COVID-19 Updates

The Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine suspended all in-person UUCH activities in mid-March. (To learn about the process, check out the reopening decision page.  Also, please click here to share your opinion about re-opening on our survey. )

Some activities are still suspended while leaders consider options.

Other UUCH activities have moved on line through Zoom meeting software or made adjustments for COVID-19 safety.  

Details about current activities are below.

 

Important Note about Zoom Meetings

To attend a specific Zoom meeting or event, you need a log in link and password, which changes every time for security reasons. The log-in link is sent to the group’s participants a few days before the event. People who regularly attended the in person activity are already on the list to receive the log in information. If you are not receiving an emailed log-in link for the event you want to attend, you need to be added to the group email list. The Zoom contact is listed in each section below.

If you have never used Zoom, check out the Zoom Basics Page.

 

Sunday Worship on-line via Zoom

Services begin at 11 a.m., but people are asked to arrive at least 10 minutes early so everyone is admitted before the service starts. This also allows time for conversations before the service. To attend a service, you need the new log in link and password, which are emailed each week on Friday. If you aren’t receiving the link, email worship@uuhagerstownmd.org by Thursday to be added to the worship log in list.

Topics and Speakers

Jan. 3: Robin Reichert. Ringing in Peace. A meditative presentation with a ritual to aid and support us in carrying peace within and radiating it out into the world. Ms. Reichert is a speaker, storyteller, author, artist, minster of peace, and a new guest speaker for UUCH.

 

Jan. 10: Rev. Dr. Paul Britner. MLK and the Duty to Disobey. As we approach Dr. King’s birthday, Rev. Paul draws on Dr. King’s works and words to explore when and how to engage in civil disobedience with special attention to the 19th-century Unitarian minister whom he credits for inspiring the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

 

Jan. 17: Rev. Aaron White. Martin Luther King and Unitarian Universalism. A video sermon by UU minister Rev. White explores Dr. King’s many connections to Unitarian Universalism, including his speech to the 1966 UUA General Assembly, and our complicated history with slavery, racism, and poverty. (This is the service cancelled last year by snow.)

 

Jan. 24: Rev. Dr. Kenton Stone. Thinky Pain. Comedian Marc Maron says “thinky pain” bothered both God and Moses (in Deuteronomy and Exodus) and anger from “thinky pain” was the humanist background to founding western civilization on the 10 Commandments. Let’s process our “thinky pain” and get through this pandemic together.

 

Jan. 31: Dr. Karen Gray. Complicity and Compromise. For those with humanitarian values who seek to express them in our morally complex world, escaping complicity and compromise is impossible. Dr, Gray will share some of the most useful insights emerging from the conversation between Australian philosopher Robert E. Goodin and Chiara Lepora who works with non-government agencies in disrupted societies.

 

Feb. 7: Winter in Our Souls. This season has often been a metaphor for loss, depression, old age, and death. Winter has also been honored as a time for rest and reflection. Let poetic words written about this season and music by RitmaCordia—Marlin Barnes on marimba and cellist Jane Peatling— help you explore your spiritual and personal connection with winter.

A Question & Answer Session about the FY2022 budget will be held after the service.

 

Feb. 14: Rev. Dr. Paul Britner. Love Rejoices in the Truth. Loved ones support each other. But what does one do when a partner wants to quit a job to write the great American novel—and the partner is a terrible writer? There’s a fine line between indulging our loved one’s dreams and confronting them with a difficult truth. How do we navigate these tricky waters?

 

Feb. 21: Mark Bernstein. Is Superman a Closet UU? Does the Man of Steel light a chalice in his Fortress of Solitude? Do the Caped Crusader and Robin the Boy Wonder secretly share joys and concerns deep in the bowels of the Bat Cave? And what about Spidey’s interdependent web? Come explore the connection between our comic book heroes and our UU principles.

 

February 28: Rev. Dr. Kenton Stone. What Does Not Kill Me Makes Me Stronger. In the November 2020 issue of The Journal of Neurosurgery, Dr. Richard Wohns quoted philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and reminded me of insights I gained as a chaplain on a brain surgery unit about our ability to recover from trauma. What has made you stronger?

The Women’s Spirituality Group is now meeting via Zoom on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

If you’d like to join the group, please email womensgroup@uuhagerstownmd.org to be added to the log in list.

January 6: Discussion of the December section of A Year of Spiritual Companionship by Anne Kertz Kernion.

February 3: Planning session for the rest of 2021

 

The mission of the Women’s Spirituality Group is to deepen friendships among UUCH women, encourage each other’s spiritual and intellectual growth, and provide comfort and support for life’s challenges and choices. 

 

 

The Men’s Discussion Group is meeting via Zoom on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

If you’d like to join the group, please email mensgroup@uuhagerstownmd.org to be added to the log in list.

Jan. 13: How to Tame your Wandering Mind, a TED Talk

by Amishi Jha will headline our discussion. The talk will be shown

during our meeting, prior to our discussion on mindfulness.

 

February 10: Caste, The Origins of Our Discontents, a book

by Isabel Wilkerson will be the focus of our discussion. This book is

available from your favorite bookseller or a library. Please acquire

your copy soon, read it, and bring it to our meeting.

 

The purpose of the men’s group is to give UUCH men an opportunity to meet and share ideas within the context of our Unitarian Universalist scope of interest.

 

The Book Discussion Group  is now meeting on the second THURSDAY of the month at 7 p.m. via Zoom. 

If you’d like to join the group, please email bookgroup@uuhagerstownmd.org to be added to the log in list.

Jan. 14: All Adults Here by Emily Straub

A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of

one family—as the kids become parents, grandchildren become

teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes.

 

February 11: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

A brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of young

manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling

apart. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible

price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.

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Labyrinth Walks   

Members and friends are welcome to walk our outdoor classic pattern labyrinth for exercise and meditation. Please walk with only one person on the labyrinth at a time for safe social distancing.

The monthly Public Labyrinth Walks on the indoor Petite Chartres and the outdoor Classic pattern are suspended until our in person activities resume..

 

 

CASA (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused)

Donations of personal care items and other necessities are temporarily suspended. Please consider mailing monetary donations to CASA, Inc., 116 West Baltimore Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.  For more information about CASA, visit www.casainc.org.

Recycling at UUCH. Put glass, aluminum cans and batteries in the labeled bins on the barn porch. but please be mindful of the amount you bring.  Because we are not meeting in our church buildings, the recycling volunteers must make special trips to pick up the items left at church.

 

 

Finances

Many of our church expenses  continue even when the physical facility is closed. With the auction (and its expected profits) postponed until spring 2021, UUCH needs your pledged contributions and other donations more than ever.

Please continue to mail your pledged donations and offerings  to Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown, att. treasurer, 13245 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740. Please write the purpose (pledge, etc.) on the check’s memo line so treasurer Mike Shaw can record it correctly.

You can use the button below to make a secure donation via PayPal’s website.


Religious Education Not Currently Available.

The pandemic and shutdown has affected our religious education (RE) program more than any other aspect of our church. Currently, there are no RE activities available.

Our inability—so far— to find a safe alternative to in-person RE classes for our UU children is very frustrating but we continue to search for an alternative RE program that will meet our families’ needs. Check back to see what we’ve found.