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Suggested Activities for June

The Reverend Anna Owens

Quarantine Corner will be published once a month for the summer months (June, July, and August).

In lieu of a spiritual practice, you will find a monthly book recommendation, as well as a book of the Bible to read (in case you’d like to do both, or you don’t have the ability or desire to purchase new books at the moment).

We are excited to feature a recommendation from church member Betty Hoevel on outdoor spaces to visit that allow for social distancing while enjoying God’s creation in our city’s great parks. We will also continue to feature a recipe from our own John Gummel. The “Family Activity” section will include links to four weeks’ worth of Sunday School lessons that you can participate in from home.

Book Recommendation:

This month I’m cheating and recommending two books for some summer reading. In the last few days and weeks, the realities of the violence faced by unarmed men and women of color has been at the forefront of some of our national conversation, social media feeds, etc. The sins of racism and white supremacy are alive and well during this pandemic. We are a confessional people, called by God to decry injustice when we see it, and to seek reconciliation in the name of Christ.

If you’re interested in beginning (or furthering) the work of anti-racism in your own life, I have two recommendations. You can click on the book title for the Amazon link.

The first is Waking up White by Debby Irving. “For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.”

The second is I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown. “Austin Channing Brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, Austin writes, "I had to learn what it means to love blackness," a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America's racial divide as a writer, speaker and expert who helps organizations practice genuine inclusion. In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value "diversity" in their mission statements, I'm Still Here is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric--from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.”

If you’re not interested in or able to buy or read new books right now, my guess is everyone has a Bible at home. For the month of June, I recommend a journey through the Book of Proverbs. Typically thought of as sayings for wise living, the Book of Proverbs also recounts a journey from childhood to old age. Notice as you read how the first nine books of Proverbs see a young child sitting at the feet of a parent, learning to discern the difference between the personified Ladies Wisdom and Folly. In Chapter 10, that child, now a young adult, ventures into the world to put the childhood learning to the test. Proverbs 22 begins collected sayings of the wise, including, in chapters 30 and 31, sayings from those who were not Israelites: Agur son of Jakeh and King Lemuel’s Mother. Perhaps travel, and exposure to those who are not like us, can help to make us wise? We arrive at the end of Proverbs with the “Woman of Valor,” a name given only one other time in the Old Testament – to Ruth. This “Woman of Valor” is Lady Wisdom again personified, and our young child, now old in age, dwells with Lady Wisdom herself, having successfully navigated life with wisdom and discernment.

Outdoor Recommendation from Betty Hoevel

Getting out in MetroParks

Many of us are ready to go outdoors but perhaps don’t know of a spot that is both beautiful and easy to get around in.  There are several parks in the system that offer places to visit with ease.  Close to Westminster are RiverScape and Deed’s Point.  You can have a great view of the river, the trees, and a comfy spot to sit without having to walk for miles.  Also lovely is Hills and Dales.  From either of the main parking lots you can take a brief walk and enjoy the feel of the woods and a lake.  Some larger parks can also be enjoyed in small sections.  Eastwood offers a beautiful lagoon and wonderful tall trees while Englewood is a beautiful drive with the feeling of going deep into an old forest. Wegerzyn’s garden rooms are beautiful at any time and are easily accessed from the parking lot.  If you go to Cox, head to the picnic area just behind the right side of the visitor’s center.  There you can enjoy the beauty of the lakes and the wonderful perennial gardens.  One of my favorite spots is actually the parking lot of Aullwood.  When you park, simply walk over to the Stillwater River and enjoy the sight and the sound, the birds and the giant trees, and the peace that it offers. 


Recipe John Gummel:

Cold Senegalese Soup

2 T UNSB (good quality - such as challenge) unsalted butter
1 bunch scallions including tender green thinly sliced
2/3 cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut
1 large carrot peeled and sliced
1 large celery stalk sliced
3 T good quality curry powder
8 cups chicken stock - don’t use the canned stuff or just bullion
3/4 pound bnls sknls chicken breast cooked, diced and chilled
2 cups heavy cream, min 36% bf
2 oranges, peeled, membrane removed, chopped
3 small Fuji apples cored and finely chopped, leave the skin on

1. Melt butter over medium heat in heavy bottom pan. Add scallion and coconut, cook covered until they begin to brown, about 10 min

2. Add carrot, celery, and curry and cook for an additional 5 minutes

3. Add half the chicken stock, bring to boil, reduce heat to low simmer until vegetables are tender

4. Puree with an immersion blender

5. Add remaining chicken stock and cream, bring the mixture to 165 degrees then chill quickly using an ice bath

6. When mixture is cool add chicken, oranges, apples

7. Stir well and refrigerate or serve 


Family Activity

“Grace Sightings”

These “Grace Sightings” are short Bible stories and activities provided by the PC (USA)’s curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude.

You can access each week by clicking on the date.

June 7 – Moses and the Basket

June 14 – God Makes a Way

June 21 – The People Care for God’s Word

June 28 – Spying on the Promised Land


Previous Quarantine Corner Activities

May 15 - May 22 Activities

May 8 - May 15 Activities

May 1 - May 8 Activities

April 24 - May 1 Activities

April 17 - April 24 Activities

April 10 - April 17 Activities

April 3 - April 10 Activities

March 27 - April 03 Activities

March 20 - March 27 Activities






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