WEDNESDAY, October 28, 2020
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Sunday, November 1,
Rev. Libby Smith,
"Fragments of Holiness"
In our longing for healing and wholeness, we need to make room for the reality that sometimes we, and the world around us, feel more broken than whole. Can we learn to see the beauty that lies even at the heart of our brokenness?

To view this 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 would like to have a Joy or Sorrow included in the service, please submit it in writing to both Rev. Sue's email and the office email by 12 p.m. Thursday and she will read them each as a part of the service.

We will also have written versions of the service available that we can email to you or mail to you by US postal service.
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.


Bill Lindsay, Oct 1
Denise Tontarski, Oct 6
Cynthia Ramsey, Oct 11
Catherine Brooks, Oct 17
Carl Gallegos, Nov 6
Sue Browning, Nov 13
Jan Brandon, Nov 18
Joanne Hilton-Dhalgren, Nov 18
Tim Ford, Nov 20
Sara Warner, Nov 21
Diane Shields, Nov 24

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


Sunday, November 8,
Rev. Sue Browning, Virtual Service, "And We Take the Next Step"

Sunday, November 15,
Rev. Sue Browning, Virtual Service, "When We Want to Heal: A Service About the Rocky Times"
Minister's Column
The Countdown
In just one week Election Day will be behind us. It will be a relief. While it may take some time to know the results, ideally all systems will work well and we'll have results we can trust. I am hopeful (confident?) this will be the case.

I know many members have helped with voter registration, calls and texts. Many have made donations. Folks have voting plans.The stakes are high, and folks have engaged in unprecedented ways. We sense the tension in the air.  

As we move through the coming week, I encourage you to pause and consider how you are feeling about our democracy and this election. Take a few really big breaths. What are you grateful for? What has been reassuring? What are you frustrated with? Where are you worried? Where has there been joy?

It feels important to check in with one another on these questions. If times were more normal, we’d be able to do this sharing in person, but alas, this is not possible. 

Instead, to provide a chance for post-election sharing, I have set up a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. We hope many will join and share their perspectives on the election.

Zoom Sign-In for Wednesday, November 4 at 7 pm.

Join Zoom meeting by clicking here.
Passcode: 694963

As we enter this final week, we offer our shared gratitude for the many who are overseeing the election process and doing everything in their power to assure everyone can exercise their right to vote. *

In hope,
Rev. Sue

*Note: For this month we will not hold our anti-racism check in call. We’ll use the time for this post-election check-in.
There will be a memorial service celebrating the life of UUCR member Dick Hawkins on Sunday, November 15 at 3 pm on Zoom. All are invited to attend. As we get closer to the service, a Zoom link and additional details will be shared.

If you need support using Zoom, please let us know by email at or by phone at 410-778-3440.
How to Vote in Kent and Queen Anne's Counties: General Election 2020

General Election Day:
Tues, Nov 3, 7 am until 8 pm
Early Voting: Mon, Oct 26 – Mon, Nov. 2, 7 am until 8 pm

Voting registration in Maryland ended on Oct 13, but you may also register to vote (provisional ballot) during Early Voting or on General Election Day.

Contact the Kent County Board of Elections, 410-778-0038,
or the Queen Anne’s County Board of Elections, 410-758-0832, for details.

Three Ways to Vote

1) VOTE EARLY (in person), Oct 26 – Nov 2, 7 am – 8 pm.

In Kent County vote at the Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown.

In Queen Anne’s County, vote at Kennard Elementary School, 420 Little Kidwell Ave, Centreville, or Kent Island Fire Dept., 1610 Main St,Chester.

2) VOTE ON ELECTION DAY, Nov 3, 7 am – 8 pm.

