Thursday, May 27, 2021
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"Loss and Grief"

Rev. Sue Browning

UUCR & UUFE Zoom Worship Service
May 30, 2021
Everyone experiences losses. Every community experiences losses. Do Unitarian Universalists have anything unique to offer on loss and grief? At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we'll consider where we might find support as we navigate our paths through loss. This service will include our annual ritual of remembrance to honor losses in our congregations this past year.

Join us by clicking the Zoom worship service link here on Sunday, May 30 before 10 am, immediately followed by UUCR & UUFE Coffee Hour. Please sign in by 9:50 am so we can begin the worship service promptly at 10 am.

If you have a joy or sorrow for the May 30 worship service, please share it during the UUCR & UUFE Coffee Hour or if you're not planning to attend, email the UUCR office at UUCR email by Friday, May 27 at noon.
Come Join Us for Coffee Hour
Please come join us for UUCR & UUFE Coffee Hour at 11:00 am, on Sunday, May 30 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!
Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
This Week's
Worship Service

Last Week's
Worship Service

Annual Congregation Meeting Introductory Information Presentation

Available June 2 - YouTube


May 30 - UUCR & UUFE Zoom Worship Service

May 31 - Memorial Day

Jun 2 - YouTube Presentation - Annual Congregation Mtg. Introductory Information

Jun 6 - Worship Service

Jun 7 - Zoom Discussion - Annual Congregation Mtg. Information

Jun 7 through Jun 12 - Member Voting period

Jun 13 - Worship Service

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

Jun 13 - Flag Day

Jun 19 - Juneteenth

Jun 20 - Worship Service

Jun 20 - Father's Day 🏆
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

Our recent road trip is now “in the books.” 

We had a wonderful trip visiting parts of the South and Midwest we’d never seen. We caught up with friends and family. We ended with a visit to Put-in-Bay Island in Lake Erie, a fun place we only discovered when we were leaving Chicago and wondered, "Where could we get to in five hours?"

At a personal level, the trip was a return to the familiar. We made a few adaptations for travel during Covid, but as it turned out only minor ones. 

During our two week trip, we felt the nation pivot toward somewhat more relaxed gatherings in public spaces. 

One afternoon we visited Seven Falls in Colorado Springs. The tour starts with a 10-minute bus ride. The rules for the bus were explicit: Masks required. Two hours later on the return, the guide announced masks on the bus were no longer required. The governor had just issued ruling. (Whether the guide was authorized to make the call on behalf of her company, we’ll never know. We opted to keep our masks on.) 

Hotels consistently had signage everywhere requiring masks in public areas and most everyone complied. On the streets (in every state) some people wore masks while walking, even in uncrowded areas. The last few days of the trip we started seeing new signs at stores and hotels: “Masks required for unvaccinated guests.” 

Tentatively, we begin our collective return. My hope is we do so respectful of each person’s needs and each family’s needs. Our UU principles remind us we are all connected. There is excitement in the feeling of return and there is a shared need for care and consideration. 

I return after a much-appreciated vacation. Many thanks to each of you who made my time off possible. 

In gratitude, 
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One Hour Just for ME
There’s a lot of discussion about mindfulness and making space for "me" in the circles where I revolve. I try to combine the two into “ME hours.”

I’m a natural early riser. When I first get up I do a couple of chores like feeding Berkeley our cat. My chore list takes about 30 minutes. Next up is about 25 minutes of stretching and exercise. To round out the hour I do five minutes of intentional, measured breathing to center & ready myself for the coming day. It is my first “ME” hour of the day.

When I look at my daily calendar I find that my days are really chunked up into half-hour and hour segments from start to finish. Whether those hours are at work or home, I see them as investments in my personal present and future.

Spending an hour with my team at work to sort out responsibilities helps manage the rest of the week. Investing a half-hour cleaning up emails on Friday relieves the stress of Monday. These hourly investments exist in my personal time as well. There are hobbies that make me happy, there are activities that make me smile, and organizations I want to be a part of, like UUCR.

Yes, that’s right, giving time to UUCR is another “ME” hour. When I look at time incrementally, an hour here and there committed to supporting UUCR makes me feel good. It’s a win-win. I feel better and (hopefully) our church gains some benefit too. That’s why I have volunteered to take on whatever task that aligns with my personal experience and skills that the board needs getting done. Why not join me and ask to be considered for a future role to support UUCR? You may surprise yourself how good you will feel!

M. Q. Riding

Join us for an in person gathering at UUFE Saturday, May 29 at 6-7:30 PM. Bring your own chairs, marshmallows, and sticks.

Check our UUFE Facebook group (click here) or call Christina 919-259-9017 if you have questions related to this event and the weather.
Green Sanctuary


Paper Towel — 2-4 weeks
Banana Peel — 3-4 weeks
Paper Bag — 1 month
Newspaper — 1.5 months
Apple Core — 2 months
Cardboard — 2 months
Cotton glove — 3 months
Orange Peels — 6 months
Plywood — 1-3 years
Wool Sock — 1-5 years
Milk Cartons — 5 years
Cigarette Butts — 10-12 years
Leather Shoes — 25-40 years
Tinned Steel Can — 50 years
Rubber Boot Sole — 50-80 years
Aluminum Can — 200-500 years
Plastic Bottles — 450 years
Disposable Diapers — 550 years
Monofilament Fishing Line — 600 years
Plastic Bags — 200-1,000 years

We request you please share this piece of information in your network as much as you can.

This will create awareness amongst people that plastic is one of the major reasons related to global greenhouse effect.



Social Concerns/
Social Justice
Imagination Library Outreach Collection
"The Gift that Speaks Volumes for our Community's Future." 

This is the last week to support Imagination Library, this vital program that launches our children into the critical world of reading. Started in 1995 in Tennessee by vocal artist and philanthropist, Dolly Parton, this program sends bi-lingual books once a month to any child, birth to five years, free of charge, regardless of income, to prepare them for school. Kent County introduced the program in 2014 with 439 graduates to date and currently serving another 450. The Mid-Shore Community Foundation manages program funds. While the Dollywood Foundation provides the infrastructure for the program and supplies the books, the local program is responsible for enrolling eligible children and covering the costs of shipping and a percentage of the book costs.  You can contribute through the donate button on the UUCR website by writing "Imagination Library Outreach Collection" in the comment section. You can also send a check made out to UUCR to the church. We hope that you will continue your generosity by considering a contribution to this successful and valuable program in Kent County. You can find more information about the program at or contact Lynn Dolinger,

Thank you on behalf of the Social Concerns Social Justice Committee
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 |

9 - Lynn Dolinger
10 - Tom Lippincott
10 - M. Q. Riding
14 - Rachel Perry
18 - Nancy Holland
25 - Ray Gomez
27 - Harry Hart
28 - Betty Kerr
29 - Sydney Brookes
30 - John Ford


6 - Linda Dutton
6 - Rob Warner
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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