“Gratitude and Grace” This Sunday at Unitarian Church

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Reverend Susan Carlson Browning, Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, in Chestertown

On Sunday, Nov 19, 10 a.m., Rev. Sue Browning will give a sermon entitled”Gratitude and Grace” to the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River,  914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. In this harvest season we take time to say thank you for the abundance around us. Join us for an intergenerational Unitarian Universalist Bread Communion service where we’ll reflect on the grace underlying our gratitude as together we’ll set a table and share in the harvest. The service will include a Child Dedication service welcoming an infant into community.    

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

Thinking About How Lives Matter at Unitarian Church

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Dr. Michael Franch

Charity Auction at Unitarian Universalists November 18

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Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, Church in Chestertown

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6 p.m., Chestertown

Free admission. Open to the Public.  Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages

The Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River (UUCR) will hold a fund raising auction on Saturday, November 18 at 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, in the Crestview development.  Admission is free and the general public is welcome.

Doors open at 6 p.m. to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and desserts.  Explore Silent Auction items before the Live Auction begins at 7 p.m.  Bid on wonderful donations, including a Dale Chihuly signature, oil paintings and crafts by local artists, pastel lessons with Mary Pritchard, dahlia bulbs, excursions, Cal Ripken memorabilia, a week at an upstate NY cabin, dining experiences and delivered prepared meals, home décor items, computer help, pet services, and a pianist for your next party.

A continually updated list of auction items is available on the UUCR website — click on “News.”

Unitarian Universalists: “Trusting in Abundant Love”

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Reverend Susan Carlson Browning, Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, in Chestertown

On Sunday, November 5, at 10 a.m., Reverend Sue Browning will give a sermon entitled “Trusting in Abundant Love” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Drive (Crestview), Chestertown. Our Universalist ancestors held that love was an unlimited resource and felt called to offer unconditional love. Rev. Gordon McKeenan describes, “Universalists believe that all of us are going to end up together in heaven, so we might as well learn how to get along with each other now.” At this service, Rev. Sue Browning will draw on this rich history as we consider modern day connections between the UU faith and social action.

Special music for the service will be performed by Pam and Bob Ortiz.

Childcare will be available during the service.

All are welcome to our service. For more information, visit our webpage.

“Growing into Community” at Unitarian Church Sunday

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On Sunday, October 22, at 10 AM Rosemary Ramsey will give a sermon on “Growing into Community” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Drive (Crestview), Chestertown. Rebecca Solnit writes of a future that is unknown, dark, with an enveloping sense of possibility and communion. Martin Luther King Jr. considered “agape,” or love in action, as going to any length to restore community and heal that which divides us. Rosemary will share ideas of what building intentional community means to her, and how uncomfortable that can be.
Special music for this service will be performed by Fredy Granillo.
Childcare will be available during the service.
All are welcome to our service. For more information, call 410-778-3440.

Being in Two Places at Once

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On Sunday, October 15, at 10 a.m., will give a sermon entitled “Being in Two Places at Once” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Drive (Crestview), Chestertown. 
If only we could be two places at once. Just imagine being able to accept two invitations. Strictly speaking, it’s impossible to be in two distinct places in the same moment, or is it? Unitarian Universalists are challenged to a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and to hold that our own truth will not be another’s truth; to hold that there is not one perspective or one conclusion. At this service, Rev. Browning will explore the ways we are called to be in two places at once, and the courage it takes to accept this invitation.   
 
Childcare will be available during the service. 
 
All are welcome to our service. For more information, call 410-778-3440.

Unitarians to Examine Power of Forgiveness

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On Sunday, October 8, at 10 a.m., The Rev. Greg Chute will give a sermon entitled “Whatever Happened to Forgiveness?” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Drive (Crestview), Chestertown. 
Jane Hardy notes in her announcement of the sermon, “We don’t talk much about forgiveness; the word didn’t even make it into our UU Seven Principles statement of values. Is it relevant? Worthy of our attention? How do we feel about the idea? Or is there something better? Come and join the discussion about ‘letting our anger go’ and moving on.”
 
Childcare will be available during the service. 
 
All are welcome to the service. For more information, call 410-778-3440.

“What Is Worthy of Our Bravery?” – Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River

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Reverend Susan Carlson Browning

On Sunday, October 1, at 10 a.m., Reverend Sue Browning will give a sermon entitled “What Is Worthy of Our Bravery?” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Drive (Crestview), Chestertown. In his book The Philosophy and Mythology of Harry Potter author Patrick McCauley reminds us of a core lesson from the Harry Potter series: “The decision to approach and confront that which scares us is not a thought, it is an act.”  Being brave is hard. What is worthy of our bravery? When should we act in light of fear? What guides these choices?  At this service, Rev. Sue Browning will explore these questions and the sources that inspire our acts of courage. Special music by Karen Somerville.

 
All are welcome to our service. For more information, call 410-778-3440.

New Minister Joins Chestertown Unitarians

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Reverend Susan Carlson Browning

The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown, is pleased to announce the selection of the as its new half-time minister.  Rev. Browning has been serving the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Easton congregation for the past four years as a half-time minister and will expand her ministry to Chestertown.

Rev. Browning came into the Unitarian Universalist ministry after a long career with Verizon. As young parents, she and her husband Bill had found Unitarian Universalism when looking for a faith home in which to raise their children.  As Rev. Browning relates,

I discovered Unitarian Universalism when my husband and I were in search for religious education for our family. Our children were young and being a part of a community that regularly opened conversations on ethics and morals seemed important. Making time for a spiritual life mattered especially because we felt so busy in our lives – a chance to slow down and even at times to pause. As we made connections and built relationships I got involved in church leadership, focusing on membership and social justice and eventually sensed this work of leading and building connections was my call to ministry.

Her long history of involvement in the lay leadership and religious education at the UU Church of Arlington, Virginia, prepared her for taking a new direction in her life, i.e., becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister.  Rev. Browning graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and was ordained in 2013. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College.

Rev. Browning commenced her ministry in Chestertown on July 1stand will be giving her first sermon at UUCR on September 17th. She will be preaching on the first and third Sundays of most months and will hold regular pastoral hours at UUCR.

Rev. Browning and her husband Bill have three adult children. Regarding her new ministry with UUCR, Sue said, “I look forward to getting to know the congregation and the Chestertown community. For me, living out my faith is grounded in building and sustaining relationships and figuring out what can be done together.”