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Share the Plate Report Update

Our generous community has donated $2,647.87 so far, this fiscal year.  1st Quarter – July, August and September – Citizen’s Climate Education – $926.37 2nd Quarter – October, November and December – Planned Parenthood of Illinois – $1007.00 3rd Quarter – January, February and March boys and Girls Club of Elgin – $714.50 4th Quarter April, May and June – our current recipient is Centro de Informacion  We accept donations via cash or check. Please make all checks out to UUCE and indicate on…

Ethnic Eating Update

By the time you read this, a group of 10 of the UUCE Ethnic Eating Group will be experiencing the tastes of Bolivia at Alice’s Corner in Aurora. I will update you next week on what we enjoyed.  However, just because you might have missed May’s outing, that doesn’t mean that you should miss the foods of Bosnia. On Saturday, July 13, at 2:30, we will go to the Bosna Grill at 644 W Algonquin Road in Des Plains. Before…

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: There is a simple sign out/return list to keep track of the items, and there is no fee for using them. The church administrator or members of the Care Team can assist anyone…

From the UUA’s Braver/Wiser Courage and Compassion for Life As It Is

A More Complete StoryRev. Aaron Stockwell Wisman “Our memory is made up of our individual memories and our collective memories. The two are intimately linked. And history is our collective memory. If our collective memory is taken from us—is rewritten—we lose the ability to sustain our true selves.”—Haruki Murakami It takes a community to remember someone in all of their many facets. My grandma Marge was an extremely talented artist, painting landscapes mainly in oils and acrylics. She could paint a…

2024 Elgin Pride

Join UUCE on Saturday, June 1, 2024 for Elgin’s Pride parade and festival. In June of 1970, on the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the first Pride marches were held in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Today, Pride month and annual events are celebrated globally, with origins in LGBTQIA+ activism and organizing for equal rights. UUCE will march in the parade and host a booth with a craft activity in Festival Park. The event is an all-ages, family-friendly…

From the UUA’s Braver/Wiser Courage and Compassion for Life As It Is

Love in This Very MomentSarah Pirtle “It is essential to allow yourself to know what you know, instead of driving yourself to be.”—Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein, Yup’ik Elder and first certified traditional doctor in Alaska I washed my hands carefully before entering the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where my newborn son fought for his life. He weighed only two pounds and was born three months early. I kept vigil by spending the whole day alongside him. He rested inside an isolette…

Our Mission and Vision

At UUCE we covenant to: To nurture the spirit, the people of UUCE across the lifespan: To grow in relationship, the people of UUCE across the lifespan: To serve with love and compassion, the people of UUCE across the lifespan:

Did you know?

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.” The seven Principles and six Sources of the Unitarian Universalist Association…

Growing the Dream Stewardship Campaign Wrap Up

The Stewardship Team has reached out to the remaining folks and we have not had much response and time is of the essence in our budget planning for the new year. We had an optimistic goal of $225,000 and a break even goal of $200,000.  We did great but not enough to get to our goals.  The total is $151,462.  We have 66 pledges.  Most folks increased their pledge (40) and we are so appreciative of this!  A few folks…

New Titles in the Church Library

Stop by the library to review some of the new books recently added to our library collection: Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn “Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition)” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, delves into the practice of mindfulness to navigate stress, pain, and illness. Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, applies mindfulness meditation to stress reduction and presents practical techniques to harness the innate wisdom…

Ethnic Eating Update

Fifteen hungry UUers went to A Taste of the Himalayas in St. Charles to enjoy the cuisine of Bhutan and I’m fairly sure that everyone was glad they did. The food was tasty and we had an entire room to enjoy fellowship with one another. My only regret was I couldn’t be part of all the different conversations going on around me. There was a relative quiet when the food arrived. I highly recommend this restaurant if you get a…