Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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MISSION STATEMENT
The Mission of UUCR is to inspire, inform and support all who seek spiritual growth and a more equal and just community
OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS
 
Bill Lindsay, Mon, Oct 1
Denise Tontarski, 
Sat, Oct 6
Michael Siebel,
Mon, Oct 22
REV SUE’S UUCR 
OCTOBER SCHEDULE
  Oct 19
 Office Hours,  1 – 4:30 p.m.
Oct 21 – Lead Service, Board Meeting

THIS WEEK AT UUCR
Thurs, Oct 18, 7 p.m., forum for candidates for Kent County Commissioner, at the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, 211 Maple Ave., Chestertown, followed by a “Meet and Greet,” for unopposed candidates and candidates for Judge of Orphans’ Court.

 

Sunday Service, Oct 21, 10 a.m. Rev. Sue Browning, “Should We Put Up a Sign?”
UUs value inclusion and are called to act where inequities exist. UUs also value building bridges and are called to listen and learn across difference. At this service with Rev. Sue Browning, we’ll consider the challenges of living out our values in a society plagued by both open discrimination and growing sense of polarization and ask, When is it helpful for a congregation to post a sign saying, “Hate Has No Home Here” or “All Are Welcomed” or “Black Lives Matter”?
Religious Exploration for Children and Youth and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.
Sun, Oct 21, 2 p.m., forum for candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, MD District #1,Talbot County Free Library, 100 W. Dover St., Easton.
If you cannot attend, look for a link to a video of the entire forum on the Chestertown Spy.
Mon, Oct 22, 7 p.m., forum for candidates for Kent County Board of Education, at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High St., Chestertown.

 

Don’t forget our Service Auction on Dec 1!  See below for a listing our donations so far.

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES
Oct 28, Rev. Karen Scrivo, “Come and Rest and Be Filled and Go.”  
Sanctuaries can both shelter us from life’s storms and send us out to minister to those engulfed in storms. They heal us and call us to provide sanctuary for others. Join us as we explore the meaning of sanctuary in our lives and how we are called to be and create sanctuary in today’s weary world.
Nov. 4, Rev. Sue Browning, “Carrying Forward Our Past.” Does the task of choosing which papers, or pictures, or books to save ever feel daunting? How about decisions on which memories to save? At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we’ll explore what from the past we choose carry forward on our journey, and what helps us let go of (or at least lighten) our load.  Special music for this service will be performed by Fredy Granillo.
 
Nov 11, Leika Lewis Cornwell, TBA
 
Nov 18, David Billings, “Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in U.S. History and Life.” Special music for this service performed by Karen Somerville and/or Sombarkin. 
 

Nov 25  Rev. Sue Browning, “The Joy of Breaking Bread as Community.” 

The sacred is present in nature. The sacred is present in community. The sacred is present in the sharing of food. Many traditions, including Unitarian Universalism, have rituals for the sharing of food, as a community, at harvest time. Please join Rev. Sue Browning for our annual Intergenerational Bread Communion service. There will be a role for all as we set the table together, and share memories and stories related to food. We welcome all to this special service!

 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Our UUCR Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2021 was approved unanimously at the Congregational Meeting that was held on Sunday October 7, 2018. Our new Mission Statement stated in this Plan is as follows:
“The Mission of UUCR is to inspire, inform and support all who seek spiritual growth and a more equal and just community.”   
Full proceedings for this meeting may be obtained from Jackie Mathwich at: jackie6703@gmail.com.
Carl Gallegos, President, UUCR Board of Trustees

UUCR SERVICE AUCTION, DEC 1, 6 PM
Some Tempting Offerings So Far!
“GETWAY” OPPORTUNITIES
Weekend in D.C. Suburb: How about a weekend (Friday – Sunday) for a couple or a single person at our fully furnished one bedroom apartment with full kitchen, eating area, and living room in Chevy Chase /DC?  Free parking space, walking distance to bus and metro going downtown, across the street from the Avalon, an historic movie theatre showing first run and independent films, close to more than a dozen restaurants, several major department stores, boutiques, and a reflexology office.  Sybil Wolin
Up to One-Week Use of Redfield, N.Y., Cabin for up to Seven People.  Many outdoor activities – biking, hiking, lake and river boating, fishing, swimming, Thousand Island area sightseeing, Syracuse, Lake Ontario, etc. New, relatively remote cabin with all amenities.  Sleeps seven, but four most comfortably, on a combination of beds and futons.  Beautiful 8 acre property, with woods and a stream.  An amazing retreat, yet close to many area activities.  $50 cleaning fee at time of visit. Here’s our Flipkey Website address so you can check out photos and description    https://www.flipkey.com/redfield-cabin-rentals/p585174/  
Waverly and Tim Ford
 
