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
October 26, 10 AM
Rev. Greg Chute, "The Seven Deadly Sins and What to Do about Them."      

deadly sins

Many of us have heard about the seven deadly sins; some of us can name them; a few of us have practiced them. Did you know though that there are seven heavenly virtues? Perhaps knowing a little bit more about all of this can help us be more attentive and discerning in how we live our lives. 

chaliceR.E. and Child Care Provided
November 2, 10 AM
Mike Arms, TED Talk, "Crossing the Milk Sea: A Cautionary Tale of Witness and Warning."

 We on the Eastern Shore have had or have heard of water adventures but not like our speaker's, Mike Arms.  Harvard and Yale educated, Mr. Arms has voyaged over 145,000 sea miles as a professional small boat sailor, thoughtful science writer, and lecturer.  Among his several books and many published articles is the well-received Riddle of the Ice: A Scientific Adventure into the Arctic.

Prepare to be awed and informed by Mr. Arms as he outlines the perils facing our oceans; please bring friends to share the experience.  

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"



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 local number is 410 778 4313 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.