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Our Mission
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society is a welcoming congregation that supports lifelong spiritual growth, fosters reverence for nature, promotes justice and serves the local and global community.

Childcare and Religious Education classes are available during our services, September through June.

Our Newcomers section is designed to help you learn about SUUS and what to expect when you visit. For directions, click here. To download a copy of our Weekly News, click here.

Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 9:30AM - 4:00PM; Thursday 9:30 - 4:30. Office Closed Monday & Tuesday

"Love is the spirit of this church and service its law.

To dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love and to help one another."

 

October Sunday Services

This month's theme is Turning Points, Transformation & Change

October 5, 10:30 AM Worship: Rochelle Ripley/Hawkwing "Changing Community through Self-Transformation."

Rochelle Ripley, Hawkwing Founder, will reflect on how self transformation is the foundation for effective action in order to bring about change in communities.  She will interweave philosophy with practical examples from her work with the Cheyenne River Lakota/Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  She will speak about the importance of leading with humility rather than one’s ego.  In lieu of a discussion afterwards, Rochelle will give an informational talk at noon about the non-profit Hawkwing which was created to offer cross-cultural education while assisting the people of the Lakota (Sioux) Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota meet their basic human needs.

      October 12, 10:30 AM Worship: Rev. Madeline "Lyn" Oglesby, Ph.D."What the Dalai Lama Taught Me."
A reflection on experiences with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan exiles in India, and basic Buddhist thought.

     October 19, 10:30 AM Worship: Rev. Madeline "Lyn" Oglesby, Ph.D. "The Little Engine That Could."
Some hills look too steep to climb.  Some jobs take more work than we  can do.  Reflection on coping with challenges and adversity.

     October 26, 10:30 AM Worship: Enrique Alvarez, "The Burning Bowl "

Let us re-examine the Burning Bowl in the context of personal transformation.

Religious Education is in session for Pre-K through 12/

Please see the article from the Director of Religious Education,

Nathan Pawelek below, to find out more. 

Childcare is available in nursery during the services.

 

SUUS Office Open: Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:30am - 4:00pm, Thursday: 9:30am - 4:30pm  
SUUS Office Closed on Monday & Friday

 

Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Nathan Pawelek, Announces Fall Schedule

 
For those searching for a spiritual home, we hope that your interest in our congregation and the programs we offer will be a good fit for your family.  Each Sunday morning from September and through mid-June, children and youth are invited to participate in our Religious Education (R.E.) programming.  R.E. begins in worship with the grown-ups in the sanctuary for the first part of the service. After the Story for All Ages, the children and youth are dismissed to their respective classrooms.
 

This year, we offer classes for four different age groups: Love Will Guide Us for Pre-Kindergarten - 3rd Grade; Toolbox of Faith for 4-6th Grade; Popcorn Theology Too for 7-9th Grade: SUUS Youth Group for 10-12th grade.  For details about the curriculum for each group, click here.  Registration forms are available by clicking HERE and hard copies are available in the RE Office.

Beginning in January, our Middle School students will embark on Coming Of Age; a bridging program for 12-14 year olds, marking their transition from childhood to adolescence. The intensive work they do will culminate in a service and celebration at the end of the year

Programs for adults, called Small Group Ministries are offered: groups of ten to twelve people meet regularly to reflect on and discuss significant life topics.  Over time, participants build deep connections with one another, with the congregation and with the sacred. Depending on the interest, we will offer one to three separate groups this fall. Registration is mandatory.  For more information, contact me, Rev. Lyn or Lily Rojas


 

 

 

 

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Connecting With UUs

Clicking on the icons below will take you to UU organizations. Unitarian Unversalist Association, Standing on the Side of Love, UU Service Committee, UU College of Social Justice, Church of the Younger Fellowship, Church of the Larger Fellowship, the Clara Barton District/New England Region.
           

   

New Interim Minister Believes “We are all ministers.”

This fall, Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society welcomed Reverend Madeline Oglesby, PhD to its congregation as its interim minister for the next two years. Shoreline UU is a welcoming congregation that invites everyone to explore their beliefs and spiritual journeys, and has been a voice of liberal religion for over fifty years..

  “We are all ministers,” Rev. Lyn believes.  “Some of us preach, some teach, some feed the homeless, some care for the sick or elderly, some support good causes.  Ministry can be cooking, cleaning or cutting the grass.  Ministers make music.  Ministers engage in personal transformation and growth for themselves and others.  We are guided by love, compassion, laughter and respect for the inherent worth and dignity of all persons.”

Just ten days before Hurricane Katrina, Rev. Lyn began her professional ministry at All Souls Unitarian Church in Shreveport, Louisiana and has served congregations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Dover, Delaware, where she was active in supporting the passage of the civil unions bill that preceded the Marriage Equality law.  “Social Justice is a strong component of Unitarian Universalism,” she said.

Rev. Oglesby raised two children as a Foreign Service spouse in India, Nepal and Japan before earning advanced degrees and teaching at universities in Japan, Guam and the Washington, DC area.  A student of Buddhism, she periodically visits India and has attended the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Rev. Lyn explains her ministry this way:  “In these fast-moving, and stressful times, Unitarian Universalist congregations are unique religious communities that encourage moral, ethical and socially responsible living.  We are not doctrinaire.  We focus on deeds and behaviors in the here and now, rather than creeds or belief in a particular god. We meet on Sunday mornings to recharge our spiritual batteries with words, music, refreshments and discussion.  We meet at other times to learn, sing, dance and advocate for justice.”

Shoreline UU offers Sunday worship and religious education for children, youth, and adults.  Curricula include Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive program about human sexuality and Coming of Age, a bridge for 12-14 year olds, marking the transition from childhood to adolescence.  Programs for adults, called “small group ministries” are offered: groups of ten to twelve people meet regularly to reflect on and discuss significant life topics.

Unitarian Universalism grew out of the Reformation and the liberal religious traditions that inspired Ralph Waldo Emerson, John and Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, John Dewey, Clara Barton, Adlai Stevenson, Pete Seeger, and astronaut Sally Ride, to name just a few. It is a spiritual base for believers, free thinkers, humanists and social justice advocates.

 

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Our Meeting Room, Library, RE rooms and Coffee Room are available for short term or long term rentals. For more information on renting our facility for your group or event, please click here.

The Unitarian Universalist Association expects all of its member congregations to be welcoming to individuals and families regardless of sexual or affectional orientation, gender identity or expression, race or ethnicity, ability/disability, class, age, or language and citizenship status. Shoreline has been recognized by the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation since 1993.