Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019

 

Potluck and Sock Burning 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
 
 
 
 MARCH BIRTHDAYS
 
Jolene L’Tainen
Sun, Mar 10
Neenah Newell
Thurs, Mar 14
Don L’Tainen, Fri, Mar 15
Jackie Mathwich, 
Mon, Mar 18
REV. SUE’S MARCH SCHEDULE
 
    Mar 22 – Office Hours 2:00 pm- 5:30 pm
 Mar 27 – Conversation on book White Fragility  
 Mar 29 – Office Hours 
9:30 am-1 pm

THIS WEEK AT UUCR
 
Wed., Mar 20, 7 p.m., Litrenta Hall, Toll Science Building, Washington CollegeLecture by Robert Lynch, Ph.D., “The Economic Benefits of Granting Legal Status and Citizenship to 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.”
 
Fri, Mar 22,  6 p.m., Spring Equinox Potluck Dinner at the home of Brenda and Carl Gallegos, 24329 Waterview Dr. in Worton. Join us to celebrate the coming of spring with a sock-burning ceremony (symbolizing a “farewell” to winter). No need to RSVP — just bring a dish to share. Directions to Carl and Brenda’s house: From Chestertown: Drive north from Chestertown on MD 213. Turn left on MD 297 at “Suds and Soda”; drive through Worton (be alert for speed traps!).  Turn right on MD 298 at the Kent County High School. Drive 0.8 miles; take the first left onto Cooper’s Lane. Drive 2.9 miles; after the second horse farm, turn left onto Waterview Dr.  Brenda and Carl’s house is the fifth house on the left at the curve, 24329 Waterview Dr.  Phone: 410-810-3143 (call if you get lost or need additional assistance) .
 
Sunday Service, Mar 24, 10 a.m., Mr. Gary Jackoway, “Mahatma Gandhi’s Seven Deadly Social Sins..”Mahatma Gandhi published a list of Seven Social Sins almost off-handedly in 1925. But in this short list is great wisdom. During this interactive service we will discuss Gandhi’s list of  “social sins” and its implications in the current world environment. They are: Wealth without Work; Pleasure without Conscience; Knowledge without Character; Commerce (Business) without Morality; Science without Humanity (Ethics); Religion without Sacrifice; and Politics without Principle. Special music by Philip Dutton. 

Religious Exploration for youngsters and youth and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.
 

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES
 

Mar 31, Rev. John Ames, “Ruth – The Handmaiden of the Lord.”
Rev. John Ames will explore the Old Testament story of Ruth.  Her journey from her own country to Israel is a testimony in favor of inclusivism in ancient Israel as opposed to the exclusive theology that tended to prevail. Ruth, a foreign, non-Jewish woman, was welcomed into Israel and became an ancestor of King David — and of Jesus.
 
Apr 7, Rev. Sue Browning, “Claiming Pride.” When a child returns home after facing a challenge, we might say, “I’m proud of you.” We foster a child’s sense of pride in who they are and affirm their sense of power in the world. At this service Rev. Sue Browning will explore the ways we learn to take pride in our full identities and how we are a blessing to one another when we encourage each other to do the same. Special music by harpist Meredith Hadaway
 
Apr 14, Rev. Sue Browning, “Unitarian Universalists and the Cross.” Symbols are powerful. From what we wear, to what we display, symbols shortcut our communications with one another. At this service with Rev. Sue Browning together we’ll ask, ‘When we see the cross of Christianity displayed, what comes to mind?’ and we will consider ways some Unitarian Universalists understand the cross.    
 
Apr 21, Earth Day Celebration led by our Green Sanctuary Committee.
 

CELEBRATING MARGO LONG
 
Margo’s Last Day Will Be Friday, March 29
 
Our service last Sunday included lots of tributes to Margo Long, our current office administrator, who will be retiring as of next Friday.  Rev. Sue, Linda Dutton, and many others acknowledged Margo’s steadfast service (where would we have been without her?) to us over the past 15 years during the service, which was followed by a fabulous potluck lunch. Those 

 
“Happy Trails, Margo!”

who couldn’t join us missed a great party!

 
 
We also learned at the party that our new office administrator will be our own Jan Whitney, who will be “shadowing” Margo during office hours over the next two weeks. Welcome Jan!
 
 

COMING TO UUCR AND OUR COMMUNITY
 
Wed, Mar 27, 7 p.m. at UUCR — Discussion of the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism.” Our look at this book will be the second time we’ve explored a book about racism as a part of our goal to “undertake a church-wide focus and community activism regarding racism and racial equity,” with a particular objective of educating ourselves about this topic.  Our discussion leaders for the evening will be UUCR friend Anne Bricker and our own Lynn Dolinger.  Please contact Lynn at lynn.thirdwish@gmail.com with questions or comments.  
 
Note:  UUCR’s “examining racism” book for April/May will be “Eight Years We Were in Power,” a book of essays by Te Nihisi Coates. 
 
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!
 
Important! We need more Potluck Hosts!  We have no one as yet for April onward.
 

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
 
The next Social Concerns Outreach Collection on April 7 will call upon your generosity to support our local Good Neighbor Fund  (GNF).  Each year, the GNF helps hundereds of families with funds that help close the gap with one-time emergency needs for basic necessities, such as rent, utilities, and medical expenses that are not covered by Social Services.  Last year, they served 230 families and during their busiest months of April, May and June they ran out of money.  We’ll have a guest speaker to help you understand the program and its critical need for funding.
 

1 – 10 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.'”      
  1. Just because you can’t see racism around you doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Trust people of color’s assessment of a situation.
  2. Don’t assume that all people of color share the same views. We are not a monolith. 
  3. Don’t assume or guess people’s races. This is NOT a fun game for us.
  4. If someone tells you they’re from Uganda, don’t say, “I went to Nigeria once!” Just, please.
  5. Related: Don’t refer to Africa as a country. It’s a continent and it’s wildly varied. Yes. Take a moment.
  6. Oh, and rest assured that literally no person of color ever wants you to get back from holiday, show off your tan and excitedly exclaim, “Look, I’m almost as dark as you!” Cease and desist.
  7. Don’t assume that a person of color knows everything about their country of heritage. Do you know everything there is to know about America? Germany? Sweden? That’s what I thought. 
  8. Don’t assume we can run if we’re Black, do math if we’re Asian, have drinking problems if we’re indigenous. . . .
  9. Regard us as autonomous, unique individuals, not as representatives of our race.
  10. Don’t make embarrassing jokes to try and be “down” with people of color. We’ll laugh at you, not with you.
From your editor: I am thinking that posting these “100 Ways,” ten per week for the next ten weeks, is in keeping with our Strategic Plan Goal #3, to “undertake a church-wide focus and community activism regarding racism and racial equity.” Look for these each week, through May 22. Questions, comments? Contact me, Jane Hardy, at janewhardy@gmail.com
 

STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL IV: ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND INDIVIDUALS
 
Year One Objectives
  • Continue to open our UUCR building to nonprofit community organizations working to enchance our community, e.g., WC-ALL, PFLAG, Your Vote/Your Voice, National Music Festival.
  • Be a point of connections for young, non-churched families, e.g., Families in Connections (FiC).