Speaker: Rev. Norman Allen

A Diversity of Belonging

The Qur’an tells us, “We made you different nations and tribes that you may come to know one another.” In this month devoted to the concept of “Belonging,” we consider how we might discover a shared sense of belonging within the rich variety of our … read more.

Blessing of the Animals: A Pit Bull Parable

Bring your furry, finned, and feathered friends to Davies for our second annual Blessing of the Animals. This intergenerational service will include a celebration of unconditional love and a story that uses the once maligned Pit Bull as an example of redemption and enlightenment. Animals … read more.

To Give – To Receive

In anticipation of this afternoon’s benefit concert for the Oxon Hill Food Pantry, and in keeping with the spirit of Yom Kippur, we’ll take a close look at our collective and individual responsibilities to those in need. We’ll consider how we might use our resources … read more.

Expect Joy

In anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, we turn to the Book of Isaiah whose author tells us “you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the … read more.

What’s a Rev?

As Rev. Norm enters his third year at Davies, he’ll share his thoughts on what it means to hold this sacred post – and how we might achieve that all-important goal of shared ministry. Looking to role models of past and present, we’ll work together to … read more.

Ingathering & “The Cracked Pot”

This joyously family-oriented service is inspired by an ancient Indian tale that celebrates the myriad gifts of our community. Bring a sampling of water from your summer travels – or your kitchen sink – to participate in our Water Communion. And be ready to enjoy … read more.

Of Saints & Sultans

Eight centuries ago this summer, in the midst of the shameful and cruel Crusades, Francis of Assisi crossed the battle lines to meet with Sultan Malek al-Kamil. Over the course of several days the two men broke bread, enjoyed a healthy debate, agreed to disagree, … read more.

Roots & Wings

This morning’s service gives us a running start for the afternoon’s workshop on “Building UU Identity,” which, in turn, prepares us to support our children in their upcoming year of religious exploration. Through story and song, Rev. Norm will take us back to the roots … read more.

Born to Fly!

Returning to the wisdom of Rumi, we find these beautiful words: “You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.” The rabbi from Nazareth said something similar thirteen centuries earlier when he explained that, “No one lights a lamp and puts it under the bushel … read more.

The Big River

Sufi poet Rumi wrote, “As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.” His words reflect an inner trust captured in the Quaker idea that “the way will open.” Contemporary Franciscan Richard Rohr explored a similar notion when he wrote, “the Big River … read more.