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 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. 

chaliceR.E. and Child Care Provided
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)

Forgiveness can be one of the most difficult concepts to grasp. This may explain why it's one of the most difficult and greatest gifts to give. UUSD member Jean Charles will speak of one of the most amazing times of forgiveness with her personal experience on the outskirts of the Amish shootings in 2006. Forgiveness is desirable, but how do we get there? How can our ability to forgive radiate compassion and love beyond ourselves to a broken world that yearns for healing? Therefore, allowing us to become the sources of peace, because we never know when or what will touch another's heart!

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.

December 23,
Intergenerational "Eve of the Eve"

You won't want to miss this well-loved intergenerational tradition of storytelling and singing in UUCR's candlelit sanctuary.  Bring a friend to share the joy!

December 28,
Rev. Mike Franch   



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

Another month, another UUCR Breakfast at Beverly's. Tuesday,  December 2nd at 9:00 AM at Beverly's restaurant in Chestertown. The Dutch treat breakfast is open to all and discussion will depend on who shows up but could include the search for a new minister, SOSL for UUCR, committee work, music, etc. Please let Dick Hawkins know by 5PM on Sunday, November 30th if you are planning on attending so an appropriately sized table can be reserved. 

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

Join us for an open discussion of articles and issues in the winter edition of "UU World." Come and contribute your ideas and/or listen to the ideas of others on such topics as immigration, the sins of progressives, evil inwritings, or Ferguson. The discussion will take place at UUCR at 10:00 to 11:00 AM and is open to anyone interested in discussing topics that UUs are talking about (you don't have to have read the winter issue of "UU World" to attend).

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!



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.


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.