Unitarian Universalists

Welcome to Unitarian Universalists at Riderwood.

Who are the Unitarian Universalists at Riderwood?

We are a “Covenanting Community” of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Covenanting Communities claim a UU identity and advance UU values, but they look and feel different from a traditional congregation. Covenanting communities include small meeting groups, missional communities, intentional living cooperatives, national networks, and more.

Some of us are current or former members of Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Others were members of UU churches in other parts of the nation and world before coming to Riderwood. Others are new to Unitarian Universalism. We welcome all who find something here that sustains them.

Our chaplain,  Rev. Ashley Burczak, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, holds a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master of Divinity in Ecumenical Studies from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

What we stand for

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

What We Offer

We hold a chapel service the third Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m.In the Riderwood Chapel. This gathering may be led by a local minister or an active lay leader. In other weeks, we offer a variety of engaging events.

Upcoming Events

Worship
February 16, 2023 1 PM, Chapel and Riderwood TV 972

Speaker: Rev. Alexa Fraser

Calendar

January 12 noon Lunch Hour at Potomac Café
January 12 2 pm Joy of Living Meditation Class, Village Square Music Room
January 19 1 pm Worship, Chapel and Riderwood TV 972 Speaker: Ebony C. Peace
January 26 11 am “Holy Curiosity Class” will be preempted by Riderwood Event

February 2 10:30 AM Discussion: Love, Town Center Classroom
February 9 noon Lunch Hour at Potomac Café
February 9 2 pm Joy of Living Meditation Class, Village Square Music Room
February 16 1 pm Worship, Chapel and Riderwood TV 972
February 23 11 am “Unconventional Bible Study”: Ecclesiastes, Town Center Classroom

March 2 10:30 AM Discussion: Patience, Town Center Classroom
March 9 noon Lunch Hour at Potomac Café
March 9 2 pm Joy of Living Meditation Class, Village Square Music Room
March 16 1 pm Worship, Chapel and Riderwood TV 972
March 23 11 AM Book Discussion: An Indigenous People’s History of the U.S. Town Center Classroom
March 30 10 AM -noon Pathways to Membership inquirer’s session, Town Center Classroom

Previous events:
Aged by Culture, Jo B. Paoletti, August 18, 2022 — Synopsis and Resources


COVID POLICY UPDATE:

  • If you are fully vaccinated and boosted, you are not required to wear a mask in small gatherings. 
  • Masks are required for everyone at in-person gatherings of 30 or more.
  • Masks are required for unvaccinated persons in all locations and situations.

Liberal Lines

Liberal Lines is the monthly newsletter of the UU’s at Riderwood. It offers information about activities of interest to our community. Want to be on our mailing list? Please contact UUs@riderwoodlife.com

Steering Committee

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