Wednesday, Jan 23, 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
 JANUARY BIRTHDAYS
 
Vida Morley, Tues, Jan 1
Ralph Dolinger,
Wed, Jan 2
Melinda Lippincott, Thurs, Jan 3
Dianne Turpin, Fri, Jan 4
Brad Hardin, Thurs, Jan 10
Caren Samuels, Fri, Jan 18
Al Mathwich, Sun, Jan 20
Travis Stotts, Sun, Jan 27
Zoe Panas, Tues, Jan 29
REV. SUE’S JAN SCHEDULE
Jan 25 – Office Hours
 9:30 am-1 pm

THIS WEEK AT UUCR
Sun, Jan 27, 10 a.m., Sunday Service — Rosemary Ramsey Granillo, “Anti-racism as the Deepest Center.” Schooled in the Central-American Solidarity Movement, Rosie Ramsey Granillo now works to build anti-racism leadership in the rural, predominantly white community where she grew up. How did she end up here, and what translates from her past experience? Why does anti-racism stand at the center of her efforts for social change? Special music for this service will be performed by Fredy Granillo. 
 
Religious Exploration for children and youth and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.
Sun, Jan 27, 2 p.m., Bookplate, 111 Cross St., Chestertown. Second discussion of Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life by Rev. Dave Billings, who visited UUCR in November. (See below for more about the book.) The discussion will be led by Amanda Madar, Lolli Sherry, and Gerry Edwards.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY 
If you are in doubt about whether or not church events will be cancelled due to bad weather, either check our Webpage, www.uuchesterriver.org
of call the office, 410-778-3440, for an updated message.

GREETERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY

Please call Margo, 410-778-3440, if you can help.

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES
Feb 3, Rev. Sue Browning, “What Does ‘Social Justice’ Look Like?”  

How do you understand social justice? Many Unitarian Universaists lean toward action and create “Social Justice” to-do lists. At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we’ll step back from our lists and explore what it means to be a “social justice” faith.  Service to be followed by a Stewardship Meeting (Pledge Drive Kick-Off), after a light lunch.
 
Feb 10, Mr. Josh Long, “Punches, Podcasts, and Process.”
 
Feb 17, Rev. Sue Browning, “Trust: The Essence of Faith.” What do you trust in the world? What is the bedrock of your faith? Unitarian Universalism is often explained by describing aspects of other faith traditions that were rejected. Join Rev. Sue Browning as we consider the ways we hope our faith supports us in times of question or struggle.
Feb 24, Cantor Gary Schiff, “I Got the Post-Pittsburgh Blues: Anti Semitism Today.”  Special music by Nevin Dawson. 

HELPING KENT’S HOMELESS
The Samaritan Group, which sponsors the homeless shelter for three months during the winter, is in need of volunteers.  If you would like to provide dinners, please call Jan Hilty, at 410-200-1714. If you can volunteer for an evening shift, from 5:30-11 pm, or can stay overnight, from 11 pm until 7 am, please email Barbara Harrison,  at barbara.hrrsn@gmail.com or call her at 410-778-0165.
People can also volunteer to provide breakfast on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Call Jan Hilty 410-200-1714.

NEW UUCR STRATEGIC GOAL III: UNDERTAKE A CHURCH-WIDE FOCUS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISM REGARDING RACISM AND RACIAL EQUITY
Year One Objective — Educate Ourselves On:
  • The history of racism and discrimination in our culture
  • The social, environmental and economic impacts of racism
  • How racism and discrimination continue in our society
  • Hour we have in the past and continue to benefit from racism
  • Actions we could undertake to promote racial equity in our community
NEW “RACISM READ” FOR MARCH
Over 30 people (!) attended our first “combating racism” book discussion (Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy on United State History and Life by Rev. David Billings) on Thurs, Jan 10.  There will be a second discussion on this book on Sunday, Jan 27, at 2 p.m. at the  Bookplate on Cross St. This discussion will be lead by Amanda Madar, Lolli Sherri, and Gerry Edwards.
Our next book will be White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. The church board has purchased four library copies that are available now for check out. Discussions of this book will be held in March.
EMAIL DISCUSSION ON RACISM LIST
As you see just above, one of our strategic plan goals is a congregational focus on racism and white privilege, and the objective for this year is educating ourselves on these issues.  To that end, a Google Group Email has been set up for UUCR members, friends and any others who want to participate.  Philip Dutton will moderate the conversation by this group and will distribute articles and information about racism and anti-racism.  If you would like to be a member of this focus group, see Philip after the service or send him an  email, philip.dutton@gmail.com<

