Wednesday, September 18, 2019

 Potluck at UUCR on Friday 

 

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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
 
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS
 
Linda Weimer, Sun, Sep 8
Andrew Warner
 Mon, Sep 16
Mary Pritchard
 Mon, Sep 16
Dorris Scott, Mon, Aug 19
Tennant Allen
Tues, Sep 24
Nathaniel Ford
Tues, Sep 24
Nathan Ferster
 Wed, Sep 25
Lisa Kennedy
 Thur, Sep 26
 
REV SUE’S SEPT
SCHEDULE
 
Sept 18 – Office Hours , 9:30 am – 3 pm (WED) 
Sept 20 – UUCR Potluck 
Sept 22 – Lead Service, UUFE Board Retreat (12:30-5 pm) 
Sept 25 – Minister’s Assoc Meeting (Bethesda) – 10 am – 2 pm
Sept 27 – Office Hours, 9:30 am – 1 pm 
Question for Rev. Sue?  
She is always available via her cell: 703-201-2745
 
 
In this Issue — See Below for articles about:
New R.E. Staff at UUCR
ALICE Training
Hurricane Dorian Relief
About the Broadsheet

THIS WEEK AT UUCR
 
Thurs, Sept 19, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at UUCR — Social Justice/Social Concerns Committee meeting. If you want to get involved or just want to find out more about UUCR’s social concerns work, please join us for this important meeting where we will be planning our work for the coming year.  For more information contact Lynn Dolinger, Linda Dutton or Amy Warner.  
Fri, Sept 20, 6:00 p.m. at UUCR — Potluck Dinner! Diane Shields and Kevin Brien will be our hosts and will set up and clean up; all you need to do is bring a dish or libation to share.  No need to RSVP — just come!
 
Sat, Sept 21, 7 p.m. at Sumner Hall — An Evening of Smooth Jazz. The 2019-2020 season of the popular series, African American Legacy & Heritage in Jazz, Blues & Gospel, begins this coming Saturday with the “Bratcher Project, An Evening of Smooth Jazz.” For tickets visit  SumnerHall.org/AALegacyConcerts or for more information call 443.282.0023. 
 
Our own Philip Dutton will again be headlining a show on March 21, 2020 (note date correction!) with the music of Allen Toussaint.  Tickets are $20 and need to purchased in advance of the shows.  
 
Sun, Sept 22, 9 a.m. at UUCR — Our “Pop-Up” Choir will meet with Carol to practice the hymns for our service.  Join us, all singers and would-be singers!

Sunday Service, Sept 22, 10 a.m., Rev. Sue Browning, “The Blessing of Brave Space.”  Truly living into a vision of deep inclusion can be a daunting expectation. It means continually changing ourselves and our communities. It’s hard for our actions to consistently match our words, yet as Unitarian Universalists this is what we are called to do. At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we’ll consider the ways we collectively sustain “brave space” as a foundation of deep inclusion. 
 
Religious Exploration for youngsters and youth, as well as childcare for little ones, will be available during the service. 
 
Join us for coffee and fellowship after the service.
 
Sun, Sept 22, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross St., Chestertown — A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training.  See article below for more information.
 

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES
 
Sept 29, Rev. John Wright, “I Will Not Refuse To Do the Something That I Can Do About Gun Violence.”  Unitarian Universalists are a positive people.  Our Principles focus on hope and possibility.   But hope and possibility must start from a deep realization that there is much pain and suffering in our communities.  We must feel it in our very souls.  Our hearts must break every time we hear of another gun-related death.  On average, 310 people are shot in the US every day- over 130 thousand per year!

 
This epidemic of gun violence will not go away by ignoring it.  The temptation to “put our heads in the sand” is great.  But it is our task, as Unitarian Universalists, to help find ways to heal the world.  And if our faith is to mean anything, we cannot – we mustnot refuse to do the something that we can do.
 
Oct 6, Rev. Sue Browning, “Connection to Place.” Have you ever had a sense of belonging to a place? Have you ever had to leave this space? At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we’ll explore the challenges faced by immigrants. 
 
