Thursday, July 22, 2021
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"Deep Inclusion"

Rev. Sue Browning

In Person, In Sanctuary
Summer Discussion Service

July 25, 2021
10 am
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Aug 1 - Amy Warner
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Aug 8 - Vida Morley
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Aug 15 - John Ramsey
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Upcoming In Person,
In Sanctuary -
Summer Discussion Services
Sunday, August 1

"Summer Reading"

Have you read a book in the last year that has changed you, or made you think, or learn something new, or maybe just entertained you? This is your opportunity to do a short three to four minute book talk on that favorite book. Prepare a short summary to share with the group. You may want to read a short passage. Bringing a copy of the book isn’t necessary, but please bring the title and author, as we’ll be making a list of the recommended books to share in Reflections.

  • In Person, In Sanctuary - Summer Service and Discussion
  • Amy Warner

Sunday, August 8


  • In Person, In Sanctuary - Summer Service and Discussion
  • Vida Morley
Minister's Column
On Belonging
I chose "belonging" as a topic for reflection this summer. What does it mean "to belong?" 
This past week Bill and I were in NH. At an afternoon gathering of Bill’s family, in Bill's hometown, I knew I belonged. It was wonderful to be a part of a big multi-generational group, in a familiar backyard, with food served in familiar patterns, with conversation flowing easily from "remember that time" to current events and family updates. The nieces and nephews I knew as babies are now parents. I "belong" in Bill’s family in the way of the "in-law." I’m fully included, and at the same time I am aware I joined from the outside.
During the week, Bill and I took a long walk around our undergrad campus. It was a quiet morning. As we walked the almost-hidden dirt paths which connect the dorms to the dining hall, and then walked the sidewalks and steps between academic buildings, I recalled the profound sense of belonging I had as a freshman. After a challenging last few years of high school, a center of belonging that I so needed emerged as strangers became friends. I was accepted. We cared for one another. We had fun.
Finally, the word "belonging" caught my eye on a display sign at Great Bay, a tidal estuary in NH:
The Western Abenaki – People of the Dawn. Four hundred years ago many different tribes of American Indians belonging to the great Abenaki and Algonquian Nations walked right where you are standing … they lived near the edge of the ocean, where the sun rose in the east every morning to greet them.”
It was a reminder that tribes "belonged" to Nations and that "belonging" to a tribe was a deep part of Native American culture. It was a reminder of the power of watching the sun rise — time and time again — as a part of community matters.  
What are your experiences of "belonging?" How do you see that "belonging" begins? What sustains "belonging?"

I hope these are questions we can reflect upon together this summer.  
Rev. Sue 
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Darlene, Office Administrator
UUCR office phone: 410-778-3440
email: UUCR email
Congregational Concerns
Marilee Taussig, a faithful friend of UUCR, experienced a serious fall on her bike on June 30. After several surgeries for damage to her right arm and leg, she is undergoing acute rehab at Magee Rehabilitation in Philly for about the next two weeks. She would love to get email messages, When she gets home, she may also need some help, so stay tuned. Thanks for your support, Lynn Dolinger,
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 - Mary Ford
16 - Gayle Folger
17 - Annie Lavin
26 - Nancy Hart
28 - Waverly Ford
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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