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Ethnic Eating December and January Restaurant Choices (and group photo)

Last Saturday, 12 hearty adventurers braved the wintry weather to sample the cuisine of Albania including various versions of the burek and other delicacies of the Balkan peninsula. A great time was had by all!  For January, we will be visiting another island country of the Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda. And we won’t have to go far. We’ll sample the dishes of the sea at Marisco El Charco at 302 S. McLean Blvd, Suite G, Elgin, IL at 5 pm on…

May you be showered in blessings this season, a message from Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President

What times we continue to live through. We are in the churn of change. Systems and practices we’ve relied on are breaking down and what is needed is still being imagined, not yet here.  When we are worn down and worn out, sometimes we still push ourselves knowing the urgency and importance of the challenges ahead. But to bring forth the creativity, energy and compassion needed to nurture change, we need to take care of ourselves.  Rest is crucial for the quality and sustainability of…

Gift Wrapping Social

Don’t wrap your seasonal gifts at home alone! You are invited to a gift wrapping event hosted by the Revitalization Team on 12/17 from 2-4pm. Bring your unwrapped gifts and wrapping supplies,  join with other members, and wrap your gifts in a  holiday  atmosphere in Fellowship Hall!

Ethnic Eating December Update

Put away your flowered shirts and the pool toys, our trip to the Caribbean is over. However, I think the 11 folks who went enjoyed the flavors and the community.  That brings us to December’s selection. As I previously said, I found a restaurant with foods of Albania. However, I also found the date I had proposed conflicted with some scheduled activities of some members, so we will now be attending Cafe Beograd on Saturday, December 3rd at 5 pm.…

4th Sunday Styrofoam Collection

Sunday, November 27, from 11:30am – 12pm Please separate your CLEAN food grade Styrofoam from your packaging Styrofoam and bag as needed.  Styrofoam peanuts are NOT accepted (take to UPS store).  Place your Styrofoam in the Prius with the open hatch in the church parking lot. Joe Masonick will be doing the collecting. We’ll drive it to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora (open 24/7).  Please try to avoid using Styrofoam because its use is not sustainable. Many people manage to avoid…

How’s Religious Education (RE) going?

“How’s Religious Education (RE) going?” I get this question a lot, and it’s a tough one to answer. On the one hand, it’s been a wonderful couple of months with our Youth Group. I know you all know this already, but the Youth of UUCE are caring, smart, fascinating people and it’s a joy to get to spend time with them during RE Classes. Since we started meeting every other week again, they have spent time playing games and getting to…

PADS Signup

Thank you to everyone who volunteered or donated items to PADS last week. We still need one volunteer for Monday, November 28 to provide lunch for 20 people at the shelter.  That’s several days after Thanksgiving. You may sign up on our website, UUCE.org > Help the CommunityThank you! Dotty Carringi (car-RIN-jee)

Ethnic Eating

Another installment of Ethnic Eating will take place on Sunday the 13th when the group will sample of cuisine of the island nation of Anguilla.  For December, we will be visiting Cafe Beograd in Irving Park Road to try some Albanian fare. I am shooting for reservations on the 4th to avoid overlap with Christmas activities. If you have interest in joining us, please let me know at dwhislip@gmail.com.  Peace,Dan Hislip

Climate Voter Pledge from UU the Vote

Climate change is a complex problem. The ways we address it are varied and have different impacts, but all are crucial in addressing climate change. Voting on climate is a critical approach. Our communities are impacted by the climate crisis, but that doesn’t mean we’re powerless. By organizing our churches, neighborhoods, and communities, we build the power necessary to nurture healthy and resilient communities where all can thrive. Together, we can elect officials – from the local to federal levels…

Unfinished Business by Rev. Karen G. Johnston from Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

“Don’t fear your mortality, because it is this very mortality that gives meaning and depth and poignancy to all the days that will be granted to you.”–Paul Tsongas How much notice would I want ahead of time before I die? Is it six minutes? Six days? Six months? There are wise ones who say not to waste your time and energies on things we cannot know or change. Yet this set of hypothetical questions has been an evocative way for…

Ethnic Eating November Restaurant Choice

Ethnic Eating is a UUCE social group open to all UUCE members and friends. The program is designed to promote food and fellowship to build community among its participants. Each month, a different country’s cuisine is sampled in an area restaurant. To the greatest extent possible, dining reservations are set for weekend times to maximize the number of folks’ convenience to attend. The program is coordinated by Dan Hislip. Participation is available by expressing interest to dwhislip@gmail.com at least 10 dates prior to the…