Wednesday, May 22, 2019

  

 
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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
 
MAY BIRTHDAYS
 
Zoe Kennedy, 
Thurs, May 1
Sabine Harvey, 
Tues, May 7
Lynn Dolinger, 
Thurs, May 9
Tom Lippincott
Fri, May 10
Nancy Holland 
Sat, May 18
Ray Gomez, Sat, May 25
Harry Hart, Mon, May 27
Mildred Hawkins,
Tues, May 28 (104 years!)
Betty Kerr, Tues, May 28
Hannah Mathwich
Thurs, May 30
John Ford, May 30
 
REV. SUE’S MAY SCHEDULE
Fri, May 24, Office Hours, 9:30 am -1 pm
Sun, May 26 – Lead Service, Worship Committee meeting
Question for Rev. Sue?  
She is always available via her cell: 703-201-2745

THIS WEEK AT UUCR 
 
Sunday Service, May 26, 10 a..m., Rev. Sue Browning, “Rituals of Respect and Memory.” Loss and sacrifice come in many forms. While the gaps left by loss shift and change over time, they remain with us in some form. At this service Rev. Sue Browning will explore ways we privately and collectively hold, and shape, and reshape our memories. In honor of Memorial Day, the service will include an embracing meditation in memory of those who have died.  
 
Special music for this service will be performed by pianist Dick Durham.
 
Religious Exploration and childcare will be available during the service. 

REV. SUE’S INSTALLATION AT UUFE 
 
An invitation from our UU friends in Easton to participate in Rev. Sue’s Installation Celebration!
 
UUCR congregants are invited to attend this day of celebration. Please coordinate driving together if possible because the UUFE parking lot is small. Linda Dutton is the UUCR point person if you need to request a ride or have not already RSVP’d that you will be attending. Several UUCR folks have offered empty seats in their vehicles but we don’t know of anyone looking for a ride so there is no need to drive as a group caravan from the church. Only Linda’s van will be leaving the UUCR parking lot at 8:30 am Sunday June 2 with empty seats if you have a last-minute change in your transportation plans. 
 
Thanks to all of you who have already RSVP’d (see official invitation below if you haven’t done this already), clarified your plans, and have offered to bring the food as requested. I will get the containers and recipes to you by this weekend. Questions?  443 480 3138 or dutton.linda@gmail.com  Linda Dutton
 

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES  
 
No Service at UUCR on June 2 — see above for our plans to celebrate Rev. Sue’s installation at the UU Fellowship at Easton.
 
Our Sunday Summer Discussions will begin on June 9!  Please sign up for a topic on the white board in the foyer.  
 

NEW MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY COMING SOON!
 
It has been two years and we have several new members and changes to contact information. David Biehler will be on hand after services in the room adjoining the sanctuary to take the portraits for the new directory.
 
The goal is to have the contact info and photos ready to go before our Summer break so that we can distribute when we start the new year.
 

AN OFFICIAL INVITATION TO REV. SUE’S INSTALLATION
 
 
 

SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP AT UUCR ON RACIAL JUSTICE
 
Thursday, May 30th
7 – 9 p.m. at UUCR
6 persons per group
 
RSVP to Carol Dobson, cmdobby@gmail.com, 302-300-5702
 
Experience validation and inspiration on the topic of racial justice!  These workshops will use a small group discussion format to express ourselves and practice being listened to so that we know we are understood.  We can build cohesive respect for ourselves as individuals, members of UUCR, and the wider community, all to become better allies in endeavors to dismantle racism.  (Due to a scheduling conflict the May 23rd option has been cancelled.) 
 
Facilitated by Carol Dobson and Marilee Taussig. Please note that if at least four folks show an interest in another workshop, Carol and Marilee will make it happen!
 

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP ON UNDOING RACISM
 
UUCR Is a Co-sponsor of this Three-Day September Workshop
 
If you are interested and available to attend the Undoing Racism Workshop in September, please fill out the interest form! 
 
 
This workshop is being offered through a partnership between the Kent County Local Management Board, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, and Bethel A.M.E. Depending on interest and demand, the Local Management Board  will review interest forms and confirm your “seat” by the end of June.   
 
In September of 2019 a coalition of Churches and the Kent County Local Management Board (KCLMB) are hosting a two and a half day Undoing Racism workshop in Chestertown, MD. The workshop, facilitated by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, will break down what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. Participants will be challenged to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and to become effective organizers for justice.
 
Racism is the single most critical barrier to building effective coalitions for social change. We are looking for lay leaders, community leaders, clergy, and aspiring activists to join this work. Even if you have already read all of the books and heard all of the discussions, this workshop establishes a shared vocabulary and analysis among peers and neighbors – a critical starting point for movement building. 
 
Please tell us about yourself and why you would like to participate in this workshop.  We have space for 40 participants.  Our steering committee will be selecting representatives from different Churches, organizations, towns, and communities. Applications are due June 12th and the Local Management Board will notify you by June 28th. There will be a waiting list if necessary. 
 
The workshop dates and times are:
                Thursday September 19th, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
                Friday Sept. 20th 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
                Saturday Sept. 21st 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
 
Attendance is required for all three sessions!
 
