Unitarians to Sponsor Parenting Forums

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What is it like to be a parent in 2018? What is exciting? What is challenging? Join the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown, for food, fellowship, and conversation at a pair of parenting forums that are free of charge and open to the public – for families of all backgrounds and faith traditions:

Friday, February 23, 6 – 8 p.m. at UUCR, 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown. “There’s Just Not Enough Time!” It’s challenging to fit in the many opportunities for children and families, but skipping these opportunities feels risky as well. How do we juggle family schedules in 2018?

Friday, March 9, 6 – 8 p.m., at UUCR, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. “Parenting in a Social Media Age.” Parents today are breaking new technological ground; their days can disappear as they are pulled to check social media, texts, and email. When should children get cell phones? Instagram or Snapchat accounts? We’ll consider the experience of parenting when deluged with information.

The facilitator for both forums will be Reverend Sue Browning, Minister at UUCR.

Participants are encouraged to bring their whole families, as a light supper and childcare will be provided free of charge.  Supper will be served at 6 and at 6:30 the program will begin. The evening’s activities should end between 7:45 and 8 p.m.

Pre-registration is requested: email morningmom2@gmail.com, or call 410-778-6348 to register or for questions and more information.

Unitarians Ponder “Decency in the American Presidency”

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On Sunday, Feb 11, at 10 a.m., Mr. Sherwin Markman give a sermon entitled “Decency in the American Presidency: Do We Have It? Have We Ever Had It? Will We Have It Again?” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Sherwin Markman, an experienced observer of the American political scene, was an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson at a time when, with the active participation of both political parties, immense progress was achieved in such areas as voting rights, civil rights, Medicare, child care, and much, much more. He will share his views concerning where our current president fits within the wide canvass of American presidencies.

Clark Bjorke will provide special music for this service.

All are welcome! Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

Photo: Sherman Markman, right, with President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, 2/29/68, U.S. Pentagon parking garage.

For more information cal 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Join the Unitarians as They Discuss Isolation and Exile in Modern Society

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On Jan 28, at 10 a.m., Mr. Gary Jackoway will lead a service entitled “Babylon” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. In 600 BCE, Jerusalem was sacked by the Babylonians and thousands of Jews were taken to Babylon as slaves. How they reacted to exile, and how each of us reacts to feeling like strangers in a strange land, will be discussed in this service. All are welcome!

Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

For more information cal 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Unitarians Examine Their Seven Principles

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On Jan 21, at 10 a.m., Rev. Sue Browning will lead a service entitled “The UU Principles and Beloved Community” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged the world to “live into” a vision of Beloved Community. How do our 7 principles help us live into this vision? At this service Rev. Sue Browning will consider the deep challenges of living into Beloved Community and why Unitarian Universalists are evaluating an 8th UU principle to help. Special music for the service will be provided by Nevin Dawson.

Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

For more information cal 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Unitarians Celebrate Life on Sunday!

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On Jan 14, at 10 a.m., various members of the congregation will lead a service entitled “Cycles of Life” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” At the beginning of the new year, what better time to reflect on the cycles of our life and it purpose? Join us for this traditional service of song and reflection as we honor the cycles of our lives with their sweetness and pain, beginnings and endings, with memory and gratitude.

Philip Dutton will accompany us as we sing our favorite songs of passage and renewal. We will hold the traditional UU Fire Communion as we release the past and welcome the blessings of 2018!

Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. For more information cal 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Unitarians Embrace the New Year

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On Sunday, January 7, 10 a.m., Reverend Sue Browning will give a sermon titled “Getting Started” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Is the question “What do I have to get done today?” different from the question “What do I want this day to be about?” Join Rev. Sue Browning for this service where we’ll explore the art of being intentional and the ways this religious community can support your intentional living.

Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

Unitarians Contemplate the Meaning of “Namaste”

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Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, Church in Chestertown

On Sunday, Dec 31, 10 a.m., Dr. John Turner will give a sermon titled “Namaste” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., ChestertownJohn explains, “‘Namaste’ is the traditional greeting all over India. Although it really doesn’t translate into English, I prefer to think of it as saying, ‘The divine within me smiles upon the divine within you.’ I believe this fits the form of a blessing and that it can truly challenge how we think about others and about ourselves. And maybe give us a boost into the New Year.”
Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. All are Welcome!

UUs Celebrate “Eve of the Eve” – Sat. Dec. 23

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Join the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown, on Saturday, December 23 at 7 p.m. for a traditional evening of carols and story in our annual “Eve of the Eve” service.

Rev. Sue Browning will lead us as we take time to pause and sense the moment “just before” and the wonder of new life.

All are welcome! Please call 410-778-3440 or visit the website for more information.

Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, Chestertown, church building

Unitarian Universalists: “To Seek a Minor Sun: Letting Go and Fighting On” 

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Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, Church in Chestertown

On  SundayDec. 10, at 10 a.m., Rev. Diana Davies will give a sermon titled “To Seek a Minor Sun: Letting Go and Fighting On” to the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. A great naturalist writer once observed a spider spinning a web on a warm street light, in defiance of the winter cold, leading him to the conclusion: “In the days of the frost seek a minor sun.”  But when is it important to hold onto that glowing orb of hope and when is it time to let go?

Special music for this service will be performed by Shannon and Mike Buccino.

About our speaker: Diana Davies completed her studies at Meadville Lombard Theological School, was entered into preliminary fellowship and was ordained as a UU minister. She has recently served as a student minister at First Unitarian Church of Baltimore and is currently supporting the Unitarian Universalists of Charlestown (in Catonsville MD). Before entering seminary, Diana had a long career as a teacher of Russian and an international educator, most recently serving as Vice Provost for International Initiatives at Princeton University. She is bringing her international experience into her ministry through her work as an international education consultant for Meadville Lombard.

 Religious Exploration and childcare will be available during the service.

 All are welcome – please call 410-778-3440 for more information.

Childcare will be available during the service. All are welcome!   Please call 410-778-3440or visit the website for more information.