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.”

Dalai Lama’s “Instructions for Life”

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On Sunday, June 4, at 10 a.m., Mr. Dick Hawkins will lead a discussion entitled “Instructions for Life” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Dick will start off our Summer Sunday Discussion by leading a dialog entitled “Instructions For Life,” based on wisdom from the Dalai Lama. Please come and help discuss the Dalia Lama’s suggestions for living life.

Our mission is to foster liberal religious ideals through public worship, study, service and fellowship; to provide a public forum to address religious, ethical and moral issues; to support individual freedom of belief and caring human relationships; to become an intentionally diverse community; to engage in promoting a just and humane social order.

Join us for this thoughtful discussion, Sunday, June 4, at 10:00 am. All are welcome. For more information visit our webpage.

Instructions For Life Lecture Featured at UU Church Starting Sunday

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On Sunday, June 4, at 10 a.m., Mr. Dick Hawkins will lead a discussion entitled “Instructions for Life” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Dick will start off our Summer Sunday Discussion by leading a dialog entitled “Instructions For Life,” based on wisdom from the Dalai Lama. Please come and help discuss the Dalia Lama’s suggestions for living life.

Join us for this thoughtful discussion; all are welcome. For more information visit our webpage, www.uuchesterriver.org.

Unitarians Explore the Role of Song in Promoting Peace

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On Sunday, March 12, at 10 a.m., Dr. Jim Curtis will give a sermon entitled “Does Your Life Flow On in Endless Song?” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Singing is a wonderful way to create wholeness in our lives and in our spiritual community. We can also create wholeness by understanding the way Unitarian Universalism grew out of the movement known as the Second Great Awakening. The effects of that movement continue in the way our great popular singers bring us together, and in the way singing and chanting promote peace.

Jim Curtis has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 31 years. He is now an art educator. He and his wife Donna live in the Kendal Retirement Community in Kennett Square, PA.
Special music for this service will be performed by vocalist Karen Somerville.

Childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. Join us for this thoughtful discussion; all are welcome. For more information call 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Unitarians explore the meaning of “Unitarian Universalism”

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On Sunday, February 19 at 10 a.m., Mr. Ron Schaeffer will give a sermon entitled “What It Means to Be a Unitarian Universalist” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. It is important that we occasionally ask the questions, “What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? And, why is it important that we discuss this as a congregation?” In a religious denomination that allows the individual to decide what to believe, can we get consensus on our basic values and why we are here? During a time of major change for our congregations, Ron Schaeffer, a long-time UU, explains his view on what Unitarian Universalism means to him.

Special Music for this service will be performed by violinist/violist Nevin Dawson.

Childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. Join us for this thoughtful discussion; all are welcome. For more information call 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Unitarians Explore the Impact of “Love” Upon Today’s Political Dialogue

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On Sunday, February 12 at 10 a.m., Rev. Dr. Richard Speck will give a sermon entitled “Love Is All You Need” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. As we approach Valentine’s Day, does love have the power to overcome hate? In the face of a country torn between Republicans and Democrats arguing over what the facts are, can love triumph to heal the breach? We’ll explore love and its role in our lives and religion.

Childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. Join us for this thoughtful discussion; all are welcome. For more information call 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Unitarians Host Bishop Charles Tilghman

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On Sunday, February 5 at 10 a.m., Bishop Charles Tilghman will give a sermon entitled “How Black People Maintain Our Faith in God Despite Our Troubles” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Eighteen years ago Bishop Tilghman started The Potterhouse Ministries in Rock Hall, which later moved to Fairlee. Bishop Tilghman, President of the local chapter of the NAACP, is working to build better relationships within the community.

Special Gospel Music will be performed by Minister Annette Turner and Joshua Tilghman.

Childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. Join us for this thoughtful discussion; all are welcome. For more information call 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Unitarians Seek to Find “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity”

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On Sunday, January 22, at 10 a.m., Rabbi Naomi Hyman will give a sermon entitled “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. In 1963 Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel called for great moral purpose and bold expression of our spiritual values. That call still resonates as we face a troubling national political agenda. How will be answer it?

Special music by Clark Bjorke.

Childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. Join us for this thoughtful discussion; all are welcome. For more information call 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Wayne Gilchrest to Address Unitarians

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On Sunday, January 8, at 10 a.m., Wayne Gilchrist will give a sermon entitled “Harriet Tubman vs. James Buchanan” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Mr. Gilchrest, former U.S. House Representative, MD District 1, will explore the contradictions represented in these two diverse public figures and their interpretation of the U.S. Constitution as it applied in their respective social contexts, as well as to current issues.

Childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. Join us for this thoughtful discussion; all are welcome. For more information call 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.