WEDNESDAY, September 9, 2020
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Sunday, September 13,
Rev. Sue Browning
"Finding Our Way Back"
Welcome! Welcome! While we won’t yet be gathering in person, at this virtual service we’ll be finding our way back to one another. Join us as we "kick-off" the year with song, story, reflection, a message from Rev. Sue, and an adapted version of our Water Communion service. The service will be a chance to explore the blessing of connection as a renewing force in our lives, especially in these unique times.
Curious about Unitarian Universalism or our congregations in Easton and Chestertown? This would be a wonderful virtual service to “attend”! Questions about how to "attend' a virtual service? Check out instructions in the newsletters and on the websites. 

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. 

Today, Wednesday, September 9 - Final Chance to Send In Pictures of Water
Sunday, September 13 will be our "welcome back" service and will include our annual Water Communion ceremony. Because we will not be physically together for this year's service, we are inviting you to email us a picture of water that is meaningful to you and we will include a medley of "water" pictures in the service.

To have your water picture included, please send the image by email to Rev. Sue at by 8 pm TODAY, Wednesday, September 9.

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.

Jan Ross, Sept 7
Scott Ross, Sept 7
Linda Weimer, Sept 8
Mary Pritchard, Sept 16
Nathan Ferster, Sept 24
Lisa Kennedy, Sept 26

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


Sunday, September 20,
Rev. Sue Browning, Virtual Service, "Artists for Justice: Learning the Stories"

Sunday, September 27,
Rev. Sue Browning, Virtual Service, "The 2020 Elections: A National UU Worship Service"
Exhilarated, Hopeful, and Slightly Terrified
As we approach the first Sunday of the church year, I feel the excitement of past years. I picture folks hearing the opening hymn and sensing a return to shared community. My mind walks through the service that Annie Lavin and I have created for September 13, and I wonder if any final tweaks are needed? Will "it" meet the needs of our community?

Sure, the service is in a virtual format, but it will be ok (won’t it?). The Water Communion offered through images set to music will be cool enough (won’t it?)

Preparing for a return to community has always included this sense of anticipation. The rituals of welcome and return remind us to ask how we can best include everyone. We want to offer an experience of belonging to those we already know, and to those seeking community. We want the experience to be invitational and renewing.

Interestingly, these aspirations for our Sundays have not changed in light of the pandemic. Even the "Do we have it right?" questions feel familiar. Yes, my "slightly terrified" feeling about the coming year has a few added dimensions this year, but in reality, it’s not all that different. We’re just figuring out what it means to be truly welcoming, with a few additional challenges.

For now the building will be closed, but the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River community will be anything but closed. Each week there will be a chance to share in a Sunday experience (ok, on YouTube), and there will be a coffee hour at 11 a.m. (ok, on Zoom), and we can continue to create opportunities for learning, fellowship, and community outreach together (ideas welcome!).

As a start, I invite you to consider what it will look like to show up for one another this coming Sunday? What will help you engage? What will help you return in love? (If you have "tech" or other questions, please ask.)

We need one another, especially this year.

In faith and love,
Rev. Sue
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 UUCR's Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee
25 Challenges for White People -
1 through 5 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 is "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 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.

For the next five weeks, Reflections will list five items from the list:

1. Join the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice - there is a lot of great work going on locally:

2. Smile at, look in the eye and greet persons of color (POC) in the community so they know they are no longer invisible to the white community.

3. Stop using the N word and do not allow it to be used in your presence. Educate people on how hurtful this derogatory term is to black people. If you need the language to explain it to others check out this video with Ta-Nehisi Coates

4. Get to know a person of the black race personally. Go out to lunch or dinner with them. Share a meal, invite them to your house or have a day outing.

5. When you hear someone say “all lives matter” tell them white lives have always mattered. Black people have been shown repeatedly that their lives don’t matter. We need to show people of color that their lives DO matter.
UU the Vote
UU the Vote is a UUA-sponsored initiative to provide resources to help get out the vote for this November’s election. If you are interested in making phone calls to voters in key states, go to, and click on “sign up to phone bank.” This takes you to the UU the Vote phone banking hub. From there, scroll down to select a date and time and click on “register.”

The Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee has been exploring various ways that our members and friends can get involved in getting out the vote (GOTV). We hope to continue to offer other ways to get involved up to this critical election.

Amy Warner. Co-chair
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.
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.
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