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Open Door MCC Newsletter                                                                 September 17, 2017

Farewell to Rev. Miller and Transition

Please join us for upcoming opportunities to say goodbye to Rev. Miller.

September 17
Farewell liturgy during service.
Rev. Miller's final service with us will include opportunities to come together in farewell and celebration our our community and ministries.

September 24
After service the Board of Directions will lead a Transition Forum with materials from the MCC Office of Church Health and Life. Come for discussion, options, questions, and information about Building Our Future Together!

Book Discussion Group

We loved the last one so much, we want another go!

Join Cathy M. and the gang for another book discussion of The Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman.

Wednesday, September 27, 7p.
Hosted by Jolene and Sara Capozzi in Silver Spring.

The time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski. The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan's stewardship and Antonina's care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto.

Message from the Pastor


Knowing that we are so tenaciously and deeply loved by God makes it possible to have faith that we each possess divine spirit. Namaste, which literally means "I bow to you," is the recognition by the divine within us of the divine in one another. 

Namaste as a verb is to take our knowledge of our own place in God's heart and to extend it outward.

Spiritually, we often speak easily and even glibly of God's love for all, God's preference for the poor, disabled, and powerless, and God's concern for people across nation and faith. In practice, we often translate that universal, unconditional love into something else. Something that favors the people who are like us or the ones we like. Something that is more indifferent, even cold, toward people we don't like, are angry with, don't understand, don't feel comfortable with.

Namaste still leaves room for righteousness and even judgment -- it just allows those things to be based on expectations for love, respect, right relationship rather than on our fear of or assumptions about difference. Those of us who have been demonized for our difference surely can understand the importance of disregarding social definitions of good and bad, and instead approaching one another with a focus on the content of our character.

Namaste challenges us to find God, discover the divine, the holy, the sacred, in all people. We're able to "see" with "God-colored glasses," where everything, where everyone, "looks" like God.

Divine in me beholds divine in you,


This Sunday is the twelfth Sunday after Pride and our Farewell Liturgy with Rev. Miller. Join us this week as we gather to celebrate, witness, sing, express love and gratitude for our years together, and draw strength and energy for Building Our Future Together. As always, stay afterward for coffee and fellowship. Open Door is and has food for our journey. 

Rev. Miller

Our Denomination: Around MCC

MCC's Inclusive Language guide has been updated by Rev. Aaron Miller and Rev. Miller Hoffman.

Our Interim Moderator, Rachelle Brown, was interviewed by The Advocate. Read about her experience as a Cajun lesbian and part of a polyamorous family.

The next Eastern Network gathering is October 21, 2017, at MCC NoVA in Fairfax, Va. Our Interim Moderator, Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown will attend as part of the Moderator's Listening Tour. This is an opportunity to meet with our church's leader and share your concerns, hopes, and dreams for the future.

  Pastoral Transition
  Vice Moderator, Curt Judd
  Email Phone 301.639.3998

Upcoming Events
This week
Sunday, September 17
10a Worship, Twelfth Sunday after Pride and Farewell Liturgy, Rev. Miller preaching

Birthdays and Anniversaries
September 22: Dick Hospital
September 22: Jeff Schrader
September 22: Dolores Smith
September 22: Linda Van Arnum (rest in peace)
September 22: Curt and Roy (Holy Union)
September 23: Jennifer Knoll

Coming Up

Monthly NAMI Support Group
Gather at Open Door on the 2d Thursday of each month for a a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.
Next gathering, Tonight!, September 14, 7p

Second Sunday Food Pantry Food Drive
Every second Sunday of the month, bring a nonperishable food item and be entered in a drawing for a Starbucks gift card. All food collected is donated to WUMCO HELP. The pantry is always especially in need of canned pasta products, cereal, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce, and canned fruits.
Next collection, Sunday, October 8

Monthly Ledo Pizza Fundraiser
Every second Monday of the month, join us for eat-in or take-out at the Montgomery Village Ledo. Bring this note, or pick up a coupon at the restaurant for credit. A portion of the night's proceeds is donated to the church.
Next pizza night Monday, October 9, 5-10p

Wednesday evening meditations and dharma talks at River Road UU in Bethesda.

Social and support groups scheduled, plus opportunities to volunteer for LGBT awareness and equality.

Your tax-deductible donation helps us to continue our work for social and spiritual justice. 

Does your company offer matching funds? Let us know and 
we'll help your double your giving!

Donate to Open Door through United Way of the National Capital Area. Ask us how!

Open Door Supports WUMCO: 2d Sunday Food Drive
Bring a nonperishable food item and be entered in a drawing. WUMCO helps with rent or mortgage payments, utilities, medical or other current critical expenses; transportation for medical and social service needs; long-term coverage of maintenance medicine not adequately covered by insurance, government or private; emergency and holiday food; and holiday toys.

WUMCO always especially needs spaghetti sauce, canned pasta entrees, and cold cereal.
Since its founding in 1968, MCC has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other forms of oppression.  MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBT equality movement.

Your Moment of Zen

In honor of everything that is good and right in the world, please enjoy Mahna Mahna's gift of Manamana.
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