Water Fun and Setting Sun! Spend a summer late afternoon and early evening at Casa Dutton starting at around 5 p.m.  Enjoy your water sport of choice including kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, cruising, fishing or just floating around in an inner tube enjoying a cold beverage.  Wine, beer, soft drinks and “dock food” will be provided.  To cap off your Bay Day be sure to bring your camera and revel in the majesty of a Still Pond sunset.  The Duttons will not be responsible for sunburns or exhausted muscles, but will gladly accept the euphoric consequences of nature’s balm upon your countenance.  Target date Saturday, June 29.  8 people total. Linda and Philip Dutton
DINING EXPERIENCES
 
Indian Meal, March 23, 2018. Served at UUCR or someone’s home. Waverly and Tim Ford
 
Catered Dinner: “Bounty of the County” Dinner for 8, featuring crab cakes and other delicacies produced right here in the Land of Pleasant Living, Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and delivered to your door on a mutually agreed upon evening sometime in August or September. Jane Hardy
 
LESSONS / SERVICES

 

Biscotti Baking at Nonna Nancy’s  – for 2 people. Learn to make the Italian twice-baked cookie called Biscotti. Top bidders will make a batch of Biscotti and take home about two dozen tasty treats along with the recipe and variations.  Enjoy some tasty snacks while the cookies bake. Date TBD. Nancy Holland

 

SPECIAL OBJECT FOR LIVE OR SILENT AUCTION
 
Handmade Afghan, apple design, crocheted and donated by Caren Samuels
 
SILENT AUCTION
 
Krups, “La Glaciere” Ice Cream Maker. Chill the cylinder in your freezer, then make up to 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream, sorbet, sherbert, or frozen yoghurt in just 20-40 minutes.  Nancy Holland and Dick Hawkins
Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera. Nancy Holland and Dick Hawkins
Wine decanter (11.5 inches tall and 10 inclhes wide at the base) and drying rack.
Nancy Holland and Dick Hawkins.
 
Please submit your auction donations ASAP to Jane Hardy, janewhardy@gmail.com, Dick Hawkins, rbhawkins@gmail.com, or Nancy Holland, holland.nlh@gmail.com.

NEW RE OPPORTUNITY AT UUCR!
 
Exploring Our Values – A Monthly Conversation
2nd Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. at UUCR
On the second Friday of each month from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. join Rev. Sue at UUCR for a conversation centered on our UUCR theme for the month. Each session will be a chance to grow spiritually and to get to know one another at a deeper level.
How will these sessions work? We will use a “deep listening” model where all who are present and would like to share initial reflections on the theme will be offered an opportunity to do so. From there we’ll have further conversation on the topic grounded in our personal experiences and insights. The conversations will be framed around the first sermon of the month, which will be on the theme (text and audio will be available), and several “get-us-started” questions that will be distributed via the Broadsheet before the conversations.
The conversations are open to all. Registration is not required. After the session, those who would like to bring a lunch are invited to stay for a time of informal fellowship.
(Note to all on the dates/times: The weekday time may not work for some. If there is a group which would like to set up an additional forum of this nature in the evenings or on the weekend, Rev. Sue would be happy to work with a second group to set something up. Sue is reachable on 703-201-2745 or at sue.browning2@gmail.com if you have ideas.)
Planned Conversations
Theme: Memory
Friday, November 9, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Theme: Mystery
Friday, December 14, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Theme: Possibility
Friday, January 11, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Theme: Trust
Friday, February 8, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Theme: Journey
Friday, March 8, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Theme: Wholeness
Friday, April 12, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Theme: Curiosity
Friday, May 10, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Wrap-up Session
Friday, June 14, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

