Unitarian Universalists

Seeking a Community in Riderwood?

Third Thursday 

Chapel Service

Thursday, November, 15 1:00

Riderwood Chapel

The Pursuit of Happiness

Dr. Bruce Marshall, UU Chaplin at Riderwood

We will consider the nature of happiness and what makes us happy.

There will be no Fourth Thurday Class this month


First Thursday Conversation

Thursday, December,  6 10:00

Town Center Classroom

Please note the change of time and location.This is because of construction in Lockside Commons


It is a paradox. Do you ever have a sense of gratitude?  When does it occur?  What are you grateful for?



We invite you to participate in activities sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists of Riderwood.

Opportunities We Offer Include:

Meeting new  people and developing friendships

Discussing issues of personal concern

Adult Education

Developing spirituality

As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm an approach to life that encourages openness and questioning.  We believe that the development of spirituality is a journey that draws upon experience and reflection.  Rather than calling upon certainties, we encourage each person to engage in life to the fullest of our capabilities.

Who are the Unitarian Universalists of Riderwood?

Some among us are long-time members of Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Some are members of UU churches in other parts of the nation.  Others are new to Unitarian Universalist involvement.  Still others have chosen to participate in our community because, as one person put it, “I like the people!”  We welcome all who find something here that sustains them.

Unitarian Universalists meet in the Chapel the third Thursday each month.  This 1:00 p.m. gathering may be led by a local minister or an active lay leader.

Chaplain The Rev. Dr. Bruce Marshall is the chaplain to the Unitarian Universalists of Riderwood Village.  Bruce has served as minister of UU congregations in Michigan, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Maryland.  He is usually at Riderwood on Thursdays.  Bruce is available for personal support, and he also shares responsibility with the Steering Committee for providing programs for the community.

Activities We Sponsor

A chapel service is help the third Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m.In the Riderwood Chapel.  These services are varied and might involve a presentation given by our chaplain, the Rev. Bruce Marshall..  They may feature a speaker from the Riderwood community.  Or, they might be presented by a minister or layperson from the area.

Adult education programs are presented by our chaplain and other member of our community.  We also sponsor occasional programs for the larger Riderwood community.  In recent years the UU’s of Riderwood have co-sponsored a concert given by the Washington Gay Men’s Choir.

Steering Committee

Activities of the Unitarian Universalists of Riderwood are coordinated by a Steering Committee composed of members.  The Steering Committee meets the first Thursday each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Village Square Classroom.

Bettie Young serves as Chair of the Steering Committee.  See the Resident Directory to Contact Bettie and learn more about our Riderwood activities.

Liberal Lines

Liberal Lines is the monthly newsletter of the UU’s of Riderwood.  It offers information about activities of interest to our community.  If you would like to be on the distribution list, please contact Davis Nation in CT202.

Lunches:  Claire Kim coordinates lunches in Riderwood private dining rooms.  The lunch schedule is published in our monthly newsletter.  Do contact Claire if you wish to reserve a place.

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