June 25 – The Music and Life of Woody Guthrie
Come for a service featuring the music and life of Woody Guthrie, coordinated by Dave Stevens and Dave Moore.
July 2 – The Work of Being The Light
Rev. Olympia Brown, the first woman to be ordained a Unitarian minister, reminds us “to stand by this faith. Work for it and sacrifice for it”. We sit with wonder at how hope and love persist and thrive in the midst of seeming chaos. Join guest Rev. Rebekah Montgomery on this day, as we reflect on the ways in which we are called into the world and what is asked of us in terms of real work, sacrifice, and faith.
Rev. Rebekah Montgomery grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, where her family attended the River Road UU Congregation. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and in 2003 was ordained a UU minister and commissioned as an army chaplain. She has spent the majority of her career on active duty and completed one overseas tour in Afghanistan. Rev. Rebekah currently serves at UU Congregation of Rockville and is working on a Doctorate of Ministry in Military Chaplaincy at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Join Rev. Sue Browning and Josh Long, Music Director of AWAKE ministries at the UU Church of Annapolis, for a special morning of music and message as we explore the challenges and blessings of living authentic lives. What helps you be true to yourself? What distracts you? How might your faith guide your path?
Joshua Long grew up in Baltimore, Md. He graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Bachelors in Music. Josh has produced albums, worked with different bands, and has worked with faith communities in various denominations. He now serves at the UU church of Annapolis and is a student at Wesley Theological Seminary. He lives in Columbia, Maryland, with his fiancée Tabitha and their cat, Calypso.
How do we carry in our bodies the imprint of lived experience, and the means for deep change? How might coming to greater awareness of our interior life help us to come home? In these times of turbulence, the way we ground in what we know shapes possibility. A sermon about trauma and healing, rooted in the rhythms of life.
Rev. Louise Green is the Minister for Congregational Life at River Road UU Congregation in Bethesda. She has been a dancer, community organizer, and congregational minister in various sites over 25 years.
In our busyness we often forget to listen to our deepest calling. Where do you find you listen best? How does the spiritual practice of pausing help you hear the still small voice within? One of the ancient ways of connecting is through unique sounds which take us deeper. Join Rev. Sue who will be partnering with Monte and Liz Hanson as they share their experience of Tibetan Bowls with the congregation. .
Monte and Liz Hanson have been traveling North America for the past 5 years sharing these magical sounds from eons gone by with whomever will listen. Monte is a sound frequency specialist utilizing ancient instruments such as gongs, chimes, and Tibetan singing bowls. They offer a transcendental experience of spiritual connection without any attachments to any religious denominations, dogma, or philosophy.
How can we all look at the world through Andrew Wyeth’s eyes and be “open to flow” in creative pursuits? Pianist and composer Catherine Marie Charlton discusses her over 400 “Wyeth Walks” in the woods, seeking inspiration for her music while immersing herself in Wyeth art and creative philosophies. Through her experiences and drawing inspiration from writers and philosophers including Thoreau, Charlton seeks to understand how the Wyeth family of painters, especially N.C. and Andrew, found subjects in nature and were open to surprises in unexpected places.
Catherine Marie Charlton is a pianist, composer, and recording artist who has been exploring the spiritual depths of creativity through her Wyeth-inspired nature walks and photography. Her piano album, “I Dream About this World: The Wyeth Album” releases July 14, 2017 is inspired by the Wyeth family of painters,. Catherine serves on the Sunday Services committee at UU Society of Mill Creek, Delaware, delivers lay sermons regularly and is on the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia chapter of the Recording Academy (“The Grammys”)
At this service UUFE friend Bozena Lamparska will help explore our beliefs about mental illness by opening up a conversation to help debunk stereotypes and stigmas about those beliefs. In short, she’ll help us ask, What is it about mental illness that scares us so?
Bozena Lamparska has been involved with UUism since 1984, when she became the Music Director at the Canton, NY UU church and has been attending UUFE since 2014 when she moved to St. Michaels. The service she is offering stems from her work as a psychotherapist and mental health advocate in Philadelphia, as well as her personal experience.
August 13 – It’s Question Box Time!
What are your questions about Unitarian Universalism? About faith? About the congregation? About Rev. Sue and her ministry? At this service the congregation will have a chance to directly ask Rev. Sue questions – a reverse of the process! Questions in advance are welcome and Sue will answer questions asked during the service. Later that afternoon all are invited to a potluck picnic and the Doughty’s home on the Choptank River in Preston.
At this service, UUFE member Jean Rhian will describe her personal journey of growing in UU faith and convictions through selections from our hymnal. Join us for a service rich in music and reflection.
Jean Rhian has served as President of the UUFE Board and is a long-time member of the Finance Committee and founding member of the Planned Giving Committee. She also serves as the rental contact person for the Fellowship and enjoys singing in the choir and as a member of the congregation.
Is the concept of “vision” a part of your spirituality? How might it become foundational to your spiritual growth beyond the bounds of religion or doctrine? At this service, Rev. Dr. Lazzara will consider how one’s vision can function as a compass to their spirituality. In turn, as one’s spirituality deepens, their original vision may change. This concept of vision will be explored alongside scripture, selected readings, and reflection.
As a Licensed Psychologist, Reverend Dr. Lazzara has worked with children, adolescents, and adults for over 20 years in both clinical and educational settings. Five years into private practice he enrolled at Ashland Theological Seminary and became ordained in April of 2016. In addition to treating patients, he guest preaches regularly and volunteers in his spare time.
The words of this UU hymn challenge us to consider why we voluntarily venture beyond the familiar to “parts unknown.” Nancy Orr will share thoughts on the lure and the rewards of travel, with some examples from her own experience. Is it escapism, decadent indulgence, or a stretching of our perspectives beyond the boundaries of our own lives?