Sunday's Worship Service
'Yes, No, Maybe: The Answer is Under Construction,' Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, Senior Minister, and Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon, Associate Minister
Welcome and Ingathering!
Register now for our return to two services:
Sun., Sept. 12, 10am: YouTube Live Format
10am: Hybrid Service; 11am: Zoom Coffee Hour and Breakout Rooms
12pm: In-Person Service

Watch for two links in the Saturday email: a YouTube link for the first service and a Zoom link for the breakout rooms after the service. Recording will be posted on YouTube. Our second service will be only in-person.

Sanctuary Hybrid, Online and In-Person: Service will be available via YouTube
Join us online or register in advance for worship IN PERSON at 10am or 12pm! Please note that outdoor seating may have obstructed views.

What is the answer we want to the biggest questions? When do we find power in “yes,” in “now,” and perhaps even in “maybe?” – especially in these ever-changing times. Sign up here to attend in person. Online attendance needs no registration. Sunday services are broadcast live, and may include wide shots of the crowd in the sanctuary. If you wish to avoid appearing on film, please plan to attend online for now, as our services will not include overflow seating.
Family Ministry Happenings
Spend some time with our youngest River Roaders! More adult volunteers are needed for our weekly RE classes (Sundays at 10am). Fun and easy, requiring little to no preparation on your part. Be there for these young ones as they get reacquainted (or acquainted for the first time) with River Road after 18 months without RE. Let's surround them with love and support! Classes for children under 12 will be held outside. Religious Education resumes Sun., Sept. 19.
Our Whole Lives Parent Orientation Set for Wed., Sept. 15, at 7:30pm, via Zoom
Parents of incoming 8th and 9th graders, please mark your calendars for Wed., Sept. 15, at 7:30pm for the parent orientation to our Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Program. We have a fabulous team of facilitators ready to work with your teens! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Religious Education begins Sun., Sept. 19
We are so excited for the return of RE classes and hope to see your children there! Classes coincide with the 10am service and will take place outdoors for 7th grade and under—that includes childcare, Spirit Play (pre-school), and elementary and middle school classes. The OWL and High School Youth Group will be masked and distanced inside. All children and youth will go directly to their designated spaces upon arrival. Masks are required indoors and outdoors. 
Other Upcoming Happenings
Welcome to New Members!
If you feel yourself at home here at River Road and would like to become a member, we welcome you to join us for our Membership Ceremony on Zoom at 11:30am on Sun., Sept. 19. Every new member changes the community in an important way and all are welcome. Drop a line to to RSVP for the ceremony and get the zoom link!
The RRUUC Earth Ministry will hold its next monthly meeting on Sun., Sept. 19 at 11:15am on Zoom. If you are new to River Road or to climate activism, you are invited to join us in our mission of "calling upon all, in a loving and respectful way, to take the actions necessary to preserve the earth as a sustainable home for humanity and all living beings." On this day, we'll agree on a meeting schedule going forward. Make it an extra green day by also attending an online Contemporary Issues forum with Delegate Marc Korman on energy and transportation solutions in the DMV region from 12:00-1:00! To join our mailing list or receive the meeting link, send an email to
Hear Rip, Roaring, Roots Rock’ n Roll at the College Access Fundraiser, SUNDAY, Sept. 26, 4pm - Live Streamed
Our favorites, Daryl Davis, Seth Kibel, and vocalist Jay Jenc, will rock the virtual cyber waves with their tribute to the pioneers of Rock’ n Roll featuring the music of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino and many more. The music that brought teens together across the color line! An “edutainment” event packed with music, information, and live chat for Q&A. Enjoy the show with the whole family in the safety and comfort of your home!
Click here to register for this FREE event and to donate to the College Access Fund.
Save the Date: PartnerFest 2021, Our 29th Annual Fundraiser
On Oct 16, 2021, 7:30 pm – 8:30pm, we will conduct a virtual PartnerFest. Our entertainment will be dancers from the Natananjali School of Dance. More details to follow - save the date!
Notices & Online Ministry Offerings
RRUUC Will Reopen for In-Person Worship on Sun., Sept. 12!
Preparations continue to reopen our building for in-person worship and events starting Sun., Sept. 12, with a Congregational Ingathering! Pre-registration required and will be available starting Thurs., Sept. 9. Religious Education resumes Sun., Sept. 19.
Contemporary Issues Forum: Finding Transportation Solutions for the DMV Region, Delegate Marc Korman, Sun., Sept. 19, Noon, via Zoom
Marc Korman will speak on energy and transportation solutions in the DMV region. He is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and chairs the 24-member Montgomery County Delegation. Marc co-chairs the Spending Affordability Committee (2021-) and the Transportation & Environment Subcommittee (2019-). He contributes to committees on state personnel oversight, appropriations, capital budget, and legislative policy. Marc is also a member of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. In the recent legislative session, Marc devoted efforts to transportation, education, public safety and law enforcement reform, the environment, and voting rights.
UU Wellspring for the Fall
UU Wellspring is a 10-month, spiritual deepening, small group style program. It includes two sessions per month from September to May and a commitment to working on a daily spiritual practice. Currently, there are openings in our "advanced"  Deep Questions group that meets Sunday afternoons and explores the UU Principles. You must have taken Sources in the past to enroll. Sources and Sacred Arts are now full.  All programs can be taken in person (as conditions permit) or online.

