Thursday, July 8, 2021
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Lynn Dolinger, Service Leader

In Person Indoor
Summer Discussion Service

July 11, 2021
10 am
Minister's Column
Preparing to Return
Last week we shared our plans for returning to in-person Sunday services on July 11. Hopefully folks have seen the July 1 letter and guidelines (click here).
Many are preparing the space for return. From cleaning out cobwebs, to weeding gardens, and setting up chairs, we are getting ready.  
When my mind races ahead, I imagine what gathering again will be like and mostly I picture the familiar. Mostly, I imagine the comfort of returning.
I also need to remind myself that everyone returning will have changed. Each of our lives was abruptly disrupted. Early on we stayed home, limited our travel, and donned a mask for the first time. Since we last gathered physically, we have missed memorials, weddings and graduations. Through it all we have each been changed by the personal losses, challenges, and the joys in our lives. 
As a congregation, we have been collectively changed. We’ve figured out virtual services, have struggled to keep members and friends connected, and have worked to stay a vital presence in our community. We have new members, and know there are those who are considering whether our congregation just might be a place of belonging for them. 
As we prepare, we anticipate the familiar. As we prepare, we make room for the "newness" that will come with return.

Many religious traditions include rituals of preparation before major events. These rituals include the practical aspects of setting tables and putting candles in place. These rituals also include practices for opening hearts in readiness for what is about to come.

As we walk through this week, my hope is we are preparing to re-gather in a spirit of openness and curiosity.

In connection,
Rev. Sue
Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
Jul 18 - In Person Indoor
(Linda Weimer &
Diane Shields)

Jul 25 - In Person Indoor
(Rev. Sue Browning)

Aug 1 - In Person Indoor
(Amy Warner)
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 Indoor Discussion Services
Sunday, July 18

"Who and What Makes You Smile and Sometimes Laugh Out Loud?"

A friend, a comedian, a ridiculous event, something nobody could have predicted? Diane Shields and Linda Weimer will lead this session on anything that strikes our funny bones. The discussion will include their fond memories of the late UUCR comic spirit - Alice Lindsay - and the reading of her published short story Human Nature Abhors a Vacuum.

  • In Person Indoor Summer Service and Discussion
  • Diane Shields and Linda Weimer

Sunday, July 25

"Deep Inclusion"

  • In Person Indoor Summer Service and Discussion
  • Rev. Sue Browning
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The Insight Meditation Community of Chestertown, Maryland, will begin holding their weekly Tuesday meetings at UUCR on July 13 from 6 to 7 pm. Come join us — all are welcome! Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to allow everyone time to settle in before the session begins.

For further information about our group, please go to our website If you have any questions, please contact us at our group's email or contact Anne Briggs at 410-778-1746.
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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