Posts from January 2021

We’re Almost There

I hope this is the last time there’s any reason to write about the Almost-Former President Trump. By this Wednesday we should have a new President who is a nice man, and our long national nightmare will officially begin to end. I predict that Mr. Trump will have his hands full with fighting indictments, and a new generation of wanna-be demagogues will appear. They may or may not be more dangerous to democracy than Mr. Trump. Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz…

UU Men’s Retreat – Our 36th Year – Welcoming Men from All Congregations

Men Connecting with Self and Others We are excited to announce a two hour On Line Retreat Event at 10AM, on Saturday, Jan. 30th, 2021, the first of three events approximately 4 weeks apart. The January event will offer two presentations. First, a presentation from Rich Pokorny, Connecting and Coping in COVID Times. We will break into discussion groups so that we all can share our experiences. Second, a workshop from Alan Johnson, will examine how altars bring community, and…

Special Announcement from Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President

This New Year, only two weeks old, has already wrought terrible pain and disruption. I am still reeling from the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol by a white nationalist mob trying to stop the certification of the Electoral College. And we are learning of possible mob violence at state capitols nationwide this weekend and in D.C. leading to Inauguration Day. Last Friday, the UUA issued a call for the removal and impeachment of President Trump and accountability for members of…

Planning for Reopening

At the direction of the Executive Team, a task force has been formed to manage the planning for reopening the church later this year. The committee’s members are Mila Brinker (Church Administrator) and members Beth Cooper-Zobott and Erica Lavine. Mila knows the building and its members like almost no one else; Beth has received certification as a COVID-19 Compliance Officer, and Erica is a safety manager at a local corporation. Once the State of Illinois enters Phase 4 of its…

With Love and Luck and Will

We are passing through the final days of a great ordeal of fire, and it appears our national institutions have held, and that it’s going to be all right again. Well, it will be all right for a while, anyway, till the next demagogue comes along to tap the evil energies that surge through our society. But with love and luck and will, we now have another, better chance to address the persistent haunting inheritance of the slave system, and the…