Wednesday, November 6, 2019


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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
Carl Gallegos, Fri, Nov 8
Rev. Sue Browning
Wed, Nov 13
Tim Ford, Wed, Nov 20
Sara Warner
 Thurs, Nov 21
Diane Shields
 Sun, Nov 24
Nov 8 – Office Hours 9:30 am -1 pm, followed by 2nd Friday Conversation
Nov 9 – At UUCR for “New to UU” Class.  Available to meet early Sat. afternoon with others. 
Question for Rev. Sue?  
She is always available via her cell: 703-201-2745
Our next “Combating and Understanding Racism” book club selection

UUA/CER Webinars

Please look at the sheet on the white board and see when you can sign up to either be a Greeter or make the coffee on a Sunday.  WE NEED SOMEONE TO MAKE COFFEE THIS COMING SUNDAY MORNING.
Put these into the envelope posted on the bulletin board to help Kent County’s senior citizens in need. 

Blue Bin in the Foyer

Wed, Nov 6, 5:30 p.m. Emanuel Episcopal Church, (corner of High and Cross Sts., Chestertown) — Film Screening, Traces of the Trade:A Story from the Deep North. This film is 86 minutes long. Beverages will be available. If anyone wants pizza, please call Emmanuel parish office 410-778-3477. Emanuel Episcopal partners with UUCR on combating racism in our community.  
Wed, Nov 6, 6:30 p.m., Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Gibson Center for the Arts, Washington College, “Between Here & War,” a special concert by early music group Ensemble Galilei with special guests Neal Conan (Talk of the Nation) and Anne Garrels (ABC, NBC, NPR). The piece is built around a book of poetry by viola de gamba player Carolyn Surrick titled “Between War & Here,” written during a nine-year period when the group was performing each week for wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Medical Center.  
Fri, Nov 8, 10: – 11:30 a.m. at UUCR. Second Friday Conversation.  November’s topic is “Attention,” including reflection on Rev. Sue’s recent sermon, “Chaos All Around.” Contact Rev. Sue,, if you would like a copy of this sermon. For our conversations, we gather in the lounge and begin with a few possible questions on the theme. Everyone has a chance to share a story or reflection, as they are comfortable, and together we find next questions to explore. 2nd Fridays are a chance to get to know one another at a deeper level as we create “brave space” together. It’s about the listening; it’s about feeling heard; it’s about the building of trust. 
Sat, Nov 9, 9:30 a.m. — 12 noon, “Orientation to UUCR.” If you have been visiting for awhile and would like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and about how UUCR works, please join us! 
Sunday Service, Nov 10, 10 a.m.,  Rev. Paula 

Maiorana will speak on the theme of Empathy and Racial Justice.  (Note: our scheduled speaker, Mr. Ben Kohl, will not be able to join us this Sunday; our thanks to Rev. Maiorana filling in on such short notice!) 
Religious Exploration for youngsters, and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.
Join us for coffee and fellowship after the service.
See below for some tantalizing (be entertained, get your car cleaned, set some personal goals!) donations so far.  Our event is only four weeks away, so don’t delay!  We need your contributions.

Nov. 17, Rev. Sue Browning, “What is Beyond All Understanding?” Dacher Keltner reflects, “Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world.” Do you have a story where you felt such a bold presence? At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we’ll consider the power turning our attention to our experiences of awe as a source of perspective and wisdom. 
Nov. 24, Mr. Tom McHugh and Mr. Tom Anthony, “Music of Gratitude, Hope, and Reflection: A Thanksgiving Service.” Music will fill our Sanctuary for our Thanksgiving Sunday Service. Well-known local musicians Tom McHugh and Tom Anthony will bring music to our Sunday service with banjo, bass, and song. This morning’s readings, reflections, and music will invoke a sense of belonging and hope. Join us as we celebrate our home on the Eastern Shore with stories, humor, and tradition. Be prepared to sing and be grateful!
Dec. 1, Rev. Sue Browning, “Teaching Gratitude: An Intergenerational Bread Communion Service.”

Wed., Nov 13, 7 p.m., UUA/CER Webinar: “Right-sizing Your Congregation’s Operations.”  See below for more information about UUA’s webinars. 
Weds, Dec 4, 11, and 18 — Discussions of our “Combating Racism Book Club” selection, We Were Eight Years in Power, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  See below for more information. 
Sat, Dec 7, 6 p.m., 2019 UUCR Service Auction.  Save the date, and be sure to join us for this evening of fun, accompanied by wine, soft drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. 

