From the Revitalization Team

In the face of a continuous onslaught of challenges to the UUCE, I’m pleased to report that there are many reasons to remain optimistic about the future of our congregation. As part of the Revitalization Team, I’m fortunate to get to hear the excitement in the voices of our group members who are actively working to bring stability and enthusiasm back to our community. One of the consistent sources of that excitement is our transition to being lay led. While…

UU Zoom Retreat Event

We are excited to announce a Virtual Retreat Event:   Difficult Conversations, the Art and Science of Working Together  Join author Kern Beare for a three-part, interactive Zoom event  Saturdays Feb. 19th, 26th & March 5th, 2022    10 am – 12:30 pm  This interactive workshop will explore principles and strategies that will allow you to approach difficult conversations in a radically new way.    Open to people of all gender identities.   Registration Cost: FREE   To register-get link:  Send name & e-mail address…

The Seven Principles

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.” 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every…

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection

January 23 from 12:00 to 12:30 pm Please separate your CLEAN food grade Styrofoam from your packaging Styrofoam and bag as needed.  Styrofoam peanuts are NOT accepted (take to UPS store).  Place your Styrofoam in the Prius in the church parking lot. We’ll drive it to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora (open 24/7).  Please try to avoid using Styrofoam because its use is not sustainable. Many people manage to avoid it; indeed, entire countries do without it. Thank you! Mary Alice Masonick

MidAmerica Region Newsletter

MidAmerica Messenger Volume 9 Issue 7 | January 2022 The MidAmerica Region is where UUs visibly live our faith, create connections, grow our membership, and welcome all persons who share our UU values. View this email in your browser.

From the Board of Trustees

Welcome to the New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday season however you chose to celebrate and you’re all heading into 2022 full of hope and enthusiasm. I wanted to fill everyone in on what the Board has been up to recently and give you some information on the status of the church. It’s no secret that the Covid Pandemic and subsequent shut down has thrown the whole world for a loop, our church included. Our membership,…

Practicing Gratitude This Holiday Season – A Message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

However you celebrate, holidays and rituals are an invitation for reflection. They remind us of our past, and they also invite us to be attentive to the present moment. Practicing gratitude helps us all to be intentional in naming the gifts that surround us, reminding us that we are loved and we all share a fundamental interdependence. Practicing Gratitude This Holiday Season – A Message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray – YouTube
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Faith in Place

Our Share the Plate recipient for the month of January is Faith in Place. Faith in Place empowers people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.   Diverse people of all faiths sharing the commitment to care for the Earth. We recognize and honor all indigenous peoples who once inhabited this land we now call Illinois and lift up the voices of people of color to fight for…

PADS Signup for January

Dear Friends, Thank you to everyone who helped this past year! Here is the link to the PADS signup for January.  No serving is required, as the staff has been handling that during the pandemic. Note, there are five Mondays in January, where we have volunteered to prepare and deliver lunches.  Feel free to contact me with questions. Thank you. Dotty Carringi UUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

Human Rights Day, December 10

Dear Friend, Today is Human Rights Day. Seventy-three years ago today, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  In adopting that Declaration, they shared a common aspiration for “all members of the human family” to have these rights recognized, and that one day, Member States would affirm these rights in their national laws. As we all know, there’s a long way to go before the UDHR is incorporated into the national laws of…
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Interfaith Food Pantry

Our Share the Plate recipient for the rest of December is All Peoples Interfaith Food Pantry Several UUCE members have or still do volunteer at this food pantry, and we’ve supported the pantry with food donations for years. They serve residents of Elgin and are located at 256 E. Chicago St. Elgin, IL 60120. Open 9:30 to 11:30 Mon – Fri. Thank You!