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 20th
Earth Day Celebration
earth day

On this Easter/Earth Day weekend the Green Sanctuary Committee invites you to join in a conversation about everyday miracles, Jesus' miracles and their connection to how we protect our beautiful home, Earth. Come celebrate the miraculous with the Green Sanctuary.  

chaliceR.E. and Child Care Provided

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!    

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" 

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 23, 10 - 11:30 at UUCR
Wonder Wednesday Discussion group

The topic will be "Simplify." Why simplify? What does simplify mean in a digital age? Does simplify mean different things at different times in your life? Why is it so hard to do? What are some simplifying techniques?

May 4 -- UUCR Annual Meeting

pot luck

Friday, April 18, 6 PM, home of Nancy Holland and Dick Hawkins -- Potluck Dinner!

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.