Our next UUCR racism book discussion will be on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, We Were Eight Years in Power, a collection of eight essays Coates wrote for The Atlantic during the eight years of the Obama presidency.  Copies of the book have been purchased and are now available for checking out. You can find the books and check out sheet on the credenza in the church lobby. 
Rather than one discussion of the entire book, there will be three different discussions on this book. The essays on reparations and mass incarceration will be addressed individually. The other 6 chapters will be discussed together. Joy Kim will lead the discussion on reparations. We are fortunate to have Jan Elvin lead the discussion on mass incarceration. Jan spent eighteen years with the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She was the founding editor and chief writer for the National Prison Project Journal, a quarterly publication widely read by academics, corrections officials, prisoners, and lawyers. Diane Shields and Vida Morley will team up to lead the final discussion. 
Here are the dates, three Wednesday evenings in Decembers, exact starting time TBA. Discussions will take place at UUCR. 
Dec. 4,  6:30 – 8 p.m. – Jan Elvin

Chapter  7, The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Dec. 11, 6:30 – 8 p.m.  – Joy Kim:  Chapter 6, The Case for Reparations
Dec. 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Diane Shields and Vida Morley:  the remaining 6 chapters

Sat, December 7, 6 p.m. at UUCR 
Here are some new donations; are you inspired?  Let Dick Hawkins (, Nancy Holland (, or Jane Hardy ( hear from you, and thanks to all donors so far for stepping up! Note: Several other donations have come in during the last few days/hours and aren’t included here.  Tune in next week when we can do these gifts justice with photos and details. 
Oktoberfest Dinner for 6 people. Come celebrate the Bavarian tradition with various knockwursts, schnitzels, sauerbraten, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, and homemade applesauce.  Savor seasonal libations of various persuasions.  Presented by the Von-Biehlers for six people on Saturday October 3, 2020.  Lederhosen optional. Joan and David  Biehler
Piano Bar in Philip’s Music Cave  — Wantto join together with other UUers or entertain a group of your friends for food, music, singing and conversation? Bid on an evening for up to 12 people at the home of Philip and Linda Dutton. Linda will prepare cheese and charcuterie boards along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Philip will convert his music cave into a piano bar, lift the lid on his Steinway Model A and play for your listening, sing-along and karaoke pleasure. Song requests in advance, please. Sunday, December 29, 2019, 4-6 p.m. Minimum bid – $25 per person. (Additional date of May 10, based upon demand.)  Linda and Philip Dutton
“Give Your Life Direction” Saturday, April 18, 2020, 4 p.m., at the home of Nancy Holland and Dick Hawkins. Come for beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
Leave with your personalized Bucket List. A facilitated, fun, five-step format will guide you in identifying the experiences that are important to you for mind, body, and spirit. Nancy Holland and Dick Hawkins

Car Detailing. David will wash, wax, and detail your car on an agreed upon date. All supplies included. David Biehler
Make a Necklace!  Jane Hardy is trying to winnow down her sizeable stash of beads, and will show you how to make a simple necklace, using her beads and/or yours, as well as her stringing materials, clasps, and findings. (Perhaps you have a focal bead that needs a better setting, or a broken necklace that needs repair – we can make it work!)  We will gather at Jane’s home in Rock Hall and peruse her collection to find what’s right for you.  Depending on response, this may be a workshop for several people, date TBA.  How about bringing a youngster?  Could be a fun afternoon!  $15 minimum.  Jane Hardy


The following webinars will take place in the region the next two months. For full details and a complete list visit the CER Webinars Calendar.

*   Small Congregations Series: Right Sizing Your Congregation’s Operations, November 13, 2019, 7 pm ET, repeated at 7 pm PT

*   Youth Ministry Advisor Training Series: Safety in Youth Ministry, November 14, 2019, 8 pm ET

*   Build a Better Board Webinar Series, Session 2, November 21, 2019, 7 pm ET (must be pre-registered)

*   Build a Better Board Webinar Series, Session 3, December 19, 2019, 7 pm ET.

*   Youth Ministry Advisor Training Series: Pastoral Care to/with Youth.January 9, 2020, 8 pm ET

*   Small Congregations Series: Stewardship and Sustainability for the Long Haul, January 15, 2020, 7 pm ET, repeated at 7 pm PT. And, Build a Better Board Webinar Series, Session 4, January 16, 2020, 7 pm ET.