Author Archives: Don Barker

Raised Catholic. (Strict Catholic.)

UUFE’s Theresa Connelly brews up coffee hour each Sunday.  And her answers to the Five Big Questions right now, here.  Straight up, no decaf.   UU liFE:  Where were you raised, and how? Theresa:  I was #7 of 8 children raised in Annapolis. We were raised Catholic (strict Catholic). How have you made your living? I’ve … Continued

Guideposts in Times of Transition

Sermon by Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton   Reading Our reading this morning comes from late in Martin Luther King’s journey. It is from a sermon preached in 1967, well after the bus boycotts and the Voting Act was passed. An excerpt from “A Christmas Sermon on Peace” delivered in in December … Continued

Start Where You Are

Sermon by Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton   Reading Sojourner Truth was born a slave in 1797 in New York south of Albany. Our reading picks up a description of her life’s journey in 1844, when she would have been in her late 40s. From the book, “Sojourner Truth: Slave, Prophet, Legend” … Continued

Toward Wholeness

This month our Soul Matters theme is “Healing” which Rev. Fred Recklau, in Partners In Care: Medicine and Ministry Together, distinguishes from a cure this way: Cure vs. Healing Cure may occur without healing; healing may occur without cure. Cure alters what is; healing offers what might be. Cure is an act; healing is a … Continued

Shedding Light on Underlying Bias

Sermon by Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton   Reading Excerpt from Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, a memoir by Debby Irving:  “One Friday afternoon, in year 1 of my journey, I’d been enjoying a new friendship with Rebecca, a black woman whose daughter played field hockey … Continued

UU liFE – The Parts We Left Out

Sermon by Don Barker   Opening Words by Paul Simon, from Kathy’s Song: And so you see I have come to doubt All that I once held as true. I stand alone without beliefs. The only truth I know is you. And as I watch the drops of rain weave their weary paths and die, … Continued

Court of Special Appeals Finds In Favor of Talbot Interfaith Shelter

On Thursday, September 15, 2016, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals (COSA) upheld the Talbot County Board of Zoning decision to grant a special exception permit for Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) to operate a shelter at 107 Goldsborough Street (Easton’s Promise) in Easton.  The original permit was awarded on July 29, 2014, and was appealed … Continued

What Do We Expect of This Community?

Sermon by Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton  Reading (excerpt “Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulgrum) “Each spring, for many years, I have set myself the task of writing a person statement of belief: a Credo. When I was younger, the statement ran for many pages, … Continued

In the Midst of Both Cheer and Struggle

Sermon by Rev. Sue Browning Reading (Excerpts from November 27, 2015 Chicago Tribune article by Mary Schmich, “Empathy for suffering across oceans, and smaller troubles closer to home”) This article was published just over one week ago, and yet it already it feels dated. Life does come ‘layered deep’ and the layers keeping piling up. … Continued

Autumn Update for RE Families

Hello, RE families! Happy Weekend to everyone. Just a few things to catch you up on the goings and comings of life in the UUFE RE corner of the world: 1.  Developing a reverence for life is the theme in the elementary classroom for the next two weeks. Lauren Harton will lead the class and … Continued