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Sunday, Jul 3SCUU Brunch Picnic
Kathleen Walker and Faith Schmidt

There will be no service today. Instead we will have a Brunch Picnic. Each family should bring juice, coffee cake, and/or fruit for themselves. 

Sunday, Jan 1Sunday Meditation Circle

The Sunday meditation circle meets for silent meditation, reading and sharing of insight on Sunday mornings at 9:00am, prior to the main service.

Rev Henry

Ralph Emerson's Desiderata

To laugh often and much;

to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children;

to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty,

to find the best in others;

to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch

 or a redeemed social condition;

to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.


Religion has almost always been of great value for me, even though it has taken different forms: from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism and finally to Unitarian Universalism. I was brought up in a somewhat stern form of Roman Catholicism. I remember being in seventh grade and reading most of the Bible in order to get a "plenary indulgence" which would insure my soul's entrance into heaven! However, the religion in which I was raised also contained positive elements. Like most things in life, it was a mixture of good and bad. As I share in ministry with others, I try to draw inspiration from all religions, each one having its strengths and weaknesses.


I went to college at the UMASS, Amherst. Fortunately, the reputation of the school as "Zoo-Mass" reflected upon only a small portion of the student body and not at all upon the excellent faculty! Religious studies was my major. Visiting Israel and Rome gave first-hand knowledge of the geography of the Bible. It was quite a thrill to step on the very stones of Herod's Temple upon which Jesus walked and to swim in the Sea of Galilee!


I planned to go to seminary and become an Episcopalian. Harvard Divinity School seemed to be the most interesting place to pursue these goals. There, I found a more inclusive and liberal approach to theology. Since I was no longer convinced that Jesus was the "Son of God."


I entered Boston University to start a Ph.D. in religious studies. I graduated with my Ph.D. and have continued to teach college courses one or two nights per week in the ensuing years. While the academic environment has a lot in common with rational UU faith, I find life in the congregation is deeper and more long lasting than teaching in an environment when so many want to know, “is that going to be on the final exam!”


I became a Unitarian Universalist where my liberal spirituality could find a home at last. I have followed Sugarloaf congregation ever since the ministry of Rev. Amy Russell, who met with the Small Group Cluster of UU Ministers. I realize that you are a small congregation and that this is 1/2 time. As I teach religion and humanities at local colleges, so part-time works for me. My wife works as a pharmacy professor in Baltimore, therefore it's good to have one partner with more flexibility for children's sick days, dentist visits, etc. I have a son and a daughter.


I served for 11 years at Cedarhurst in Carroll County.


My preaching runs the range from theistic to humanist to Buddhist to philosophical ideas. I like to add some literary allusions, and try to convey, in the beauty of language, just how beautiful and meaningful life can be. --Sometimes we all struggle to find the meaning we know could be there.

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  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016


    Hi All

    A few people mentioned to me last Sunday that they would really like to have access to the Story for All Ages that I read during Service.

    excerpt ... "From Shannon, age 5, with a picture she drew of squiggly lines: The squiggly lines are the words God told me to say when I closed my eyes to think about her. She also told me to draw a cross. God has lots of words to say."

    Here's the link http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle/session4/157118.shtml

    Thanks!
     Best,
    Erin
  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! The BIG question...at this Sunday's service!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 02/04/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Friday, January 29, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Special Reunion Event - This Sunday! See inside for details!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 01/29/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, January 21, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! No Church This Sunday! Stay home and be safe!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 01/21/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Spread the word! Reunion Sunday is January 31st...see inside for details.!!! Happy 1st day of year you stop typing xx/xx/15!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 01/14/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, January 7, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Ring in the New Year with this Sunday's aptly titled service "Endings & Beginnings"!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 01/07/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Friday, January 1, 2016
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Happy New You!! Or Happy New Year!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 01/01/2016. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, December 24, 2015
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Meditation Service this Sunday - No RE!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 12/24/2015. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Friday, December 18, 2015
    Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Join us on Christmas Eve for cookies and carols!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer the pen used as a baton has been passed...




    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 12/18/2015. 


    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





    Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, December 10, 2015

    If we updated our banner and used it as a sail on the ship that we use to sail to our new destination it might look like this ...
    The Volunteer System allows us to make helpful connections.
    How To Be A Sugarloaf Requester:
    Look at those who are long term volunteers being committee members.  I see these folks as committed to our ministry for the duration of their terms.  Now, look at those whose ministry is to be there to support committee members throughout the Volunteer System’s trial period (the Go ‘Rounders.)  That period ends with the congregational vote at our May annual meeting on whether or not to have a volunteer system.
    Any committee member qualifies as a Requester.Step 1 is when a committee member finds a need to have a one-time task done.  Julie B. from the E-Task Force needed a volunteer substitute for Laura to do the Weekly Digest.Step 2 is when Julie asked Helen who is available for that temporary job.  Rosie was the one.Step 3 is when Julie gave a personal invitation with a full job description to Rosie.Step 4 is when the two women buddied-up with mentoring and technical help to accomplish the task.  (The arrangement was so satisfying that Rosie went ahead and was editor for seven issues!  Obviously, this is not the usual example of the “One task- One time’ stipulation of the Volunteer System.)Step 5 is when gratitude is shown to the volunteer for completion of the task.Step 6 is when the Manager was notified (Helen, with Jeff substituting from Jan. 10 till March 10, by the Requester, Julie, that Rosie  had completed the job.  Note:  An additional adjustment to the System was when Rosie decided to bank her credits for later use and stay active as a volunteer (on the Go ‘Round list of five folks, at this point.)
    The Go ‘Rounders are each committed to doing one task per month during the Volunteer System trial period.   So far, these wonderful folks have found new knowledge and awareness of Sugarloaf’s inner workings when giving their monthly boosts toward achieving committee goals for our sustainability on our land.

    Helen Pop