Thursday, March 10, 2022
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"Resilient Waterways"

Annie Richards, Chester Riverkeeper,
guest speaker
Annie Lavin, service leader
Philip Dutton and Rebekah Hock, musicians

In-person & Zoom Worship Service

Sunday, March 13, 2022 | 10 am

As Unitarian Universalists, stewardship of our planet is at the heart of our beliefs and practices. Water symbolizes our connection to each other, to the totality of Life and to our place on the planet (7th Principle). For this worship service, we will welcome Annie Richards, the Chester Riverkeeper, to our pulpit.

Annie spent her childhood along the Chester River, and has since held a lifelong love for the landscape, culture and community of the Chester River and the greater Eastern Shore. As the Chester Riverkeeper with ShoreRivers, she is dedicated to protecting and restoring the river's natural resources. A focus of ShoreRivers is resiliency in the face of climate change, and its intensifying effects on the health of our waterways and watershed communities. Annie will discuss the current effects of climate change, how to prepare for the future — and the importance of hope as we continue this work.

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

If not attending the service either in person, or by Zoom, please submit "Joys and Concerns" and "Announcements" in advance by emailing them to the UUCR office (click here) by 9 pm Saturday.

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13. Turn your clocks ahead by one hour at bedtime Saturday night.
Upcoming Services
Sunday, March 20 — In-person & Zoom

"Humanism Takes on Many Forms"

UUs draw from many sources including "Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit." What is your understanding of humanism? Has it shifted over time? At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we'll consider the ways humanist perspectives may guide our
values, actions, and inquiries in today's world. 

  • Rev. Sue Browning
  • Catherine Brooks, service leader
  • Nevin Dawson, musician

Sunday, March 27 — In-person & Zoom

"The Wisdom of Broken Things"

Where do we find wisdom when times are hard, nerves are frayed, and conflict breaks our relationships? We will turn to wisdom, both ancient and new, as we ponder the lessons broken things can teach us.

  • Rev. Kimberley Debus, guest speaker
  • Nancy Holland, service leader
  • Philip Dutton, musician
Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
This Week's
Worship Service

Previous Worship Service Recordings

are available on the UUCR YouTube channel


UUCR Office hours:
W - Sa, 8:30-10:30 am
Su, 8:30 am-noon
Closed, M & Tu


MAR 13 | UUCR Worship
In-person & Zoom
Annie Richards - Chester Riverkeeper, guest speaker
Annie Lavin, service leader
Philip Dutton and Rebekah Hock, musicians

MAR 19 | Precious Metals
Event (see details below)

MAR 20 | UUCR Worship
In-person & Zoom
Rev. Sue Browning
Catherine Brooks, service leader
Nevin Dawson, musician

MAR | 20 Vernal Equinox -
Sock Burning

MAR 27 | UUCR Worship
In-person & Zoom
Rev. Kimberley Debus, guest speaker
Nancy Holland, service leader
Philip Dutton, musician
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!
First service in two years that permitted singing (with masks on).
Stewardship Committee
Holding Our Center in Trying Times
We are excited to be in the last week of our Stewardship campaign! If that pledge form is buried under a pile of papers on your desk, this is the time your Stewardship Committee is hoping you will dig it out, put pen to paper, and mail it in. UUCR depends on your continued support to keep our work thriving into 2023 and beyond! We’re close to the finish line and very appreciative of everyone who has already responded.
If you want to know more about how our committees and the Board plan to use our shared resources, watch our own Jim Lavin’s YouTube budget presentation, accessed through the link in the email sent out on February 20 from UUCR. If you need that link again, or you need another pledge form, please contact Darlene at the church office at

With gratitude from your Stewardship Committee,

Jackie Mathwich - Chair, Catherine Brooks, Joy Kim, and Peggy McKee
PROC Committee
Sunday, March 20 at 5 pm
UUCR Memorial Woodlands

It's time again to mark the
Vernal Equinox with that uniquely

Chesapeake Bay tradition of
"the burning of the socks."

More details to come!

