January 17, 2018

Quick Links

Our Website

Our mission is to foster liberal religious ideals through public worship, study, service and fellowship; to provide a public forum to address religious, ethical and moral issues; to support individual freedom of belief and caring human relationships; to become an intentionally diverse community; to engage in promoting a just and
humane social order.
The Worship Committee requests that the Acknowledgements of the Heart portion of our service be reserved for the sharing of people’s deepest personal concerns and joys.  Announcements and informational items may still be shared in various ways by sending the information to: Jane Hardy at



for inclusion in the Broadsheet and/or Margo Long,

 for inclusion in the Sunday Order of Service. Please send information to Jane and/or Margo no later than Tuesday of each week.
Brief announcement information may also be given, in writing, to the Service Leader prior to any Sunday service.  Thank you.
Vida Morley, Mon, Jan 1
Ralph Dolinger,
 Tues, Jan 2
Dianne Turpin, 
 Thurs, Jan 4
Melinda Lippincott, 
 Wed, Jan 10
Margaret Allen,
 Thurs, Jan 18
Al Mathwich, Sat, Jan 20
Clark Bjorke, Mon, Jan 22
Travis Stotts, Sat, Jan 27
Zoe Panas, Mon, Jan 29


Sunday Service, Jan 21, 10 a.m., Rev. Sue Browning, “The UU Principles and Beloved Community.”  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged the world to “live into” a vision of Beloved Community.  How do our 7 principles help us live into this vision?  At this service Rev. Sue Browning will consider  the deep challenges of living into Beloved Community and why Unitarian Universalists are evaluating an 8th UU principle to help.

Nevin Dawson will be our guest musician for the service.

Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

Mon, Jan 22, 1 p.m. at UUCR — Animal Ministry Committee (CAWS) Meeting.
On Sunday, February 4, the Social Concerns Committee (SCSJ) will be taking a special collection for the Samaritan Group.  We ask you to consider the critical need for funding this group, particularly at this time of the year when they are providing emergency housing at churches in our community.  From January through March three different churches will provide overnight shelter, hot dinners, breakfasts and box lunches — and possible transitional services to permanent homes.  This is possible through the work of a part time supervisor, one paid overnight person each night, and countless volunteers.  Funding is particularly critical this year as one of the government grants that the Group depended on is no longer available due to a change in qualifying criteria.  We hope that you will consider this need as you find comfort in your own warm home — and that you’ll consider volunteering.  Contact Lynn Dolinger this Sunday or via email:  lynn.thirdwish@gmail.com
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. most weekdays.
Sun Jan 21:  Lead Worship, board meeting
Fri Jan 26:   at UUCR 9 – 12:30
Thank you to all of the UUs who participated in the inspiring MLK Breakfast event in Rock Hall on Monday, which is regularly sponsored by the Chester Valley Ministers Association, a group of ministers and committed volunteers that UUCR has actively supported with leadership and funding for many years.

Jan 28, Gary Jackoway, “Babylon.” In 600 BCE, Jerusalem was sacked by the Babylonians and thousands of Jews were taken to Babylon as slaves. How they reacted to exile, and how each of us reacts to feeling like strangers in a strange land, will be discussed in this service.
Feb 4, Rev. Sue Browning
Feb 11, Sherwin Markman, “Decency in the American Presidency: Do We Have It?  Have We Ever Had It?  Will We Have It Again?”   Sherwin Markman, an experienced observer of the American political scene, was an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson at a time when, with the active participation of both political parties, immense progress was achieved in such areas as voting rights, civil rights, Medicare, child care, and much, much more. He will share his views concerning where our current president fits within the wide canvass of American presidencies.  Clark Bjorke will provide special music for this service.
Feb 18, Rev. Sue Browning
Feb 25, Bishop Charles Tilghman, “How Can You Hate Me When You Don’t Know Who I Am?”

SAVE THE DATE!  Mark your calendars for February 4th, 2018 for the Kick-Off of this year’s Pledge Drive.  Make sure you attend this  very important meeting.   A proposed Budget for the coming fiscal year will be presented and explained in detail This is a chance to see where and how your money is being utilized.
A light lunch will also be served.  Don’t miss it!
Your Pledge Drive Committee,
Joy Kim, Dianne Turpin, Jan Whitney, Annie Lavin, and Jim Lavin

Your UUCR Welcoming Congregation Committee invites you to participate in the annual 30 Days of Love campaign…Please give yourself the gift of quiet thinking time as you reflect on these gems from our UUA.  Make some notes and consider sharing them with us later as we build our new vision locally.  Thanks!
Welcome to Thirty Days of Love 2018. For the next four weeks, we will be sharing a message alongside spiritual resources: an ancestor to ground us, art to inspire, and a podcast recommendation to keep us learning.  We hope you find these resources and reflections of use to the work you do from your congregation to your community and beyond.
This week our theme is Growing Our Ecosystem. Yesterday, we observed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – witnessing the vision for justice articulated by Black organizers and activists still today. We are thinking about the vision we hold for our world. What is the ecosystem, forest, garden, wild space that we are trying to grow? Who is the crew with you on this journey?
We honor our ancestor  Lewis McGee, share Tiny Shiny Hope by Katie Blanchard, offer an invitation to try a practice and recommend you check out the Healing Justice podcast. Check out the Thirty Days of Love 2018 All-Ages Activities by Rev. Marisol Caballero. Next week we’ll be back with our second message on good soil, good seeds.

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Almost all congregations face the challenge of how to “recruit” volunteers. The congregations that have been successful have been those who have built a culture of gratitude within a congregation. This workshop will explore how to “pay” volunteers in the kinds of gratitude that they can receive, through a series of “Good Ideas” to inspire such a cultural change in your congregation. Oh, and there will be coloring, and videos, and a whole lot of fun! This is a workshop were we learn by doing more than by Powerpoint!
Rev. David Pyle is a CER Congregational Life Staff person.
Cost is $10 for optional lunch, the training is free.
Deadline for registration is January 23, 2018.
Address: UU Congregation of Columbia, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

Sat, Jan 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., “Care and Feeding of Volunteers” Workshop, UU of Columbia, MD. See article above.
Sun, Feb 4, after service and lunch, 2018 Pledge Drive Kick-Off meeting.  See article above.

Calling all Potluck lovers — we need hosts for the following months: February and May. Please sign up on the white board if you are interested. Remember, all you have to do is provide the space; we do the rest!  Questions? Please contact Diane Shields at dash50@atlanticbb.net

Our sanctuary walls are now adorned with striking photographs of trees and landscapes, the works of David Biehler and Cindy Brittain.