Thursday, January 20, 2022
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"Zwang — The Cost of Last Commitment"

Bob Clegg, guest speaker
Jan Sprinkel, service leader
Philip Dutton, musician

Online Zoom ONLY Worship Service

Sunday, January 23, 2022 | 10 am

What is the price of democracy? Would I be willing to pay it if the price were dear? How can I prepare myself to pay that price if I were called upon do so? This service challenges us to consider our commitment to the UU principle of democracy as it manifests in our personal lives, in Unitarian Universalism, and in the public square.

This will be a joint Zoom service of the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton. Closed captioning is now available for Zoom worship services and meetings. Please see the directions below if you wish to use this feature. 

So we can begin the worship service promptly at 10 am, please sign into Zoom (click here) by no later than 9:50 am. A virtual coffee hour will immediately follow the service.

If not attending the service by Zoom, please submit "Joys and Concerns" and "Announcements" in advance by emailing them to the UUCR office (click here) by 9 pm Saturday.
Come Join Us for Coffee Hour
Please come join us for a joint UUCR/UUFE Virtual Coffee Hour at 11:00 am, on Sunday, January 23 immediately following the worship service (continuation of the worship service's Zoom link).

It's a time to see and talk to one another, and the next best thing to being there!
Upcoming Services
Sunday, January 30 — Online Zoom ONLY (Jointly with UUFE)

"Living Boldly"

A few weeks back we challenged the congregation to reflect on the question: "What do I want?" How are you making out with this question? At this service we'll hear some answers to this homework assignment. Join Rev. Sue Browning and other speakers for a morning of honesty around this question.

  • Rev. Sue Browning
  • Zoom link to January 30 Worship Service (click here)
Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
This Week's
Worship Service

Text of Last Week's Sermon

Previous Worship Service Recordings

are available on the UUCR YouTube channel


Worship Service &
Virtual Coffee Hour
Online Zoom ONLY
Bob Clegg, guest speaker
Jan Sprinkel, service leader
Philip Dutton, musician

Worship Service &
Virtual Coffee Hour
Online Zoom ONLY
Rev. Sue Browning

Worship Service &
Virtual Coffee Hour
Online Zoom ONLY
Rev. Sue Browning
Annie Lavin, 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!
Follow-up on Voting Rights — More Ways to Engage
At Coffee Hour after the service on MLK Sunday we discussed ways we might further engage in voting rights. Below is the summary I agreed to provide. Other ideas? Please forward them to me or the social justice groups and we’ll share what we learn.


"Our Time is Now" (published June 2020) by Stacey Abrams.
In my sermon (1/16/22) I referred to this book, which provides a thorough assessment of our electoral system. For those interested we will have a UUFE/UUCR discussion of this book and opportunities to address voting rights on Sunday, Feb. 20 from 4 – 5:30 pm (on Zoom). The link will be provided closer to the date. The book is available in several formats (printed book, ebook, audio) at local libraries or for a reasonable price online.

The Reeb Project for Voting Rights
Members Stan and Liz Salett pointed those interested in elections to the Reeb Project Voting Rights, coordinated by All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington DC. The website notes, “The Reeb Project for Voting Rights is dedicated to increasing voter participation. We work in solidarity with other UU congregations and progressive partner organizations that center the leadership of people of color, work in communities with historically low voter participation, and advocate for changes to oppressive voting laws.” To learn more go to - Reeb Project.

Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ)
This UU group is active in voting rights matters. This group offers many ways to engage. The page on their website on Voting Rights is UUSJ Voting Rights. (And check out the rest of their website on other social justice issues UUSJ Home Page.)

League of Women Voters (LWV)
Philip Dutton (UUCR) noted that the "Your Vote, Your Voice" effort from 2020 has been folded into the work of the League of Women Voters (League of Women Voters - Kent County). (Also check online for other LWV groups across the Eastern shore.) Martha and Jim Richardson (UUFE) also have local contacts for those interested in voter registration and related actions.
Minister's Column
Homework Due by January 28
Today's request is short. I'm hoping many - of all ages and stages - will participate.

At our January 2 service I offered a series of three questions for consideration: Who am I? What do I want? How can I serve? At our service on Sunday, January 30, titled "Living Boldly," we'll be focusing on just one of these questions: "What do I want?"

Is this a question you can answer? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please email me your answers and if you'd like, include a bit of the "why" of your answers. I'll be incorporating the responses in the service, with or without sharing your name (your choice). For children and others, drawings are welcome.(Email:

If you'd like to share your reflection on this question aloud during the service January 30, please let me know.

Homework due by Friday, January 28! Hoping to hear from many! 

Rev. Sue
Closed captioning is now available for UUCR Zoom worship services and meetings. Please follow the directions below to use or disable this feature.