LEARNING TOGETHER — UU THEOLOGY AND ETHICS
We find our selves in 2018 and society at-large is struggling. The rhetoric is fierce, yet are the differences on the surface that deep? Are there agreements on basic morality? How do we approach an ethical dilemma? What are our greatest fears? Most profound hopes? At our two workshops this Fall together we’ll explore these questions through the lens of Unitarian Universalist’s grounding big ideas. Come to both sessions or just one! They will be somewhat intertwined and build (and shift) as the conversation emerges. Each class will include background in Unitarian Universalist historic perspectives and emerging theological concepts.
Session 1: Sat., Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Session 2: Sat., Dec 15, 9:30  a.m. – Noon
Please register by emailing uuofchesterriver@gmail.com

GUN VIOLENCE FORUM AT UUCR ON TUES, OCT 30, 7 P.M.

Discussion of Extreme Risk Protective Order

The Extreme Risk Protective Order is a tool that uses due process and is modeled after the successful Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) mechanism, to get guns away from individuals in crisis, who are dangerous but may not meet the criteria for involuntary hospitalization.
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence’s Educational Fund (MPGV) works to inform the public about many aspects of gun violence prevention. One key factor in advocacy is ensuring individuals are aware of the laws and policies available to them to help prevent gun violence.  This session, MPGV worked with other advocacy organizations and survivors of gun violence to pass The Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO). MPGV has convened a panel of local law enforcement officials, mental health practitioners, advocates and researchers to educate the community on the importance of this law and how local community members may use it to keep their loved ones safe.
Panelists:
  • Chestertown Police Chief Adrian Baker (Chief of Police, Chestertown, MD)
  • Shannon Frattoroli (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health)
  • Yasmin Fletcher, attorney (Coalition to Stop Gun Violence)
  • Cheryl Brooks (gun violence survivor and mental health nurse)
Questions? Please contact Lynn Dolinger, lynn.thirdwish@gmail.com

TRAGEDY IN LA TIRANA, EL SALVADOR
UUCR member John Ramsey expressed his concern about a recent and vicious attack upon indigenous people in El Salvador, leaving many in hiding and homeless, at our Oct. 7 service. His short expression of worry might have been less than clear about the situation. If anyone would like to learn more, here is a link.
La Tirana is a small community supported by Voices on the Border,  http://votb.org/, a small NGO, of which John Ramsey is the vice president.

COMING SOON
Tues, Oct 30, 7 p.m. at UUCR — Regional Forum on Gun Violence, see above.
Sat., Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. – Noon at UUCR  — Workshop on UU Ethics and Theology
Fri, Nov 9, 10 — 11:30 a.m. at UUCR — Planned Conversation on “Memory.”  See article above.
 
Sun, Nov 18, 4 p.m., Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony at Washington College.
Sat, Dec 1, 6 p.m. at UUCR — Our Annual Service Auction! Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 1, 6 p.m., perfect timing for Christmas shopping!
Sat., Dec 15, 9:30  a.m. – Noon  — Workshop on UU Ethics and Theology

LOOKING AHEAD!  Feb 21, 2019, UUCR “COMMON READ”

“Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the intersection of Race, Class, and the Environment.”
This year Green Sanctuary and Social Justice are co-sponsoring a common read which is also the UUA common read. The book is “Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the intersection of Race, Class, and the Environment.” It’s an anthology edited by Manish Mishra-Mazetti and Jennifer Nordstrom. It can be purchased at the UUA bookstore or at Amazon ($18 in either place or $9.99 on Kindle at Amazon). You may also be able to pick it up at the library. A facilitated discussion of the book will take place at UUCR on Thursday, February 21, 2019 beginning at 7:00 PM. Plan on reading the book and joining the discussion.
This highly anticipated anthology presents a powerful and penetrating look at environmental justice from some of the key thinkers and activists in Unitarian Universalism today. Fourteen activist ministers and lay leaders apply a keen intersectional analysis to the environmental crisis, revealing ways that capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression intersect with and contribute to ecological devastation. They also explore how spiritual practices, congregational organizing, and progressive theology can inform faith-based justice work in the twenty-first century. These prophetic voices, from a wide range of perspectives, reveal new approaches and opportunities for more holistic, accountable, and connected justice efforts. Each essay is accompanied by suggested ways to take the next steps for further learning and action.” – Amazon review