Weekly News

Re Ends May 21

March 24, 2017

March'S THEME IS "risk"

Teacher Recognition cropped

During last week's services we were able to recognize and appreciate our most important members of our RE Program--our teachers, administrators and teen assistants. Thank you for all you do!

hillary's reflection

Dear Friends,

Happy Spring!

When I was little, there was a musician in my town named Rick Charette who wrote kids’ songs. One of my favorite songs was called “I Love Mud.” I still know it by heart, it goes:“Mud, mud, I love mud! I’m absolutely, positively, wild about mud! I can’t go around it, I have to go through it! Beautiful, fabulous, mud, mud, mud!” The other day I was walking my greyhound, Smokey Jo, through the woods and the trail was totally mud. Guess what song I started singing as we tromped right though it?

How do you feel about mud? Do you love it too?

Yours in muddy shoes,


This sunday

Chapel Service: Taking Risks and Making Beauty This morning, with our powers combined, we will think about the times we were brave and the risks we’ve taken this month, and make something beautiful that reflects our good work. Good work everyone! March dealt us some risky business, but we were up to the task!

Welcomers Still needed!

With the extended RE Year, we are in need a few people who are able to help out at the Administrator "Welcome" desk downstairs on those Sunday mornings. If you're looking for a great way to get connected and to be able to be a welcoming presence for our families and visitors, this is a great way to get involved! You'll most likely be paired with a seasoned Administrator, so you can learn the ropes. If you're able to help out sign up below by clicking on your preferred session!

Session 1
Session 2


Our Parent Soul Matters Group has moved to a bi-monthly format and we're welcoming new people! Soul Matters is a time for parents to share their experiences of parenthood based on particular monthly themes.

Join us 2nd and 4th Sunday mornings at 11AM in Room 1-2 for an hour of rich and open conversation facilitated by Rev. Archene Turner and Hillary Collins Gilpatrick. We will discuss a brief reading, encourage checking-in with one another, and contemplate monthly exercises that we practice in order to nourish our spiritual, relational, and emotional selves.

All parents of elementary aged children welcome, no registration necessary. Just come!

While we're meeting, your elementary-aged children are welcome in our mixed age Tapestry of Faith class in Room 32-35. Even if they've attended first session RE, this will be a different, more hands on experience in a mixed age environment that will be an exciting supplement to their Sunday morning experience!

We hope you can join us!

Have you taken our Adult Programs Survey? If not CLICK HERE!

Religious Education Upcoming Events

Sunday March 26 Haunting House class Houses presentation in Courtyard Between Services
Friday - Sunday April 7 - 9 Coming of Age Class trip to Boston  
Sunday April 9 No RE (Spring Break)  
Tuesday April 11 UUSJ Advocacy Day on the Hill  
Sunday April 16 Easter Sunday Egg Hunt 11:00 a.m. Service
Friday April 21 Teacher Appreciation Wine and Cheese 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday April 30 Coming of Age Service and Celebration; No RE Classes 9:00 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Haunting House presentation of houses 

We look forward to seeing the final products of our Haunting House class imaginations! You can see a sneak peek above!

Coming of Age class trip

The fruits of the donut sales proceeds will allow our Coming of Age class to take their annual pilgrimage to Boston over Spring Break to commune with their Unitarian Universalist roots and with each other. 

UUSJ Advocacy Day

Attention CL families! Interested in going downtown to personally deliver a message to Senators Van Hollen and Cardin? UUSJ recently started a monthly Advocacy Day, and the upcoming April 11 visit falls during Spring Break week. What better way to teach our kids about democracy than to experience it in person? To learn more and join Melissa Reichley and her boys in their visit to the Hill with UUSJ, contact Melissa by 3/31 at MLR423@yahoo.com or call her at 240-354-3644

Easter Sunday egg hunt 

Come join us on Sunday, April 16 for the 11AM service where we will begin in the service for a rousing Time for All Ages then process downstairs for a light brunch and the always fun egg hunt for children! We've even heard that the Easter Bunny might make an appearance!

Teacher Appreciation Wine and Cheese

The LREMT is excited to have the opportunity to fully recognize our Teachers and Administrators and will do so with wine, cheese, hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity to come together and celebrate our shared ministry. Please look for an invitation to come, but mark your calendar now!

coming of age service and celebration

Come join us on Sunday, April 30 to hear the Credos written by our 9th Grade Coming of Age class. This is the summation of their class where they have been exploring their beliefs and values. A celebration for 9th Graders and their families will follow the second service at the Chalice House. There will be no RE classes this Sunday.

Middle and High school youth group (msyg/Hsyg) upcoming events

Sunday April 30 Human Rights Campaign Time to Thrive Conference Youth Day  

HRC Time to Thrive Conference 

Youth Attendance: Approximately 100 youth (ages 13-22) who are part of local GSAs and other advocacy organizations will be joining HRC on the last day of the conference to attend youth-focused workshops and the closing plenary. Interested youth must complete a Youth Application, which can be downloaded by clicking here. The limited number of slots will be given out on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to submit a Youth Application is April 7, 2017.

Young Adult Upcoming Events

Tuesday March 28 Young Adult Meeting in Chapel 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Young Adult Meeting

Once again we gather with one another to share stories from our days, experiences from our pasts, and hopes and practices for our future. Our Young Adults group is open to anyone ages 18-35, and is a time that focuses on spiritual elements of our beings and how we bring these elements into our day to day realities. 

Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick and David Gosling will facilitate. 
Join us at 7:30 for beverages and snacks, and then stay for the rich conversation. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Upcoming Adult Programs (Click Links to Register)

Thursday    April 13            National Cathedral Tour             10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays April 27 - May 25 Understanding Islam 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday May 11 National Archives Tour 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Ongoing Classes Accepting Drop-Ins and New Registrations

(Click Class Title for More Information and to Register)

Various Days Yoga Classes Various Times

1st and 3rd Sundays


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

4th Sundays Climate Change Support Circle                     7:30 - 9:00 p.m.


Science and Religion

10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

1st  and 3rd Tuesdays

Philosophy Club

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

3rd Tuesdays

Writers of Color Book Club

7:15 - 8:30 p.m.

3rd Saturdays Dances of Universal Peace 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

We are excited to announce that we are “Going Green” and becoming more flexible in our offerings, so will no longer be printing the Fall and Spring brochures. Instead, we will be announcing all of our offerings online. Please watch for your weekly “What’s Happening in Adult Programs” emails to learn what’s starting the following week and watch the Enews and the website for classes that will begin within the month and beyond!

If you have a class you’d like to offer, please fill out the form online and submissions will be reviewed at the Lifespan Religious Education Team monthly meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the month, September through May, and periodically through the summer.

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