Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Film on Thursday, Potluck on Friday

 

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The Mission of UUCR is to inspire, inform and support all who seek spiritual growth and a more equal and just community
 
JANUARY BIRTHDAYS
 
Vida Morley, Wed, Jan 1
Ralph Dolinger
Thurs, Jan 2
Melinda Lippincott
Fri, Jan 3
Dianne Turpin, Sat, Jan 4
Judy Graham, Tues, Jan 14
Caren Samuels
Thurs, Jan 16
Clark Bjorke, Wed, Jan 22
Travis Stotts, Mon, Jan 27
Zoe Panas, Wed, Jan 29
 
REV SUE’S UUCR JANUARY SCHEDULE
 
 Jan 16, Office Hours, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. N.B. This is a Thursday.  Committee on Ministry meeting, 5 p.m., Movie at 6:30 p.m.  Jan 19, Lead Service, Board Meeting 
 Jan 20, MLK Events in Kent County 
 Jan 22, UU Minister’s Meeting in Bethesda 
 Jan 24, Office Hours, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
 Jan 30, If possible plan to attend movie at 6:30 
 Jan 31, Office Hours, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
 Feb 2, Lead Service (Stewardship Kick-Off service and event following.)
 
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY IS MON, JAN 20
 
 
See below for opportunities to celebrate the holiday.

THIS WEEK AT UUCR
 
Wed, Jan 15, 7 p.m., UUA – CER (Central East Region) Webinar, “Small Numbers, Infinite Possibilities.” All members and friends of UUCR are able to participate in this webinar, since UUCR has paid the required fees for this. Participants can join this webinar using the following:    


Meeting ID: 651 592 1651
or  Dial direct: + 406-638-0698, Meeting ID: 651 592 1651. Coming in February: “Being the Beloved Community.”
Thurs, Jan 16, 6:30 p.m. at UUCR.  Episode 1 in a 3-part series of documentary films, “Race: The Power of An Illusion.”  Tonight’s topic: “The Difference Between Us.”  See below under “Coming Events” for more information about the series. 
 
Fri, Jan 17, 6:00 p.m., Potluck Dinner at the home of Amy and Rob Warner.  No need to RSVP — just bring a dish to share.  Warner’s address: 200 Browns Run, Church Hill.  Home phone 410-556-6665. Coming from Chestertown: 1) 213 south towards Church Hill/Centreville.  2) Left onto John Powell Road (Nonna Maria’s restaurant on corner). 3) Right onto Pinder Hill Road (first intersection, about 1 ½ miles from 213). 4) Right onto Browns Run (at top of hill-white house on road is neighbors’ house). 5) Continue all of the way to the end of the lane; we’re the green house with solar panels. Gentle warning:  The main living area is on the second floor; guests need to be able to climb a full set of stairs. There are three friendly dogs that love visitors, but they will be barky at first.

Sun Service, Jan 19, 10 .a.m., Rev. Sue Browning, “Progress and Reality.”  Over the last five years racial justice has become central in the national and local conversation. Lots of talk and learning, but is progress actually being made to dismantle the systemic aspects of racism? At this service with Rev. Sue Browning on MLK weekend, we’ll take stock of the ongoing challenges and pockets of hope in the long journey toward meaningful change.  Outreach Collection today to benefit the Kent County Food Pantry — see below for more about the organization. Checks should be made payable to the Kent County Community Food Pantry.  All funds collected this Sunday will be donated unless marked as a pledge.   
 
Religious Exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.  
 
Mon, Jan 20, 7 a.m., Rock Hall Fire House, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast. Tickets for the event will be on sale after our service on Sunday. Also, from 1 – 4 p.m.. there will be a special workshop given at Washington College; see below for more information. 
 