October 13, Rev. Greg Chute, “Recognizing My Spiritual Practices: What Are They? Why Use Them?”  Rev. Chute explains, “I often hear from people that they want more spirituality in their lives. But when pressed, they too often cannot articulate what that means or what it looks like. So let’s explore that notion together — what is spirituality, where do I find it, why do I seek it, how shall I find it?”
 

MINISTERIAL REVIEW
 
Thanks to all who participated in our recent Ministerial Review. We received a strong response, and the Committee on Ministry appreciated all the thoughtful input. Your feedback provided important information on having a Minister at UUCR. There was much praise for Rev. Sue, and many useful suggestions for the future.
 
In summary, UUCR members and friends believe that Rev. Sue is of tremendous value to the congregation, has brought new ideas and approaches to worship, and broadened our spiritual interests. She has been a strong factor in moving us toward our mission, and is an important pastoral presence and pastoral leader at UUCR. Rev. Sue provides strong support both within and outside the congregation and in the community.  If you would like more information, ask one of the COM members — Lynn Geisert, Annie Lavin, Caren Samuels, or John Ramsey.
 

WELCOME, CONNIE SCHROTH!
 
Our New Program Support Coordinator
 
We are excited to announce UUCR has hired Connie Schroth as our new RE Program Support Coordinator.
  

Schroth, who taught art education and gifted/talented classes in NJ for 33 years, was director of Chestertown’s Imagination Alley and for many years oversaw an Eastern-shore-wide “Teaching American History” grant program. She was an administrator for the Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties program for 10 years. 
 
An avid gardener, reader, and crossword puzzler, Connie has been married for fifty-four years to Larry Schroth (local artist) and has an adult daughter. She explains that she’s ” . . . looking forward to being a part of the UUCR congregation and having a part in helping the young people there understand the principles that guide UU life styles.” 
As our program support coordinator, Connie will assure we are ready for learners each Sunday, will lead the RE class or support volunteers who are leading, and will communicate regularly with families. Welcome Connie! 
It takes a village! Connie will work with Rev. Sue Browning (our minister), the RE Team (Pat Bjorke and others), and volunteers to nurture our learners. We also welcome Annie as our new lead in the Nursery/Pre K room. (see below).
Each Sunday we will offer…
Nursery Care for the very youngest
Pre-K – Exploring Me and the World Around Me 
K-6 and Beyond – Exploring Community, Ethics, Faith and Justice  
 
We are a relatively small program. This year we are focused on building connections among those children who come and on helping families build connections with one another.
 

WELCOME, ANNIE SQUIRE-SOUTHWORTH! 
 
Our New Childcare Attendant
 
We are delighted to introduce Annie Squire-Southworth as our new childcare attendant!  Annie has loved helping with children her entire life, and is highly experienced providing care for infants to 13-year-olds.  She has been a lifeguard for the past two summers at Parks & Rec, and is certified in CPR, AED and First Aid as well as water rescue.  
 
Annie is currently a senior at KCHS where she is taking a college course, 3 AP classes, and is a STEM student.  Since moving to Kent County three years ago Annie has been very involved in STAR (Students Talking About Race) and the school’s Gay Straight Alliance. She is serving as the Board of Education Student Representative, SGA Vice-President, and is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and MU Alpha Theta Honor Society.  An avid sports lover, she is also a member of the KCHS women’s lacrosse team, soccer team, and swim team.  Annie also loves art, music and theater.  Please take a moment to get to know this remarkable young woman and welcome her!
 

NEXT SELECTION FOR OUR “EXAMINING RACISM” BOOK GROUP
 
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
 
Our next congregational book reading as part of our strategic plan goal #3 on racism will be Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, We Were Eight Years In Power. This book is a compilation of 8 essays Coates wrote, one each year and published in The Atlantic, during Barack Obama’s presidency. We will discuss this book in 3 sessions. Two sessions will focus on Coates’ career-launching essays on Reparations and Mass Incarceration. The third session will consider the other 6 essays. Please consider leading one of these discussions which will be scheduled between now and the end of the year.
 

PLAYGROUND UPDATE 
 
Thank You, Building and Grounds Committee!
 
