WEDNESDAY, October 7, 2020
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Join us tonight, Wednesday, October 7,
7 pm, for Support and Feedback on Our Individual Efforts to Make a Difference
Tonight, October 7 at 7 pm, we will have our monthly check-in Zoom call on our personal commitment to help end racism. These brief calls are a chance to encourage one another in our efforts, knowing that it is easy to be distracted or discouraged.

My hope is that we find points of hope and sustain momentum as we share our progress, set-backs and new questions.

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

Click this Zoom link to join the discussion tonight, October 7, at 7 pm.
Sunday, October 11,
Rev. Sue Browning,
"What Has Surprised You of Late?"
Do we come to each day ready to be surprised? Should we? How has surprise been a part of 2020? At this service with Rev. Sue Browning, we’ll consider the role of surprise in our lives, both surprises that come with joys and those that come with challenges.

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

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


Sunday, October 18,
Zoom Discussion Leader
Annie Lavin, "Calling All Armchair Tourists"

Sunday, October 25,
Rev. Sue Browning, Virtual Service, "Identifying What
Is True"
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
Minister's Column
Tuesday evening (Oct. 6) I was one of eight ministers who spoke at a Talbot County event titled, "Living Our Faith Against Injustice." The gathering was part of the ongoing efforts to remove the Confederate monument (Talbot Boys statue) from the courthouse property.

While this event was in Easton, we need to address history, and the broader challenges of racism cross the Eastern Shore and beyond. In this spirit, I offer the words I shared Tuesday evening as my UUCR column this week. (Note: In the picture, clergy are standing on the steps; the monument is in the far left.)

In community,
Rev. Sue

Remarks by Rev. Sue Browning addressing removal of the Confederate statue, Oct. 6, 2020

"There are times in our lives when it is hard to figure out the right thing to do. Friends, this is NOT one of those times. Choosing to remove this Confederate monument from this spot is NOT one of those challenging ethical dilemmas.

The right thing to do is clear.

We know the history of this monument. We know this monument has stood in this spot for over 100 years as a reminder of the white entitlement. We know that in a world filled with stark and painful divisions, this monument reinforces hierarchy. We know this monument is a reminder of violence and to this day instills fear.

It is wrong that this monument stands on the courthouse lawn. Symbols in public spaces should provide messages of equity and inclusion. Symbols should inspire us to live into principles of justice. This monument does not pass this test at any level.

It is time for change. We owe this to one another. We owe this especially to the children, and teens and young adults in the community. We are all harmed when a symbol, and the associated narrative, perpetuate inequity and sustain a climate of fear.

The moral and ethical choice regarding this monument is clear.

Friends, I also want to remind us tonight that our faith traditions do more than help us discern right from wrong. Our traditions – each in their own way - call us to be open to change. We are called to imagine a world as seen through the eyes of the divine (however you imagine the sacred), and then to use our passion and energy to move toward this vision.

We need to keep a clear vision of equity before us as we work to dismantle racism. Together we need to work to change the many entrenched policies, practices, and patterns which hold racism in place.

Our faith traditions remind us to believe that change is not only possible, it is imperative. In knowing that change is possible, we find hope. We must keep our hearts and minds open to change; we must make room for others to change.

May the leaders in this community find an expedient path to remove this symbol of bigotry from this spot, and may we all commit to taking the needed steps to make room for all to flourish. And may grace guide us at each step."
If you are not yet registered to vote in Maryland you may do so in person until 5 pm on Tuesday, October 13 — or until 11:59 pm that same day if you are registering online or by email or fax. Phone your local Board of Elections for information: Kent County B of E — 410-778-0038; Queen Anne’s County B of E — 410-758-0832.

You may also register to vote (provisional ballot) in person during Early Voting or on Election Day.  Call your B of E (numbers above) for more information about what documents you will need to bring with you in order to register to vote at these venues.

Jane Hardy
Still Eager to Promote Voting?
There’s another group working to turn more Americans into voters in the upcoming Nov. 3 presidential election. While Reflections has recently presented several volunteer projects, here’s another one – Vote Forward.

The website is, and the instructions make it easy to print out letters to people, listed in bundles of five.

The non-partisan organization reports that more than 20 million letters already have been addressed to registered voters in swing states. In fact, some swing states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Iowa, Texas) are fully "booked" with letter writers. But a few are still waiting.

The appointed mailing date is October 17, chosen by experts to arrive for maximum impact. Volunteers need to donate paper, envelopes and first class stamps.

Linda Weimer
From UUCR's Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee
25 Challenges for White People -
21 through 25 of 25
What can white people do to eliminate racism and create a more equitable society for everyone? You can educate yourself by using the available systems and resources about how to stop racism. Here are "25 Challenges for White People" to become more aware of systemic racism in our country. The point is for you as a white person to choose a challenge that makes you step out of your comfort zone. Persons of color (POC) have to live in discomfort and endure the trauma of racism every day. White people must pick up the baton and learn to be uncomfortable as you move to eliminate racism. Saying you are not a racist does not mean you are an anti racist. Step out of your comfort zone: conquer new challenges on this list.

21. Seek out a diverse group of friends for your kids and for you. Practice real friendship and intimacy by listening when POC talk about their experiences and their perspectives. They’re speaking about their pain.

22. Admit out loud to yourself and your White family and friends that racism exists and challenge them to do something on this list to become more educated.

23. Directly support Black-owned businesses and Black-led organizations.

24. Be assertive about challenging racism in your community or workplace.

25. Get comfortable with discomfort, in yourself, your family, your community, and your workplace.
Exciting New Project from the Social Concerns/Social Justice (SCSJ) Committee
To launch our partnership with Kent Attainable Housing (KAH), we are looking for someone from our congregation to coordinate our efforts to help the first family move into their new home, tentatively by the end of November. We need a coordinator to seek contributions from our congregation that will help to furnish and provision this home in Chestertown for a family of five, two adults and three children, ranging in age from two to sixteen. We've prepared a detailed list of items requested from the family and now we need to reach out to our members and friends to solicit and gather the needed items.

This really sounds like a fun project! You will get lots of support from the SCSJ Committee and the KAH folks as well. You could even team up with another member on this project. Please let me know if you might be interested or have questions.

Lynn Dolinger, Co-Chair of the Social Concerns Social Justice Committee
White Allies Pledge Campaign by Kent County's Social Action Committee for Racial Justice
I hope that you all have had a chance to read and consider signing the White Allies Pledge as published in local media and our own Reflections last week. What you may not know is the level of UUCR leadership that has been working to bring this Pledge to the community. While this is a product of the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice (SACRJ), our own Board and Social Concerns Committee is 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

Lynn Dolinger,
Co-Chair of the UUCR Social Concerns Committee
From Sunday, September 30,
Christen Green
"Listening For The Unknown"
When life seems noisy and chaotic, we often hear the advice to listen carefully to a still small voice or the wisdom of our hearts. It can be difficult to know what we are listening for. Join guest minister Christin Green to explore deep listening for the unknown.

Deep gratitude for Words and Music from Christin Green, Nancy Holland, Ellen Barry Grunden, Jim Richardson, Philip Dutton, Eamon Peach and UUFE Choir: Patty Rubin, Bozena Lamparska, Dave Moore, and Dick Doughty. Our grateful thanks as well to the Tech and Communications Team of Mark Peach (editor), Don Barker, Bozena Lamparska, Jan Whitney, Jane Hardy, John Ramsey, Jim Lavin, and David Biehler.
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