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Sunday Fun, Learning, & Spirituality for Children & Youth in Camp Springs MD #PrinceGeorges

August 19, 2013

imagine a religion that embraces many different beliefsRegistration for classes starts this Sunday, Aug. 25. Classes start Sept. 15 at 10:30 AM (with ~15 mins. of intergenerational gathering before children and youth are sung out to their classes with “Go now in peace… May the love of God* surround you, Everywhere you may go.”).

Classes for preschool through high school include these goals:

  • Building self-awareness
  • Becoming our best selves
  • Making meaning and finding purpose
  • Spiritual growth
  • Ethical development
  • Having a safe environment for asking questions without judgement
  • Building a community of justice and love
  • Making decisions about the world they want to help create
Learning together - a class activity with a racial diversity in teachers and children

Photo of class from the past at Davies.
Photographer: Nola Shelton

Contact our new Director of Religious Education, Pete Fontneau, for more information or to register your child/ren.

Nursery care is also available each Sunday morning.

See directions to the Camp Springs, Maryland location here.

* Note: A belief in “God” is not mandatory. Members and friends include questioners, agnostics, and atheists, besides theists.


Great message, farewells and photos

July 28, 2013

Minister speaking from pulpit in front of mural of tree of lifeRev. Natalie Fenimore gave her last sermon at Davies today. It was titled, “Making Changes and Staying True” – good for many reasons including the obvious. The sermon is not online yet, so here’s a brief overview:

She used passages from the Bible for her message: “Our own body has many parts. When all these many parts are put together, they are only one body. The body is not one part, but many parts. If the foot should say, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that would not stop it from being a part of the body.  If the ear should say, “I am not a part of the body because I am not an eye,” that would not stop it from being a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye how would it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how would it smell? If all the parts were the same, it could not be a body. But now there are many parts, but one body….

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth.  Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures. Love never ends.”

She said that this is often heard at weddings, but Paul was not talking about romantic love, but love of a community. He was talking to and about his Jewish community. He was a rabbi and remained so all his life. He and many were struggling with how to change while staying true to their core beliefs. Just  as we must change to stay true to our principles and vision.

Our sources are our traditions but were not meant to keep things the same. In the past year we’ve had conversations about climate change, racial justice, immigration, same sex marriage, and other LGBT and equal rights issues that we may not have had if we were a different kind of community. “Tradition is in a constant state of transformation…. I hope that what we’ve learned and done together will help us go forward…. We can sustain change because we are one body.” Coming back around again to Corinthians, “Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”

Van with cakeAfter a wonderful service together, we had a celebration with a conversation, our monthly spaghetti dinner, and a special cake.


“The Pursuit of Friendship and Happiness…” in Camp Springs near Clinton, MD

July 20, 2013
Thoreau quote over winter scene about understanding ourselves

Design by Jessica Ferguson of UU Media Collaboration.


July 21 – “The Pursuit of Friendship and Happiness–A Unitarian Road Map” – Laura Walker – The difficulties in finding happiness when one has a Unitarian mind, that is–a mind filled with skepticism and the awareness that much about the human experience is rather depressing. Laura Walker is a law professor at George Mason, and member of Mount Vernon UU Church.

Children’s Activity: Science and Art with Valerie Shelton


This is an event our members and friends might want to attend:

PRELUDE TO A DREAM Mass Meeting & Concert

On August 25, 2013 at Enon Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD and August 27, 2013, at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in Washington, D.C., THE MARCH Civil Rights Opera Project will present Prelude to a Dream to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Prelude to a Dream dramatizes events on the volatile eve of the march.

After the mass meeting performance, librettist Alan Marshall and composer D.S. Jones will preview the grand finale of THE MARCH: A Civil Rights Opera. This scene at the Lincoln Memorial features characters who delivered speeches at the 1963 march including A. Philip Randolph, John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr, Roy Wilkins and others.

It is free, though donations are being accepted, and tickets are available.

“We believe that THE MARCH Civil Rights Opera Project can educate and inspire the next generation about our work in the civil rights movement.” – Courtland Cox, president SNCC Legacy Project.

“We support projects like THE MARCH that reflect the spirit of 1960’s civil rights movement.” – Julian Bond, vice president SNCC Legacy Project

Water Emergency in Camp Springs & Surrounding Area – Caring community here

July 17, 2013
Large black pipe being lifted off a special truck while men in hard hats watch

54″ pipe from WSSCof

If you’re in the neighborhood of the water outage which started at ~9 PM on Wed., please note WSSC’s mandatory water restrictions to preserve fire fighting capabilities and to extend the time they can continue to provide service to customers while repairs are underway:

Under water restrictions, WSSC advises residents to use water “only when necessary such as short showers, turning off faucets after washing hands, limit flushing toilets, and postponing using washing machines and dishwashers.”

Some of the communities likely to be affected include Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Camp Springs, Forest Heights, Temple Hills, and Oxon Hill, including Joint Base Andrews and the National Harbor. The area of the water restriction is outlined on this map (it does not cover all of Ft. Washington).

There is a list of summer programs closed here on July 17 and July 18.

For latest updates, subscribe to Notify Me Prince George’s. Also see the official WSSC alert and their Facebook page.