In Kent County at any of the three KC voting centers:
  • Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown
  • Millington Fire House, 185 Sassafras Street, Millington
  • Rock Hall Fire House, 21500 Rock Hall Avenue, Rock Hall

In Queen Anne’s County at any of the four QAC voting centers:
  • Kennard Elementary School, 420 Little Kidwell Ave, Centreville
  • Kent Island Fire Dept., 1610 Main St, Chester
  • Grasonville Elementary School, 5435 Main St, Grasonville
  • Church Hill Elementary School, 631 Main St, Church Hill


The deadline for applying for a mail-in ballot was Tuesday, October 20. If you have applied for one already, you should receive it soon; if not, contact your local Board of Elections (numbers above) to check on its whereabouts. Once you receive your ballot, fill it out, sign as instructed, and submit it in its pre-addressed, postage paid individualized return envelope to your Board of Elections:

a) by mail (postmarked by Nov.3)
b) by placing it in a ballot drop-off box.

In Kent County:
  • Kent County Public Library, 408 High St., Chestertown, or
  • Kent County Board of Elections, 135 Dixon Drive, Chestertown.

In Queen Anne’s County:
  • QAC Board of Elections (County office building), 110 Vincit Street, Centreville
  • Kent Island Fire Department, 1610 Main St., Chester

c) by delivering to any of your county’s early voting centers
during early voting hours or to one of your county voting centers during voting hours on Nov 3.
Links to Help with Voting Decisions
The League of Women Voters has worked diligently to prepare
Voters’ Guides for the 2020 General Election. Hard copies will
be distributed throughout both Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties. KC Guides will be handed out at the Farmers’ Market in Chestertown every Saturday morning until November 3 – but if you’d like to see the Kent County Guide online, click here. For the Queen Anne’s County Guide, click here.

Two statewide ballot questions will be on the ballot on November 3. Want to know more about them? The League of
Women Voters of Maryland has put together descriptions of both questions, including the arguments for and against each. Click here if you’d like to see these.

Jane Hardy
From UUCR's Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee
New Home, New Hope on College Avenue
A new house on College Avenue is giving the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River the chance to build hope for a local bi-racial family of five.

Kent Attainable Housing is building the modest house. All we have to do is furnish and equip it, all 1,200 square feet.

With what? Just about everything. Open the attached List of Needs for the details.

Despite needing to find new employment, due to the Covid-slowed economy, a couple with three children has accomplished everything required of them so far by Kent Attainable Housing (KAH). They will soon be leasing-to-buy the modular home due to arrive on College Avenue Wednesday, Oct. 28. Move-in is anticipated in early December.

The couple had to jump through all the qualifying hoops, like classes in personal finance and a HUD certified First-time Homeowners Class, before their selection. KAH is a local non-profit committed to ending multi-generational poverty through home ownership. This home, recently named Garnet House in honor of Kent County’s noted abolitionist H.H. Garnet, will be the first KAH completion.

The UUCR’s Social Concerns/Social Justice committee was inspired by Kent Attainable Housing after hearing Lani Seikaly, the founding chair, present the 501-C3 charity to the Chester Valley Ministers Association last year. The UUCR study of racism had already taught members about the blatant discrimination by federal and private mortgage entities aimed at African-Americans for decades.

The nest egg, the inheritance that many White families have received from their parents, often based in the paid-off family home, never existed for most Black families. Helping this family start building their nest egg is a rare chance for us to make a difference, a material difference in our own community -- financial security and a leg up for the next generation of long-oppressed Americans.

The UUCR committee envisions this project as a first step toward a possibly lasting relationship with the local couple. Both Lani and Lynn Dolinger, initiators of the collaboration, say there may be opportunities to assist the family with technical and budgeting issues they encounter for the first time. “This relationship could develop into something fun and beneficial to both parties,” Lynn noted.

Another value of UUCR’s role will be to serve as a test-case for KAH collaboration with other churches for future homes. KAH already has received applications from 24 families, mostly led by single women with children. Six households are in various stages of the lengthy process, and a second homesite and qualified family might emerge within the foreseeable future. When the area’s economy recovers, KAH expects its clients to qualify for mortgages rather than lease-to-buy contracts.