POTLUCK FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15
We Need a Host/Hostess
An option to consider is to have the Potluck at UUCR; we just need a couple of folks to volunteer to set up tables, napkins, plates, etc. and cleanup at the end.  No need to worry at space in your home, or cleaning the house and the guest bathroom.  Just help having the Potluck at UUCR.  Please consider, and let us know.  Diane Shields or Margo Long.

COMING TO UUCR
Sun, Jan 27, 2 p.m., Bookplate, 111 Cross St., Chestertown. Second discussion of Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life by Rev. Dave Billings, who visited UUCR in November. Here are some notes about the book from Amazon.com.

Deep Denial, part popular history and part personal memoir, documents the 400-year racialization of the United States and how people of European descent came to be called white. Author David Billings focuses primarily on the deeply embedded notion of white supremacy, and tells us why, despite the Civil Rights Movement and an African-American president, we remain, in the words of the author, a nation hard-wired by race. A master storyteller, Billings starts each chapter with a disarming and intimate vignette from his personal life, beginning with his white, working-class boyhood in Mississippi and Arkansas. He then situates these telling moments in a broader historical context that will be new and disturbing to many readers. Part I covers the origins and evolution of white supremacy from 17th century Virginia through World War II. Part II focuses on the Civil Rights Movement, how it emerged in the post-WWII era, and why it subsequently devolved from a vibrant community-led, issue-based movement into the bureaucratic, government-sponsored, needs-based, nonprofit industry of today. An epilogue discusses strategies for dismantling white supremacy and undoing racism in America.
The discussion will be led by Amanda Madar, Lolli Sherry, and Gerry Edwards.


Save The Date! February 3, 2019, after service (and lunch). The proposed FY20 budget will be reviewed as part of the Stewardship Drive kickoff. Put it on your calendar now.
Wednesdays, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, 7:30 p.m., Temple B’nai Israel, 7199 Tristan Dr., Easton. Lecture/Performance Series, “The Importance of Music in Sacred Space.” See below for more about the series.
Thurs, Feb 21, 7 p.m. at UUCR — Book discussion of Justice on Earth by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom.  See below for more about this important book!

LECTURE/PERFORMANCE SERIES ON “MUSIC IN SACRED SPACES”
Dates: Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 7:30 PM
Location:      Temple B’nai Israel
7199 Tristan Dr.
Easton, MD 21601
Lectures are open to the public and free of charge.

Feb 6, “A Jewish Voice Through the Centuries.” Guest performer: Jason McKinney

Feb 13, “A Classical and Jazz Recital.”  Guest performer: Dr. Rachel Franklin
Feb 20, “The Evolution of Gospel Music.” Guest performers: Richard Potter, Leroy Potter and Members of the Union Baptist Choir
Feb 27, Various classical selections. Guest performers: The Oltre Ponte Trio, Dr. Elizabeth Brown, Nevin Dawson, and Zack Stachowski.

JUSTICE ON EARTH 
 
Book Discussion — Join us on Feb 21
The Green Sanctuary and The Social Justice Committee’s would like to invite the congregation to participate in a book discussion on February 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. We are reading the book Justice on Earthby Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom. The book, which is on the list of recommended books that are related to our Strategic Plan theme of Racial Justice, can be found on Amazon or on the UUA website.
“At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. Those on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins. The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action.”  (Amazon notes)
Order your copy of “Justice on Earth,” this year’s UUA Common Read.  There is a study guide available for download on the UUA website.

https://www.uuworld.org/articles/justice-earth