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

September Services Monthly Theme:  Welcome!

September 17, 10:30 Climate in the Pulpits (Building Community: Politics, Postcards, and Pizza)
Leader: TBD
Through a partnership between Interfaith Power & Light and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Maryland congregations will focus on how to better care for Creation: at home, in our congregations, and in Annapolis.
Congregations will discuss the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative (MCEJI). MCEJI will expand and strengthen Maryland's clean energy law (Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS). This is a powerful opportunity to support clean energy in our state, create good jobs, and do our part to reduce carbon pollution.

World Mythology (noon - 1pm)

Utopias in Chinese mythologies


September 24, 10:30 All are Welcome
(UU Inspiration)   Rev Pratima Dharm

Second Collection for the UUA Hurricane Relief Fund (see below*)

The Water Communion, also called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. Goodloe Memorial UU Congregation will hold a Water Communion at the beginning of the new church year.

Members are encouraged to bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special or meaningful to them.
During the service, people one by one will be asked to pour their water together into a large bowl, making the combined water symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. The Water Ceremony/ Communion Service will also be an opportunity for Goodloe UU Congregation members to express their commitment to the Sixth UU Principle: ‘To affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.’
Goodloe Vocal Choir sings.

(*Please make checks payable to Goodloe with "UUA Hurricane Relief Fund" on the memo line).

Lunch Bunch @ Bowie Town Center Food Court (noon)


October Services Monthly Theme: Courage

October 1, 10:30 Facing Our Fears with Courage (UU Inspiration)  

Rev Pratima Dharm
Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on facing our fears as crucial moments that require courage from us even to the point of risking our own personal safety. For, as a people of faith we are called to make a stance against the decline of moral consciousness in our society today, even if it is not popular to do so. This requires daily effort and a conscious decision to follow the right path, even when faced with opposition from various sides. As someone rightly said, “courage is not being without fear but standing up and facing the enemy despite the presence of fear is courage” And so let us be courageous, honorable and willing to do the right thing always!
Goodloe Vocal Choir sings.

Long Strange Trip film series (noon- 1pm)

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


October 8, 10:30 Topic TBD

Going Deeper (11:45 - 1pm)

Discussion of the book Unitarian Universalists of Color: Stories of Struggle, Courage, Love and Faith,
edited by Yuri Yamamoto, Chandra Snell, and Tim Hanami. Contact Ken Shilling for a paper copy ($15) or visit www.lulu.com to purchase and ePub version ($12)

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 Minister, 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 sermon on the Sermon Archive page.

"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. The next Coffee House will be held on October 21.

Long Strange Trip Film Series

October 1 and 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. .

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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