NEW DATE SET FOR SERVICE AUCTION: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22
 

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES
 
Jan 26, Rev. Karen Scrivo, “Dancing with Imperfection.” Rev. Scrivo explains: “I’ve always loved to dance but there wasn’t money for  lessons when I was a child. As an adult, I’ve taken a few ballet classes but never been part of a dance ensemble. That changed this fall when I joined the Chalice Dancers and learned about moving on after missteps and experiencing grace.” 
Feb 2, Rev. Sue Browning, “Building a More Equal and Just Community.” This congregation compassionately takes care of one another. This congregation creatively explores a life’s issues together. This congregation carries its values beyond our doors through acts of service, witness and advocacy. This is who we are. Join us for a service with Rev. Sue Browning where we’ll consider what it takes to sustain this community that matters to so many in so many ways. The service will be followed by our Stewardship Campaign kick-off.  
Feb 9, Rev. Greg Chute
 
Feb 16, Rev. Sue
 
Feb 23, Chester River Keeper, Mr. Tim Trumbauer
 

WONDERFUL NEWS DEPARTMENT  . . . 

Warmest congratulations to Diane Shields and Kevin Brien, who “tied the knot” on January 9!

We are so happy for you, Diane and Kevin — best wishes!
 

SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 2
 
UUCR Pledge Drive Will Commence Soon!
 
Please mark your calendars for  February 2, 2020 and make plans to attend the UUCR Annual Pledge Drive congregational meeting.  We are kicking off our Annual Pledge Drive, and members and friends of UUCR will soon be receiving packets for this Drive. Our theme for this Pledge Drive is “BUILDING A MORE EQUAL AND JUST COMMUNITY.”  It is a deep generosity that defines UUCR as we embrace the call to be stewards of our church and build the loving community that we share. We hope you will join us in making this Pledge Drive as successful as it has been in the past.  Carl Gallegos, Chair, Pledge Drive Committee
 

COMING SOON TO UUCR AND OUR COMMUNITY
 

Thursdays, Jan 16, Jan 30, and Feb 13, all at 6:30 p.m., at UUCR – “Is Race for Real?”
 

Over the course of four weeks, we will screen a three-part documentary (Race: The Power of an Illusion), each screening preceded and followed by discussion, starting on Jan 16 and continuing every other Thursday until Feb 13. We all know that people look different. Anyone can tell a Czech from a Chinese person.  But are these differences “racial”? What does race mean? There is less — and more — to race than meets the eye.  Race is not biological, but racism is very real. Join us for a viewing and discussion of this piercing, science-based and award-winning documentary. Each session is expected to be about 2 hours – 1 hour video and pre- and post-video discussion.

 
            Part 1, Jan 16, 6:30 p.m. at UUCR: “The Difference Between Us”
Episode I, “The Difference Between Us,” examines how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. The program follows a dozen diverse students who sequence and compare their own DNA. They discover, to their surprise, that their closest genetic matches are as likely to be with people from other “races” as their own.  The episode helps us understand why it doesn’t make scientific or genetic sense to sort people into biological races, as it dismantles our most basic myths about race, including natural superiority and inferiority. 
            Part 2, Jan 30, 6:30 p.m. at UUCR: “The Story We Tell”
            Part 3, Feb 13, 6:30 p.m. at UUCR: “The House We Live In”
 
These screenings are free of charge and open to the public.
 
Mon, Jan 20, 7 a.m., Rock Hall Fire Hall, Martine Luther King Day Breakfast. Tickets are $15 and will be available at UUCR after Sunday Services on Jan 12 and Jan 19.  See below for more info about the program for this event. 
 
Mon, Jan 20, 1 – 4 p.m., Decker Theatre, Washington College, “Groundwater: How Institutions and Systems Are Producing Unjust Outcomes,” a presentation by the Racial Equity Institute. This event, held on Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday, a day of remembrance and service,  is brought to you by the Kent County Local Management Board, the Talbot Family Network, and the  Starr Center for the American Experience. See below for a fuller description of this event. Sign up at: 
Thurs, Jan 23, 2020, 7 p.m., The Green Sanctuary Committee Presents….
 
