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.

September – October Topics and Speakers

Sept. 6: Rev. Dr. David Breeden. Putting Labor Back into Labor Day, reminds us that this holiday honors the labor unions that transformed the lives of generations of the working poor. But over the past four decades, Labor Day became just an end of summer picnic for most Americans while labor laws were weakened and wages for the poorest workers stagnated or declined. Learn how unions relate to our UU principles of justice and equity and to anti-racism activism.

Sept. 13:   Rev. Dr. Paul Britner.  Good Trouble. The late John Lewis urged us to get into “good trouble,” something Unitarian Universalists have been doing for our whole history. Social justice is a cornerstone of our faith, as our second principle reminds us: We affirm “Justice, equity, and compassion in human relationships.”  This sermon considers what our chosen faith might call us to do during these troubled times.

Sept. 20:   Rev. Dr. Kenton Stone. Welcoming The Evangelical Left. The intellectual leader of the evangelical left is Jim Wallis, the founder of the Sojourners Community in Washington, DC. In these divided times, let’s learn from Wallis how to welcome left and right with an open heart.

Sept. 27:  Rev. James Ishmael Ford. Standing on the Side of Love: a Sermon for Yom Kippur. Beginning this year at sunset on September 27, Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism, a time of repentance and atonement. What can we UUs do to heal the wounds we’ve inflicted and suffered, especially in this time of division, denial, and distrust?

October 4: Rev. Dr. Paul Britner.  When Love Hurts. The “Me Too” movement not only has updated our understanding of workplace relations; it has changed cultural norms outside the office as well. This message, timed to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, considers different ways of identifying and responding to difficult or troubled relationships.

October 11:  Falling Apart and Coming Out. National Coming Out Day, observed on October 11 since 1988, celebrates the LGBTQ community and efforts for equality. Rev. Meg Barnhouse’s sermon describes her own journey from closeted Presbyterian pastor to UU minister and how Unitarian Universalism helped her come out.

October 18: Rev. Dr. Kenton Stone.  Winners and Losers. Two of the world’s five great religions have  “losers” at their center: a prince who gave up his throne to become a beggar—the Gautama Buddha—and Jesus, the son of God who came from heaven to earth to be born in a manger and die crucified as a criminal. As much as we all like winners, religion reminds us that sometimes it’s the so-called “losers” who come out on top in the end.

October 25: Rev. Susan Maginn’s sermon,  Be Not Afraid. In these difficult times, common sense would tell us to be very frightened. But Rev. Maginn reminds us of earlier, equally fearful times and the family, community and spiritual resources that helped our ancestors endure and survive-—because we are not alone.

 

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:

September 2: August section of A Year of Spiritual Companionship

October 7:  September 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 (from Ted Talks)

Sept. 9: The Beauty and Complexity of Finding Common Ground by Matt Trombly

Oct. 14: The Dream We Haven’t Dared to Dream  by Dan Pallotta.

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

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.

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

September 10:  Short Stories Continued

The following can be found online at www.shortstoryproject.com by typing the title in the search bar.

A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry

A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett

The Sensible Thing by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde

October 8:  The Detective Mysteries of E. A. Poe

Mysteries were not a new literary form when Poe wrote the following three short stories; however, he did introduce the first literary detective who solved mysteries by analyzing the facts of a case. Poe’s M. Dupin became a model for later detectives, including Sherlock Holmes. All are on line and at libraries.

Murders in the Rue Morgue

The Mystery of Marie Roget

The Purloined Letter

If you want more, read The Cask of Amontillado.

 

Stories in the Round  

      Until Stories in the Round return, Fanny Crawford suggests the following online alternatives: 

www.bettersaidthandone.com from Jessica Piscatelli Robinson who performed for SITR several years ago and hosted the first ever (as far as we know) Womens Storytelling Festival, live in Fairfax, Va. in March.

www.vfte.org Voices from the Earth and Ilene Evans, three-time featured teller at SITR, sponsor monthly events out of Thomas WV and elsewhere. Fanny is working on a story for Voices from the Earth.

www.flsgw.org The Folklore Society of Greater Washington and Noa Baum, who has been a featured teller at SITR, sponsors monthly zooms via The Grapevine in Takoma Park.

www.speakstoryseries.com SPEAK Story Series and Adam Booth, five-time featured teller at SITR, sponsors monthly events from Shepherdstown.

 

 

Labyrinth Walks   

Members and friends are welcome to walk our outdoor classic pattern labyrinth for exercise and meditation, 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.