Thursday, September 23, 2021
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"Windows Opened by
Our Principles"

Vida Morley & Jan Sprinkel, Service Leaders

In Person and Online
Worship Service

September 26, 2021
10 am

Join Service Leaders Vida Morley and Jan Sprinkel for a service considering what it means to stay true to our principles even when it gets complicated. The service will be in the sanctuary, or you may join by Zoom. Music for this service will be played by Philip Dutton.

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!
Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
Sep 27 | Virtual Book
On the Courthouse Lawn
(see details below)

Oct 1 - 3 | Friends of KCPL
Book Sale
(see details below)

Oct 2 | Delaware PRIDE
(see details below)

Oct 3 | Worship Service
In Person and Online
Rev. Sue Browning

Oct 9 | Back in the Day
(see details below)

Oct 10 | Worship Service
In Person and Online
Rev. Robert (Bob) Broesler, Guest Speaker
Vida Morley, Service Leader
Dick Durham, 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, October 3

"Dimensions of Relationships"

We often talk about building and sustaining relationships. In community work it's been said that doing the work relationally takes exponentially more time. Does this ring true? At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we'll consider the wide variation of connections in our lives and the many ways we cultivate relationships.  

  • In Person and Online
  • Rev. Sue Browning

Sunday, October 10

"The Helpless Healer"

Join us for guest speaker Rev. Robert (Bob) Broesler's sermon entitled "The Helpless Healer" — an exploration of mutual care in light of the uniqueness and freedom of each individuals’ life journey. His text will be from a children’s book entitled “The Quiet Book” by Deborah Underwood and he will be drawing on his experience in meditation and as a Grief Therapist. 

Bio from Rev. Broesler: "Joyously married to Ms. Tracy Morgan, I am obnoxiously proud of my three sons, two step daughters and three grandchildren. In my retirement, I currently run a Grief Counseling Practice. I was originally trained and employed for eight years as an Individual, Marital and Family Therapist. After Ordination as an Episcopal Minister, I served four congregations, twice as Sr. Minister. I have learned to accept and rejoice in 35 years of recognition as a gifted preacher. My family joined UU Society of Mill Creek in 2013, where I initiated an Adult RE program; ran two Stewardship Campaigns; regularly preach and teach; and serve on the Finance and Pastoral Care Committees."

  • In Person and Online
  • Rev. Robert (Bob) Broesler, Guest Speaker
  • Vida Morley, Service Leader
  • Dick Durham, Musician
Sunday Hybrid Services Notes

September 19

In Person — 24

Zoom Online — 12

Please remember that with current Covid guidelines,
sanctuary seating is limited to 30
and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Leadership Development Committee
Life’s Boundaries

Does it seem like there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Are you often pulled in several directions, juggling priorities and demands? Or does your life feel balanced? Most people in today’s world might say they feel overwhelmed, which suggests they feel out of balance.

Yet the often-mentioned concept of life “balance” isn’t particularly constructive. The balance metaphor just isn’t very helpful or realistic.

People have different styles in how they manage the boundaries in their life activities. Many of us don’t really feel balanced, and the idea of trying to attain “balance” just isn’t helpful. We stress and struggle to live up to an image of doing it all, and in just the right amounts.

But if we think more about spiritual work and how it blends life boundaries, more options can open up — both for individuals and for communities like UUCR.

The more control a person has over where, how, and when they contribute to an organization and how they manage other responsibilities, the easier it is for them to fit the different pieces of life together. Greater control leads to a feeling of more autonomy, security, and spirituality, as well.

What does this mean for how you approach the issue of balance in UUCR? The concept of boundaries can reframe the conversation members have with one another, the leadership of the church, and with their families.

If you don’t have the time or energy to run a committee, or even be a member of a committee, for this community, only you can know. Yet, our “charge” as a newly invigorated committee is to ask everyone what they can do to serve — in some way, small or large — UUCR this year, in the hope that we are building confident, supported leaders now and in the years to come. Please think deeply about what time and energy you DO have for service to UUCR.

 When we ask, think of your boundaries and what you might be able to do … that will nurture your own spirituality.

The Leadership Development Committee
M.Q. Riding, Diane Shields, and Amy Warner

You are welcome to contact us with any
and all ideas to contribute to UUCR.
Online Events
The James Taylor Justice Coalition is sponsoring a reading of Sherrilyn Ifill's celebrated book, On the Courthouse Lawn.  The book takes a deep dive into lynchings that occurred on the Eastern Shore including James Taylor in Chestertown in 1892. The sessions will be moderated by Artura Jackson, MA, Public Historian in African American History Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission Black History Project. I highly recommend this book and these discussions.

Philip Dutton

You are cordially invited to attend a virtual Book Club featuring:

by Sherrilyn A. Ifill, 2018.

Moderated by Artura Jackson, MA, Public Historian in African American History, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Black History Program.

First Session: Monday, September 27, 6:30 - 8:00 PM.
Second Session: Thursday, October 14, 6:30 - 8:00 PM.
The acts of lynching enforced White privilege, Jim Crow and White domination of the political, educational and economical advancement of the Black community through terror. Ifill, in her book, issues a clarion call for Blacks and Whites of local communities to methodically process their shared histories of racial inequality and terror with the purpose of reconciliation.

Reading the book in preparation for the sessions is highly recommended. However, all participants - whether or not they have read any or all of the book - are encouraged to share generational histories, personal experiences and feelings related to the discussion. We welcome those individuals as well who choose to be "listeners" at this event.

Participation in this book club is by registration only. Sign up via the Everbrite button below. Please note that there is no registration fee. You will be sent the telephone number and Zoom link needed to connect to each session.

Produced by the James Taylor Coalition of Sumner Hall with the Chestertown Unites Against Racism Initiative.
Sumner Hall promotes an understanding of the African American experience within the overall context of American history and culture and advocates for social justice and racial equity in all areas of civic life.
Local Events
Friday, October 1 | 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday, October 2 * | 10 am - 3 pm
Sunday, October 3 ** | 10 am - 3 pm

*-Half price on Specials!
**-$5 Box Sale! (bring your own "friendly" sized box.)

Cash or Check Only!
Proceeds from the sale benefit the Kent County Public Library.

Please plan to wear a mask if you are not vaccinated.

408 HIGH ST. | CHESTERTOWN, MD | 21620
Delaware Pride
on Saturday the
2nd of October 2021
Legislative Mall in Dover – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Delaware Pride is pleased and honored to announce the 2021 Delaware Pride Festival will be held on Saturday the 2nd of October at Legislative Mall in Dover, DE, from 10am to 4pm. This event is ADMISSION FREE and open to the public to attend/watch. The festival is a family-friendly event and people of all ages and sexual orientations are welcome. The Delaware Pride Festival is the single largest LGBTQ+ gathering in Delaware, and it helps give the community needed exposure
and recognition. Our goal is to promote platforms for expressing diversity and creating a more visible and united LGBTQ+ community.

The UUs of Delmarva are once again combining efforts to promote UU values and our own congregations. The Unitarian Universalists of Central Delaware in Dover are taking the lead in
organizing us, and there will soon be sign-up opportunities available for volunteers from all of our congregations and for ministers to provide blessings! The UUCD contact person is Alex LeClaire, and you can reach him at

For more information about the festival, see:
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 |


-8 - Linda Weimer
14 - Larry Schroth
16 - Mary Pritchard
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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