“Nature works in cycles. There is no place to throw things away. When natures systems are working, every kind of waste nourishes another part of the system. We humans can produce that way too. Nature is a self-organizing and adaptive network of relationships. Except when these relationships are disrupted, this network generates yet more life and relationships, in forms that are competitive and cooperative, and unimaginably diverse. Nature uses current energy (mostly from the sun), not fossil energy. And it does not draw down the principal of the Earth’s largess. It lives off the interest. That means it can continue indefinitely…”  Good idea! 
 
Join us over the next few months to read the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things 

 

 by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braggart. Cradle to Cradle presents an integration of design and science that provides enduring benefits for society. The book proposes a design framework characterized by three principles derived from nature: Everything is a resource for something else; use clean energy; and celebrate diversity! We will come together to discuss the book on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm at UUCR! See you then.

 
Wed, Jan 29, 6 p.m., Litrenta Hall (Toll Building), Washington College — screening of the film “Iron Jawed Angels,” about early 20th century leaders of the U.S. woman suffrage movement.  The event, which is cos-sponsored by the Kent County League of Women Voters and Washington College, will be followed by a panel discussion.  (U.S. women’s suffrage is 100 years old, and so is the League of Women Voters!). This event is free of charge and open to the public. 
 
Thurs, Jan 30, 9 a.m., Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day in Annapolis. This is the chance for you to meet with your legislators and ask them to support legislation to reduce gun violence in our state. If you are interested in attending this event, please use these search words to find the sign-up page as well as other useful information about the day: MD Annapolis Advocacy Day Moms Demand Action Event. See article below in this Broadsheet for more about this organization. 
 
Sun, Feb 2, after service. UUCR Annual Pledge Drive Meeting. Please  “Save The Date” of February 2, 2020 on your calendars, and make plans to attend the UUCR Annual Pledge Drive congregational meeting.  See above fore more about this meeting. Carl Gallegos, Chair, Pledge Drive Committee
 

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY (MON, JAN 20) IN KENT COUNTY
 
7 a.m., Everyone is invited to Breakfast at the Rock Hall Fire House!
 
Martin Luther King Day in Kent County means a large and festive breakfast attended by several hundred residents of all races. This year’s event, Monday, Jan. 20, should repeat the pleasure, again set to start at 7 a.m. at the Rock Hall Fire Hall. Tickets are $15, available after UUCR Sunday services on Jan. 12 and Jan. 19 or at the door.  The congregation is a long-term donor to the event. This year’s theme is “Lift Every Voice,” a song considered the African-American national anthem.
Below is the schedule for the morning.
 
7:00 a.m. – Buffet breakfast
8:00 a.m. – Program begins 
Scholarship, citizenship and humanitarian awards; music by the Kent County HS jazz band and by choral groups; keynote address by Dr. Patrick Nugent, acting director of the Starr Center on the American Experience at Washington College.
 
**  Sometime during the program, which will continue for about two hours, Carolyn Brooks, a member of the MLK Breakfast committee, will present a surprise that has resulted from her extensive research into local history.  
The Martin Luther King Breakfast is sponsored by the Chester Valley Ministers Association and the Kent County Arts Council.  See elsewhere in the Broadsheet for information on other MLK events later that day, including racism awareness program and a free lunch, at Washington College. 
1 – 4 p.m. “Groundwater,” a  3- Hour Session on Undoing Racism at Washington College
 
Did you miss “Undoing Racism”?  Here’s a 3-hour version on MLK Day. Kent County’s popular breakfast honoring civil rights hero Martin Luther King will expand this year with a presentation of special interest to UUCR members educating themselves on racism.
 
The Racial Equity Institute, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, will give the program “Groundwater,” from 1 – 4 p.m. in Decker Hall on the campus of Washington College.  MLK Day is Monday, Jan. 20.
 
The theme of the session, which will include audio-visuals and participation, is “How institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes.” Though attendance at the afternoon event is free, advance registration is requested at
 
So, if the two day commitment required by the Undoing Racism training in September was too demanding, or just didn’t fit your schedule, Groundwater may be an ideal substitute. The Racial Equity Institute is not the same organization that gave us “Undoing Racism,” but is highly recommended in online ratings.
 