You may have noticed that our playground set was, in part, disassembled recently.  This was because we were doing maintenance and  repainting of the unit. We have now completed both.  Repairs were  made, the set was cleaned, sanitized (there were areas where mold was present), sanded, and  painted with two coats of opaque stain.  The Playground is now ready for use by RE and others.  B&G committee
 

A.L.I.C.E. TRAINING AT EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL
 
Sun, Sept 22, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
 
A.L.I.C.E. ((Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate)Training,led by Virginia Gregg and Wayne Darrell of the Kent County Office of Emergency Services. Training instructor-led classes provide preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. Whether it is an attack by an individual person or by an international group of professionals intent on conveying a political message through violence, ALICE Training option based tactics have become the accepted response, versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach.https://www.alicetraining.com/
 
No need but an RSVP will help us to know how many chairs to set up! (410-778-3477, Emmanuel Parish Office). The address for Emmanuel Episcopal is 110 N. Cross St.
 

FROM YOUR EDITOR: ABOUT THE BROADSHEET
 
As we begin a new “program year,” at UUCR, I’d like to reiterate some of my requests re the Broadsheet.  You probably have heard most of these before, but please take a moment anyway to re-acquaint yourself.
 
New Name — Alas, I have discovered that the name “Broadsheet” can’t be abbreviated very well  (um, “B.S.” – enough said.) Anyway, I am always open to renaming the Broadsheet.  Does anyone have ideas for a name for a weekly UU church publication that aims to keep people informed about church events and news?
 
Attachments — I cannot include attachments with the Broadsheet.  Please send me news of your event in plain old text, right in the body of the email you send me.  Of course, you can attach something to the email you send me; I dearly love photos, graphics, flyers, drafts, etc.  It’s just that the Broadsheet/Constant Contact is not equipped to carry attachments when it is sent out.  If you want to share a specific attachment with the congregation use our Yahoo Group Email to do this.
 
Your Editor is an Empty Vessel — Assume I am a “blank slate” when it comes to your upcoming event.  I may know about it, I may not, or I may have the facts wrong.  When in doubt, just send again, or remind again, or nudge again.  Far better to remind me than to have the item slip away/be incorrect for a week. 
 
Your Editor, an Unabashed Prissy Grammar Queen, Uses a Style Sheet to help the Broadsheet be as consistent in its grammar and punctuation as possible.  For instance, should we use the term “UU’s” or “UUs”?  Both are technically correct, but which is best?  (Answer, according to the UUA website, “UUs” is the approved choice.)  I will send you my style sheet if you are interested.
 
Most important:  Keep Sending Me Stuff!  Can’t tell you how much I appreciate each and every item I get from you, no matter how small.  Your news is important to some or all on our recipient list of members and friends, around 70 of whom take a look at the Broadsheet each week.  
And, finally, Please Forgive Me when I Get Stuff Wrong! We’ll just keep trying our best.  Jane Hardy, janewhardy@gmail.com
 

HURRICANE DORIAN RELIEF
 
If you want to contribute to hurricane relief, the UU national social concerns committee (UUSC) is providing “critically needed support to those in the Bahamas affected by Hurrican Dorian.  
 
 
Our unique approach to crisis response includes working with local groups to provide relief long after the media’s attention has moved on.”  The best way to contribute is online at donate.uusc.org
 

LOCAL CHARITY SEEKS NEW BOARD MEMBERS
 
The Good Neighbor Fund, a major donor to members of the Chestertown community, needs new board members.  Warren Beaven, former chair, listed four positions needed to continue the organization’s services efficiently, including a chairperson, at the September 5 meeting of the Chester Valley Ministers Association.
 
So far, the fund has a treasurer, Liz Gross, and Anne Bricker as a member at large. Though she’s not an official member of the fund, UU Rosemary Ramsey Granillo has offered to maintain the fund’s monthly report of donors and recipients. 
 
Beaven reported that in the first six months of 2019, the Good Neighbor Fund had distributed $14,000 for a total of 220 households. Half of that sum was paid to utilities, he said, and the remainder went mostly to landlords and local motels.
 
Churches, including we Unitarians, have so far given 61 percent of the fund’s 2019 income of $18,000.  For more information, contact Warren Beaven at wbeaven@netzero.com.   Linda Weimer, UUCR CVMA Rep