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

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

Resonance and harmony are important concepts in physical systems, but can be applied to our lives, as well. Resonance tells us about ourselves and harmony tells us about our interactions - of all sorts.

chaliceR.E. and Child Care Provided

November 30, 10 AM
Wes Davis, "Sympathy for the Devil: Dissidents, Scapegoats and Boogeymen."

 You may be familiar with the name Wes Davis. He reaches a wide variety of audiences as a public speaker, singer/songwriter, recording artist, and college instructor. We welcome him to our pulpit on Nov. 30 to speak on "Sympathy for the Devil: Dissidents, Scapegoats and Boogeymen." This talk will examine the demonization of the "other," and how fear is exploited in order to control.  Why is it that what some call "sacred" is called "evil" by others? And, of most importance, how does this irony keep us from finding common ground as humans? 

Wes Davis teaches in Conflict Analysis and World Religions at Salisbury University.  He has become a popular performer of originals and rock covers on the Delmarva Peninsula, and has traveled across the US to speak and perform.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in DC and served as a United Methodist pastor for thirteen years. 

December 7, 10 AM
Chaplain James Walker, "The Barmen Declaration: Faith and Society 80 Years Later." 

In 1934, representatives of the Lutheran, Reformed and Evangelical United denominations met in Barmen, Germany. They met to oppose the so-called German Christians, a Nazi supported group that sought to reinterpret Christianity as an Aryan religion. The statement they produced, the Barmen Declaration, reaffirmed that the German Church was not an "organ of the State" and that the concept of State control over the Church was doctrinally false. Now, eighty years later, James Gibbons Walker invites reflection on the relationship between faith and society in an increasingly pluralistic and contentious USA. 

December 14, 10AM
Ms. Jean Charles, "Forgiveness is Not for the Weak" (Amish Tradition)

December 21, 10AM
Rev. John Wright

December 23,
Intergenerational Eve of the Eve

December 28,
Rev. Mike Franch   



Tues, Dec 2, 9 - 10 AM, "Breakfast at Beverley's"

Wed, Dec 3, 10 - 11 AM at UUCR
-- ARE Discussion Group: Topics in the latest UU World


pot luck


Friday, Dec 19 -- Winter Solstice Ceremony and Potluck Dinner at the home of Barbara and Jack Fancher.    

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!

Saturday, Nov 22, at UUCR

Due to a very low response, we are regretfully canceling the intergenerational Thanksgiving Seder originally scheduled for this Saturday, November 22. 



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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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 Virginia number is 703 533 8318 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.