Author Archives: Sue Browning

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

To Not Look Away

I write today feeling pulled between my joy that gentle summer days are here and the horrific images from South Carolina, where nine women and men were massacred while at their church.   We hear of deep pain. We hear that hateful, racist assertions were made by the killer. It’s tempting to look away in hopelessness … Continued

This Week – ‘RE Sunday’

‘Religious Education (RE) Sunday is for everyone, not just RE families. It matters that we are all there to embrace our children and youth, offer gratitude to the teachers, and to grow our understanding across generations. It will be a chance to hear from Liz Hausburg, our long serving Director of Religious Education, and to … Continued

To Laugh Often

I recently came across an unattributed quote: “ child laughs 400 times a day. The average adult: 18.” I have no idea of the source of this research, but it does make me wonder, does it need to be that way? For children much of life is a fresh surprise. Play isn’t something a child … Continued

Finding Meaning in the Many Ways We Serve

Sue Browning Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton   The NY Times recently published several top college application essays, selecting from essays students wrote this year that were somehow related to money, work and social class.[1] Here is an excerpt from one of the essays by a student from Chicago, Martina Piñeiros: In Ecuador, my … Continued