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

December 21, 10AM
Rev. John Wright
, "A Very Merry Unitarian Christmas" 

We get used to things, don't we? We tend to think, incorrectly of course, that the way things are now is the way they've always been. In this service Rev. Wright will look at some of the ways the celebration of Christmas has changed over the years, and how our Unitarian and Universalist ancestors played an important part in the shaping of our modern Christmas traditions.

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Tuesday December 23, 7 PM
Intergenerational "Eve of the Eve"

Join again in the singing of favorite carols, hearing a rendition of the Christmas story, and being together in our candle-lit sanctuary.  A special offering for the Kent County Victory Garden will be taken. Bring a friend to share the joy!
Following the program there will be hot cider and cookies to continue the celebration. Your contribution of cookies would be much appreciated! This is the event we enjoy because we are with you, your new and old friends, and all those high school- and college-aged offspring we love to see once more.

December 28, 10 AM
Rev. Mike Franch, 
"The Grandfather in the Closet or What Does It All Mean?"

I have a suitcase in a closet that contains the remains of my wife's grandfather. Not his ashes, but a few objects that apparently were important to him. I can piece together his life's story from these bits and pieces, but I can only surmise what meaning they had in his life. It's made me realize that unless I tell her, my daughter will never know what some of my stuff reveals about about my life. As a matter of fact, unless I make an effort, there might even be things that I won't know! 

Sunday January 4, 10 AM
Joe Rogers
  -- A look at the similarities between Quakerism and Unitarian Universalism, parallel faiths with much in common.

January 11, 10 AM
Dr. David Newell, "Personal Identity."  

John Locke wondered what would happen if the soul of a prince somehow ended up in the body of a cobbler.   Would we have a cobbler, or a prince, or neither?   What is it that uniquely identifies us as persons, and what happens if it is altered, destroyed, or simply inaccessible?  This question has interesting implications for us today.

January 18,
Motivational Theater of Easton, "The Card Table."  

This p lay depicts three people with disabilities -- a paraplegic; a woman with Cerebral Palsy; and a war veteran recovering from addition and mental illness -- discussing their lives while playing cards.




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Friday, Dec 19 -- Winter Solstice Ceremony and Potluck Dinner at the home of Barbara and Jack Fancher.  
Note: Time is 4:15 

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!

Sat, Jan 21, 2015 at UUCR -  IT'S COMING!!!!!! UUCR SERVICE AUCTION



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

The exquisite woolen tapestries hanging in our sanctuary are crafted by Rock Hall artist Alice Pickett-Lewis. These will be on display until December 14.

Here is Alice's Artist Statement:  

I have had a lifelong love of fabric, texture and color.  Rich saturated colors evoke such an emotional response.  Color and texture combined create several layers of visual interest.  I want my pieces to create a visual response from across the room with hidden details to be revealed from close up.  Where I live in Maryland I am surrounded by intense sunsets, lush farm fields and salt water marshes.  These are my inspiration.


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.