March 14, 2018

Potluck Dinner on Friday!

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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.
Jolene L’Tainen,
Sat, Mar 10
Neenah Newel
Wed, Mar 14

Don L’Tainen,

 Thurs, Mar 15
Jackie Mathwich,
Sun, Mar 18
Friday, March 16
9 -12:30 office hours
Sunday, March 18
Lead service, Board Meeting
Friday, March 23
11-1 office hours,
1-2:30 class
Friday, March 30
 9-12:30 office hours
 Please call or e
mail Rev. Sue,
 to confirm any time you want to meet with her as she usually has several meetings planned when she is in Kent County.

Fri, Mar 16, 12 noon at Fountain Park in Chestertown– Join a Peace Vigil with “Women in Black.” 

Fri, Mar 16, 6 p.m., UUCR Spring Celebration, Sock Burning, and Potluck Dinner at the home of Carl Gallegos and Brenda Rocconi.  No need to RSVP; just bring a dish to share and come help us celebrate Spring! Directions to the Gallegos/Rocconi home, 24392 Waterview Rd., Worton, from Chestertown: Drive north from C’town on MD 213. Turn left onto MD 297 at “Suds and Soda”; drive through Worton.  Turn right onto MD 298 at the Kent County High School. Drive 0.8 miles; take the first left onto Cooper’s Lane. Drive 2.9 miles; after the second horse farm, and turn left onto Waterview Dr.  Brenda and Carl’s house is the fifth house on the left at the curve, 24329 Waterview Dr.  Phone: 419-810-3143  (call if you get lost or need additional assistance)

Sunday Service, March 18, 10:00 a.m., Rev. Sue Browning, “Living with Integrity: Just How Hard Is It to Do?”  Living a life where you make choices that align with your ethical standards seems the right thing to do. At this service Rev. Sue Browning will consider the challenges and blessings that come when we decide to center integrity in our lives. Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.
Look for our new Identity Statement posted in the sanctuary this Sunday!
Save the Date: March 24, 12 noon at the County Office Building
Chestertown will march in solidarity withcommunities throughout the country to support prevention of gun violence in our schools and our lives.  We’ll meet at the County Office Building, 400 High St. in Chestertown, at noon and march to Wilmer Park for guest speakers and other activities.  To date, this is the only March on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that is listed on the national website. There will be a sign making session on March 21, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Chestertown library.  For information contact Lynn Dolinger,

Mar 25, Rev. Karen Lee Scrivo, “Called to Repair the World.” There’s no shortage of justice work that needs doing in today’s world. How do we find the work that we are called to do and the faith and strength to sustain it, and ourselves, for the long haul?
Apr 1, Rev. Sue Browning, “In the Fresh Light of Morning.” When in your life have you discovered a fresh perspective? Are there mornings when you see the yesterday’s realities in a new light? At this service Rev. Sue Browning will explore the contrasts between darkness and light in the Christian story of Good Friday and Easter. Clarinetist Rebekah Hardy and harpist Meredith Hadaway will be our guest musicians for this service.
Apr 8, Josh Long, “Can You See the Miracle?”
Apr 15, Rev. Sue Browning, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Unitarian Tradition.”  If you were transported back 100 years, would you recognize the Unitarian faith? What has changed and what has stayed the same? At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we’ll consider the evolution of Unitarianism and ask which parts of the tradition continue to sustain us in 2018.    The local vocal group“High and Wides” will provide special music for this service.
Apr 22, Green Sanctuary Committee, Earth Day
Apr 29, Leika Lewis-Cornwall

The Strategic Planning Group is facilitating the planning process for the future of UUCR. With input from the congregation, this process involves developing an Identity Statement and creating a Vision for UUCR’s future that will be the guiding principle for developing a Mission Statement and a multi-year Strategic Plan.
The first step in this process has been to create an Identity Statement – a reflection of who we are today. Incorporating feedback from the congregation, our Identity Statement will be posted in the Sanctuary on March 18th.
The next step is to create a Vision for UUCR’s future. The Strategic Planning Group will be scheduling a series of “cottage meetings” to gather information from members and friends of the congregation on our Vision for UUCR – What is it we want to create? What is our dream?  We will be hosting these meetings over the next month at the church and at members’ homes, and we encourage everyone to sign up! (Look for the schedule in next week’s Broadsheet, and the sign-up sheet to be posted in the church.)
Questions? Ask one of our members, Philip Dutton (Chair), Nancy Holland, Carl Gallegos, Bob Bjork, or Lynn Geisert.

Fridays,  March 23, and April 13 and 27, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at UUCR, New Adult R.E. Program led by Rev. Sue.  (Reminder for participants only; no more spaces available.)
Sat, March 24, gather at 12 noon at the County Office Building, Gun Violence Prevention March in Kent County –– see above.
Wed, March 28, 7 p.m. at UUCR — Screening of the film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. See article below.

Film will be screened on March 28, 7 p.m., at UUCR
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.
Kim Agee, Green Sanctuary Committee

Children’s Religious Exploration has several Sunday morning openings this spring for volunteers to lead a “Lesson in a Box” for elementary age children.  These grab-and-go lessons are completely pre-packaged and require no advance planning or preparation!  They consist of a story, discussion questions, and a craft or activity.  You simply sign up for a Sunday, and if there are children in attendance, escort them to the RE room after being sung out of worship and select one of the prepared lesson packets. This is a fun, easy way to interact with our children.  Please contact Pat Bjorke with your date preferences. or 410-778-6348.

Our sanctuary walls are now adorned with exquisite paintings of  three local African American artists, Kevin HarrisAlan Johnson, and Samuel Moore. Their work will be shown through the month of March.
Kevin Harris uses acrylics to paint on glass.  His process involves painting backwards on one side of glass so that the finished product shows on the opposite side.  He had one of his pieces exhibited at the Smithsonian. See image, right, for an example of Kevin Harris’s work.
Alan Johnson is an oil color artist and a musician.  His oils speak of the black experience and mostly speak to his life here in Kent County. Image to the left is of Alan Johnson between two of his paintings, 

Samuel Moore uses acrylic for his pieces.  His latest art shows his use of color in forming abstract works. See image to the right for an example of Samuel Moore’s work. 

Art at UUCR is curated by Margie Conlin.