Wednesday, March 25, 2020

 

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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.
 
 
MARCH BIRTHDAYS
 
Neenah Newell
Sat, Mar 14
Jackie Mathwich
 Wed, Mar 18
Jan Sprinkel
Mon, Mar 30

 
PASTORAL CARE AND CONNECTION
 
We are here for you!  We will focus on staying directly connected with our members and friends, especially those who may need assistance or support. The caring teams from each congregation are staying in touch. We have healthy, lower-risk volunteers willing to do errands if anyone would like support. If you are available to help others, please contact the offices so we have your name on our lists. We are also exploring ways we can stay in regular connection through phone, email and Zoom ‘conversation groups’ during the week. We’ll have details on how these will work out shortly. Please be in touch with any of the contacts below to stay connected (and see additional contacts below for RE families): 
 
Please know your congregation is here. We can help you find connections. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know what is helpful for you in this time. 
 
Rev. Sue 703-201-2745; 
Jan Whitney (Office) 
 410-778-3440; 
Kevin Brien 443-262-2215; dogenlight@gmail.com 
Gayle Folger 410-778-7923;gaylefolger@gmail.com 
Nancy Holland 443-690-6619;
OUR VIRTUAL SERVICE ON SUNDAY
 
March 29, What Do I Actually Need Today?
We find ourselves navigating the spread of a virus and the practical challenges that come with daily limitations. Join our virtual service with Rev. Sue Browning where together we will ask, “What do I actually need today?” The service will include reflections from several of our congregants (to be collected this week) on what they are learning about their own wants and needs during this time of adjustment. Instructions for accessing the service (a simple click) will be on the website.  If you would like to have a Joy or Sorrow included in the service, please submit it in writing to Rev. Sue at  sue.browning2@gmail.com by 2 p.m. Saturday and she will read them each as a part of the service. 
 
We will also have written versions of the service available that we can email to you or mail to you by US postal service. 
 
QUESTION FOR THE WEEK
 
As we prepare for our service Sunday, Rev. Sue invites everyone to think about this question:In your experience, what is the difference between a “want” and a “need”? If anyone would like to submit a 150-200 word response to this question, including any examples of how your answer is being shaped during the Covid-19 virus, please email responses to her by 8pm on Thursday for inclusion in the service on Sunday.  sue.browning2@gmail.com
 
FROM OUR FINANCE COMMITTEE
 
Even though the church is shut down, the expenses of running it continue. We still need to pay salaries, electricity, heating, grass cutting, etc., etc.
Since we cannot pass the collection plate, we will instead be sending out invoices to everyone on record indicating how much each congregant has paid toward their original  pledge amount and also showing the balance due. We would respectfully ask that you send in you pledge dollars to the office at 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD 21620.  This does not mean the total due must be sent in immediately. However, the total is due by June 30, 2020.  You can split up your payments in such a manner as to complete you pledge amount by that date.
 
Jan will be sending out the invoices in the next few days. They will be up to date as of April 1st, 2020.  
Thanks for your cooperation and please stay safe.
Your Finance Committee
 
Bites – 
   nourishing spirit-filled families one bite at a time
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Family Random Acts of Kindness
 
Buy pansies and plant them in a flower basket or planter. 
Give one to a neighbor so their day can be brightened 
every time they see the pansy faces smiling at them!
 
Look for “Bites” as a regular Broadsheet feature focusing on families!  Thank you, Connie Scroth and Pat Bjorke.
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Anne Gay Morrison
 
Anne Morrison 
A message from UUCR friend Baxter Smith: It is with profound regret that
I inform you that our dear friend and companion Anne Gay Morrison died (March 16) after a 19-year battle with metastasized breast cancer. She was 71 years old, just hours short of turning 72 tomorrow on St. Patrick’s Day.
 
Annie had been living for the past six or so weeks in a nursing facility on Cape Cod in Massachusetts near the home of her son Burt and his wife Alex. They were at her bedside at the end, and she had been in hospice care for the past week.
 
As you know, Annie was a woman who had many interests and was driven by a curious mind and a thirst for knowledge. She enjoyed blazing new trails and challenging the accepted order. She loved traveling, sailing, tennis, cycling and spending time with her two surviving sisters, Linda and Jeannie, and their families.
 
She grew up in Philadelphia, and lived as an adult in Atlanta, Maryland, and in her retirement years in Long Beach, Calif.
 
Her wishes were to be cremated and to have her ashes spread upon a body of water feeding the oceans.
 
Her infectious smile and smart wit endeared her to many. She led a life of meaning, and if I can speak for others she will be held forever in our hearts.
 
