Monte & Liz HanaonJuly 23 – A Way to the Soul – Experiencing Tibetan Bowls

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 ofthe 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.

 catherine charltonJuly 30 – Wyeth Walks: Spiritual Transformation through Nature

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”)

 Bliss bearAugust 6 –What You See Is Not Necessarily What You Get

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.

Jean and Jerry (2) cropped 260xAugust 20 – An Atheist Discovers Her Religious Path Through Our Hymnal

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.

K.C. Lazzara August 27 – The Purity of Spiritual Vision

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.

Nancy Orr 2015September 3 – Will You Seek in Far-Off Places?

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?

Nancy Orr is a long-time lay leader at UUFE. She is a past board president, past Worship Committee chair and frequently leads services at the fellowship. As a retired librarian, Nancy enjoys helping others explore new meanings in old language. Nancy is a long-time resident of the Eastern Shore.



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