Posts from August 2021

Reopening Update – This Isn’t What We’d Hoped For

UUCE leadership gathered on August 20th to review our reopening plans. Discussion began with a review of the troubling virus trends locally as well as new UUA guidance on gathering that coincidentally became available that day. After much discussion and review of all the information available to us, the group sadly but unanimously voted to delay our reopening for in-person services due to multiple COVID concerns. These concerns include: The trend of local infection rates and guidance from the UUA…

Let’s Help the Women and Girls of Afghanistan

Let’s try to save the women and girls (and everyone) from Sharia law. And let’s begin with Afghanistan. I think it’s time we in the supposedly non-misogynist countries put pressure on the openly misogynist countries, to reduce the burden of discrimination the women of Afghanistan and of all Islamic countries and communities experience.  Can’t we press those countries and communities more than we do now? It’s so ugly and backward. This would not be an attack on Islam per se but…

PADS Signup for September

Thank you to all who volunteered to provide lunches for the homeless shelter in Elgin in August. Here is the link to the PADS Signup for September. Note: there are now 25 PADS guests, including two children. Get in Contact Contact Dotty Carringi for meal ideas or other questions.

Meditation In the Time of Pestilence

Here’s a meditation in the time of pestilence that I hope you enjoy. — Leland We Used to Have So Much to Say by Dorka Hegedus I am sorry to tell you this, but I have decided that one lifetime is not enough. Time is not magical or kind; Time is waiting. It lurks and loiters in the shade of a fig tree (the one I planted in a pot on my porch against your good advice). And just when…

August Signup Schedule for Elgin PADS

Following is the link to the August signup schedule for Elgin PADS Monday lunches. There is one opening left, on Monday, August 30.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054AABA82CA4FC1-pads1Contact Dotty Carringi for meal ideas or other questions, dotster2@comcast.net.

Thoughts on Parents and the Parented

On the occasion of my High School graduation, when I was 17, my minister gave me a copy of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Already knowing I would be taking psychology courses at university, and that I was interested in figuring everything out, everything that still puzzled me, such as why my father was so angry much of the time, I found in The Prophet, a passage that my minister had earlier quoted from the pulpit. Your children are not your children.They…

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection

The Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection will be Sunday, August 22, 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

How to Be a Safe Adult with Youth Webinar

Event format: Online Date & time: Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm PDT Type of event: Training Sponsor: UUA Congregational Life Staff Group Congregations of all sizes ask how to support youth in being involved in all areas of congregational life and leadership. Foundational to this is having adults in leadership understand how to be a safe adult with youth. What are appropriate personal topics to share with youth? What should you do if…

Did you know…?

Did you know that UUCE maintains a small inventory of durable medical equipment for the use of UUCE members and friends? Durable medical equipment is “any medical equipment used in the home to aid in a better quality of living.” Our “loaner” closet, located on the third floor, has the following items available: 1 wheelchair 1 bedside commode 1 elevated toilet seat 4 shower seats of various sizes 4 walkers 1 pair of lightweight, adjustable crutches 1 covered bucket/pail There is a…

Let’s Have Enough of Everything Essential for Everyone

There’s talk in Congress and in business of shortening the work week from five days to four. Apparently, this is made both possible and necessary by automation, and robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI). As machines replace more and more jobs, the wealth the new system produces must fund whole new methods for supporting human life. We cannot just let the billionaires keep it all, can we? A shorter work week is a start in this direction. It seems that the…

Reopening Update

The Executive Team (ET) continues to plan for reopening our church and is pleased to share this update. We met with the Board of Trustees (BoT) on July 18 and reviewed our reopening checklist. The checklist details policy decisions that need to be made as well as tasks that should be completed prior to reopening.  Several key decisions were made, and the BoT is working on a policy statement specifying at a high level how we will move forward regarding masking, distancing, and other safety issues.  We expect to have a follow up meeting soon…

PADS Lunch Signup for August

Following is the link to the August signup schedule for Elgin PADS Monday lunches. There are still 2 openings for the month. Contact Dotty Carringi for meal ideas or other questions, dotster2@comcast.net.