Thursday, December 16, 2021
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"The Enduring Beauty of the Longest Night"

Rev. Sue Browning
Catherine Brooks, service leader
Philip Dutton, musician

In-Person and Online Worship Service

December 19, 2021 | 10 am

As we approach the winter solstice, where might we focus? Join Rev. Sue Browning and members of UUCR as we take time together to acknowledge this annual moment of stillness, transition, and possibility. 

So we can begin the worship service promptly at 10 am, please arrive at the sanctuary (if attending in person) or sign into Zoom (click here) by no later than 9:50 am. Thanks!

If not attending the service, please submit "Joys and Concerns" and "Announcements" in advance by emailing them to the UUCR office (click here) by 9 pm Saturday or share them in the Zoom chat.
Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
This Week's
Worship Service

DEC 19 | Zoom link to

Previous Worship Service Recordings

are available on the UUCR YouTube channel


DEC 19 | 🌲 Last day for
Holiday Sharing gifts & donations

DEC 19 | Worship Service
In-Person and Online
Rev. Sue Browning
Catherine Brooks, Service Leader
Philip Dutton, Musician

DEC 22 | "Winter Light: a
Solstice Celebration"
UU Ministry for Earth
Zoom Online Event
(see details below)

DEC 23 | Eve of the Eve
Christmas Service
7 pm
In-Person & Online
Rev. Sue Browning
UUCR Members
Philip Dutton, Musician

DEC 26 | No Worship
Service in any format

JAN 2 | Worship Service
Rev. Sue Browning
Marilee Taussig, Service Leader
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 Services
Thursday, December 23, 7 pm — In-Person and Online

"Eve of the Eve Christmas Service"

On December 23, at 7 pm we will hold our traditional service — well, as traditional as we can in these times. We will have an evening story and connection and will end with Silent Night. Rev. Sue Browning and members will lead the service and music will be provided by Philip Dutton. 

The service will be available in person and on Zoom. For those attending in person, we will follow our UUCR Covid protocols. All attending will be required to wear a mask for the service. 

  • Rev. Sue Browning
  • UUCR members
  • Philip Dutton, musician

Sunday, December 26 — No Worship Service in any format

Sunday, January 2 — In-Person and Online

"Becoming Better or Becoming Ourselves?"

What does it mean to live with intention? Is living an intentional life the same as living a goal driven life? At this service led by Rev. Sue Browning we'll begin the new year considering how we might make room for our lives to unfold with intent and grace in 2022. 

  • Rev. Sue Browning
  • Marilee Taussig, service leader
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Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee
Thanks to all of our Members and Friends who have responded so generously to our annual Holiday Sharing collections, both through gifts and funds. If you still want to contribute funds, you can do so by Sunday, December 19, online or in person. For those of you who are donating gifts, please remember to have them wrapped and marked with family #6, as well as the gender and age of the recipient. Gifts need to be dropped off at the church by Sunday, December 19, or contact Lynn Dolinger if you need a pick up. 215-872-5773 or

On behalf of the Social Concerns, Social Justice Committee, Happy Holidays to All!!

Thanks, Lynn D
UUA Disaster Relief

While there are many organizations providing relief for the Midwest tornado victims, if you want to give through the Unitarian Universalists Association, there's information that can be found on the UUA website at  The UUA Disaster Relief Fund "allows the UUA to respond flexibly on your behalf to tragedies that overtake us." 

With your donations, UUA is able to provide assistance to congregations, their members, and their communities. Some of the expenses Disaster Relief Fund grants can be used for are:
  • Damage to congregations’ buildings, and relocation to temporary locations
  • Damage to members/friends homes, and relocation expenses
  • Donations to local partner organizations that serve the community at large, particularly those who would not be eligible for other funding.

You can visit the UUA Disaster Relief Fund (click here) to donate online or to find other ways to donate. If you want to research other nonprofit organizations for donations, there are two internationally recognized resources that evaluate the impact and effectiveness of donations, Charity Navigator (click here) and Guidestar (click here).  
Leadership Development Committee

Think of leadership and volunteering here at UUCR as the following:

Generosity, willingness to give your time to others.

Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own.

Empathy, the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and try to feel what they must feel.

Compassion, to truly care about making someone else's life better.

Patience, because the process doesn't always go as smoothly as it might.

Dedication, to stick with it and see whatever it is through.

Very best, Amy, Diane, & M.Q.
Only One UUCR Slot Remaining
UU Ministry for Earth
Santa Soaked - A Story for All Ages
& Storytelling Workshop Series
Unitarian Universalist communicator and creative arts-activist Carl Lindemann has just published an illustrated story book, Santa Soaked: a Story for All Ages — a rhyming, rhythmic, interfaith, inclusive twist to the turn in Santa's story as his Arctic home melts. It is a call to action for youth empowerment and climate justice.
Whether alone or with its companion storytelling workshop,
Santa Soaked is an invitation for a long-overdue talk between generations.

Readers like you can download the free eBook below for education, reflection and a conversation opener with family and friends. Plus, you can find out how to bring a Santa Soaked storytelling workshop to your congregation or community! Enjoy!
Online Events
Undoing Structural Racism in Our Lifetime!
Dear Antiracist Organizers and Friends,

We have upcoming events in December organized by working groups in the Antiracist Alliance for those involved in the undoing racism movement:

Ending Qualified Immunity for Police creating a Zoom discussion series to following the viewing of “The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.” on HBO Max.

Join us on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at noon for a conversation with Colorado State Rep. Leslie Herod about what it took to get that bill* passed and how we can pursue similar legislation in our states of residence. She will be joined by Ms. Lauren Bonds, Legal Director of the National Police Accountability Project, and 24-year police veteran, Capt. Lawrence Hunter (Ret.) of Hunter Police Consulting.
* On June 19, 2020, Governor Jared Polis signed The Police Integrity Transparency and Accountability Act, also known as Senate Bill 217 (“SB217”) into law, effectively ending police qualified immunity in Colorado. Read SB20-217 -

Register for the December 22 Zoom discussion here or live on Facebook @ RaceTalkRevolution. We look forward to seeing you for another informative and inspiring conversation!

Antiracism Alliance training schedule and registration for December and January are posted here.
Join Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen and UU Ministry for Earth for a special Zoom service as we gather for Winter Light, a celebration of the Solstice on December 22, 2021, at 8:oo pm ET.

This sacred gathering reminds us of our interdependence with Earth, life, and the universe. Enjoy an hour of music, reflection, ritual, and meditation as we gather in the sacred darkness of Winter to honor all that life brings.
Pastoral Care and Connection
You are encouraged to share your joys and sorrows with the UUCR Pastoral Associates (see below). This team is a mixed group — but all have had previous life experiences and a variety of professional training in counseling and philosophy. Please contact one, or several of us, if you “want to talk.”

For your information, The Washington Post of November 9, 2020, had an interesting article (link here) on coping with love and loss by Zibby Owens entitled — "After losing two loved ones to Covid-19, I turned to books. Here are 15 titles that helped me cope." Included in the list is Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself by our First Lady Jill Biden. Another book Vida feels is worth examining (not on the list) is by UUCR member Marilee Taussig entitled — Old Enough: Making the Years Between 50 and 75 the Best Chapter of Your Life.

Pastoral Care Associates: Kevin Brien,
Gayle Folger, Nancy Holland, and Vida Morley


7 - Pat Bjorke
7 - Pat Kobes-Gomez
8 - Lynn Donahue
9 - Carol Dobson
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
Office hours: W - Sa, 8:30-10:30 am |
Su, 8:30 am-noon | Closed, M & Tu
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