Grounding: Lunch Time for Pollinators!
Read this week's grounding to take a walk with our local bee and butterfly friends!
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 or call 240-777-2982. Find info at MoCo's vaccine webpage
Social Justice
Updates on the Wafas
Sunny Wafa’s mother and brother are still in Qatar, having finished their biometric screening. The next step is probably a flight to US in a few weeks, where further screening will be conducted before they can be released. We have heard from Rania Wafa that her family has re-appeared in Pakistan. She had lost touch and was quite worried. 

Updates on Afghan Resettlement
RRUUC has applied with Lutheran Social Services to provide apartment set up (a short commitment involving furniture and household supplies). When/if we are notified that we are to partner in that way, we’ll reach out again to those who have offered items and to any new donors. Cash donations may be also sought to get new pillows, mattresses and initial basic food supplies.  
September's Designated Gift Organization is the College Access Fund
The RRUUC College Access Fund has provided scholarships to local public high school graduates with financial needs for almost 20 years. Four-year scholarships go to qualified students selected by Racial Justice Task Force’s Supporting Educational Access Pathway (SEAP) from applications submitted by Mentors, Inc. and College Bound. Through the College Access Fund program, 12 students are currently receiving scholarships and two to four students are added each year based on available funds. Click here to give to College Access Fund.
Poor Peoples' Campaign's Rev. Barber Wants to Save Historic Bethesda Cemetery

Poor Peoples’ Campaign leader Rev. William Barber and Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition president Marsha Colemen-Adebeyo will urge Montgomery County to honor the dead and descendants of the historic Bethesda River Road Community in a speech Fri., Sept. 10.
The 8th Principle: Journeying toward spiritual wholeness to build a diverse multicultural
beloved community by our actions that dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and
our institutions. (Adopted by RRUUC June 2021)

Wonder how RRUUC can implement the 8th Principle? Join us for an online dialogue.
  • Who: Committee leaders and members and anyone who seeks Beloved Community
  • Led by: Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon with leaders of RRUUC's racial justice work
  • When: Sat., Oct. 2, 10am – 12pm
  • Hosted by: Leadership & Nominations (L&N) Committee
Save the date now: watch for more information coming soon; contact
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: Aspen: one name not released. Baltimore: four names not released. District of Columbia: Bruce Scott, Terrence Major, Carl Harris, Ricky Darnell Black, Eyon Falby, Donnetta Dyson, Keenan Braxton, Johnny Joyner, and one name not released. Rockville: one name not released. Suitland: Michael Rodney Jackson Jr. and one name not released. And Takoma Park: Luis Antino Perez. 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.
Shared Programming
Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon, "Valentino’s Ghost: Why We Hate Arabs", Sun., Sept. 12, 3pm
Valentino’s Ghost exposes the ways in which America's foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the US media's portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. Michael Singh, one of the film's writer/directors, and Waleed Mahdi, author and US-Arab cultural politics professor at the University of Oklahoma, will participate in the Q&A panel discussion. Rosemarie Esper, oral historian and international development professional, will be the moderator. Register to see the film and join the salon here.

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