Thursday, November 4, 2021
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"Look Back Briefly"

Rev. Sue Browning
Barbara Parker, musician

In Person and Online Worship Service

November 7, 2021 | 10 am

Colin Powell was quoted as saying, “Always focus on the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.” Overall a helpful reminder, yet don't we need the perspective and wisdom from the past? At this service with Rev. Sue Browning, we'll consider how we strike a balance between learning from our experiences and moving toward the future.

So we can begin the worship service promptly at 10 am, please arrive at the sanctuary (if attending in person) or sign into Zoom (click here) by no later than 9:50 am. Thanks!

Please submit "Joys and Concerns" in advance by emailing them to the UUCR office (click here) by 9 pm Saturday, share them in the Zoom chat, or for those at the service, they may be jotted down on notecards which are available on the table between the lounge and RE doors.
Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
This Week's
Worship Service

Last Week's Remembrance Service in the Memorial Garden

OCT 31 | YouTube

Previous Worship Service Recordings

are available on the UUCR YouTube channel


NOV 6 | "ISACC" sneak peak
Starr Center Online Event
(see details below)

NOV 7 | Daylight Savings
Time Ends - Turn your clocks back one hour.

NOV 7 | Worship Service
In Person and Online
Rev. Sue Browning
Barbara Parker, Musician

NOV 11 | Veteran's Day

NOV 14 | Worship Service
In Person and Online
Karyn Marsh, Guest Speaker
Lynn Dolinger, Service Leader
Dick Durham, Musician

NOV 19 - DEC 2 | "MISSION:
JOY"Online Movie Event
His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu
(see details below)

NOV 21 | Worship Service
In Person and Online
Rev. Sue Browning
Marilee Taussig, Service Leader
Gerry Werner, 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!
Upcoming Services
Sunday, November 14

"The Creation Story of Unitarian Universalism"

Numerous religions have creation stories that address not only the creation of Earth but also the founding of the faith tradition. For instance, Islam has the story of the Prophet Muhammed being directed by God to write the Qur'an, and the Mormon Church has the story of Joseph Smith meeting the Angel Moroni and receiving golden plates that contained the Book of Mormon. Even Christianity has the story of the founding of this faith in the Gospels, which entail the crucifixion of Jesus, and the Acts of the Apostles, which describes the early Jesus movement. What, however, is the creation story of Unitarian Universalism? In this service, Chaplain Karyn Bergmann Marsh will explore Unitarian Universalism’s founding stories.

About Our Guest Speaker

Karyn Bergmann Marsh, M.Div., serves as a chaplain resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and is an Affiliate Minister at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church (TUUC). Prior to her residency, Ms. Marsh served as a ministerial intern at All Souls Unitarian Church of Tulsa. She graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in May 2020 and was granted a preliminary fellowship by the Unitarian Universalist Association in April 2021. Prior to answering the call of ministry, Ms. Marsh was an active lay leader of TUUC.

  • Karyn Marsh, guest speaker
  • Lynn Dolinger, service leader
  • Dick Durham, musician
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Leadership Development Committee
Fun(d) Raising – It’s Fun(d)amental

Do you roll your eyes when you hear the word "fundraising"? Do you think your annual pledge is more than a sufficient contribution to UUCR? Both of these reactions are understandable. But what if, beyond the intrinsic benefit of knowing you have helped your community, you get something fun out of pulling together an activity that raises money for our church?

There are a few ideas floating around for fundraisers to help our community come back together and the Leadership Development Committee would like a few members to help to
brainstorm and manage these activities. Please reach out to Amy Warner, Diane Shields, or M.Q. Riding for more details.
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.”

For your information, The Washington Post of November 9, 2020, had an interesting article (link here) on coping with love and loss by Zibby Owens entitled — "After losing two loved ones to covid-19, I turned to books. Here are 15 titles that helped me cope." Included in the list is Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself by our First Lady Jill Biden. Another book Vida feels is worth examining (not on the list) is by UUCR member Marilee Taussig entitled — Old Enough: Making the Years Between 50 and 75 the Best Chapter of Your Life.

Pastoral Care Associates: Kevin Brien,
Gayle Folger, Nancy Holland, and Vida Morley
Online Events

Celebrate a hero of the Underground Railroad with a sneak peek at the musical “ISAAC”
Join us virtually on Saturday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. EST via Zoom and learn more about “ISAAC,” a new history musical commissioned by Kent Cultural Alliance and Chesapeake Heartland: An African American Humanities Project.

Based on his memoir, “ISSAC” tells the story of Isaac Mason, who was born into slavery in Kent County, Maryland but escaped to freedom in 1847. This free preview event will feature songs from the show and a conversation between Starr Center Director Adam Goodheart and “ISAAC” composer Marlon Saunders.

Marlon Saunders is a professor of voice at Berklee College of Music and is also a singer, writer, and producer. He has worked with artists such as Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, and Lauryn Hill and toured with Stevie Wonder. This is an event you don’t want to miss! Reserve your virtual seat here.
Interfaith Power & Light network has been offered a unique opportunity to be among the first to share the new film, Mission: JOY. And we’d like to offer this inspiring film to you as a small token of our gratitude for your steadfast support of Interfaith Power & Light. You are the heart of the network and we appreciate you!

Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: JOY is a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. In their final joint mission, these self-described mischievous brothers give a master class in how to create joy in a world that was never easy for them. They offer neuroscience-backed wisdom to help each of us live with more joy, despite circumstances.
Inspired by the New York Times bestseller The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing Worldthe film showcases the exchange between these two Nobel Peace Prize winners that led to that book.

Consisting largely of never-before-seen footage shot over five days at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, the film invites viewers to join these luminaries behind the scenes as they recount stories from their lives, each having lived through periods of incredible difficulty and strife. With genuine affection, mutual respect and a healthy dose of teasing, these unlikely friends impart lessons gleaned from lived experience, ancient traditions, and the latest cutting-edge science regarding how to live with joy in the face of all of life’s challenges from the extraordinary to the mundane. Mission: Joy is an antidote for the times.
To register for the film and watch the trailer

The film will be available for free online viewing
at home with family and friends,
November 19 – December 2.

🔽 For information about the Mission Joy Project 🔽

*6 - Carl Gallegos
13 - Rev. Sue Browning
18 - Jan Brandon
20 - Tim Ford
21 - Sara Warner
24 - Diane Shields
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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