Author Archives: Sue Browning

Rev. Sue Blesses the Pets

This past Saturday it was an honor to offer the pet blessing at the ‘Bark in the Park’ event at Idlewild Park. It was a chance to bless the dogs and to offer gratitude for those who love and care for their dogs day in and day. Our pets are wonderful reminders of the many relationships … Continued

Letting Go

What if We Stopped Doing a Few Things? We are offered lots of advice in life. At workshops on church leadership, experts tell us how to identify challenges, to observe with fresh perspective, and to lead from a spiritual core. We hear about the inevitability of change and how to prepare for change. We return … Continued

Frederick Douglass Day 2015

This afternoon it was good to wander the exhibits, hear storytellers, singers and speakers, and of course eat, at Easton’s celebration in honor of Frederick Douglass. Every time I turned around I bumped into congregants from UUFE enjoying the spirit of the day. I’m so grateful to the leaders in Easton who again created an … Continued

A Glimpse of the Pope

Today Bill and I headed to the National Mall to be a part of the pope’s visit. We spent most of our time at the climate justice event, and had a chance to “see” the pope (ok, at a distance) when he came out on the West Capitol balcony. It’s amazing how Pope Francis comes … Continued

Enter, Rejoice and Come In

Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton   I love the hymn we sang this morning. Enter, Rejoice and Come In. As a start, it’s “singable.” And it’s upbeat, with a sense of optimism and possibility. Like the ancient psalms, which called for a joyful noise and a spirit of gladness to welcome in … Continued

Let’s Meet and Discuss … Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I encourage all who are interested to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recent book Between the World and Me. We will have several copies available through our lending library. The book may be also purchased for under $15. In October we will offer several opportunities to discuss the book. Amazon’s provides this description of the book: “It … Continued

Invitations Are Already Waiting

When a small envelope arrives by mail and we’re invited to a party, shower, or wedding, the words ‘Please Come’ feel good. Even when we can’t make the event, it feels good to have been asked. Yet these personally addressed invitations, with all the particulars of time and place, are not that common. For practical … Continued

Courageous Conversations

Sermon by Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton   A few weeks ago I was driving a neighbor to the airport when he noticed the book I was reading: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is an African American journalist and his recent book is a memoir written in the … Continued

Freedom of Speech and Safe Spaces

Sermon by Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton   I recently travelled in New Hampshire and bought the local newspaper. Gearing up for this sermon on freedom of speech, my eyes caught the explicit requirements for a letter to the editor of the paper to be considered for publication. First, no more than … Continued

But That’s Not Fair

Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton   Reading:  Caged Bird, by Maya Angelou   The free bird and the caged bird in our reading. Being that caged bird is not fair. It’s wrong, core liberties squelched. An image of foundational unfairness at every level. Yet when I hear the phrase ‘But that’s not … Continued