WEDNESDAY, January 6, 2021
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"Lessons from Dr. Seuss"
“And this mess is so big, And so deep and so tall, We cannot pick it up, There is no way at all!”  

How do these words from Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat” ring true today? What deep questions does Dr. Seuss ask us to consider?

Join Rev. Sue Browning and others from across the generations for a service of inspiration (and fun) as we consider the lessons of Dr. Seuss..

To view this pre-recorded service (it will be uploaded by Sunday morning), click here to go to the UUCR's YouTube channel. You may also go to the church's webpage,, and find the service by clicking on the tab at the bottom of the "Keeping In Touch" column on the left side of the page.

If you have a joy or sorrow for the January 10 service, please share it during the discussion or if you're not planning to attend, email the UUCR office at UUCR email by Friday, January 8 at noon.
Join Us for Coffee Hour on Sunday!
Come join us for a time to see and talk to one another. It's the next best thing to being there!

Click on the Coffee Hour Zoom Link at 11:00 am this Sunday, January 10.

Vida Morley, Jan 1
Ralph Dolinger, Jan 2
Melinda Lippincott, Jan 3
Isaac Newell, Jan 4
Dianne Turpin, Jan 4
Brad Hardin, Jan 10
Judy Graham, Jan 14
Caren Samuels, Jan 18
Al Mathwich, Jan 20
Clark Bjorke, Jan 22
Zoe Perry, Jan 29

We want to help celebrate your birthday! If we didn't include your January birthday, please contact Darlene Wiggers at UUCR email


Sunday, January 17

Rev. Sue Browning,
Zoom Service, "Gearing Up for a Big Week"

Sunday, January 24

Guest speaker and topic
to be determined,
Pre-recorded Service
Minister's Column
Imagining Our Way to Helpful Questions
Like many UU congregations, we subscribe to Soul Matters, a group that provides a packet of resources around a monthly theme. For January our theme is "Imagination." Broadly, we’re invited to consider how "imagination" brings meaning to our lives.  
Conversation-starters from this month’s packet include … 
  • Have you ever been “saved” by your imagination?
  • Has imagination ever led you astray? 
  • Have you become more or less imaginative with age?
  • What is the opposite of imagination?
All thought-provoking questions, and yet I wondered if "Imagination" would be a good theme for this January. As we hope for an orderly transition of power and face the ongoing spread of covid, do we have the luxury of being guided by our imaginations? (Conversely, can we afford not to stretch our imaginations?)
One thought on "imagination" led to another and I found myself scanning our basement bookshelves for imaginative literature. I flipped through novels read long ago and scanned our children’s books. Before I knew it, I was on the floor skimming through Dr. Seuss books. Then I began to picture a service for the whole congregation on Dr. Seuss, with a message considering the questions Seuss poses on fairness, respect, community and choices.  
I’d imagined my way into a service! With this idea in hand, I invited others to offer their creative skills to shape the service. I hope everyone will join us on Sunday! 
In the coming weeks we will be experiencing some serious times. My hope is we will trust our imaginations as we work together to frame creative questions and imagine holy outcomes.
In hope and care,

Rev. Sue
P.S.: If you are interested in joining an existing Soul Matters group (a small group that discusses the monthly theme) or are interested in seeing a new group form, please let me know. Resources and guidelines are readily available. 
A Favorite Reading of
Rev. Dan Higgins,
Used for Each New Year.
A New Year’s Prayer

I am the New Year.
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.

I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.

All that you sought and did not find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search for it - but this time with more determination.

All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine now to grant - when you have fewer conflicting desires.

All that you dreamed but didn’t dare to do -
All that you hoped but did not will,
All the faith that you claimed but did not have -
These slumber lightly waiting to be awakened by the touch of strong purpose.

I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to life!

