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Sunday, August 16, at
10 am, Zoom Summer Discussion, Led by
Philip Dutton, "Racism"

Join us by clicking the Zoom link here on Sunday, August 16 at 10 am, followed by coffee hour.

If you have a joy or sorrow for the August 16 service, please share it during the discussion or if you're not planning to attend, email the UUCR office at UUCR email by Friday, August 14 at noon. Thanks for everyone’s flexibility.

Kevin Brien, August 3
Joan Blume, August 6 "#90!"
Joan Biehler, August 18
Bob Fox, August 19
Harvey Wigder, August 23
Margo Long, August 27

We want to help celebrate your birthday! If we didn't include your August birthday, please contact Jan Whitney at UUCR email


Sunday, August 23,
Rev. Sue Browning, Summer Zoom Discussion on "About Anything But Covid"

Sunday, August 30,
Catherine Brooks, Summer Zoom Discussion on "Systemic Racism of Historic Preservation"
Dismantling Racism -- Encouraging One Another
Last week I hosted our second "check-in" session on dismantling racism. The goal is for these calls to be a source encouragement to one another.

We open with a chalice lighting to create quiet space for honest reflection and we close with a prayer to remind one another that change is possible and that our commitments matter.

We’re figuring out this work of encouragement together. During our sharing we hear of questions of discernment – “What might fit for me? What might I support? What do I need to learn?” And we hear of the challenges and feelings that are a part of working toward change.

Some of our commitments are explicit actions in the community directed toward specific goals. Other commitments are more tied to our roles as leaders or mentors. And some commitments are internally focused efforts to learn more about the entrenched patterns which need to change in order for systemic changes to be possible. 

These check-in calls are brief. They aren’t planning calls, or implementation sessions. We are trying to acknowledge the heart-work of dismantling racism; to encourage one another to stay the course.  

I know I need words of encouragement.

Change is often slow, coming in fits and starts. Real change inevitably meets resistance. We see that obstacles are often thrown on the path toward equity. And too, there are bright spots. It can help to process the details and bigger picture together.

Our next "check in" session (Zoom call) will be on Wednesday, September 2 at 7 pm -- see article below for some background. If you’d prefer to check-in by email on your discernment and commitments, please do. If you have ideas on other ways we might encourage one another on our commitments to anti-racism, please be in touch.

In gratitude for the many ways our efforts flow together, 

Rev. Sue
The American Chestnut Castanea dentata (Marsh.) Borkh. was one of the most valued and beloved eastern hardwood species due to its use as a timber tree, its abundant nut production, and its secondary wood products. American Chestnut grew straight and tall, reaching up to 15 feet in diameter (note correction in this measurement from previous descriptions in "Reflections") and 120 feet in height, and the species could live for several hundred years. It was one of the most versatile trees on the continent, historically used for construction lumber, shingles, fence posts and rails, poles, paneling, trim, furniture, firewood, and extracted tannins drove the leather tanning industry in the Northeastern United States (USDA FS. 2013. General Technical Report SRS-173).

The American Chestnut is gone from the forests, a victim of the chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) caused by an introduced fungus. This disease began in New York City in 1904, spread rapidly, and within 40 years had virtually wiped out this once abundant species. Fortunately, there is no threat of extinction; sprouts continue from roots until killed back by blight, and cultivated trees grow in western states and other areas where the fungus is absent. Currently extensive research is being conducted to produce blight resistant chestnuts using breeding techniques, biological control, and genetic engineering. There is great hope that someday the American Chestnut will be restored into the forests of eastern North America.
Check in Every First Wednesday at
7 pm for Support and Feedback on Our Individual Efforts to Make a Difference
Dear UUCR Members and Friends,

During my sermon on Sunday, June 21, I encouraged each congregant to make one specific commitment to support ending racism. As I explained, I will host a Zoom call on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm, where we will be able check in with one another on our progress. The call will be brief, and will focus on encouragement and learning. Rev. Sue Browning

 If you have questions, please be in touch with Rev. Sue at email.

Our friend Susan Brittain -- at the right-hand end of the banner -- at a Black Lives Matter protest in her home in Washington State. She tells us "you taught me well!"
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Pastoral Care & 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:
Jan Whitney (Office) p: 410-778-3440 | e:
Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: (410) 778-3440