The Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River strongly supports individual spiritual growth. We have a Sunday service along with active adult and children religious education programs. We are an intentionally liberal and diverse community seeking to aid each other's individual spiritual growth. We value openness, community, growth and relationships.

It is the mission of the UUCR 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; and to engage in promoting a just and humane social order.

Please join us. Sunday service is at 10:00 AM on Sundays. R.E. and Child Care Provided

Sunday Services 

April 27th
Ms. Annie Lavin

 "Shh! Secrets: The Power They Hold, the Shame They Nurture, the Myths They Perpetrate."


We all have secrets. Some may date back to when we were children. Chances are we think they're unique to us and not like anyone else's. Secrets often reflect shame, loneliness, isolation, family pain, and judgments of self-worth.  Sound familiar? Feel familiar? Perhaps we've been carrying the weight of secrets for too long. 






Secrets zap energy, require vigilance and inhibit our right to happiness. So, what to do with them? Rev. Matthew Johnson-Doyle has an idea or two.  He has encouraged me to use them as a basis for my talk, which I will further expound with a power point presentation. There is insight, understanding and humor as we identify our shared struggles and bring compassion and forgiveness to ourselves and each other. We're all human; we're all complicated; none of us has all the answers. Join us as we consider various ways to bring our secrets to light, and watch their power fizzle!    

chaliceR.E. and Child Care Provided

May 4th
Mr. John Fulda
"Green Eggs and Ham, the UU Eucharist."

John explains that children's literature frequently is metaphorical and he finds great opportunity for spiritual growth in this one by Doctor Seuss. 

May 11th
Rev. Bruce Hartwig

Flower Communion Sunday

May 18th
Mr. Sherwin Markman
"Tragedy and Triumph: The Summer of 1964, A Fifty Year Remembrance" 

Sherwin Markman, as an Assistant to the President under President Lyndon Johnson, was present when Civil Rights history was being made a half century ago. We welcome him to our pulpit to speak on the summer of 1964 in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the great sacrifices that were made, and the greater gifts that were bestowed upon us in the cause of civil rights.

On April 10, 2014 Sherwin was invited to attend the Civil Rights Summit to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, hosted by the LBJ Presidential Library. In attendance were Presidents Obama, G.W. Bush, Clinton and Carter. Sherwin's talk to us will also include the deep impact this Summit had upon him.  Join us in hearing this firsthand account of history.

May 25th
Dr. David Newell
"Siestas and Sabbaticals"

Many Americans work seven days a week, sometimes for several weeks in a row, without a break.    Even in a normal work week, we often spend the evenings and weekends finishing up work that didn't get done, or doing things to be ready for the following week.   If we are not doing job-related tasks, we workaround the house and yard!   The end result is often exhaustion, burn out, and preventable health issues.  Could there be some wisdom in deliberately engaging in a "systematic waste of time"?     

A Note about Our Sunday Services: We will now be offering the special opportunity of chalice lighting to adults on three Sundays per month.  Volunteers are most welcome – please see Annie Lavin.

Wednesday, April 30, 10 - 11:30 at UUCR
Wonder Wednesday Discussion group

The topic will be "grace." What does "grace" mean? Does it have meaning for non-Christians?  Is it something one can achieve, or does it need to be given? Is there a power dimension to the concept of "grace," and what's it good for, anyway?  This will be the last of the "Wonder Wednesdays" for this church year.


May 4 -- UUCR Annual Meeting

UUCR's Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday May 4, following church service and a provided lunch.

Wed, May 7 at UUCR -- Wine and Cheese Reception

Nancy Robson and Sue Collins are launching a new book entitled, "OK, Now WhatA Caregiver's Guide to What Matters."

Here's a description of the book from its dust jacket:  "
What matters most when someone close to you has been diagnosed as terminal? Time and quality of life for both of you. Coping with both the practical and emotional questions of this challenging passage. We are all going to die one day, yet every death is individual as is the walk toward that individual death both for the one leaving and for the ones they leave behind. Focusing on what truly matters between human beings while taking care of the business of living at the end of live is what this book is about. "

The authors will be present to sign books.  This topic should be of interest to anyone who is (or expects later to be) caring for a terminally ill relative or friend.  Everyone is welcome!










pot luck

Time: 6 PM, Third Fridays of the Month
Host Preparation: Plates, utensils, glasses, water, easy seating. We bring all the rest!

Please sign up to host a third Friday  potluck in 2014! Email or call Margo at the church office--or just tell her in person next time you see her!



As the holidays approach, please consider shopping options that help UUCR. Purchases made through the UUCR website:

link to and to earn dollars for UUCR at no cost to you.  Don’t just go to their websites – link to them through UUCR’s webpage, or click on the link just above.  A percentage of every purchase you make goes to us – and these percentages add up!

Also, take a look at our new products from our Fair Trade partner, Equal Exchange, including handmade gift wrap and decorative boxes fashioned from recycled cotton,not paper.  We also have a selection of organic fruits and nuts.  All in time for your holiday needs!  Check them out this Sunday, and be ready to purchase Acme Grocery Cards as well.



David Newell, our Minister, will hold hour by appointment.  For more info contact Dr. Newell at 410-708-3740 or at, or leave a message at 410-778-3440.  


The Music Committee is pleased to announce that, effective January, 2014, Ms. Joan Blume will be UUCR's piano accompanist two Sunday a month.  The alternate Sundays we will continue to enjoy the music of our own Bill Lindsay.  A special thanks to Bill for continuing to volunteer his musical talents and his time!

We are still looking to hire a part-time elementary school teacher! It is a fun job and a great way to connect with our UUCR youth. If you are interested or know someone that may be please write or call me.
Shannon Smulow, 720-840-6355,

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 See Linda Dutton or visit

EXPERIENCE UU THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD There are several openings this coming year in Children’s Religious Education working with both the elementary and middle school groups.  If you’ve ever wondered how to articulate what UU is all about, teaching children will give you the tools you need!  We are lining up an exciting series of active and engaging curriculums including some from the new UUA “Tapestry of Faith” Lifespan Education series.   

Note:  All volunteers must adhere to UUCR’s Child Safety Policy, including consent to background checks.

Art at UUCR

Nora Carey is our featured UUCR local artist for March and April 2014

Nora lives on the water in the Rock Hall area with her husband John. Both of them were participants in the 2013 RiverArts Studio Tour. Their home, studio, workshop and gardens reflect their talents and interest in the beautiful environment surrounding them. John expresses himself with wood working to create both useful and beautiful forms.

Nora uses watercolor, pastel and sometimes both to state her view of the natural world. Her paintings reflect the mood of the four seasons as interpreted through her vision. She attempts to capture those fleeting moments in nature that signify its beauty.
The large framed paintings are priced at $300 and the smaller ones at $175. Remember that part of the any purchases of artwork will also benefit UUCR. Check out our Art Book in the foyer or inquire in the church office if you want more information.

Please support our local artists and thank them for enriching our view of this community.  Remember that a portion of the proceeds from artwork purchased through our UUCR art shows benefits our church. 


Please remember to support UUCR through the purchase of Acme and Fresh and Greens grocery cards and Fair Trade food products from Equal Exchange.  Check out these products on Sunday - look for them near the door to our wonderful new deck!


Every family is entitled to one free copy; duplicates may be purchased  at $5 each.  Please contact Margo,, if you need one or more.