Finding What Excites You

Sermon by Rev. Sue Browning, February 25, 2018 Finding What Excites You  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 … 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

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

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

Pondering Courage

Our theme for the month is ‘Courage.’ Courage is often highlighted in middle school adventure books where young teens away from home finds themselves stranded in the wilderness and this yet-to-be-hero teen needs to take bold actions to return to safety. Survival in these dramatic moments depends on the young adventurer’s calm under pressure, creative … Continued

Final Fellowship and a New Stole!

On June 18 the congregation surprised me (yes, I was surprised!) with kind words and celebration in honor of my completing of the requirements for ‘Final Fellowship’ – the last step in the Unitarian Universalist’s national ministerial credentialing process. It’s fitting that the congregation and I celebrated together. Since 2013, when UUFE hired a just-out-of-seminary … Continued

You’re Not Alone

This week I offered the message at Easton High School’s Baccalaureate Service. The class had selected ‘Persistence’ as the theme for the service. I talked about inner determination – the “I can do this” focus of energy. I also wanted the students to hear that persistence is more than learning to plow through challenges alone. … Continued

The Seesaws of Life

Recently I found this poem by Sarah Kays – The Paradox: When I am inside writing, all I can think about is how I should be outside living. When I am outside living, all I can do is notice all there is to write about. When I read about love, I think I should be … Continued

Invitation to important conversation – April 22, 2017, 10 – 11:30 a.m. at UUFE

Invitation to important conversation about UUA Leadership – April 22, 2017, 10 – 11:30 a.m. at UUFE Dear UUFE Members and Friends, As you may have heard, Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), resigned on March 30. Yesterday the UUA Board of Trustees appointed the Rev. Sofia Betancourt, the Rev. William … Continued