 ~~ author unknown

Shalom, Amen, Namaste, Blessed Be.
From UUCR's Building and Grounds Committee
New High Speed Internet
and Phone Provider
We now have a new high speed internet provider, Talkie. This is a fiber optic system with speeds about ten (10) times faster than our previous internet. We also expect it to be more reliable due to the fact that it is cabled in rather than using an antenna. If you use it with your cell phone or a computer, you may need to sign in the first time. The user name, UUCR, and the password are the same as the previous system. The password is posted on the white board in the hallway.
Our telephone system will also be provided by Talkie. By using this provider, we will have unlimited usage anywhere in the US or Canada without an extra charge. Our previous system charged for every outgoing call.
Your B&G Committee
From UUCR's Pledge Drive Committee
Pledge Drive is Coming
Keep your eye out for more information on this year's Pledge Drive. It is scheduled to begin on February 7, 2021. More information to follow shortly from your Pledge Drive Committee.
From UUCR's Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee
MLK Annual Breakfast Celebration, "We're All in This Together"

Despite the challenges of gathering to celebrate, we are pleased to announce that this Kent County tradition will continue....virtually on January 18 with Bishop Ronald T. Fisher of Faith Life Church as the keynote speaker. The virtual Breakfast will be aired Monday, January 18 from 9 am to 10 am.  The link will be published a couple of days prior to the event and made available on the UUCR Facebook page. Even though the event is free, we're reaching out to you to consider being a sponsor to support the many organizations that continue to serve in the face of unprecedented need, including Good Neighbor Fund, The Samaritan Group (winter shelter), The Community Food Pantry, as well as the Vincent Hynson Scholarship Fund at Washington College. Donations can be sent to the MLK, Jr. Breakfast c/o CVMA, P.O. Box 227, Chestertown, 21620, checks payable to Chester Valley Ministers' Association. Contact Lynn Dolinger if you have any questions, or 215-872-5773.

White Allies Pledge Sign-up

There’s still time to sign the White Allies Pledge before the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice (SACRJ) publishes the names of those who have made the commitment in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18.  The Pledge, which is available on the SACRJ website,, provides an opportunity for white people who are committed to racial equity and justice in our community to Sign Up and Be Counted.    
There are two ways to sign the White Allies Pledge:
1.    Click on this link and complete the consent form.
2.    Send an email to and leave a message with your consent and contact information. You will receive a confirmation email.
The Social Action Committee for Racial Justice, formed in 2017, is a community effort to learn, grow, and take action against racism in Kent County Maryland. The focus is on identifying systemic racism and taking concrete steps to address inequities. The White Allies Pledge is an initiative of the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice executed with the assistance of the Social Concerns Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River.

Covid Vaccinations Are Coming!

UUCR is working with other congregations in Kent County to assist with outreach in getting our elderly vaccinated, which is most of our congregation! While details are not firmed up yet, according to the Health Department, residents who are 65+ are prioritized for vaccinations possibly starting the end of January. However, an on-line application for scheduling is required. We are forming a team at UUCR to assist with this process. Our most current information indicates that on-line applications are not yet available, but that seniors 75+ will be the next group to get vaccinations. If you need assistance or want to help, please contact the church office by UUCR email or by UUCR phone at 410-778-3440.

From UUCR's
Green Sanctuary Committee
Annual Environmental Book Read
Join the Green Sanctuary in our annual environmental book read! We will be reading As Long As Grass Grows by Dina Gilio-Whitaker and discussing it in February, most likely on Zoom! This book is available on Amazon new or used as well as at the library. BookPlate is another source that is always accommodating. Happy reading and I hope to see you in February.

“Through the unique lens of “Indigenized environmental justice,” Indigenous researcher and activist Dina Gilio-Whitaker explores the fraught history of treaty violations, struggles for food and water security, and protection of sacred sites, while highlighting the important leadership of Indigenous women in this centuries-long struggle. As Long As Grass Grows gives readers an accessible history of Indigenous resistance to government and corporate incursions on their lands and offers new approaches to environmental justice activism and policy.

Throughout 2016, the Standing Rock protest put a national spotlight on Indigenous activists, but it also underscored how little Americans know about the longtime historical tensions between Native peoples and the mainstream environmental movement. Ultimately, she argues, modern environmentalists must look to the history of Indigenous resistance for wisdom and inspiration in our common fight for a just and sustainable future.”

Kim Agee
Shopping Online?
Your Purchases Can Help UUCR!
Go to the link on the UUCR webpage here and enter either Amazon or IGive to make your purchases; .05% of what you spend will end up in UUCR’s coffers. Yes, it’s only a half-cent on the dollar, but these “ha’pennies” turn into dollars and then into scores of dollars.

Happy shopping!
UUCR on Facebook

Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River now has two Facebook pages. Our original UUCR Facebook Page now has a new look. Our UUCR Facebook Forum is the new more personal space.

Click here to for more information about our Facebook pages.
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:
Darlene Wiggers (Office) p: 410-778-3440 | e:
Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: (410) 778-3440