Thursday, August 12, 2021
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"Looking for God in all
the Wrong Places"

John Ramsey, Service Leader

In Person, In Sanctuary
Summer Service and Discussion

August 15, 2021
10 am

Join us this Sunday for our Summer Discussion Service entitled "Looking for God in all the Wrong Places," where Service Leader John Ramsey asks the questions:
****"Got God? Neither do I, but we can look at the places, and in ****the ideas, where God might be hiding. It can’t all be bright ****light filled with joy, nor negative space, filled with dark matter. ****Can it?"
Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
Aug 22 - Joy Kim
In Person, In Sanctuary

Aug 26 - A Chance to Learn: About Unitarian Universalism
(see details below)

Aug 29 - The Annual Poetry Reading Opportunity!
In Person, In Sanctuary

Sep 5 - Catherine Brooks
In Person, In Sanctuary
If you know of another link or event that should be added, please contact
the UUCR office by email or phone 410-778-3440. Thanks!
Upcoming In Person, In Sanctuary -
Summer Discussion Services
Sunday, August 22

“Calling Forth Baruch Spinoza”

  • In Person, In Sanctuary - Summer Service and Discussion
  • Joy Kim

Sunday, August 29

The Annual Poetry Reading Opportunity!

  • In Person, In Sanctuary - Summer Service and Discussion
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You're Invited
Invitation to Join Rev. Sue at the Delmarva Cluster Meeting (Zoom) on Aug. 25 at 7 - 8:30 pm. 

The Delmarva Cluster of UU congregations is a group of eight congregations from the Eastern Shore (MD, DE) that meets to compare notes on congregational life and to explore areas where we might work together as UU congregations. Rev. Sue plans to attend the next Delmarva Cluster meeting (Aug. 25, 7 pm on Zoom) and hopes a few members/friends might join her and learn more about being our congregation's cluster rep for 2021-22. Interested? Please be in touch with Sue for more details. (, 703-201-2745). 

More Background
The Delmarva Cluster includes the UU congregations from Salisbury, Easton, Chestertown, Lewes, Dover, Newark, Willmington and Mill Creek (near Newark). Neither Easton, nor Chester River, has had a presence at the cluster meetings for the last few years. Meetings are about every six weeks. One option for 2021-22 would be for Chestertown and Easton to each have a rep and the reps could serve as back-ups for one another. 
A Chance to Learn:
About Unitarian Universalism
Thursday, August 26 at 6:30 pm at UUCR
What is Unitarian Universalism? What are the core values of the UU faith tradition? What are common UU spiritual practices? Are all UUs engaged with social justice? How do UUs approach Religious Education? On Thursday, August 26 at 6:30 pm, UUCR will offer an "About Unitarian Universalism" session to answer these and any other questions you may have about our faith. We invite all who are curious to join us for an evening with Rev. Sue Browning and several leaders of the congregation. We'll begin with a brief presentation, will have time for questions, and will end with informal social time. Visitors, friends, and members welcome! 
Guidelines: We do plan to meet in the sanctuary. Masks will be required for all. See detailed Covid protocols here
Leadership Development Committee
The recently elected Leadership Development Committee (LDC) met for the first time on July 23rd. Members Amy Warner, Diane Shields, and M.Q. Riding talked about our understanding of our priorities and aspirations for the LDC.

There are the basics, a bottom line responsibility to find candidates for the slate of officers as well as committee chairs and the LDC. However, there’s more to it than those important tasks. We would like to share our belief that service (in the form of human contributions) to UUCR is its own spiritual practice. The team would also like to demonstrate how supporting UUCR through committee or board work helps members expand their connection to the community and can provide enrichment, growth, and fulfillment.

Have you thought about your connection with UUCR? What makes you feel good about being a friend or member? Our team is looking forward to listening to the answers, from each of you. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to any team member. 
From the Office
**** The small, colored stickers are in and available on the nametag board to help you locate your nametag more easily. Pick any color you so desire (red, green, yellow or blue) — or not (use of stickers not mandatory).
The new UUCR office hours are:

Monday and Tuesday — Closed
Wednesday through Saturday — 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Sunday — 8:30 am to noon

The Office Administrator will continue to monitor the UUCR email, and voicemail, outside of regular business hours and on days off.
Community Events
"Summer Reading" List
from the August 1 Service
The Sunday, August 1 “summer reading” book talks showcased the wide variety of interests of our friends and members. Thank you to everyone who shared a pitch for the book(s) that have inspired, entertained, or enlightened them recently. Here’s the list, given in hopes that there’ll be several titles that will peak others’ interests.

Amy Warner

  1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Bob Bjork)
  2. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Bob Bjork)
  3. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (Nancy Holland)
  4. At Home on the Earth, D.L. Barnhill, editor (Lynn Geisert)
  5. Restoration by Rose Tremaine (Linda Weimer)
  6. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (Kevin Brien)
  7. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (Kevin Brien)
  8. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee (Sabine Harvey)
  9. Three Keys and Front Desk (two books) by Kelly Yang (Peggy McKee)
  10. I Candidate and I Congressman (two books in a series of four) by Mikael Carlson (Lynn Dolinger)
  11. The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond (Bob Coleman)
  12. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Denise Tontarski)
  13. Robin by Dave Itzkoff (Linda Dutton)
  14. In the Woods by Tana French (Gayle Folger)
  15. The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President—and Why it Failed by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch (David Biehler)
  16. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Annie Lavin)
  17. The Price of Peace by Zachary Carter (Guy Edwards)
  18. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson (Gerry Edwards)
  19. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Vida Morley)
  20. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Amy Warner)
Pastoral Care and Connection
We are here for you!  We will focus on staying directly connected with our members and friends, especially those who may need assistance or support. The caring teams from our congregation is staying in touch, but if you need to reach out, please be in touch with any of the contacts below to stay connected (and see additional contacts below for RE families).
Please know your congregation is here. We can help you find connections. Please don't hesitate to reach out and let us know what is helpful for you in this time. 

Rev. Sue Browning, and the Pastoral Care Associates: Kevin Brien,
Gayle Folger, Nancy Holland, and Vida Morley
or for more information, contact:
 UUCR office - phone: 410-778-3440 |

-3 - Kevin Brien
-6 - Joan Blume
18 - Joan Biehler
19 - Bob Fox
27 - Margo Long
30 - Liz Salett
We want to help celebrate your birthday! If we didn't include your birthday, please contact the UUCR office by email (click here).
Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: 410-778-3440
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