Author Archives: Sue Browning

Finding What Excites You

(Sermon by Rev. Sue Browning, February 25, 2018) Let’s start with a few scenarios on excitement. I want you to picture a big string across the front of the sanctuary. ‘Excites Me’ at one end and  ‘Nightmare – Are You Kidding Me?’ at the other end. Imagine where you might go on the continuum. Scenario … Continued

The Meaning of Sacrifice

(A note on this sermon: I preached an earlier version of this sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton on February 11. In light of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, I modified the sermon before offering it at the UUs of the Chester River on February 18. I am posting this latter version … Continued

March For Our Lives

Opportunities to Participate in March For Our Lives with Other UUs   Saturday, March 24, 2018 On Saturday, March 24, there will be a national mobilization to end gun violence and school shootings led by the students from Parkland, FL. March For Our Lives events will take place at locations across the country. Information actions in Washington DC and … Continued

Here We Have Gathered

Sermon by Rev. Sue Browning, March 11, 2018 (Stewardship Sermon for 2018-19) This congregation was founded in 1960. It is 58 years old. I’m in my fifth year serving this congregation and if someone updates the written history of the congregation I’ll get a mention, as will Ann Davis and Mark Peach your Co-Presidents. (They … Continued

Living Intentionally

(Sermon January 28, 2018, UU Fellowship at Easton by Rev. Sue Browning) It’s the end of January. Let’s go way back to the beginning of the month. January 1st was a Monday. Maybe Christmas leftovers on their last leg, your favorite cookies were gone and a few broken, less enticing, ones still had to be eaten, … Continued

UU Principles and Beloved Community

(Sermon, January 14, 2018, UU Fellowship at Easton, Rev. Sue Browning) In religious community, rituals help us remember. We have the rituals for religious holidays – Christmas, Easter, UU Water Communion. And after years of celebrating Martin Luther King Day, a secular holiday, we have an annual pattern that asks us to remember. The rituals … Continued

Serving Two Congregations: A Spiritual Journey

For over six months I’ve had the privilege to serve two Unitarian Universalist congregations on the eastern shore. I’ve been asked: How is it going? How is the commute? Can you keep up with the commitments? The short answers – From my perspective, it’s going well. The driving is about as expected (not bad). I … Continued

In 2018 Let’s Make New Mistakes

How about this as a mantra for 2018: Make new mistakes. I think it’s wise advice. And I think it’s terrifying advice. The mantra is inspired by Neil Gaiman who says,   “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying … Continued

Hope While Waiting

(Sermon at Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, Dec. 3, 2017) Sometimes we find ourselves ‘between things’ and we wait. Recently my plan was to pick up our take-out food on my way home from the gym. I pictured a smooth swing by the restaurant. My husband texted food would be ready at 7:05. Not wanting … Continued

Life in Layers 

Recently I’ve been struck by the number of opportunities at UUFE to explore issues and ideas in greater depth. From the new Adult Enrichment classes (thank you, Gayle Scroggs and others), to the “Intro to UU” class (thank you, Carol Meredith and others), to the Parent Forum Series (thank you, Lauren Harton and others), there are many chances … Continued