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.

Sunday Services

October 19, 10 AM
Ms. Tami Santelli,
Senior Director, Humane Society of the U.S.
sponsored by our C.A.W.S. (Animal Ministry) Committee

"Crusading for" 

The Service is sponsored  by our UU Committee, The Chesapeake Animal Welfare Society (CAWS), which falls under the auspices of the Central UU Animal Ministry. The goal of CAWS is to foster and propagate the humane treatment of all animals.  

Followed by Congregational Meeting: See Below

chaliceR.E. and Child Care Provided

October 26, 10 AM
Rev. Greg Chute, "The Seven Deadly Sins and What to Do about Them."      

deadly sins

Many of us have heard about the seven deadly sins; some of us can name them; a few of us have practiced them. Did you know though that there are seven heavenly virtues? Perhaps knowing a little bit more about all of this can help us be more attentive and discerning in how we live our lives. 

November 2, 10 AM
Mike Arms, TED Talk, "Crossing the Milk Sea: A Cautionary Tale of Witness and Warning."

November 9, 10 AM
Dr. David Newell, "Life Boat Ethics."        

Lifeboat ethics is a metaphor for resource distribution proposed by Garrett Hardin.   The metaphor describes a lifeboat bearing 50 people, with room for ten more.  The lifeboat is in an ocean surrounded by a hundred swimmers. The ethical question is whether (and under what circumstances) more swimmers should be taken aboard the lifeboat?   Lifeboat Ethics has implications for the environment, foreign aid, immigration, food banks, etc.    

November 16, 10 AM
Rev. David Pyle

November 23, 10 AM
Dr. John Turner, "Resonance and Harmony"




pot luck


Friday, Oct 17, 6 PM, Potluck Dinner at the home of Harry and Nancy Hart.

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!

Sun, Oct 19, 11:30 AM at UUCR
Special Congregational Meeting

As Annie Lavin so thoughtfully expressed from the pulpit last Sunday, change is equally wrought with challenges and opportunities.  As David moves on to retirement, he leaves a legacy of excellence in ministry and leadership in growth.  I hope that you will make time for the congregational meeting on Sunday, October 19 after the special animal ministry service to explore the opportunities that this change presents.  A highlight of the meeting will be a presentation by our new Joseph Priestly District Executive, David Pyle, who will lead us in an exploration of these opportunities and strategies for achieving our goals as a congregation.   An agenda for the meeting will be distributed shortly.  



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

Artwork in our sanctuary for September and October is provided by our members David Biehler and Cindy Brittain. The theme of trees was chosen for its symbolism in many forms in our lives.  From roots to branches, trees show us the simple passage of the seasons of nature and of our lives. These two accomplished photographers exhibit widely in area galleries and have extended artists statements and biographies available. You will find this information located in the UUCR Art Shows binder on the pulpit located near our front door. Please thank them for sharing their talents with us and inquire about purchasing these or other photographs from their extensive collections. David's local number is 410 778 4313 and Cindy's cell is 410 490 3842.

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.