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

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

Parent Orientation for Fall RE Program
after Worship
. See Announcements on this page for more details.

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?

Adult RE (11:45 - 1 pm)
Communicating for Connection

October 12 El Dia del la Raza, Day of the Race: Celebrating Being the People of the Americas    Rev. Snavely

In Argentina, the name of this holiday was changed to Día de la Diversidad Cultural Americana (American Cultural Diversity Day) and may be changed again to Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity). In Chile it is called Día del Descubrimiento de Dos Mundos (Day of Discovery of Two Worlds), in Costa Rica it is Día de las Culturas (Day of Cultures), in Mexico it is Día de la Raza Iberoamericana ( Day of the Spanish-American Race), in Uraguay it is Día de las Americas (Pan American Day), and in Venezuela the holiday is known as the Día de la Resistencia Indígena (The Day of Indigenous Resistance). Today we remember the good and the bad of who we have been and who we have become as people of the Americas.

October 19 The Core of the Human Predicament   Rev. Snavely

In his adult religious education curriculum. "Building Your Own Theology" Richard Gilbert writes, “Psychologist Carl Rogers once compared his understanding of human nature with that of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. Niebuhr spoke of ‘original sin’ as a function of self-love, claiming too much, grasping after self-fulfillment, thinking of oneself more highly than one ought to think. Rogers looked at his years of practice and concluded that it is not self-love that is at the heart of the human predicament but self-hate. Only as a person comes to love the self can love for the other unfold. Self-love or self-hate: (asks Gilbert) which is at the core of the human predicament?”

October 26 UU Congregations in Community: Chalice Lighter Sunday  Rev. Snavely

Our district, the Joseph Priestley District of the Unitarian Universalist Association has a grant program called “Chalice Lighters.” Individual congregations of any size or a congregation in formation, clusters of congregations, and regional growth committees may apply for Chalice Lighter grants. Grants are for: 1. a minister, RE professional, staff; 2. building, land; 3. new congregation organizing; or 4. innovative growth. Goodloe has beeb a grant recipient. Individuals become “chalice lighters” by committing to give $20 or more three times a year to fund these grants. Being in community across our congregations helps us all.

Read more about the program here-


November 2 Remembering the Dead  Rev. Snavely
“Those who lived before us, who struggled for justice and suffered injustice before us, have not melted into the dust, and have not disappeared. They are with us still. The lives they lived hold us steady.” Kathleen McTigue

Adult RE (11:45 - 1 pm)
Communicating for Connection


November 9 Veterans’ Day service Dick Morris

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



Parent Orientation
Fall RE Program
Sunday September 28
After Worship

Parents, volunteers and all who are interested in the Goodloe RE program are invited to participate in an orientation and discussion meeting about the Goodloe Fall RE Program.

Discussion Topics
-  Theme for the 2014-2015 RE Program
    -- URUU - Explore UU identity and history
    -- RE Exchange with UUCA
-  Importance of regular participation in RE  

-  Intergenerational services
   -- Comments and suggestions
   -- Spirit Worship
-  Input from Parents - Suggestions to improve

   RE Program

Adult RE First Sundays
" Communicating for Connection"

See the Religious Exploration page for more details.

Building Your Own Theology On-Line Adult RE Course. See the Religious Exploration page for more details.

Bowie Springs Meditation Group offers
Morning of Mindfulness

October 4, 2014
9am - 1pm

See the Events page for details.

Special Music for First and Fifth Sundays at Goodloe

On first and fifth Sundays, Goodloe members are invited to provide the special music, either by singing or playing yourself or by offering a favorite recorded piece of no more than about three minutes in length. See sign-up sheet in fellowship area for open dates or contact Rev. Cyn at 240-475-2111, voice or text or

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.  We hope that a number of our members can come to the reception to honor one of our elders and to continue to build our connections with Bowie State. If you would like to attend, but need a ride or would like to travel with others, contact Rev. Cyn at or 240-475-2111, voice or text. To see samples of Sy's paintings see his website at

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 October 18

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 or by contacting Jessica York, Youth Programs Director, at Youth and adults are welcome.

Religious Exploration teachers and nursery volunteers needed in July and August - contact


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