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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…

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

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:…

Henny DuBois

Our dear friend Henny DuBois passed away Monday night, March 22, from natural causes. Henny survived COVID this past December, proving how strong-willed she was. She was 90. Henny was a devoted member of UUCE for decades, leading the Food Pantry collections, Aesthetics Team, and more. She was a programmer, mother of five, gardener, photographer and theater/museum patron, as well as a dear friend to many. A full obituary and plans for a memorial will follow.  Messages may be sent…

CASA Kane County Needs Your Help

Dear Church Partner, The rise of abuse and neglect cases is more than what our child advocacy organization can handle.  So much that we are 40 CASA/GAL volunteers short of providing a children/case to every volunteer.  Our staff is currently filling in the gaps, but we need help more than ever in our organization’s 33 year history. We have two training classes beginning in May and are seeking 60 candidates for the program. Together we can achieve so much and…

Have You Heard of AMUUSE?

Mary Harlos suggested we share this Did You Know… Did you know AMUUSE, is a singles group for Midwest Unitarian Universalists and friends? They have weekend camps and summer camps away during normal times but right now they have zoom programs. Mary says it is easy to get on their mailing list and then have access to all their events. Mary has found them to be warm and welcoming, a nice way for singles to expand friendships! Visit their website…

UUCE Book Group Update

For their March 29 meeting the Book Group is reading “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead, winner of two consecutive Pulitzer Prizes. On April 26 they’ll discuss Pulitzer winner “The Overstory” by Richard Powers, and on May 31 they’ll travel back to 1918 for Willa Cather’s “My Antonia”. The UUCE Book Group has been meeting once a month continuously since 1993 to discuss a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction. For the duration of the pandemic, meetings are…
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