You are welcome here! Interested in learning more about the congregation, our faith, and our community? Our Connections Team would love to help get you started. If you'd like to join us for online Sunday worship services, contact us here. And if you’d like to find out more about how to get involved email us.
Sunday's Worship Service
Being Spiritual AND Religious, Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, Senior Minister, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Sun., Jul. 18, 11am: Zoom Live Format - please note time change
Live streaming online via Cedar Lane
No prechat; 11am: Service; Coffee Hour chat will begin after the service.
Watch your Saturday email for directions.
Being privately spiritual but not religious just doesn’t interest me. There is nothing challenging about having deep thoughts all by yourself. What is interesting is doing this work in community, where other people might call you in on your stuff, or disagree with you. The service will explore what it might mean to be both spiritual and religious in community.
Notices & Online Ministry Offerings
Beginning & Belonging: An Introduction to UUism, Sun., Aug 15 & 22
A joint offering of Cedar Lane, River Road, & Fairfax Unitarian Universalist Congregations, this short two-session introduction to Unitarian Universalism is great for anyone seeking to connect more deeply and to learn more about our free faith tradition. Two sessions are offered on Sun., Aug. 15 & 22, 2-3:30pm. If you’re new, feeling new, contemplating a spiritual home, or even just looking to deepen your relationship to UUism, this is a great place to start. Register here.
Virtual Photography Exhibit: Four Seasons in the C&O Canal National Historical Park by Mike Mitchell, Thurs., Jul. 1-Tues., Aug. 31.
The RRUUC Fine Arts Committee is excited to present this virtual photography exhibit by Mike Mitchell. Click here to view the exhibit.
Mike Mitchell is a local photographer who is actively involved in the work of the C&O Canal Trust, the official “friends” organization of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. With this exhibit Mike combines his photography with his love of the park to present images from the park in all four seasons of the year and across the park’s 184.5-mile span. 
See more of Mike’s photography at www.mikemitchellphotography.com. If you are interested in purchasing any of his photos please contact Mike through his website.

Grounding: Summer Blooms, part 2
It's still summer! More summer flowers in this week's Grounding.
COVID-19 Advisory Committee Information about Vaccines and Vaccination
Find information curated by our COVID-19 Team here.

You can now make your own first dose appointments. If you need help making your first or second dose appointment, email c19vaccination@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-2982. Find info at MoCo's vaccine webpage https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/.
Social Justice News
Help Stop the Sale of the African Cemetery Land, Sun., Jul. 18, 5pm
While the County and developers inflate the price of land where Africans have been buried since slavery, in the River Road community, let’s repair the damage and stop the sale of cemetery land to the latest, highest bidder -- and advocate for building a monument and museum there instead. We will meet this Sunday at 5pm at 5303 Duvall Drive, Bethesda, to convince the highest bidder on African cemetery land to drop their offer. For more information, contact the Engage Beloved Communities Pathway of the Racial Justice Task Force.
July's Designated Gift Organization is Congregation Action Network
Created in 2017, the Congregation Action Network is an organizing network of congregations in the DC/MD/VA region that provide support and solidarity to neighbors, friends, and family who fear being detained, deported, or profiled. In the face of hate and discrimination, the Network is committed to showing love, compassion, and hospitality.
Please support the Congregation Action Network by giving generously throughout the month of July by contributing online here (select Social Justice Activities and type Congregation Action Network or July DGO in the optional memo line), Text-to-Give (732-56, then RRUUC), or through check donations to RRUUC (designate "Congregation Action Network"). Thank you.
As part of our ongoing commitment to the activists who are interrupting gun violence on the streets of our cities, we are saddened yet honored to memorialize the names of those in our area lost to gun violence over the last week. These lives continue to matter: Baltimore: Devin Davis, Demari Hall, Anthony Henry, Keith Hughes, Jr., Troy Rush, Alysse Gardner, Anthony Cain, and Darnell Jones. White Marsh: Shaunya Green. Temple Hills: one name not released. Every life lost to gun violence shatters the world for each of us, and every life saved by those who interrupt the violence helps knit us back together.
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