Author Archives: Don Barker

17th Annual UUFE Service Auction is February 10!    

“I had no idea what a “service auction” truly was when I helped with the first event 8 years ago. But when I saw there was a chance to buy tickets and attend parties with these interesting fabulous people at their houses, I was in. I spent well over a hundred dollars when money was … Continued

Believing in Nothing

How do you respond when someone asks you this: “So you are a UU. What do you believe?”  Is your UU elevator speech fuzzy? Limited to what you have rejected? Can you clearly articulate your beliefs? Several UUFE members and friends explored and defined their personal theology in a four-part weekly series in October and … Continued

Notes on Music at our Dec 10 Service

​​Notes from UUFE Choir Director, Ellen Grunden Soloist Terron Quailes Our soloist today is Terron Quailes.  Mr. Quailes is a native of Easton and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Salisbury University in Music, with an emphasis on Vocal Performance.   He is known to local theatre groups and congregations and also to the many regional … Continued

Social Justice Outreach: Building African-American Minds (BAAM)

Sunday, November 11th’s collection was in support of delivering a mini mindfulness curriculum as part of the  after school program known as BAAM (Building African American Minds). First, a little about BAAM:  BAAM was started by a local African American couple who wanted to provide a college scholarship for a Talbot County African American student. When … Continued

It never really was about the weeds

The Art and Beauty and Soul of the Garden.  And of Ourselves. I was at UUFE Autumn Weeding Day.  I was kneeling in front of a garden bed full of wiregrass.  A Zen moment before I attacked it with Ann Davis’s Japanese samurai mattock. Kara, our Master Gardener, stopped by and helped me look up from … Continued

The inherent worth and dignity of every Stitch

~ Denise Stahre I’ve been doing cross stitch since I was nine years old.  I learned at Girl Scout camp, and fell in love immediately with everything about it:  the counting of the stitches, the slide of the needle through the canvas, how the floss feels as it comes through the fabric, that smooth sound … Continued

Being Two Places at Once 

Sermon by Rev. Sue Browning   Let’s get right down to today’s question. Can you be two places at once?   Let’s say, for discussion, it is 10:40 a.m. EDT on Sunday, October 22. If you are here at this UU congregation’s service, can you also be in New York City at brunch? Or a few years ago my Dad had two grandsons graduate the same day – one in … Continued

Creativism is a state of mind

~ Shalagh Hogan Often, as I’m engaged in one of my creative projects for the UUFE community like decorating the Christmas tree or the Sanctuary for a fundraiser, people exclaim,”Oh Shalagh, you are so creative.” If you were someone who said this, thank you. But  besides giving me a compliment, what I hear them saying … Continued

Welcoming the Stranger

Sermon by Pete Lesher My fellow immigrants: Where did you come from? We all have an origin story—And for many of our families, it includes an immigration story. My English ancestors arrived on these shores in about 1661 (Tilghman), 1669/70 (Goldsborough) My German ancestors in 1727 My Irish ancestors in 1683 (Earle) and 1872 (Mulligan) But: … Continued

A Perfect Day

Habitat and Frederick Douglass Day events show what a diverse community Talbot can be. At last Sunday’s Service, I shared that the day before had been one of the most perfect days of my life.  May my words do justice to my heart. – Doug Jurrius   Saturday was a great day.  It started with the … Continued