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The Seven Principles

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.” 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every…

MidAmerica Region Newsletter

MidAmerica Messenger Volume 9 Issue 7 | January 2022 The MidAmerica Region is where UUs visibly live our faith, create connections, grow our membership, and welcome all persons who share our UU values. View this email in your browser.

Practicing Gratitude This Holiday Season – A Message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

However you celebrate, holidays and rituals are an invitation for reflection. They remind us of our past, and they also invite us to be attentive to the present moment. Practicing gratitude helps us all to be intentional in naming the gifts that surround us, reminding us that we are loved and we all share a fundamental interdependence. Practicing Gratitude This Holiday Season – A Message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray – YouTube

PADS Signup for January

Dear Friends, Thank you to everyone who helped this past year! Here is the link to the PADS signup for January.  No serving is required, as the staff has been handling that during the pandemic. Note, there are five Mondays in January, where we have volunteered to prepare and deliver lunches.  Feel free to contact me with questions. Thank you. Dotty Carringi UUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

Human Rights Day, December 10

Dear Friend, Today is Human Rights Day. Seventy-three years ago today, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  In adopting that Declaration, they shared a common aspiration for “all members of the human family” to have these rights recognized, and that one day, Member States would affirm these rights in their national laws. As we all know, there’s a long way to go before the UDHR is incorporated into the national laws of…

Connecting With Gratitude and Our Interdependence

So much in our lives right now—the ongoing pandemic, attacks on our democracy and rights, and the increasingly frequent impacts of climate change—seeks to isolate us, to wear us out and wear us down. Turning toward a concrete practice of gratitude helps us resist the ways in which we are being called to isolation and division, because gratitude actually turns us toward each other. Gratitude reminds us of our interdependence, which is so critically and spiritually needed in our world…

Let Us Give Thanks For Our Common Humanity – Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray

As our lives become busy making plans with friends and family and holiday celebrations in our congregations, I am mindful that this year marks the 52nd annual Day of Mourning protest—an event that began when Frank Wamsutta James* called upon hundreds of Indigenous Americans and allies to gather in Plymouth, Massachusetts and declare Thanksgiving Day a National Day of Mourning for Native Americans. James wrote: “History wants us to believe that the Indian was a savage, illiterate, uncivilized animal. A history…

Church Office Closed Nov. 19th – 30th

The church office will be closed Nov. 19th – 30th. If you need immediate assistance during my absence, please contact the Executive Team, Otherwise, I will respond to your emails and phone calls as soon as possible upon my return. Please note the deadline for the the Nov. 26th newsletter was Tuesday, Nov. 16th. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mila Brinker, Interim Administrator

Religious Education for ages 4-18

RE will be up and running again as soon as we are back in person. We are planning for our first classes to take place on Sunday, October 31st and will continue on a limited basis (based on the availability of our wonderful volunteers!). If you haven’t already signed up the young people in your family, please contact Marj Askins. Kids aged 4-11 will meet in the big classroom on the 3rd floor, and youth aged 12 and up will…

Chicago Area UU Council Fall Conference – Nov 13th

The Chicago Area UU Council (CAUUC) Fall Conference will be held on Saturday, November 13th 9:30am-12pm and be conducted via Zoom video conference. There is NO FEE required to participate, though donations are welcome and appreciated to help defer the costs of the conference and support the ongoing work of CAUUC. Please join us for a keynote presentation on navigating grief followed by a rich panel discussion on the topic: Gathering and Strengthening Our UU Communities REGISTRATION LINK: Keynote…

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection

The Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection will be on Sunday, October 24th 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 Prius(es) with the open hatchback(s). Styrofoam peanuts are NOT 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