Website reviews of Groundwater say “the program is fact-based.  It does not accuse. It enlightens. It does not ask for guilt, but rather understanding. It imparts hard truths that could easily drive participants away, but instead finds them leaning in to learn more. Perhaps this is because rather than focusing on individual bigotry and bias, the training presents the systemic foundation of racism. It explains how racism is a result of decisions made centuries ago that created ripple effects still felt today.”
 
Co-sponsors of “Groundwater” here are the Local Management Board, headed by a frequent guest of the UUCR, Rosemary Ramsay Granillo; the Talbot Family Network; and the college’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.  
In fact, Washington College has taken a major part in this year’s Martin Luther King Day celebration.  Starting at 11:15 a.m., the college will provide a free lunch to everyone who shows up at Hodson Dining Hall.  
 
Lunch will continue until 12:45 p.m. Students will remind diners of the inspiring thoughts of MLK by reading from his speeches and other works.
 
The Groundwater program ending at 4 p.m. will be followed by more food  — refreshments at a social hour for the Chestertown community in the Hodson Faculty Lounge.  Finally, beginning at 5 p.m., MSG, an acoustic blues trio, will provide live music in the lounge. Their performance is set to continue until 7 p.m. Linda Weimer
 

MOMS DEMAND ACTION
 
Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. They work to pass gun laws and close loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. They also work in our communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with several other gun safety organizations, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with nearly 6 million supporters and more than 350,000 donors.
 
Moms Demand Action is hosting an Advocacy Day in Annapolison Thursday, January 30, beginning at 9 AM.This is the chance for you to meet with your legislators and ask them to support legislation to reduce gun violence. If you are interested in attending this event, please use these search words to find the sign-up page as well as other useful information about the day: MD Annapolis Advocacy Day Moms Demand Action Event.
 

KENT COUNTY FOOD PANTRY
 
Next UUCR “Outreach” Collection
 
On Sunday, January 19, Sue Caswell, Program Director for the Kent County Food Pantry, will be on hand to remind us why the Food Pantry is so essential to the well-being of our community.  The Food Pantry’s goal is “to ensure that all qualified clients in Kent County receive sufficient non-perishable food to meet their basic nutritional needs.” Located at the Christ United Methodist Church, the Pantry is open at least twice a week throughout the year.  The Pantry also oversees the Backpack Program, which is championed by our own Rachel Perry Panas, in serving the needs of school-age children.  Stay tuned for more information about “Chester Gras,” the annual KC Mardi Gras event, scheduled this year on February 22 to raise funds for the Backpack Program.  
 
In addition to the scheduled collection, we always have a bin in the lobby ready to accept non-perishable, unexpired items for the Pantry.  The Social Concerns Social Justice Committee thanks you for your continuing and generous support!
 

COMBATING RACISM RESOURCE TABLE
 
As a part of this fellowship’s strategic efforts for promoting racial justice, we are persevering into our second year of focusing on education.  In an effort to truly accomplish this, we’d like to highlight and promote a wide range of resources that you, the member, might not know about. 
 
On the first and last Sunday of this January, Marilee Taussig will be staffing a resource table in the lobby after church.  There are a range of books, films and podcasts that we can recommend.  If you’re a history buff, we’ve got you covered.  If you don’t have time to read, we’ll help you choose an excellent podcast and even help you set it up on your phone.  If you love to stream, we’ll have some good movies to recommend.
 
In preparation for this, Marilee asks that, if you’ve discovered a treasure in the subject area of racial justice, you send us YOUR recommendation to Marilee, marileetaussig@gmail.com. If you have a book, a movie, or any other resource that helped you understand the issue of racial justice, please send it during this coming week.  And along with your recommendation, if you could send a ONE SENTENCE answer on why you liked it, that would be appreciated!