Posts from April 2021

Sick and Tired

“I’ve been sick and tired all my life, and now I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,” said Fannie Lou Hamer in June of 1964. She was being interviewed by a reporter for The Nation magazine, about her campaign to represent her part of Mississippi as a delegate of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the Democratic National Convention, held that year in Atlantic City, NJ, and she was talking about life under Jim Crow, where Blacks could not vote,…

The Chicago Area UU Council (CAUUC) Spring Conference; Re-opening and Reimagining Church

The Chicago Area UU Council (CAUUC) Spring Conference will be held on Saturday, May 8th 9:30am-11:30am and be conducted via Zoom video conference. There is NO FEE required to participate. The CAUUC annual meeting will be held after the conference. CONFERENCE TOPIC: Re-opening and Reimagining Church. We are 1 year into the pandemic and many congregations are in the planning stages of reopening the doors to in-person gatherings. Our panel discussion will be related to how the lessons learned from…

2021-2022 Budget Process Update #1

Budget Open House Zoom Meetings 1. Sunday, 04/18/21, immediately following breakout rooms 2. Sunday, 05/02/21, immediately following breakout rooms First Budget Open House (THIS SUNDAY): This meeting is to present current income levels and budget requests. This allows our congregation to review the budget overall for the first time including the current significant deficit. We will be collecting feedback on changes desired for the second draft (income increases or expense changes). Please see the PDF that will be used in…

Upcoming Events Offered by the UUA MidAmerica Region

1. “The Future Change Framework: Strategic Direction for a Post-Pandemic World” Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT MidAmerica Region is offering a 3-hour workshop with Ian Burbidge, Associate Director of the RSA Lab, and developer of the Future Change Framework. Ian will work collaboratively with participants to surface challenges and opportunities they are experiencing/exploring via the RSA’s Future Change Framework. We’ll explore: · What we know about crisis and change · What participants have learned from…

Baby photos and more defiance of the UUA and UUMA.

Presenting my granddaughter Aurora means ‘the dawn;’ Amalthea means ‘tender goddess.’  She nursed baby Zeus (the future king of the gods) and protected him from his murderous father Kronos.  Emma is a Bond family name going back to at least the mid-19th Century.   As Norskis, the Stenehjem family branch of the Bonds emigrated to North Dakota, and many are still there.  This little cherub looks like she is preparing to take wing. And now for something completely different I want…

Virtual Folk Benefit Concert – Peter Mayer

As a talented Folk singer-songwriter from Minnesota, Peter Mayer has been performing in venues across the United States and beyond for over 20 years. He writes songs for a small planet – songs about interconnectedness and the human journey – songs about life on earth and the mysterious and wondrous fact of our existence. He also writes songs about dress hats, pumpkins and pajamas, and even love and freight trains, like a good folk musician should. His music has been…

UUCE Childcare Update

During the church closure we have been busy updating the childcare room. The walls were freshly painted. The old carpeting was replaced with an easy to clean and sanitize attractive flooring. About 80% of the old toys were removed and donated. The closet was cleaned out and organized. The little bathroom was painted and reorganized and is ready for use. We are creating a new system to keep our childcare room as clean, safe, and comfortable as possible for the…

Unitarian Universalist for Social Justice Spring Quarterly Meeting

Sunday, May 16, 2021 – 2:00 to 5:00 PM via Zoom Program 2:00 to 3:25 PM “How Carbon Free and Dividend Legislation can advance the US toward net-zero carbon emissions” Mike Zanello, Illinois’ state coordinator for the Citizens Climate Lobby will explain what a Carbon Free and Dividend System is, how it would work, and how much it would contribute to moving the US toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Following our featured speaker’s presentation, Allan Lindrup will serve as First Respondent.…

4th Sunday Styrofoam Collection

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection! April 25 12:00 to 12:30 pm in UUCE parking lot   I will collect CLEAN Styrofoam to transport to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora. Please separate your clean, food grade foam from your packaging foam. Load the food grade foam into the  Prius labeled “Food Grade” and load the packaging foam into the Prius labeled “Packaging Foam.”  In December, both cars were full of foam!– Mary Alice Masonick

Mitch Jacobs Has Passed Away

We announce with sorrow the sudden death from stroke of Mitch Jacobs, beloved long-time member of our Church. He is survived by wife Janette, daughter Erin (Will) Flachbart, stepdaughter Heather (Scott) Avery, and two step- granddaughters, Claire, and Charlotte.  Mitch is also survived by his two brothers, Robert, and Stuart Jacobs Janette’s daughter and granddaughter have been at her side for the past three days. A memorial Service is postponed until we can meet in person, but then we will…

Upcoming Events Offered by the UUA MidAmerica Region

1. “Conversation: What About Re-Opening to In-Person Meetings?” Friday, April 9, 2021, 2:00 pm EDT With the move toward leveling the pandemic curve, and with the increasing availability of vaccinations, congregations need to be thinking about how they will decide about opening up again to in-person meetings and worship. During these conversations, we’ll watch two videos produced by the UUA, look at the UUA’s recommended questions, and have conversations about how we make these decisions. Webinar will be offered on:…

More on UUA Authoritarianism-Creep

There’s a new entry in the controversy about the UUA and its illiberality regarding the growing resistance its imposition of a kind of ‘groupthink’ in our anti-racism attitude and work.  A few days after my sermon last Sunday about the UUA’s dogmatic attitude and punitive actions toward dissent, a book titled Used to be UU, came out, authored by Frank Casper and Jay Kiskel, both from the Atlanta area. (So much ferment in Georgia these days!) The following is from a…
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