Thursday, June 10, 2021
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"Music Sunday"

led by
UUFE's Music Director, Ellen Barry Grunden

UUCR & UUFE YouTube Service
June 13, 2021
Join us for a virtual version of Music Sunday. As we close out the church year all are invited to join us for spiritual renewal at our annual Music Sunday service. This virtual service, led by UUFE's Music Director Ellen Barry Grunden, will include musical contributions from many in our community.

This worship service will be available on UUCR's YouTube Channel by Sunday morning on June 13 (click here).
Annual UUCR Congregation Meeting
on Zoom
Sunday, June 13 at 11 am
Upcoming Service
A Big Day for UUCR!
Sunday, June 20, 2021, 10 am, 914 Gateway Drive
Join us as we meet
Under the Tent
for our initial (after 15 months!)
In Person
Sunday Service and Discussion.
Bring a lawn chair and other creature comforts. 😊
(big hat, water, coffee)
We’re crossing our fingers on the variables including weather…BUT we’re sure of the constants: UUCR minds and hearts ready to re-connect.
Looking forward to being together-again!
The Worship Committee
Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
This Week's
Worship Service

Annual UUCR Congregation Meeting

Jun 13 - Zoom 11 am

Last Week's
Worship Service


Jun 8 through Jun 12, noon - Member Voting Period

Jun 13 - UUCR & UUFE YouTube Music Sunday Service

Jun 13 - Annual UUCR Congregation Meeting,
11 am (Zoom)

Jun 13 - Flag Day

Jun 14 through Jun 19 -
PRIDE Week 🌈

Jun 19 - Juneteenth

Jun 20 - UUCR Summer Discussion Service - In Person Outdoor

Jun 20 - UUCR Barbecue 🔥

Jun 20 - Father's Day 🏆

Jun 20 - Summer Solstice 🌞

Jun 27 - UUA General Assembly YouTube Worship Service
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!
Minister's Column
Offering Grace

One characteristic of Unitarian Universalism is something called "local polity." In simple terms, it means each congregation is responsible to thoughtfully chart its own course. Each UU congregation chooses its leaders, decides how to organize, and manages its resources. Congregations make these decisions through open and inclusive processes which align with shared values. 

We see "local polity" in action during the annual meeting of a congregation. We hear how our values have been expressed during the past year, do our voting, and gently begin to state shared hopes for the coming year. 

This year is no exception. In the midst of the strange and stressful times of a pandemic you have persevered. The congregation has hung together and cared for one another and cared for the wellbeing of the congregation — a testament to your leaders and to the possibilities of online voting.

It’s the end of a church year and people are tired. This isn’t new for 2021. What feels a bit different is how often I hear folks saying they are “just fried” or “so ready to be done.” In church, at school, with family, and across our communities we have had to navigate on unfamiliar paths and carry out responsibilities in new, and often awkward, ways. 

Take a minute and note the past year’s challenges. Breathe deep. 

As we wind down this year it’s helpful to ask: Are we offering one another and ourselves grace at this time? Are we taking time to express deep appreciation for what we have each been able to do? Are we looking past details, and rough spots, and seeing the many ways kindness has been expressed? Are we remembering the creative and adaptive ways we’ve journeyed (sometimes awkwardly!) with one another?   

At our annual meeting we do the business of the congregation and we have a chance to offer grace as we honor the many ways we’ve stayed connected this year when so much has been unfamiliar and outside of our control.

Blessings and thank you for our year together, 
Rev. Sue
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Summer Discussion Leaders Needed
Here it is June already! The perfect time to sign up to lead a Summer Discussion session at UUCR. We are hoping to hold these discussions in person and outside at the church. The following Sundays are available: July 25th, August 8th and 22nd, and September 5th.

Please consider volunteering to lead a discussion on a topic dear to your heart or interests (or we have some topic ideas to share). We are keeping it very simple for this summer — all you need is a topic and some questions.

Please contact Annie Lavin ( or Vida Morley ( for more information or to reserve your spot. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you this summer.

The Worship Committee
Social Concerns/
Social Justice
Allocated Funds Dispersal Notification
As we wrap up FY 20-21, the Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee is pleased to let the UUCR community know how it has given out the $400 allocated to us in the annual budget. In January we donated $100 for the Annual MLK Breakfast. At our meeting on June 3, we decided to make $150 donations to both the Chesapeake Multi-Cultural Resource Center and Mid-Shore PRIDE. We believe that these organizations’ missions are in alignment with our Unitarian Universalist values, and we thank UUCR members and friends for entrusting our committee to use their contributions for these causes.
Amy Warner and Lynn Dolinger,
UUCR Social Events
Sunday, June 20, 6 pm: Celebrate the Summer Solstice, Father’s Day,
And the first steps to re-opening UUCR at a Barbecue on our grounds!
More details coming.
Local & Online Events
Chestertown's Juneteenth Celebration
June 14-19
Last year the Black Union of Kent County hosted Chestertown’s first ever Juneteenth celebration. This year, the Juneteenth celebration is bigger and better, offering a series of events from June 14 to June 19, 2021, to celebrate history, culture, and achievements. For a complete schedule of events please click here.

The Juneteenth festivities begin with four online trainings on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI). The JEDI trainings, led by members of the Washington College community, are free and open to the public. The schedule is:

Monday, June 14, 6:30 pm: MicroAggressions (90 mins)
Tuesday, June 15, 6:30 pm: Identity and Privilege (90 mins)
Wednesday, June 16, 6:30 pm: Anti-Racism (120 mins)
Thursday, June 17, 6:30 pm: Courageous Conversations (90 mins)

You can sign up to participate in a training, or trainings, at

On Friday, June 18, it’s time to celebrate with a Block Party from 6 to 9 pm in Fountain Park. Activities held on Saturday, June 19 will be in Wilmer Park from 12 to 8 pm.
ShoreRivers Solstice Celebration June 20-26
Instead of one evening under the tent, this year we've spread the celebration across a whole week. Register now for small group expeditions, sneak a peek at our online auction, and save the date for an exclusive livestream concert with Philip Dutton and the Alligators.

Extraordinary experiences with local experts will give you a closer look at how science, advocacy, restoration, and education combine for cleaner water and a safer future for all.

Proceeds directly support ShoreRivers' work for healthy, accessible waterways.

For more information and registration, please click here.
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 |

6 - Rob Warner
8 - Linda Dutton
9 - Lynn Geisert
11 - Meghan Ferster
11 - Jan Whitney
15 - Jane Hardy
We want to help celebrate your birthday! If we didn't include your birthday, please contact Darlene at UUCR office email
Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: (410) 778-3440
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