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Order an OBIC Memorial Plate

Written by Pat Heidel on .

In 2009 UUCC and Christ United Methodist Church worked together to create the beautiful patio, install a memorial plaque, and enhance the gardens. We are currently accepting orders for memorial plates inscribed with the names of your loved ones. We will add the new plates to the granite plaque. June 15th is the deadline for placing orders for this year.

The plates are on the memorial plaque by donation categories: Oak ($1,000); Magnolia ($500); Rose ($250); and Iris ($100). The “Oak” plates are 1.5” x 4.5”, and the others measure 1” x 4.5”.

Memorial Garden brochures with order blanks are available here. To order a plate, return your form and check (made out to “OBIC Memory Garden”) to the OBIC Office, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045. Deadline: June 15, 2017. Questions?  Please contact Pat Heidel (410-884-6983 or 

To celebrate a special event (for example, a birthday, anniversary, birth of a child), please consider a donation to enhance the Memorial Garden.

Justice Sunday for Those Who Missed It

Written by Jim Caldiero on .

A Belated Happy Mother’s Day.

I want to tell you about a mother and grandmother. Jeannette Vizguerra, has lived in the U.S., paid taxes for 20 years, reported regularly to immigration authorities, but on this one Wednesday in February she sent her attorney to request a stay in her deportation while supporters waved banners that read “No Hate. No Fear. Immigrants are Welcome Here.” Sadly, her stay was denied and Jeannette sought sanctuary. Until recently, her U.S.-born children visited her daily in her makeshift bedroom in the basement of the First Unitarian Society of Denver. This past Friday, after Senator Michael Bennett intervened, ICE granted Ms. Vizguerra a two-year stay, thus ending her 90-day sanctuary while she pursues her legal status.

We have been conversing these past two months about whether we, like the Denver church, should declare our congregation a sanctuary. It’s a complicated decision. But during this time, we have been ably guided by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

If any group is expert at defying hate, it is the UU Service Committee, defending human rights during the worst global refugee crisis since its founding more than 75 years ago when its founders, Rev. Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha, at great personal risk, rescued hundreds from Nazi terror . Today, we can find UUSC advancing economic and environmental justice in 17 countries, strengthening farmer cooperatives in Central America, workers’ rights in Arkansas, humanitarian relief in Ecuador and the Philippines, building solar-powered water distribution in Sierra Leone. We can find the Service Committee protecting rights at risk, defying hate along the refugee trail in Turkey, Hungary, Serbia and Croatia and helping migrants from Mexico and those seeking asylum in the U.S.

UUSC does not receive any funds from the UUA or the government. You are its primary source of support. Please make a generous donation, renew your membership or become a member. A $125 contribution is eligible for a matching grant from the Shelter Rock, NY congregation, but any amount is gratefully accepted. 

When those in power do not protect vulnerable communities, and portray them as a threat we must act. We, like our UUSC founders, must defy hate. When a mother is separated from her children despite living in our country for 20 years, we will defy it. When a person is assailed because of the color of her skin, the language she speaks, the clothes she wears, or the bathroom she prefers, we will defy it.  Wherever there is hate, we will defy it.

For more information about UUSC and how you can help, please contact me at

Thank you for your continued support in advancing human rights worldwide. 

Act Now! We've Got 4 Days To Get Earned Sick Leave Signed Into Law

Written by Jim Caldiero on .

Liz Richards of Working Matters urges us to call Governor Hogan to sign HB1.

This is it. 4 days from now, Governor Hogan will have to make a decision on the Healthy Working Families Act (HB1), which would allow nearly 700,000 Marylanders to earn sick leave for the first time. Without earned paid sick days, Marylanders who work hard and play by the rules will continue to face impossible choices between their job and their family.

Please call Governor Hogan TODAY and tell him: I'm a constituent from XXXXX, Maryland, and I urge Governor Hogan to sign HB1.

 Call Governor Hogan's office: 410-974-3901

The Healthy Working Families Act helps lift up our families and our economy by reducing turnover at businesses and ensuring that Marylanders can care for their families without risking the loss of their paycheck or their job. But to make the Healthy Working Families Act law in Maryland, we need Governor Hogan to either sign the bill or let it become law without his signature. If Governor Hogan vetoes this bill, we will have to wait another 8 MONTHS for a veto override vote in the Maryland legislature.

There is no time to waste. Please make a phone call to Governor Hogan today and urge him to sign HB1, the Healthy Working Families Act. Tell him it helps working families, businesses and our economy!

 Call Governor Hogan's Office: 410-947-3901.

We have come so far, and we could not have done it without you. Together, we have:

  • Protected HB1 against harmful amendments.
  • Passed HB1 in the House and Senate with veto-override majorities.
  • Gotten closer than ever to making a meaningful difference in the lives of nearly 700,000 Marylanders.

If Governor Hogan lets this bill become law on May 27, we win. We are so close -- and we cannot stop now!

Thank you for your help. Let's do this.

Ordination of Karen Lee Scrivo

Written by Maureen Harris on .

Former UUCC Interim Director of Religious Education Karen Lee Scrivo will be ordained by the Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 4:00pm on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 DuBois Road, Annapolis. Reception to follow. All are welcome! Please contact Karen at for more details and/or to RSVP.

Take a Private Tour of "Undesign the Redline"

Written by Tina Horn on .

Undesign the Redline is an interactive exhibit connecting the intentional and systematic racial housing segregation of the 1930s to political and Undesign the Red Line 600x3521 copysocial issues of today, through the powerful narratives of the people and communities affected by redlining and its legacy.

Social impact firm Designing the WE, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., is hosting the Undesign the Redline exhibit in Columbia May 23 – June 8, 2017.

This timeline of discrimination, segregation and housing policy in the USA also features Columbia MD at 50.

UUCC members are invited to a private tour of the exhibit on Thursday, June 1, 6-8pm. Please RSVP to Tina Horn at

Worship With Us

May 28 at 10:00am 
(note change to one worship service)
Intern Minister Anthony Jenkins will preach
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General Information:

  • Academic Year: Two identical services at 9am and 11am.  
  • Summer (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend): One service at 10am.
Location: Owen Brown Interfaith Center (Directions), Sanctuary C, 2nd floor, East end of the building.  Read more about worship.

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