Unitarians Confront our Current Political Divisiveness

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On Sunday, October 14 at 10 a.m., Doug Harrell will give a sermon entitled “Silos of Discord” to the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. The United States is on the verge of a new civil war. Not yet a shooting war, but just as during the lead up to the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, Americans are divided into two camps, and constructive dialogue is scarce. Where are the peacemakers? Is there anyone or any group who can serve as an honest broker by listening respectfully to both sides and work to heal the rift? In his sermon, “Silos of Discord,” Doug makes the case that the practice of the Seven Principles equips UUs to undertake the task of bridging the divide, and restoring respectful discourse to our public sphere.

Vocalist Sue Matthews will provide special music for this service.

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

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

Unitarians Contemplate “The Next Greatest Generation”

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On Sunday, Sept 23 at 10 a.m., Dr. Bob Clegg will give a sermon entitled “The Next Greatest Generation” to the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. This sermon examines the responses of civic-minded, “hero” generations throughout history — generations that came of age in times of unraveling, uncertainty, and crisis. According to some historical analysts, we are now due for another “hero” generation. The good news that this sermon argues for is that the millennial generation that is coming of age today bears the hallmarks of prior hero generations that put things back together just when all seemed lost.

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

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

UU Church – Benjamin Van Dyne on “What We Do Together” on May 27

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On Sunday, May 27 at 10 a.m., Benjamin Van Dyne will give a sermon entitled “What We Do Together” to the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr.,Chestertown.

Benjamin, a recent graduate of Union Theological Seminary, explains: “Religious liberals prize individual self-determination, and often tell their own story as Us in terms of moving toward freedom and away from constraints. But what is the price of our freedom to choose?”

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

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

Unitarians Examine Change through Growth

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On Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m., Rev. Sue Browning will give a sermon entitled “The ‘Why’ of Going Deeper” to the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Often Rev. Sue says, “My hope is by doing this (or that) we can go deeper.” What does she mean by this? How has UUCR’s first year with Rev. Sue helped the congregation ‘go deeper’? Join us at this service with Rev. Sue as we explore the ways we’re individually and collectively inspired to stretch, grow and change.

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

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

Unitarians Look to Expand their Spiritual Practices

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On Sunday, May 13 at 10 a.m., Rev. Greg Chute will give a sermon entitled “Forty Days of What?” Rev. Chute explains, “Yes, I know it’s no longer Lent, but the idea of intentionally setting aside time for self-awareness and personal assessment is always a good idea. Jesus went into the desert for forty days in search of himself. Where would you go? Or, what would you choose to give up for forty days as a spiritual practice? More importantly, perhaps as Pope Francis asks: ‘What would you be willing to take up for forty days as a spiritual practice? And to risk changing your life?’”

Pianist Dick Durham will provide special music for this service. Religious Exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

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

Unitarians host Seminarian Joshua Long

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On Sunday, April 8 at 10 a.m., Mr. Joshua Long will give a sermon entitled “Can You See the Miracle” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. The Jewish Prophet Isaiah told the ancient Israelites to let go of the past so they could see the miracles taking place in front of them. With what feels like chaos in our current world, it may be difficult to see what is emerging in our own lives and the world around us. Let us pause for a moment and reflect on what is bursting forth in 2018. Join us for a service of music, song and reflection. Josh Long is Director of Contemporary Music at the UU Church of Annapolis. He will provide original music as well as accompany us on piano and guitar.

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

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

Film will be screened on March 28, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River

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Come join UUCR for a viewing of the film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. This film reminds us what can happen when regular citizens come together to take a stand for our Earth. The film showcases the work of Climate Reality Leadership Corps and the individuals who join them to organize and take action to protect our planet from climate change.
If you are ready to learn about the challenges that climate change present our communities and ready to make a difference for our planet, join us for this interesting and enlightening film, followed by discussion, on March 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm at The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown.  Questions, please call 410-778-3440.

Prevent Gun Violence Educational Program

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The Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River will be hosting an educational forum featuring guest speaker Liz Banach, Executive Director of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence.  We will also hear from its local affiliate, Kent County Citizens to Prevent Gun Violence.

The forum will be held on Sunday, March 11, 11:30 a.m. at the church, 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD.  All are welcomed who are interested in understanding more about the issues surrounding gun violence and what we can do in our community to support prevention efforts.

Local contact:  Lynn Dolinger, 410-778-0295, lynn.thirdwish@gmail.com

Unitarians Explore Building Bridges to Connect Us

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On Sunday, Mar 4, at 10 a.m., Rev. Sue Browning will give a sermon entitled “Finding Our Growing Edges” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. There is no error-free path to building bridges across differences. What helps us keep trying? At this service Rev. Sue Browning will consider experiences that help us shed light on our subconscious assumptions and ways we might address those biases most resistant to change.

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

For more information call 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook. All are welcome!