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 to be added to the worship log in list.

July-August Topics and Speakers

July 5: UU Patriotism.

Progressive Americans are patriotic too, unless you define love of country in the limited way of the extreme right. But what does patriotism mean to Unitarian Universalists?  Words and images from UUCH members and friends and the larger UU community express a more nuanced view of patriotism, shaped by our principles and values.

 

July 12:  Rev. Dr. Paul Britner.  Solitude in the Time of the Coronavirus.

Thoreau is famous for the isolation he sought at Walden Pond, and he wrote about that in his essay “Solitude.”  He also died at 42 from tuberculosis, which was quite common then. He’s got something to say to us about how we might use this time to enrich our spiritual lives.

 

July 19: Kari Gottfried. The Five Jagged Rocks of Unitarian Universalism.

Five spiritual statements can serve as the bedrock of Unitarian Universalism and a simple way to explain UU theology to others —and to ourselves.

 

July 26: JD Stillwater. Building a New Way: DIY.

Lessons learned from JD’s do-it-yourselfer father and grandfathers, and how those lessons might be applied to building a new way for our increasingly precarious global society. What kind of world do we want for our grandchildren, and for their grandchildren? Are we behaving accordingly? Building is not easy or comfortable—are we willing to do what it takes?

 

August 2: Unexpected Blossoms: a Flower Communion for a Socially Distanced Congregation.

When our world narrows, can we find meaning and beauty by looking deeper and closer.  Includes a slide show of blossom photos from UUCH members and friends.

 

August 16: Rev. Nathan Ryan. Black Lives Matter More than a Slogan.

The white minister at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge and a Louisiana native shares his struggle to “stay woke”.

 

August 9:  Rev. Dr. Paul Britner.  Wild Forces.

Francis of Assisi wrote that “There are beautiful, wild forces within us.”  In these challenging times, we need all of the power we can muster. This message explores how we may use the powers within us to transcend our difficulties and nurture our spiritual growth.

 

August 23: Rev. Dr. Kenton Stone.  Love Beyond Belief.

UUism’s spiritual freedom carries with it a responsibility to define our own theology.  Then it seems we are to tiptoe to the edge of our particular belief and take a flying leap out of love beyond belief.

 

August 30: Rev. Scott Alexander. May Your Pillow Catch Fire! —Sources of Courageous Goodness.

Before and during WWII, a small number of Christians in Nazi-controlled countries risked their lives to save Jews. A study of over 140 of these rescuers reveals two common characteristics among them and provides insights about how we can create a more humane world.

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.

The Women’s Spirituality Group’s current discussion guide is A Year of Spiritual Companionship by Anne Kertz Kernion.

Discussion topics:

July 1:  June section of A Year of Spiritual Companionship

August 5:  July section of A Year of Spiritual Companionship

 

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.

Discussion topics:

July 8: “Can Prejudice Ever Be a Good Thing?” A TED Talk by Paul Bloom

August 12: “How to Get Better at the Things You Care About.” A TED Talk by Eduardo Briceno

It isn’t necessary to view the TED talk in advance; it will be shown during the meeting before the discussion.

 

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.

This summer,  the Book Group is reading short stories, which should be available at libraries or on line.

July 9:  “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield  and “Rain” by Somerset Maugham.

August 13:  “The Necklace”,  “Misery”, and “A Work of Art” by Anton Chehov

 

Labyrinth Walks   

Public Labyrinth Walks are suspended until our buildings reopen. However, members and friends are welcome to walk our outdoor classic pattern labyrinth for exercise and meditation. Only one person on the labyrinth at a time for safe social distancing.

 

Faith in Action Meeting now on line through Zoom.

Next meeting:  July 26, 12:30 p.m.  (Please arrive a few minutes before the start time.)  

FIA regulars will be emailed the Zoom log in information before the meeting. If you’d like to join the group, please email faithinaction@uuhagerstownmd.org to be added to the list.

 

HARC Virtual Hike for Hunger and Hope

You pick any day between Saturday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 19, and any location where safe social distancing can be maintainedRegister online at runreg.com. Discounted fee deadline is Sept. 5.

Categories are 10K and half marathon for individuals; 4K, 10K and half marathon for families; and a 20 mile challenge hike. Proceeds will benefit HARC programs, including Micah’s Backpack which provides nutritious meals to food-insecure children in Washington County. For more information about HARC’s many programs in our communities, visit www.harccoalition.org.

 

Hagerstown Hopes 2020 Virtual Pride Festival

Saturday, July 18, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The virtual version broadcast on social media will include live performances, contests, and other activities. For more information, visit www.hagerstownhopesmd.org.

 

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 and the gift card (scrip) sales suspended, 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.