Please try to fill out the form on Google through the link.  If you are unable, you can contact the Local Management Board at 410-810-2673.  Questions? Contact our local liaisons to this workshop: Lynn Dolinger, lynn.thirdwish@gmail.com, or Philip Dutton, philip.dutton@gmail.com.
 

SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY!
 
UUCR and the Chester Valley Ministers Association
 
UU members of the Chester Valley Ministers Association have continued to take leading roles in the group, which includes reps from most churches, the Jewish Havurah, and charitable organizations in Kent County.  Our Lynn Dolinger headed a nominating committee this spring that produced a slate of officers for the CVMA year starting in September.  And her committee came up with another talented UU, Rosie Ramsey Granillo, to serve next season as chairman of the association.
 
The CVMA (sometimes incorrectly called the ministerial association, according to current chair Jim Van de Waal) serves as a live, once-a-month exchange of information for the 30-odd member groups.  The association also sponsors joint ecumenical events such as a community service for Thanksgiving, a holiday sing-along, and the Martin Luther King annual breakfast.            Linda G. Weimer
 

SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY!
 
UUCR at PRIDE Day in the Park, May 4, 2019
 
 
 

2019 ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES AVAILABLE
 
A copy of the minutes recorded at our May 5 Annual Meeting has been placed in the “Board Book” on the credenza in our foyer. Check them out!
 
Jackie Mathwich, Secretary, UUCR Board of Trustees.
 

COMING SOON TO UUCR 
 
Note:  UUCR’s next “examining racism” book will be “Eight Years We Were in Power,” a book of essays by Te Nihisi Coates
 
Thurs, May 30, 7 p.m. at UUCR — Small Group Racial Justice workshop (see above for more info).
 
Save the Date!  Rev. Sue Browning’s Installation (at UUFE) will be held on Sunday, June 2 at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton. The ceremony will be followed by a celebration and picnic.  UUCRers are warmly invited!
 
Fri, June 14, morning at UUCR — “Exploring Our Values” conversation with Rev. Sue.  This month’s topic will be a session to wrap up all our work during these discussions, which started last fall 
 
Fri, June 21 (note corrected date), 6 p.m.  — Potluck Dinner at the home of Vida Morley and Bob Fox
 

Kesiena Bloom
#91 – 100 of “100 WAYS WHITE PEOPLE CAN MAKE LIFE LESS FRUSTRATING FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR”
 
From an article by Kesiena Bloom, posted on the online publication “Broadly,” April 19, 2018
 
A note from Ms. Bloom: “As someone with very low tolerance for racist b******t, I’ve managed to surround myself with white people who are cognizant of their privilege and strive to make the world a less terrifying and frustrating place for people of color. This means that I often deal with said white people asking me what they can actually do to affect change. So here, anxious allies of the world, are 100 simple ways to be the change. It’s not nearly comprehensive, but it’s somewhere to start. Go forth and disrupt our harmful racial paradigm! . . . [Here’s the] ‘Least You Can Do.'”     
91. Also, don’t whitewash his [MLK’s} legacy and use it to argue that Black people should just take what they’re given lying down.
92.Think about how race is operating even when people of color aren’t around. Be cognizant of it wherever you are, whichever situation you’re in. People of color have to, so should you.
93. Remember that your queerness/womanhood/transness/class background/disability doesn’t exclude you from white privilege.
94. Make your feminism useful to all women rather than calling yourself an “intersectional feminist.” Show, don’t tell.
95. Don’t assume, full stop, that you can understand what it’s like to experience racism. You can’t. That’s the whole point.
96. Understand that nothing in your life has been untouched by your whiteness. Everything you have would have been harder to come by if you had not been born white.
97. Be grateful for the lesson when you’re called out on racism; getting defensive won’t help.
98. Move past your white guilt. Guilt is an unproductive emotion. Don’t sit there mired in woe, just be better.
99. Recognize that fighting racism isn’t about you, it’s not about your feelings; it’s about liberating people of color from a world that tries to crush us at every turn.
100. And remember: Being an ally is a verb, not a noun. You can’t just magically be an ally to people of color because you say you’re one, it’s something that you must continually work on.
From your editor: This concludes our listing of the “100 Ways.” Questions, comments? Contact me, Jane Hardy, at janewhardy@gmail.com
 

UUCR STRATEGIC PLAN 
 
Year Two Objectives

  1. Continue doing church well — Maintain quality of worship, speakers, music, R.E., and other programs. Analyze data collected during Year One. Assess opportunities and challenges. Make changes to adjust.
  2. Promote and brand UUCR — Execute promotion and branding strategies developed in year one.
  3. Undertake a church-wide focus and community activism regarding racism and racial equity — Assess progress on congregational education. Continue educational activities if needed. Begins to develop a community action plan. 
  4. Encourage and support local organizations, groups, and individuals who seek a community of connection and inclusion — Assess effectiveness of effort to have other groups use our building and make changes as needed. Assess success of “Families in Connection” efforts. Continue, expand, and improve “Families in Connection.” Consider other groups we could foster.