4/19 L3 Worship: The Risen Christ visits the Disciples Sheltering in Place

Hello Everyone, Sunday night 6 – 7 p.m. we will worship on the theme of the miracle of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples after the resurrection.  Our risen Lord came to the disciples bearing peace and hope when the disciples were huddled together, afraid, sheltering in place after the crucifixion.

The sense of purpose and mission the disciples lost is found again.

John 20: 19-31, the Gospel passage, is especially relevant and brings good news during this time of pandemic

Hope you will join us for spiritual inspiration!

Please email Chaplain Holly to get the zoom link at ulmer@umd.edu

4/15 The Power of Humor!

Hello All,
Tomorrow’s L3: Power of Purpose zoom is the Power of Humor😎to lift our spirits and help us keep perspective in challenging times.

Hope you will join us from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Come and go as needed. All are welcome.

Email Chaplain Holly to get the zoom link at ulmer@umd.edu

L3: Listen, Learn, Lead’s Power of Purpose empowers students to integrate their spiritual,religious, and/or secular core values to discern and live their life purpose(s).

4/12 Easter Morning Worship and 6 p.m. Resurrection Zoom Chat

Jesus Christ is Risen!

Join inspiring Easter morning on-line worship services through one of the links below, and a Sunday night 6 p.m. zoom chat sponsored by UCM-L3 “What does Resurrection Mean to you?” led by our L3 Interns Samantha and Jennifer.

For the Sunday night zoom link, email Chaplain Holly ulmer@umd.edu

Wishing you and yours all the blessings and joys of Easter.

University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

10:45 a.m. worship with Rev. Nathan Hill



Website info http://uccmd.org/covid-response.php

Greenbelt Community Church (United Church of Christ)

10:30 a.m. worship with Rev. Glennyce Grindstaff


Oaklands Presbyterian Church

11:00 a.m. worship with Rev. LeAnn Hodges


Berwyn Presbyterian Church

10:30 a.m. worship with Rev. Laura Hollister


Washington National Cathedral, web and television

Live webcasts at 11:15 a.m., officiating is The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry


The Cathedral service will also be broadcast live on television, NBC, Channel 4.2, Cozi, via antennae

4/10 UMD Ecumenical Good Friday Service, 3 p.m.

Today the Christian chaplaincies are co-sponsoring a Good Friday Worship Service at 3 p.m. via zoom. To attend, please be in touch with Chaplain Holly by 2:50 p.m. at ulmer@umd.edu

This poem was shared by the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ. Best wishes for a blessed Good Friday.

Sorrow-filled Road

Holy Week summons
People of faith
On a different road
A Sorrow-filled Road
Through a lonesome valley

Mired in the mud
Caught in the quarantine’s quicksand
The path from parade to empty tomb
Seems littered with obstacles
Too heavy to move

“Hosanna” we cry out
“Hosanna” “Save Us”
Save us from power valued more than people
Save us from greed determining life or death
Save us from imaginary outcomes obscuring science
Save us from self-indulgence over common good
“Hosanna” we cry out
“Hosanna” “Save Us”

Set Your table before us in the presence of those who fail us
Fill us with Your mercy and Your compassion
Break open the Bread of Life for all your children
Pour the Cup of Blessing upon us
Fill us O Lord, fill us

Bring us into Your Holy Presence O God
Praying not just for what we want
But for what others need.
Bring us into the presence of
The lonely
The fearful
The anxious
The exhausted
Those worried about bills
Those who have no home
Those who are fearful to be isolated at home
Those who are overcome
Bring us into Your Holy Presence O God to see those we pass by daily

Standing before the cross this year we see suffering unimaginable
No longer a ritual for Good Friday afternoon
Every day, every hour we see pandemic’s pain
The cost of our unpreparedness
Convicted of the sin of omission
We pray, “Father, forgive us”

You take on this suffering of the world
Even as You did so long ago
You take on our pain
In the cross is our salvation, our healing
In the midst of death, life

Signs of life litter our roadside
Redbud and forsythia
Green buds and leafing trees
Our sorrowful road bursts with touches of color
Cases recovered
Curves dipping
Community happening, even in containment
Easter moments every day

Holy Week summons
People of faith
On a sorrow-filled road
Walking together
To a new life.

Clara Young
April 6, 2020

4/9 Maundy Thursday On-line Worship

If you are interested in joining in an on-line Maundy Thursday worship service there are some wonderful options to do this. All are offering virtual communion, so have your “elements” ready (bread and cup)

Tonight at 7 p.m. University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) near campus is hosting one through Facebook. Pre-register before 7 p.m. via this link to receive login information https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItc-yqrzkq6lMsHZmbl0t4hXR-M_wtGw%C2%A0

For Oaklands Presbyterian Church in Laurel 7 p.m. service, check the Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/OaklandsPres/

For Pilgrim Church, United Church of Christ 7 p.m. service – Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/723369557

Meeting ID: 723 369 557

Dial in number: +1 301 715 8592 US

Meeting ID: 723 369 557

When the hour came, he (Jesus) took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God. Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.‘ Luke 22: 14 – 20

Below is a way of observing Maundy Thursday at home from the Presbyterian Outlook

4/8 L3: Power of Purpose, The Inspirational Life of Rachel Carson

Join L3 as we shine a spotlight on a woman in STEM: Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring (1962) and marine biologist. We will be exploring her legacy in our present-day world and how she pursued her purpose despite numerous obstacles. We hope that you can see the power of purpose through her! Also learn about the connection she had with University of Maryland.

We will be starting and ending our session with some meditation and visualization techniques which may help you find some clarity through these unstable times.

Join the Wednesday (from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Zoom Meeting , Visit for a few minutes or stay the hour. Come and go as needed.

Please email Chaplain Holly to get the link by 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, 4/8

Chaplain Holly Ulmer, ulmer@umd.edu


Upcoming Holy Week Events

4/9 Local Church links will be provided for Maundy Thursday services.

  • 4/10 UMD Ecumenical Good Friday Zoom Worship, 3 p.m. (Info will be provided).
  • 4/12 Easter Morning, we will list links for on-line worship in DC metro.
  • 4/12 Easter Evening,  6 p.m. UCM-L3 Zoom chat, Easter celebration on the theme of Resurrection. (Info will be provided)

4/7 5 pm Chat with a Chaplain!

In need of an encouraging word and a break from virtual schoolwork?  In this student group conversation, take a few minutes (or longer) to chat with Chaplain Holly Ulmer about where we are right now as a campus and as a society.  Share what is on your mind and in your heart.  Come and go as needed. All are welcome as we celebrate our spiritual, religious, and secular diversity.  During the hour, Chaplain Holly will share strategies for how to cope with this new world.  The virtual event will take place via Zoom at https://umd.zoom.us/j/295746745.   Sponsored by Memorial Chapel