September 24 – When Change Seems Impossible, or at Least Overwhelming
The world’s challenges can seem overwhelming. Lawyer, author, and activist Bryan Stevenson, who spoke at the UU General Assembly, notes, “You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance. You have to get close.” At this service, Rev. Sue Browning will consider Stevenson’s guidance on addressing systemic racism in ways that have impact and are sustainable.
October 1 – Welcoming the Stranger
In our own community and across America, we see immigrants threatened, denigrated, or ignored. Pete Lesher deploys his own family’s stories, words of American founders Jefferson and Franklin, and a commandment from the Torah to look at the values we bring to our actions and words in the immigrant question today, expanding on an Independence Day address he delivered in St. Michaels.
Pete Lesher speaks regularly in his capacity as chief curator at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where he has served on staff since 1991. He graduated Lafayette College and holds an MA in history from Columbia University. In our community, he is elected to the Easton Town Council, chairs the St. Michaels Historic District Commission, serves as Church Council President, choir member, and Sunday School teacher at Grace Lutheran Church, is appointed by the governor to the boards of Maryland Humanities and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, volunteers with Cub Scout Pack 190, serves as a parent advisor for the Gifted and Talented program in Talbot County Public Schools, and plays bass trombone in the pit orchestra for the Easton High and Middle School musical productions.
October 8 – What’s Worthy of Our Bravery?
In his book The Philosophy and Mythology of Harry Potter, author Patrick McCauley reminds us of a core lesson from the Harry Potter series: “The decision to approach and confront that which scares us is not a thought, it is an act.” Being brave is hard. What is worthy of our bravery? When should we act in light of fear? What guides these choices? At this service, Rev. Sue Browning will explore the questions and the sources which inspire our acts of courage. The choir will sing.
October 15 – Humanism with a Heart
Humanism today for many Unitarian Universalists is a home for reason and knowledge, awe and wonder, evolution, social justice, beauty and love. It is a place for community and social concern that lifts up the worth of each person. It encourages both reflection and action. It cares more about how you live your life than what you believe. Join Rev. Ginger Luke for a look at religious humanism within Unitarian Universalism today.
Reverend Ginger Luke is currently the Minister Emerita of River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Bethesda, Maryland. Her article, “Love as the Ethical Basis” was recently published in Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism and in the UU World Spring 2017 issue. She served as the Director of Religious Education or Minister of Religious Education in UU congregations in Lincoln, Nebraska; Minneapolis, Ann Arbor, and Bethesda.
October 22 – Being in Two Places at Once
If only we could be two places at once. Just imagine being able to accept two invitations. Strictly speaking, it’s impossible to be in two distinct places at the same moment. Or is it? As Unitarian Universalists, we’re challenged to our own free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and to hold that our own truth will not be another’s truth; to hold that there is not one perspective or one conclusion. At this service, Rev. Sue Browning will explore the ways we are called to be in two places at once, and the courage it takes to accept this invitation. The choir will sing.
October 29 – Profiles in UU Courage
The stories of courageous people from our history can inspire and instruct us in our modern quest for socioeconomic and ecological justice. In three distinct periods of our history, Elizabeth Peabody, Francis Ellen Watkins Harper, and Rachel Carson boldly broke with gender- and race-based norms to become leaders in social justice work. This sermon by UU seminarian Bob Clegg challenges us to use the lives of these Unitarian women as models for our own life and work today.