Posts from August 2022

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Northern Illinois Food Bank

Our Share the Plate partner for September is Northern Illinois Food Bank. Our vision at Northern Illinois Food Bank is for everyone in Northern Illinois to have the food they need to thrive. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and proud member of Feeding America, we serve our neighbors in 13 counties with dignity, equity and convenience, providing 250,000 meals a day. We bring together manufacturers, local and corporate grocers, area farmers, corporations, foundations, and individuals who donate food and funding, and each week nearly…

PADS Volunteer Opportunity and Needs

This week the PADS needs are: Packaged snacks, granola bars, trail mix, peanut butter crackers, and chips. Sign-up is now open for September. To learn more and sign up, visit our PADS Lunches page. Thank you for your generosity. Dotty Carringi UUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have to Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) 

Unitarian Universalists – Fight for dignity and justice. Housing costs are rising, food and energy are becoming more expensive, and millions of Americans struggle as they try to pay for childcare, medical care, and other basics.  Young workers worry about the cost of education and older workers worry about their retirement. click here to read more

RE Dates for this Fall

Religious Education will be starting back up again soon! Please contact RE Coordinator Marj Askins if you have any questions or concerns. We’ll plan to have RE Classes on the following dates: Sept 4th Sept 18th Oct 2nd Oct 16th Oct 30th Nov 6th Nov 27th Dec 11th Thanks, Marj Askins (she/her) Religious Education Coordinator – Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin

Join us Sunday September 11th for UUCE’s Homecoming!

The tradition of Homecoming that we’re all familiar with started in 1910 at the University of Illinois as way of giving alumni and new students the opportunity to get closer to one another and realize the “real greatness of the University”. The members of the Revitalization Team think that sentiment fits perfectly for our much-anticipated return to UUCE after a summer of vacations and time off! The festivities will take place right after the Sunday Water Communion Service and all are welcome…

 Ethnic Eating

Has your summer included some travel? If so, congrats! If not, don’t despair. I’m going to invite you to take a trip in your mind that will hopefully ignite your tastebuds. Yes, we are going to restart Ethnic Eating, picking up right where we left off with a trip to the food of Andorra.  Just to whet your appetite, we will be frequenting Mercat a la Planxa at 638 S Michigan Ave in Chicago at 6 PM on Saturday, September 24th.…

Help Us Name the New Worship Space

We have created a new space in the narthex for people of any age who might be more comfortable listening to a sermon when they can do something with their hands (especially our congregation’s kiddos!). We’re looking for help with naming it! It’s a quiet worship corner, but also a place for people with active minds and bodies. Any and all suggestions will be considered and are appreciated.  Please send your suggestions by the end of August to Marj Askins, Religious…

PADS Sign Up and Needs for August

Thank you to those who have signed up to provide lunches in August. There is still one volunteer opportunity: Monday, August 29. We may now serve the meals as well, but this is optional. Note: The PADS shelter is now at capacity, housing 32 adult guests as well as three children, due to overloads from other area shelters. PADS needs the following: belts in all sizes, toilet paper, paper bowls, paper towels and napkins. You may drop these in the basket marked PADS at…

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…

Did You Know?

The UUA is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious movement in the United States. Our faith is diverse and inclusive and the UUA’s 1000+ member congregations are committed to Seven Principles that hold closely the worth and dignity of each person as sacred, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs.

From the UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray: UUs Remain Committed to Reproductive Justice

Boston, Mass. (June 24, 2022) – The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women Health Organization case, which overturns Roe v. Wade, upending nearly 50 years of access to abortion. Below is a statement from Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), regarding this decision: This decision manifests the worst fears of those of us who have been working for decades to protect and affirm reproductive rights. The Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s…