Thursday, October 21, 2021
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"Webs of Connection"

Bran Lennox, guest speaker
Amy Warner, service leader
Gerry Werner, musician

In Person and Online
Worship Service

October 24, 2021 | 10 am

Did you know that in 2008 scientists discovered that spiders use their webs to think? From bees to trees, we are constantly discovering exciting new ways that thought, communication, and perception happen in the natural world that would have seemed alien to us a short time ago. How do we humans perceive the world through our own connections?

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

Previous Worship Service Recordings

are available on the UUCR YouTube channel


OCT 24 | Worship Service
In Person and Online
Bran Lennox, Guest Speaker
Amy Warner, Service Leader
Gerry Werner, Musician

OCT 26 | "A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing"
Online Event
(see details below)

OCT 31 | Worship Service
Online ONLY
Paula Cole Jones, Guest Speaker

OCT 31 | Memorial Garden
Event and Woodland Tour
UUCR Event
(see details below)

NOV 7 | Worship Service
In Person and Online
Rev. Sue Browning
Catherine Brooks, Service Leader
Barbara Parker, 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!
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It has been suggested that, if you are attending the service through Zoom, you may have better sound quality by listening through earphones or earbuds instead of your computer's speakers — particularly for the music portions.
Upcoming Services
Sunday, October 31

"Intentional About Our Actions — the 8th Principle"

Join Paula Cole Jones, a national advocate for racial justice, for a service on the emerging changes to UUs commitment to anti-racism and the power of our collective voice. (More details coming shortly.)

NOTE: This will be a joint service with the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton. This will be a virtual service on Zoom (no in person worship this day).

  • Online ONLY
  • Paula Cole Jones, guest speaker

Sunday, November 7

"Look Back Briefly"

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. 

  • Rev. Sue Browning
  • Catherine Brooks, service leader
  • Barbara Parker, musician
Sunday Hybrid Services Notes

October 17

In Person — 21

Zoom Online — 9

Please remember that with current Covid guidelines,
sanctuary seating is limited to 30
and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
October 17 Sermon Follow-Up
(from Rev. Sue)

This past Sunday, Jan Sprinkel and I reflected on the experiences of Indigenous peoples in our region and country. In my sermon ("Many Have Inhabited These Lands") I referenced the work of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz in her book, An Indigenous People's History of the United States (Beacon Press, 2014). One review describes this book as "A radical re-visioning of U.S. history from an Indigenous people's perspective." It is a reliable read (quite detailed) for those wanting to more fully understand the many injustices that have been inflicted upon Native Americans for centuries. If anyone would like me to set up a further group discussion on this topic, please be in touch and we'll set up a session.
Another Way to Connect
There's a new wooden box, with the above display, on the "Joys and Concerns" table in the foyer. "The Sharing Box" is a place to share all things related to UUCR. There are several ways to submit your input — fill out a message at the box, bring something prewritten, send it by USPS, or email it to the UUCR office. Please note in your message that it is for "The Sharing Box" and all submissions will be deposited into the box. You can remain anonymous if you prefer.
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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
Leadership Development Committee
Leadership Development Committee

As our congregation continues to adapt to hybrid services, we are becoming more inclusive through our sheer tenacity to welcome all who want to attend. Although we are still social distancing, masking, and limiting what is contained in our services when in the building, the fact that visitors, friends, and members have the choice to attend without leaving the safety of their home is a great accomplishment.

This inclusive attitude isn’t new to UUCR, but it has changed out of necessity. We want to make sure that all existing members and friends know they are welcome back. We also want to help others find us in all of the many ways our community is available to them. That is going to take a revitalized Membership Committee. Would you like to help? Finding new ways to connect with like-minded individuals and to make them
welcome when they visit our community is an important endeavor. Consider joining the Membership Committee this month, you’ll be glad you did! If you have any questions please reach out to Amy Warner, Diane Shields, or M.Q. Riding for more information.
UUCR Event
Please join us as we celebrate UUCR's past, present, and future on October 31st. On this day before “All Saints Day” we will gather at our memorial garden to remember our beloved members who have passed away and are memorialized in the garden, our very own “Saints.” This ceremony will be followed by a tour, led by Carl Gallegos and Diane Shields, of our very own woodland area, with identification and descriptions of the plantings.

This will be an opportunity to look back, to enjoy our present blessings, and to foresee how we can best support our community.

We regret to say that due to current UUCR Covid guidelines, there is to be no food or drink in the church or on the church property. Hopefully in the spring we will be able to be merry.

Please contact John Ramsey at, if you’d like to help with this service. We are also looking for people to help spruce up/weed the Memorial Garden area on Saturday, October 30.
Online Event
Saving Us:
A Climate Scientist’s Case
for Hope & Healing
A conversation with
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Tuesday, Oct. 26th
7 – 8:30 pm 

Sponsored by the McClendon Scholar Program at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
For many years we've been grateful to speak out for climate action alongside our friends at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Now, you're invited to join with us and New York Avenue's McClendon Scholar Program for a special online dialogue next Tuesday evening with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe.

Dr. Hayhoe, the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, a prominent climate scientist and an evangelical Christian, has become a leading voice in the effort to educate and mobilize people to address the climate crisis. The New York Times called her “one of the nation’s most effective communicators on climate change” and her TED talk on the subject has been viewed over 5 million times.
In this webinar, Dr. Hayhoe will talk about her new book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.

She will be joined by others, including our Director Joelle, to discuss practical things that we all can do to combat the climate crisis. Register today to join us!


11 - Bill Lindsay
16 - Denise Tontarski
11 - Cynthia Ramsey
17 - Catherine Brooks
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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