When first joining a Zoom meeting (or service), you will see a black menu bar at the bottom of the meeting screen like the one in the example immediately below. To enable closed captioning, move your cursor to the far right at CC above Live Transcript (shown below circled in turquoise).
Using your cursor, click on the caret (upward pointing arrowhead shown here circled in turquoise) and a window will open up like that shown to the right above the caret. Initially, the first option will read Show Subtitles (where Hide Subtitles is shown in this example) and if you want the closed captioning subtitles click on it. The subtitles will now appear in a translucent black box at the bottom of the Zoom meeting window. If you wish to move the location from where the subtitles are displayed, hover over them with your cursor and drag them to the preferred location on your screen.

To turn subtitles off, click on the caret again, and it will say Hide Subtitles as in the image above, click on it and the subtitles will disappear from the meeting screen.
To adjust the subtitle font size, click on the Subtitle Settings (the last option of the window that opens when clicking on the caret) and a window like the one shown in the example above will appear. Using your cursor, go to the sliding scale shown circled in red, and move the blue dot to the font size you desire.

To View Full Transcript click on the second option in the window that opens when clicking on the caret and a transcript side window to the right of the meeting screen will open (alongside the chat screen). This will now display the full service/meeting subtitles in real-time with the speaker's name and timestamp within the transcript window.
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Committee on Ministry —
Who We Are and What We Do
The UUCR Committee on Ministry (COM) functions as a resource group for the minister, congregational members, and committees, focusing on the health of the congregation’s shared ministry. COM serves as an impartial observer of congregational life, helping UUCR function well and helping us live into our mission. We encourage healthy ways to communicate between individuals and across committees, the board, and the congregation. We respond to concerns and conflicts at any level within UUCR, as well as the processes for identifying and resolving them. COM is the committee that conducts regular assessments of the minister, performs evaluations of the overall ministries of UUCR, and provides feedback to the board.

We are a group of congregants that cares for our ministry to one another, particularly during these challenging times of Covid, when our communal ministry is looking and feeling so different. We are gathering and connecting in new ways, learning and changing as we move forward. COM members are here to listen, observe, and support as we experience new and old ways of creating community and our ministry together.

Please be in touch with one of us – Lynn Geisert, Annie Lavin, John Ramsey – if you would like to be heard, ask questions, or need support.
Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance
For those of you who missed the MLK virtual Breakfast and Observance sponsored by the Chester Valley Ministers Association, you can still view it via the CVMA website, You can also make a contribution online through CVMA to benefit nonprofits in the community in honor of Dr. King's work. Questions, please contact Lynn Dolinger
Sweets for
the Sweet:
Share Some
Valentines' Love!

Our Public Relations, Outreach, and Communications Committee continues to look for ways for our congregation to “connect” non-electronically during these strange times, and we’d like to recreate our Great Valentine’s Cookie Giveaway for 2022. February 14 falls on a Monday this year, so handing out or delivering cartons of cookies on the Sunday afternoon before V-Day sounds like perfect timing! As usual, we need volunteers, so please let us know if you would

Bake a batch or two of Valentine cookies

Come to the church (vaccinated, boosted, masked, and gloved) to fill cartons full of cookies; this session will happen the Friday or Saturday before V-Day

Stand outside to hand off these cartons of delectables as cars drive up — all parties masked up, of course


Deliver cartons to folks at their homes; we will divide up deliveries into KC regions. 

If you can help with baking, carton-filling, hanging out and handing out, or delivering, please contact: 

Jane, 410-639-7811, or Darlene Wiggers (our office administrator),, 410-778-3440
Leadership Development Committee
Gentle January
There’s a concept that has been introduced in a few newsletters/blogs that are out on the internet called "Gentle January." The idea is after the hectic holidays it is good to ease into the new year without putting too many expectations on yourself. Instead of making New Year's resolutions, consider how you would like to do things (anything) in the coming year.

This practice is a form of personal development. Looking ahead and giving yourself time to think through what could be, without judging yourself, creates an opportunity to be successful.

The Leadership Development Committee encourages you to think of all of the possibilities that can enhance your life. Our church community is one, have you thought through how much it means to you?

Very best, Amy, Diane, & M.Q.
UU Online Events
The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of MD will hold its annual legislative kickoff — virtually — on Saturday morning, January 22. This year, UULM-MD will focus on four Priority Issues: Immigration Reform, Climate Change, Criminal Justice Reform, and Death with Dignity. Come, learn, be inspired, get involved!

If ever there were a time our spirits needed nourishment, it is now. 

So in the midst of all that is hard, Side With Love is honored to invite you to join us in this year’s 30 Days of Love – our annual season of spiritual nourishment, political deepening, and collective action to embody our values and work for collective liberation.
Each week of "30 Days of Love" will focus on one of Side With Love’s intersectional justice priorities. Although each week will have a primary focus, you will notice a lot of overlap – demonstrating just how intersecting these issues are. Every week will include a variety of resources, activities, and opportunities for engagement for people of all ages. Check out our offerings here
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.”

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

11 - Vida Morley
12 - Ralph Dolinger
13 - Melinda Lippincott
14 - Dianne Turpin
14 - Judy Graham
20 - Al Mathwich
22 - Clark Bjorke
29 - Zoe Panas
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
END of REFLECTIONS for January 20, 2022