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Places where you may engage in liberal religious worship in Southern Maryland
or surrounding regions are:

 
 

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Southern Maryland (UUFSM)
        is the only UU group in southern Maryland, serving the Tri-County
        area of Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert counties since 1993.
        A Covenanted Society (see explanation below) - affiliated with UUA.
        Services: Sundays, 10:30 a.m., Sept. through mid-June.
        Summer Discussions: Sundays, 10 a.m., beginning in July.
                Location: Chancellor's Run Activity Center
                      in Chancellor's Run Regional Park, 21905 Chancellor's Run 
                      Road, Great Mills, near Lexington Park.
                Mailing Address: PO Box 1703, Leonardtown, MD 20650
                Office Answering Machine: (301) 373-9293
                Web site: http://www.uufsm.org

 
 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Chesapeake (UUCC)
        is a second, splinter UU group in southern Maryland, serving the Tri-County
        area of Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert counties; established in 2007.
        A Covenanted Society (see explanation below) - NOT affiliated with UUA.
        Services: Sundays, 10 a.m., Sept. through mid-June.
                Location: Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
                      44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619  in Individual Hall #1.
                Mailing Address: PO Box 595, California, MD 20619
               Answering Machine: (301) 880-0508
                Web site: http://www.uucongregationofthechesapeake.org
       Part-time Minister: the Rev. Lori Staubitz of Reston, Virginia.

 
 
 
Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church,
        located in Camp Springs in Prince George's County is the nearest 
        UU church outside the Tri-County area.
        Established 1954; affiliated with UUA.
        Services: Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
                Location: 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs, MD 20748
                Phone: (301) 449-4308
                E-mail: dmuuc-om@dmuuc.org
                Web site: http://www.dmuuc.org
        Minister: the Rev. John T. Crestwell

 
 
Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis,
        located in Anne Arundel County to the north is the other  
       nearby UU church.
        Established in 1956; affiliated with UUA.
        Services: Sundays, 11 a.m.
                Location: 333 Dubois Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401-2123
                Phone: (410) 266-8044
                E-mail: uuca@toad.net
                Web site: http://www.toad.net/~uuca
        Minister: the Rev. Dr. Frederic J. Muir
        333 Coffeehouse
               Join us for acoustic folk music every 3rd Friday
                  at 8 pm in the UUCA Sanctuary
               Admission $10 ($8 Seniors/Students) http://www.fsgw.org/333

 
 
 
Covenanted Societies

In recent times some Unitarian Universalist societies have adopted "covenants" to which all members are required to adhere. In content, they tend of differ radically. Some are merely elaborate statements of purpose detailing the idealized goals of the group. However, others are what are termed "behavioral covenants" to which members must conform as a condition for joining and for remaining members-in-good-standing with the right to participate in the religious activities of the society. Such covenants tend to define the conduct of the members, their social and personal actions and relationships with each other and with the leaders of the society, in some detail.

UUFSM's covenant is a strict "behavioral" one, adopted during the previous administration, which seeks to control members' actions and relationships. But, since many of those who formulated the covenant have resigned from the group (to form the UUCC), the covenant's application is uncertain and remains in question.

UUCC's covenant is likewise a strict "behavioral" one which is vigorously enforced. In joining all members are required to affirm their loyalities to the covenant by reciting it at a public service before the congregation.

It should be noted that many UU congregations have survived and thrived for generations without the controlling presence of a covenant.