Monthly Archives: December 2015

UU liFE in Afghanistan, in combat, as women

An interview with the Rev. Rebekah Montgomery, Captain, U.S. Army Reserve When the Rev. Rebekah Montgomery shares her views on empathy as a moral issue with us on Sunday, January 3, she’ll be speaking from deep experiences. While she now serves as the assistant minister at Rockville’s UU congregation, she is also a commissioned Army … Continued

“No racism here!” … and other Conversations on Race

Several UUFE members are participating in the Conversations on Race that grew out of Ferguson and other incidents of police violence against blacks in 2015. We asked Ann Davis, Sally Woodall, and Jonathan Williams to share their thoughts in response to these questions: What inspires you to participate in the Conversations on Race? What’s the … Continued

From Easton to Sanctuary Boston — #UUMusicMatters and #BlackLivesMatter

By Maureen Curtin   Music gives a soul to the universe. ~ Plato Music gives a soul to us UUs as well, I might add, given my experience at the 2015 Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN) Annual Conference.  This annual Boston-based event attracts not just UU music directors, but also UUs who love choral singing.  … Continued

Wishes for the New Year

Rev. Sue Browning Last Sunday my sermon was titled, “If I Were to Write a Letter to Santa…”  I shared my belief that when we give voice, with some specificity, to our wishes, we open our hearts to new possibilities that are unfolding all around us. Our wishes help us pay attention differently, and they … Continued

Getting your shoes back on after Friday prayers

Several members and friends of UUFE have reached out to our local Muslim community by accepting the invitation to attend Friday prayer.  We asked John Turner about his experience attending Muslim prayer service at the Easton Islamic Center.  John is a UUFE friend and favorite guest speaker, a hospital chaplain at the Behavioral Health unit … Continued

Our UUFE baristas share their thoughts on life, love, and caffeine addiction

UUFE Coffee Minister, Gayle Scroggs, and her extraordinary baristas share their thoughts and answers to these questions: o  What’s cool about serving as UUFE coffee hour barista? o  Do you moonlight? How else are you making your living? o  The UUFE Board is considering opening a coffee drive-thru for members who don’t have time to walk in for sermon … Continued

The religion in Coffee House Sunday

We’re revving up for Coffee House Sunday on December 27th.  We talked with service leader, Nancy Dimond Sawyer, about her coffee and religion.     UU liFE: How religious are you about coffee? Nancy: I’m not terribly religious about coffee. I pour one cup on most days but more mornings than not, don’t finish the … Continued

How much Islam is in my UUFE coffee?

We’re revving up this week for Nancy Sawyer’s Coffee House Sunday – December 27th.   We’ve also been hearing about UUFEs reaching out to the Muslim community.  So we asked our  own coffee connoisseur and natural philosopher, Phillip Sawyer, what is the connection between coffee and Islam. UU liFE: I understand that coffee came to us … Continued

If I Were to Write a Letter to Santa…

Sermon by Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton   (Reading, ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’ an editorial from The (New York) Sun, September 21, 1897)   Virginia O’Hanlon didn’t write a letter to Santa requesting a litany of gifts. Instead she wrote a  letter in search of the real live truth. She … Continued

From Mecca to Easton:  The call to prayer

Rev. Sue Browning and several UUFE members recently attended Friday prayer service at the Islamic Center in Easton.  We asked Ann Davis to tell us more about her experience there. What motivated you to reach out to our Muslim community? As a young teenager I lived in Karachi, Pakistan, and often heard the “call to prayers” … Continued