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Sunday Service        


During the summer months (May, June, July, and August 2017) Goodloe will experiment with a new Sunday service style which is designed to explore and develop our “Touchstones" (see the Religious Exploration page for more information).

These service will also include a change in service times from week to week. Please note the starting times of the services in the service descriptions below.


August Services - Monthly Theme:

August 13, 10:30 Laughter - a Window to Joy (Reflective conversations)

Alethea Shiplett

In a dualistic and chaotic world, where we see things as good/bad, or are overwhelmed with disturbing news of suffering and injustices, let's explore another, more wholistic and healing role for laughter. Also, heard any good UU jokes lately? Check out UU Hysterical Society Facebook page!

Pot Luck ( 11:30)

Going Deeper (11:45 - noon): Discuss feelings/opinions about experimental service times and formats


August 20, noon Maui - the Trickster God
(Opening Minds)   Ken Shilling
We discuss the role of the Trickster in making people laugh. Tricksters have extraordinary abilities, immense curiosity, and unpredictability. Trickster myths help us to face the absurdity of life.

August 27, 10:30 Yoga: Living in the Present with Breath and Laughter
(Building Community; Inter-generational)

Karen McGady

Yoga is not only the bendy poses you see on the covers of yoga magazines, executed by young, super slender, super flexible, super fit, toothy women, but is for everyone, even if all you can do is sit and breathe! Offering many pathways to one-pointed focus, yoga can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways, including laughing for no reason. This service is for people of all ages, with some information about the eightfold path of yoga, and some exploration into Hasyayoga, "Laughter Yoga". No need to bring a mat, or dress in stretchy clothing, just come to church in comfy clothes you can move in.


September Services - Monthly Theme:

September 3, 10:30 Come as you are!
(UU Inspiration)     Rev Pratima Dharm
Rev Dharm speaks on reaching out to people irrespective of where they come from or what they bring with them. It is only by extending an earnest and wholesome welcome to one and all that we open our hearts to a greater love and acceptance for others. This can finally, help us break down the walls that people put up so we can together create our beloved community at Goodloe UU Congregation.

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





Goodloe Welcomes our New Consulting Minister, Rev. Pratima Dharm

Rev. Pratima Dharm, Goodloe's new Consulting Minister, will present her first service in that role on September 3 (see the Sunday Service column to the left). Visit the Minister page to for a short biography of Rev. Dharm.

"301 Corridor" Small Group Ministry is on Summer Break

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. The Coffee House is on summer break in August. The next Coffee House will be held on September 16.


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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