Posts from 2021

Oaktober Celebration at UUCE Thursday, October 28

Renowned speaker and eco champion Ed Collins is scheduled to speak at UUCE on the history and importance of oaks in the national landscape and even the world landscape. Ed is the Director of Land Preservation & Natural Resources for the McHenry County Conservation District. He is a dynamic speaker and presented at a UUCE Sunday service several years ago. This free event is on Thursday,  Oct. 28th, @ 7 p.m. and is hosted by the Wild Ones of Greater Kane County. Any…

First Light Meditations

A well-regarded meditative resource has come to my attention, and I want to share it with you.  All Souls New York City is one of our most successful and prestigious churches.  It was co-led for years by Rev. Forrest Church (son of Senator Frank Church) and Rev. John Buehrens (two term President of the UUA).  They co-wrote the popular A Chosen Faith:  An introduction to Unitarian Universalism.   All Souls NYC is now led by Rev. Galen Guengerich, and this is his creation,…

PADS UUCE August Signup Schedule

A big THANK YOU to all who signed up in July. The PADS staff and guests are very grateful for your support of meal donations. Following is the link to the UUCE August signup schedule for Elgin PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) Monday lunches. Note, there are five Mondays in August. Contact Dotty Carringi for meal ideas or other questions, and thank you for considering helping with our PADS effort. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054AABA82CA4FC1-pads1 PADS Lunch Signup for AugustHello! Welcome to the…

Unitarian Universalist for Social Justice

Summer Quarterly Meeting Sunday, August 29, 2021—2 to 5 p.m.—Via Zoom Meeting ID:  873 5722 4554 Passcode:   436162To participate via phone call 1-312-626-6799 Program—2 to 3:25 p.m.  “”A Comprehensive Overview of Justice Reform since the beginning of 2020” Evan Freund, Chair of our Interfaith Criminal Justice Task Force, will be the presenter.  Presentation will include: 1. The law eliminating money bond in Illinois 2. The progress of the CPD consent decree that IFCJTF advocated for 3. The New State law regulating the use of force by…

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection

The Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection is this Sunday, July 25, from 12:00 to 12:30 pm in the church parking lot. Please separate your CLEAN food grade from your packaging foam and put them in the car with the sign for food foam or packaging foam. No Styrofoam peanuts are accepted (take those to UPS store). The Styrofoam collected will be taken to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora. Thank you for recycling. Mary Alice Masonick

Summertime

Summertime is travel time for many of us.  School is out.  The weather is fair.  Some of us have traditions of a place to go, or things to do that approach holiness:  a National Park, a particular beach, one’s 2nd home, perhaps, if we are that lucky, a bicycle trail, a pilgrimage, an annual get-together with friends and relations.  People and things and places that bring fond memories and pleasures.  Revisiting places where romance bloomed (such as ‘On the street where you live.”)  Activities or destinations that have been tested, so there’s little risk of something going wrong.  Or…

Rev. Michael Dowd, July 18th

On July 18th, Rev. Michael Dowd will be our guest.  Since April 2002, Michael and his wife (UU science writer and fellow climate activist Connie Barlow) have traveled North America delivering talks in some 500 UU congregations, summer camps, and minister retreats, as well as for other religious and secular groups.  Their pro-science, pro-future ministry was featured as the cover story of our national membership magazine, UU World, in the spring of 2006. They’ve also been featured in major media throughout…

Reopening Update

The Executive Team (ET) continues to plan for a post-Labor Day return to in-person services. There is much to do before then! Returning to in-person Sunday services is a more challenging aspect of reopening than you might think. In alignment with our UU values of inclusion and Beloved Community, the ET is recommending that our Sunday services be fully accessible for everyone, from our families with young children, to visitors, elders, and the immunocompromised, which means we’ll want to structure our Sunday…

Paying Attention is a Kind of Love

Some of you may already know of Maria Popova, a philosopher and writer who is immersed in language and the arts. If I want to go deep into something combining intellect, and feeling, and artistic expression, I often look to her. Her blog is called ‘BrainPickings.” and is free (although donations are joyfully welcomed). A number of my ministerial colleagues are inspired by her work. Here is a sample: Whom We Love and Who We Are: José Ortega y Gasset…

Witnessing As a Civic Duty

On Tuesday I was walking toward my car, which, because of its shade trees, I like to park in that big lot that serves the Post Office and Hemmens Cultural Center patrons.  When halfway to the parking lot on N. Grove, I noticed two city police SUVs with their lights flashing, and a young black man talking with the Officers. I slowed down and looked closer and saw that on my side of the street there was a young-adult Black woman,…

The Statement of Conscience (SOC): Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy

Elizabeth Olson reports The Statement of Conscience (SOC): Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy (PDF) was adopted. The draft version was shared last week. The General Assembly affirmed these “Actions of Immediate Witness” designed to encourage social justice activism this year. Defend and Advocate with Transgender, Nonbinary, and Intersex Communities (PDF) The COVID-19 Pandemic: Justice. Healing. Courage (PDF) Stop Voter Suppression and Partner for Voting Rights and a Multiracial Democracy (PDF) [by clicking on each bullet point separately, you will be able to see the details of…
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Citizens Climate Lobby

The Share the Plate recipient for July is: Citizen’s Climate Lobby At our last Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the Board of Trustees voted to endorse federal legislation H.R. 2307. Thanks to Mary Alice Masonick, a longtime UUCE member and advocate with Citizens Climate Lobby, for her activism, and for sharing this vital work with us. A Climate Change Organization We exist to create the political will for climate change solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the…