16th thru October 21st

An exhibition of paintings by Sy Mohr, long-time member of the Goodloe Congregation, will be held at Bowie State University from September 16 through October 21.
A reception will be held on Thursday October 2nd from 6 to 8 PM.

Additional information will be provided at a later date.

UUA On-Demand Webinars - see the Religious Exploration page for details.

The Unitarian Universalist Association is sponsoring a way for UUs who identify as People of Color to meet online and by phone for conversation, support, and community. More information can be found at www.uua.org/multiculturalism/286649.shtml or by contacting Jessica York, Youth Programs Director, at jyork@uua.org. Youth and adults are welcome.

Religious Exploration teachers and nursery volunteers needed in July and August - contact religiousexploration@goodloeuu.org

 

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