So, if downsizing or clean-outs of garages and attics are on your autumn agenda, please reserve the choicest items that fit the attached Needs List. Contact info is shown at the top of the List.

Thanking you in advance,
Nancy Holland and Linda Weimer, coordinators 
Sign Up and Be Counted
It's not too late to sign the White Allies Pledge. UUCR has been assisting the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice to engage community members in supporting People of Color in their quest for justice and racial equity.  We hope that you will sign the Pledge and be counted when supporters' names are published in early November.

While this is a product of the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice (SACRJ), our own Board and Social Concerns Committee are partnering with the SACRJ in support of our Strategic Plan's focus on racial equity. In addition, many of our members are actively working with the SACRJ to promote racial justice in our community, including Philip Dutton who is a member of the SACRJ Steering Committee. If you want to do more, please consider signing the Pledge and becoming a member of the SACRJ. There's a lot of information on their new website You can also contact Philip Dutton at or Lynn Dolinger at

Lynn Dolinger,
Co-Chair of the UUCR Social Concerns Committee
Photo Directory News
Please share your photos!
All members and friends should have received an email with instructions on giving us the latest picture to be included in the UUCR photo directory. You can send them either through the web site, or by email at We are looking forward to seeing everyone and their family.

David Biehler
From Sunday, October 25,
Rev. Sue Browning,
"Identifying What is True"
How are you sure something is true? Andy Rooney once noted, “People will only accept facts as truth if the facts agree with what they already believe.” Join us for this service with Rev. Sue Browning as we explore the ways we each determine what is true.

Deep gratitude for Words and Music from Nancy Holland, Sue Browning, Ellen Barry Grunden, Eamon Peach, Philip Dutton and Crashbox Theater. Our grateful thanks as well to the Tech and Communications Team of Elizabeth Hausburg (editor), John Ramsey, Don Barker, James Lavin, Bozena Lamparska, Jane Hardy and Jan Whitney.
UUCR on Facebook

Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River now has two Facebook pages. Our original UUCR Facebook Page now has a new look. This is thanks to Kate Livie, of Alosa Communications. (Click the image below to go to our original UUCR Facebook Page.)

  • Frequent posts are desirable not only because they keep our page updated with fresh content, this new content is carried forward into our followers’ newsfeeds. That’s an example of the interconnectedness of all things. We want our page to reflect a balance of news and information, not skewed too much in one direction. So far the bulk of our content is about upcoming services, ideas for family activities, and our work on racial justice. It would be helpful if we could expand our postings into other areas.

  • Pat Bjorke has been posting from UU World about Unitarian Universalism so that folks not familiar with us will get some idea what we're about. 

  • Pat has also been posting her “BITES” on this Facebook page, as well as putting them in Reflections newsletter.

  • PLEASE visit ... maybe once a week to see what's new even if you're not going to post.

  • As well as our Website, our Facebook page is our public face in the now mostly virtual world. Do not post personal information about yourself or anybody else.

  • If a Facebook page isn’t seen in the virtual universe, does it exist?

Our UUCR Facebook Forum is the new more personal space. Again, created by Kate Livie. (Click the image below to go to our UUCR Facebook Forum.)
  • This is a private Facebook page/group for UUCR congregants and friends only.

  • One has to be admitted by someone already in the group.

  • Only members can post.

  • The intention is to give us a means of sharing experiences and possibly connecting in this time of distancing.

  • Content posted to the private UUCR Facebook Forum group offers greater latitude than on the public Facebook page, and can include thought-provoking discussion topics, fun asides, and current local topics of interest. It is highly advisable to keep a definite boundary between the two Facebook pages.

  • DICK HAWKINS MEMORIAL SERVICE -- A picture of the service has been posted on the Facebook Forum. This is your chance to join the group, if you have not already done so. Add your own pictures and remembrances. Feel free to start your own post.
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