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

Early in his teaching career, veteran sailor, educator, author and Mike Arms left the traditional classroom and opted for a different kind of educational setting for hundreds of teenage students: a 60 ft. traditional wooden schooner where the curriculum was life and the teacher was the sea. He founded a program of "sea learning" experiences, which was the beginning of a lifelong career of discovery and adventure on the Northern Atlantic.

Mike encountered a phenomenon south of Iceland where the sea had taken on a bright turquoise color instead of the familiar gray green color.  A decade later Mike was able to solve the mystery with information from earth observing satellites and writes of this encounter as a "cautionary tale of witness and warning."

Mike was invited to give "Crossing the Milk Sea" as a TED Talk, which we will hear this Sunday. He brings this talk with a Power Point presentation to UUCR.
 "Sailing for me, used to be a hobby. Then it became a vocation, Then an obsession, Then a metaphor: a window on the world. What began as a series of casual summer cruises has evolved into a means of making contact with the planet we live on and with the severe stressing of planetary systems caused by our collective human activity." M. Arms 

Join us for learning, reflection, and fellowship, a UU tradition.  

chaliceR.E. and Child Care Provided

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

Dr. Pyle tells us, "Amidst all its troubles, the world needs Unitarian Universalism. For years we have tried to grow this faith through independence . . . perhaps it is time we give interdependence a try."

We welcome the insight, humor and perspective of Rev. Pyle, the new Executive Director of the JPD, on this return visit to UUCR.

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

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. 



Tuesday, November 4, 9 AM
Breakfast at Beverly's!

Join us for an informal discussion groupwith a great Dutch treat breakfast, at "Beverly's," a restaurant in the nearby "Old Super Fresh" shopping center. A possible discussion topic is "What is good enough?" All are welcome, but please let Dick Hawkins,, know if you are planning on attending before 6 PM on Sunday, Nov 2nd, so an appropriately sized table can be reserved.

Wed, Nov 5, 7 PM at UUCR -- Solar Energy Discussion! 

UUCR's Green Sanctuary and ARE committees are sponsoring an informational evening on the status or residential solar energy. Sunday's guest speaker Mike Arms and Ben Fetrow will describe why solar energy is becoming so popular, what it means to an individual user, and how a home owner can make it happen for little or no money. Mike has recently had a solar system installed at his home and is willing to share the economic advantages he foresees as well as the installation procedure that he has experienced. Ben is an executive with Solar City and will describe how and why solar is 'taking off' in parts of the US and what Solar City can offer residential customers.

This is strictly an informational meeting to acquaint people with residential solar options. It is free and open to the public. Come join us to better understand the options and both advantages and disadvantages of residential solar energy production.

Coffee and tea will be served.


pot luck


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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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.