Thursday, September 9, 2021
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"Reflections on Trial and Error"

Nancy Holland, Service Leader

In Person and Online
Worship Service

September 12, 2021
10 am

We all have experiences where we’ve stumbled into solutions. We start with limited information, or know our tool kit is a bit wobbly. What might we learn about possibility and hope through times of trial and error? Join us for this service where we’ll hear stories from several members on their "trial and error" experiences. The service will be led by UUCR’s President Nancy Holland.  

This service will be UUCR’s first official week of offering the service in person and online, a chance where we'll learn together about trial and error. 

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 19 - Worship Service
In Person and Online
Rev. Sue Browning

Sep 26 - Worship Service
In Person and Online
Vida Morley, lay leader
Guest Speaker to be determined
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 Worship Services
Sunday, September 19

"We Begin Again - Our Ingathering and
Water Communion Service"

Join us for our annual Water Communion ceremony as we officially launch the church year. What happens when we allow the threads of our lives to be woven together? What new ways of seeing the world are possible when we bring our many perspectives together? At this service led by Rev. Sue Browning we'll consider the question, "What will make this coming year at UUCR unique?" The service will include special music played by Nevin Dawson.
You may attend the service in person or online.

(What is Water Communion and how will it work this year? Stay tuned for specific details!)

  • In Person and Online
  • Rev. Sue Browning
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Full Services Begin at UUCR September 12th
— Hybrid Style!
Attend In Person or on Zoom
This Sunday will be a first for UUCR! As we resume regular Sunday services (following a successful summer discussion series), we are offering two ways to attend services:

  • We will meet in person for our Sunday service at 10 am


  • You have the option to attend the service on Zoom at 10 am.

This Sunday, September 12th, our topic will be “Reflections on Trial and Error.” We ask for everyone's patience as we "trial" this new hybrid approach. We are starting with a simple configuration, and as with all things new we'll be learning together. Gratitude to our "tech team" who has been working out the details.

For those coming in person, please remember your mask. We've set up the chairs to allow greater social distancing and have room for 30 in the sanctuary. We will have an overflow room available in case more come.

If you'd like to attend the Sunday service by Zoom, click the link here (also displayed in other areas throughout Reflections).

On Joys and Sorrows

For the next few weeks we're asking that Joys and Sorrows either be submitted in advance (emailed to the UUCR office at by 9 pm Saturday), shared in the Zoom chat, or for those at the service, they may be jotted down on notecards which will be available. This is an adaptation of Joys and Sorrows for hybrid services (so all can share them) and to avoid passing the mic as an additional Covid safety protocol.

Questions about the service?
Please email the UUCR office at
Thanks to this amazing tech team for
making Hybrid Services possible!
Jim Lavin and John Ramsey from UUCR
Dave Moore and Bozena Lamparska from UUFE.
Minister's Column
Twenty Years Later
As we approach the anniversary of "9/11" my hope is we’ll pause and reflect on our sense of the event 20 years later. Where were you that morning? More broadly, where were you in your life’s journey in September 2001?
That morning I had flown to NYC on the 6 am shuttle to attend a few meetings, something I did frequently. I watched the horrors from an office building three miles north of the towers. That day, three miles meant I was far from the crisis. My kids (then 12, 10, and 8) were at their schools in Arlington, VA, about five miles from the Pentagon. My husband was evacuated from the government building where he worked, and then spent three hours in a parking lot traffic jam. It took a few hours of dialing from flip phones and landlines to confirm with one another that we were safe.
The next day I was still in NYC figuring out how to get home. Bill was home with the children and on a call asked me, “What will we do today?” He was atypically at a loss, still stunned. What would be safe? How to best talk to the kids? The realities were still sinking in. I responded, “Maybe go by church, someone will be there.” He’d said maybe this wasn’t a bad idea. We had belonged to our UU congregation in Arlington since our children were young. We went every Sunday. The building, playground, and faces would be familiar. While Bill didn’t end up going over to church that day, he knew he could have. With that reassurance, he’d figured out some plan. 
By that evening, I was home and as a family we went to our congregation’s gathering. I recall sitting in the long pews — the five of us, still stunned. There was quiet, some music, some candles, and words from Rev. Michael and others. I was chair of the RE Council and remember checking in on other families and connecting with our brand-new minister, Rev. Linda.
We were stunned together. I recall being profoundly grateful to belong to my faith community. 

As this anniversary approaches, we hold in love and memory all who died, and were injured and were harmed by "9/11" and we extend our hope for a peaceful and equitable world for all.  

Rev. Sue  
In Appreciation
Many thanks go out to Philip Dutton for pressure washing the deck and side ramp. Heard from one congregant, "They look brand new!"
Social Concerns Social Justice Committee
The Social Concerns Social Justice committee will be meeting via Zoom on Friday, September 17, at 10 am. We will be discussing issues that we can address in our community. It's a new church year and we welcome new participants ... and new ideas! Please contact Lynn Dolinger if you'd like to participate. or 215-872-5773.  

Leadership Development and Worship Committees
The Leadership Development Committee has been asked for assistance by the Worship Committee, which is charged with scheduling and providing meaningful and inspirational
services every Sunday at UUCR from September through May, and with scheduling informal summer sessions. While Rev. Sue plans and leads the first and third Sundays of each month, it
is the second and fourth (and possible fifth) Sundays of each month that are planned and carried out entirely by the Worship Committee.

Only two or three of the existing Worship Committee members are able to serve this year, so we need four to five interested members or friends to step in and help.

The Worship Committee needs new members to serve in this vitally important component of our congregation. We are seeking people to volunteer as:

  • Service Leader — this person plans the service, including making contacts with guest speakers, coordinating music, choosing opening and closing words, and leading the service on the given Sunday. A detailed job description is available, and new service leaders will be given a lot of support from Rev. Sue and experienced service leaders.

  • We are also considering adding a new position this church year — Assistant Service Leader. This person would assist Rev. Sue on the Sundays that she is in the pulpit. More information will be available as the details of this role are yet to be determined.

It is recommended that both Service Leaders and Assistant Service Leaders join the Worship Committee.

This is a critical need for UUCR as we begin our regular services in September. If you are interested, please contact: MQ at 302-463-1022, Diane at 410-490-0492, or Amy at 410-562-6288. Please consider how you can serve UUCR in one of these roles. If we don’t hear from you, you will hear from us!
Online Events
"Rooted in Healing" by Faith in Place/IL IPL on September 12-14th ,
immersive and interactive virtual journey into healing.
We hope that you’ll join us for this interactive journey into racial, environmental, and spiritual healing.

Relax, renew, and heal with Us!

Register now (click here) to get a free e-book and a chance to experience healing through:

  • Healing from an Eco-Womanist Perspective (9/12, 6-7:15 pm)
  • Healing with Land and Water (9/13, 6:30-7:30 pm)
  • Healing with Youth (9/13, 8-9 pm)
  • Racial Healing (9/14, 6-7 pm)
  • Healing with Food (9/14, 7:30-8:30 pm)
  • Healing Practices (9/14, 9-9:45 pm) with four break-out rooms: Chair Yoga, Journaling, Children's Bedtime Stories, and Feelergy: Healing through Meditation, Coloring, and Healthy Actions.

For more information about the event, please click here.
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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