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.


As we enter our summer months, we need to consider our Sunday time together. Our informal summer meetings are such a wonderful opportunity to share thoughts on topics not discussed in our regular sermons or to continue conversations begun in earlier sermons.  

July 27,  10 AM
 Kevin Brien, "Confucianism."

This talk will focus on the thought of Mencius (372 - 289 BCE), the second most important Confucian after Confucius himself. We will begin with a focus on  his famous stance that "human nature is good," and then try to make clear what Mencius means when he says this, and why he says this. 

Reminder: Children's programs and childcare will resume on September 7. 
August 3, 10AM
Vida Morley, "Kitchen Table Conversations."

This is not to be a recipe exchange!! Let's reflect/dream of safe, nurturing places for sharing and caring.  Where were such places for you at various periods of your life?  Is "Joys and Concerns" at UUCR a place of comfort for you? 
Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen's book Kitchen Table Wisdom will be with me.  You come too!  

August 10,  10 AM
Dick Brockmeyer
, "Lessons from Childhood: Did They Serve You Well?"

August 17, 10 AM
Poetry Sunday

Join us to express our 3rd and 4th principals through poetry. (3rd principal: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. And our 4th principal: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.) The congregation invites everyone to bring a poem that speaks to their own spiritual journey to share with the group. Our time together can include praise, compassion and solidarity for each other as we travel together our individual journeys!

August 24,  10 AM
Margie Conlin, Music Sunday

Our 7th year of music, played by members of our UUCR and local top-notch musicians. They play everything from musicals, classical, and pop.  Each year our music fest has grown, and each year it has gotten better!

August 31,  10 AM
Steven Wolin

This talk is the third of a three-part series titled "Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation." Steve will briefly describe the earlier sessions so that everyone attending can participate in the discussion. Reconciliation is the final step of turning a former enemy into an ally. Although rare, reconciliation is possible. We will examine this extraordinary process through the stories and photos of 8 Rwandan couples 20 years after the genocide where Hutus slaughtered nearly one million of their Tutsi neighbors.  

* Please sign up for a summer session at UUCR. You get to run the service! You can lecture, hold a discussion, bring in music or use some other format. Service Leaders are available to light the chalice, facilitate Acknowledgements of the Heart and take up the collection if you would rather not do these traditional tasks. This is your chance to have a service just the way you want it! Signing up is easy. Just put your name (and your topic if you know it) on the signup sheet which is on the white board in the church lobby. If it's easier, you can just call Margo at the office (410 778-3440) and she will sign you up.



yard sale

Start saving your sturdy stuff for our sale -- we will need all kinds of contributions (except adult clothing) to help make this important fundraising event a success. As we have done in the past few years, we are holding the sale in our parking lot. Spread the word to your bargain-hunting friends!

Pat and Ray Gomez are chairing the sale this year.  Wanna help out?  We will need pricers, setter-uppers, hawkers and general muscle. Please contact Pat at to lend a hand. S
tay tuned for more about drop-off dates; in the meantime, please purge your closets and set aside your goodies!

pot luck

We need a potluck host for the third Friday in August, August 15.  Everyone is welcome to our UUCR Potlucks -- all you need to is bring a dish to share; everything else will be provided.   Be watching for directions to the Lindsays' home during the next week.

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

The new artwork hanging in our sanctuary for the months of May thru August has been created by our middle school students, Maggie Ross and Paulina Panas.  Please read more about the project in the Art Book located on the pulpit near the front door of our building.  Thanks again to Nora Carey for sharing her beautiful floral paintings with us in March and April.

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.