Thursday, September 30, 2021
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"Dimensions of Relationships"

Rev. Sue Browning

In Person and Online
Worship Service

October 3, 2021
10 am

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. 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!

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.
>> Board Talk — Sunday, October 3rd <<
Following the service, UUCR Board members will be sharing the results of their August planning session. All are invited to hear about the Board’s goals for this church year. Come listen, ask questions, and get involved as we work together towards an exciting future for UUCR. You can also attend the talk on Zoom if you are unable to attend in person.
Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
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
Philip Dutton, Musician

Oct 3 | Board Talk
following the service
(see details above)

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

Oct 17 | Worship Service
In Person and Online
Rev. Sue Browning
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 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 26

In Person — 22

Zoom Online — 7

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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President's Message
I am pleased that many of you were able to enjoy our annual In-gathering Water Communion service, either in person or via Zoom. We had twenty-four in actual attendance with twelve of you joining on Zoom. With Rev. Sue back in the pulpit and live music by Nevin Dawson, it truly seemed that we were back to some kind of normal. A huge “Thank You” to our tech team, led by Jim Lavin and including John Ramsey and David Biehler. You are awesome, guys! We continue to make tweaks each week and are working on ways to have those of you who join by Zoom be able to more fully participate in the services.
Last August 28th, members of the Board of Trustees and Leadership Development Committee held a planning retreat workshop. We discussed the current status of UUCR, our three-year Strategic Plan (which concludes in 2021), and our goals for this church year.

Given the last fifteen months of closure, the continuing threat of the Covid virus, and the toll all that has taken on our congregation, the board decided on the following plan:

  1. We will not enter into another strategic planning initiative at this time. Most of the plan’s goals are currently being well met. We will revisit this decision in 2022.
  2. The board also agreed that our focus this year will be to:

  • Oversee the opening/hybrid/or virtual gatherings as need and procedures evolve due to the Covid pandemic.
  • Encourage the active engagement of all members and friend of UUCR
  • Encourage and support the revitalization of our committees. This includes succession planning, transfers of leadership, and the transfer of knowledge and information.
  • Continue to oversee the physical and financial assets of UUCR as mandated by the bylaws.
  • Commit ourselves to be active members of UUCR and to participate in congregational events.
  • Conduct periodic self-evaluations of our progress on these goals.

I am grateful to our Leadership Development Committee (M.Q. Riding, Diane Shields, and Amy Warner) for reaching out to members and friends to re-engage more actively and spiritually with UUCR. I am excited that we have gained two new members and that some of our newer members have already volunteered to participate on various committees.

Please consider how giving back to UUCR can be part of your spiritual journey. We need your energy, ideas, and commitment to move forward into a bright future.

In gratitude,
UUs Local Events
There are times when social justice issues are addressed in DC. I received the invitation below from a colleague and am passing it on to those who may be interested. If you'd like more information, please be in touch.

Rev. Sue
UUs Gathering in DC for the
Rally for Abortion Justice
on Oct 2

The Texas law restricting access to abortion care has many Unitarian Universalists (and others) wondering what they can do. The Side With Love campaign is working on identifying the strategies and tactics that make the most sense for us. 

One upcoming opportunity is to participate in the DC edition of the Women’s March planned for this Saturday, October 2nd. The event is now titled the Rally for Abortion Justice. There will be an interfaith service starting at 10:00 am at Freedom Plaza. Rev. Kathleen Rolenz, Interim Senior Minister of All Souls Church Unitarian (DC), and members of All Souls Reproductive Justice will be there for the service and rally. All are invited to join them for a “mask and meet-up.” Email if you want to connect beforehand, or just show up!
Another way to engage: You can also join the UUs for Reproductive Justice Facebook Group, and learn more from the Reproductive Justice Section of the Unitarian Universalist Association website. The Association adopted a Statement of Conscience on Reproductive Justice in 2015.  
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 |


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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