Our church is in the area without water, but we’re prepared and open. Members & friends living outside the affected area, if you can, contact those who might be in need (elderly, sick, disabled, with very small children, etc)  and offer shelter or a respite: a shower, meal or visit.

As a caring community, we would like to help our neighbors. Please let us know through email or phone if you are in need of assistance, such as water brought to you or transportation.

Since we’re also having a heat wave, you may need to go to one of these cooling stations. The nearest one in Camp Springs is:

Camp Springs Senior Activity Center
6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs
301-449-0490; TTY 301-446-3402

Water Safety Ideas:
1.  It’s recommended that you have 1-2 gallons per person stored per day of outage.
2.  Water is expected to be good only for 1-2 days if it doesn’t have a lid on it.
3.  Store as much water in a refrigerator to prevent bacteria build-up.
4.  If there is any question about if water is good, always BOIL the water first before using it to drink to kill contaminants.
5.  Always use water from tubs & sinks for cleaning & to flush toilets, instead of drinking.
6.  Never store water containers that have held milk, chemicals or toxic liquids in it previously.
7.  Store 1 quart per animal per day.


Water distribution locations:

Distribution points will open from 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 and from 8:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m. until the water outage is over. Residents must bring their own containers.

Hillcrest Heights Elementary
4305 22nd Place
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

Thurgood Marshall Middle School
4909 Brinkley Road
Temple Hills, MD 20748

Oxon Hill Elementary School
7701 Livingston Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Reception Centers

Reception Center are designed to provide residents with a place where they can take showers, clean-up, get water and cool off. Reception Centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Bottled water will be available at the reception centers.

Stephen Decatur Middle School
8200 Pinewood Drive
Clinton, MD 20735

Friendly High School
10000 Allentown Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744


Shelters are designed for residents who have been displaced and require overnight accommodations. Shelter locations have been identified and will be opened as needed. The first shelter to open will be at:

Wise High School
12650 Brooke Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

WUSA will provide up-to-date news on this special alert.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all who are affected by this emergency.

NOTE UPDATES IN COMMENTS and Members, please check your email for e-updates.

“Misunderstanding Virtue” at 10:30 Sunday in Temple Hills

July 13, 2013

Sunday, July 14 at 10:30 am – “Misunderstanding Virtue” Belief In Same Basic Principlesby Michael Hardy – Most of us like to think we lead virtuous lives, but do we really understand what that means? What does piety look like? What is courage? What does it mean to sacrifice? They are simple words that can be hard to define.

Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church (DMUUC) invites speakers with many different views. The free and open pulpit that we provide offers us a variety of ideas. These views are those of the speakers and not necessarily of our membership at large.
Michael Hardy’s last sermon was Have You Seen the Rainbow? which you can read here or listen to it here.

“Keeping small racial slights from becoming huge problems at work, play or church” in Camp Springs, MD – free to all

June 19, 2013

Davies church is now in summer mode. Our principles of searching for truth and meaning, valuing each person’s worth and dignity, and treating people with justice, respect, and compassion are 3 reasons for having a variety of people share their special message with us while our minister is on break and away at our annual conference.

The first service in our summer session is “Keeping small racial Chris Bell at Davies church pulpitslights from becoming huge problems at work, play or church” by Dr. Chris Bell. This presentation during our Sun. service at 10:30 AM is something that would be appropriate for just about anyone. Chris Bell, EdD, has been our facilitator for our monthly “A Dialog in Race and Ethnicity” for several years. He is also an author and lecturer, which you can see from his site.

For those who have never attended a UU church and would like to know how it differs from a typical secular lecture, here is some general information. The service will include inspirational words, not usually of any one traditional religion, and songs. Our rituals are short and include the lighting of our chalice, personal sharing of joys and concerns, an offertory which is totally optional (if you donate cash, half of what you share will go to the community service organization, Top Banana, which delivers groceries to the homebound), and a singing benediction which includes holding hands at the end of the service (individuals who have a problem participating in that can back away or quietly leave before the end, though please do not leave). Our principles of recognizing your worth and dignity and treating all with respect and compassion will hopefully assure you that we won’t hold any expectation of visitors that our visitors would not want. Anyone from any religious background may attend. Please let us know in private if we have been disrespectful to you in any way.

We will have soup following the service. Guests do not need to donate, but donations will go the Oxon Hill Food Pantry. We usually have other refreshments and wonderful conversation. Dr. Bell will be available to talk with you after the service also.

Bring children if you have them. Nursery care is provided and there’s Summer Activity for Kids (after the first 15 minutes in worship with adults).

Please invite your friends to join us and / or share this on your social networks.

“Standing on the Side of Love” in PrinceGeorges County

June 5, 2013

We, as Unitarian Universalists, are called for gay rights and welcoming congregations. This year the State of Maryland voted for marriage equality and the Boy Scouts of America have opened their community to gay youth. And this weekend is the How did we get here and where might we be going – what happens when we are “Standing on the Side of Love”?

Also, we’ll have members carrying our banner in the 38th Annual Pride Parade on Saturday at 4 PM and some may be helping to host the UU table on Sunday. Here is a video from a past year of our participation in the parade:

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