Alice Lindsay

Alice (as Margaret Fuller) and Bill, 2014
UUCR member Alice Lindsay died this past Saturday, March 21. Alice had been getting weaker and weaker over these last months and died at her home. Our hearts go out to her husband Bill and their son Tom. 
 
For those wanting to send a card, Bill’s address is 201 Richard Dr. Chestertown, MD 21620, or you may email Bill at wwlindsay@verizon.net
 
We have assured Bill the congregation is there for him in whatever ways feel helpful. There is a fresh gap in the congregation. 
A Tribute to Alice:  Several years ago our church produced a “Living History” series (four in all), in which several of our congregants would portray famous Unitarian Universalists who “visited” our church in costume and in character.  One of our best performers was Alice Lindsay, who, from 2010 through 2014, appeared at our happenings as Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams, Dorothea Dix, and Margaret Fuller. No one could have been better prepared, more entertaining, or more passionate about her personae.  Before this not many of us knew that Alice was a gifted actress, but her talents went beyond “treading the boards” — in 2016 Alice actually wrote a play for us, called “Joseph Priestly: A Radio Play,” which told the story of the famous scientist and religious dissenter’s dramatic flight from England to the new United States in two acts, broadcast over an old fashioned radio as though from the mid-18th century, with amusing “time-travel” sound effects throughout.  Who else could have thought this up?  The play was a clever little marvel. 
 
Alice was also a charter member of our church’s animal ministry committee (now defunct, sadly), CAWS (Chesapeake Animal Welfare Committee). In the spirit of outreach, the committee produced and performed a puppet show, surely written by Alice, called “Saving Buster,” in venues throughout the county over several years, with a view to encouraging children to nurture their pets. This time Alice was “behind the scenes” as the puppet Buster, but her talent and her love for defenseless creatures were evident to all who saw these performances.  
 
You shared your gifts with us so beautifully, Alice; how we will miss you.

Jane Hardy
 
IMPORTANT CANCELLATIONS / POSTPONEMENTS
 
The memorial service for Dick Hawkins, slated for April 6, 10:30 a.m. at the Chestertown Presbyterian Church, has been postponed. 
 
The Maryland Primary Election, scheduled for April 28, has been postponed until June 2. 
 
PFLAG informs us that the Midshore Pride Celebration, scheduled for May 1 through 3, has been cancelled.
 
SECURITY ALERT
 
A few members recently received emails that appeared to be Rev. Sue asking for assistance. Please be aware this is a scam, was sent from a fake gmail account (not Sue’s account), and is not the way Rev. Sue would ask for support. 
 
We believe only a handful of members and friends received the request. But, please do not reply to such an email. 
 
If questions, please contact the church, uuofchesterriver@gmail.com
 
#33 – 40 OF 64 THINGS WHITE PEOPLE CAN DO FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

By Corinne Shutack, posted in Medium.Com, August 13, 2017

 
 
 
34) Listen without ego and defensiveness to people of color. Truly listen. Don’t scroll past articles written by people of color – Read them.

35) Don’t be silent about that racist joke. Silence is support.

36)  Follow @OsopePatrisse@opalayo@aliciagarza@bellhooks@Luvvie, @mharrisperry, @VanJones68@ava@thenewjimcrow@Lavernecox@deray, @thedididelgado, @TaNehisiCoats, Ally Henny on Facebook, and Lace on Race on Facebook. Follow them with the intention of listening and learning only. Pay lesser known activists like @thedididelgado here, Ally Henny here, and Lace on Race here for their teaching, time, and work.

37)  Find out how slavery, the Civil War, and the Jim Crow era are being taught in your local school. Is the school teaching about post-Civil War convict leasing, the parent to our current mass incarceration system? Talking about slavery alone, is your school showing images such as Gordon’s scourged backa slave ship hold, and a slave nurse holding her young master? Are explorers, scientists, politicians, etc who are POC discussed? Are male and female authors who are POC on the reading lists? Are Japanese internment camps being discussed? There are a lot of great resources out there with a little googling, like PBS’s resources for teaching slaveryTeaching for Change, and The National Association for Multicultural Education.

38) Arrange for cultural exchanges and cultural ambassadors in your local school’s classrooms. The InternationThe International Classroom program at UPenn and People to People International are options. The Dept of Education has a good list. Cultural exchanges via the interwebs are very valuable. Actual human interaction between people from different races, religions, and countries (ie: cultural ambassadors) and students in the physical classroom is ideal.
 
39)  Seek out a diverse group of friends for your kids.

40) Seek out a diverse group of friends for you. Practice real friendship and intimacy by listening when POC talk about their experiences and their perspectives. They’re speaking about their pain.  
 
Editor’s note:  For the next several weeks we will feature 8 of the 64 items outlined in this article.  Here is a link to the entire article, which contains live links to other sources.