Fund Raising Task Force
Precious Metals Event
on Saturday, March 19, 10 am - 3 pm!
You may be wondering how you can help UUCR raise funds from sterling silver, gold, and coins that you are ready to part with. We have secured the services of Dominic Costantino of Greenwich Coins in St. Michaels to appraise your items including sterling silver serving items, broken or incomplete jewelry sets, older coins (1964 or older), old watches, rings ... even gold or silver dental work. The church will receive cash for the full value of the appraised items. We encourage you to bring items that may be questionable and any items that are not accepted will be returned to you. There are flyers on the reception table in the lobby with more information about Greenwich Coins and Dominic welcomes calls.

If you want to donate any items prior to the event or have questions, Gerry Edwards will be at church on March 13. If needed. we can arrange for pickup prior to the event. You can also make an appointment to have them appraised during the event on Saturday, March 19 between 10 am – 3 pm. Please let one of us know if you want to schedule an appointment:
Now is the time to submit your donations of items, services, dinners, excursions! Please contact
Jane Hardy,

Our committee is feeling optimistic about our having an auction, hopefully with an in-person component. Of course, a new COVID variant may rear its ugly head between now and April 30, in which case our plans will change, but we believe we can at least have an online auction of donated items. Stay tuned for more information.

We have some fabulous items for your review, and our catalog will be posted on our webpage ASAP. In the meantime, here’s a teaser:

Decorative Labradorite Polished Stone,
from Madagascar, 8” x 9”, stand included. Great iridescence!

Donated by Carl and Brenda Gallegos
Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee
New Racial Justice Outreach Collection — As introduced at the church service on March 6.
The James Taylor Justice Coalition of Sumner Hall and Minary’s Dream Alliance (MDA) are collaborating to sponsor a civil rights bus tour this summer. The trip will be a six day, five night journey to important civil rights locations in Alabama and Georgia, including: the Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma; the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery; and the King Center and MLK, Jr. tomb in Atlanta. Two 56-passenger buses have been reserved for this trip. The cost per passenger will be approximately $800, which includes transportation and lodging. We want to offer as many scholarships as possible to youth and families identified by MDA. As space permits, the public will be invited to attend. The money donated for this trip will be used to fund scholarships and to reduce the overall cost of the trip. In addition to the educational and cultural benefit of this trip, a soil sample collected at a May 14 Justice Day ceremony in memory of James Taylor, who was lynched in Chestertown in 1892, will be transported for permanent display at the Legacy Museum.

On behalf of the Social Concerns Social Justice Committee, we
hope that you will give generously to this Outreach Collection. Please send a check to the church office, made out to UUCR specifying "Sumner Hall Bus Trip" in the memo line, or you can donate online at the church website using the "Donate" button (click here) and "Custom Amount," specifying "Sumner Hall Bus Trip Outreach Collection" in the comment section. Please see Philip Dutton or Lynn Dolinger for further information.
Leadership Development Committee Update
We're Looking for a Few Good Humans!

The LDC is looking for individuals with a love of this community and who are inspired by our faith. Unitarian Universalism is a faith of doers, people who find their own path, in concert with each other.

Wouldn’t you like to join the movement? Contact us, we’re here to help you find your path.

In faith, Amy, Diane, & M.Q.
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Online Event
Friday, March 11 at 7 pm
Explore how self-liberators used nature to forge a path to freedom on the Underground Railroad with the premiere of Rooted Wisdom.

Adkins Arboretum, in partnership with the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Tubman’s birth with the virtual launch of a guided experience, Rooted Wisdom: Nature’s Role in the Underground Railroad, on Friday, March 11 at 7 pm. The event includes a short documentary film that will premiere via livestream, hosted by the Avalon Foundation and viewable on the project’s website, Following the premiere of the 25-minute film, audiences can watch a panel discussion with historians and the filmmakers and participate in a Q&A with the panel.

For further information, to watch a preview, and to pre-register for this FREE event click 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


14 - Neenah Newell
18 - Jackie Mathwich
30 - Jan Sprinkel
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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