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…

Walk along the Fox River in Downtown Elgin Friday, Aug. 19

You are invited to join the Revitalization Team on Friday, August 19, at 5:30pm for an out-and-back walk along the Fox River in downtown Elgin. We’ll go from Festival Park to Walton Island and Pioneer Park. 1.5-mile round trip but people can feel free to turn around at any point along the way. Come early and explore the Elgin Farmer’s Market that runs from 3-7pm. Feel free to RSVP through this event in our Members & Friends Facebook Group: Or…
Copper collection plate on a wooden table


Our Share the Plate partner for August was chosen by the Youth of UUCE, in honor of Immunization Awareness month. With its partners, UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children every year with lifesaving vaccines. In over 100 countries, they work with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other United Nations agencies to engage communities, procure and distribute vaccines, keep supplies safe and effective, and help ensure affordable access for even the hardest-to-reach families.

All-Ages Rock Painting

Come paint rocks with us after the service on Sunday August 14th! Participants of all ages are welcome, and both rocks and paints will be provided, though you’re always welcome to bring extras. There will be an opportunity to paint some UUCE community rocks, as well as paint whatever you’d like! For more information, reach out to RE Coordinator Marj Askins.

MidAmerica Messenger

Volume 10 Issue 2 • August 2022 Click here to see the Unitarian Universalist’s MidAmerica Region August newsletter. MidAmerica Messenger – August 2022

UUCE Campout – fun had by all!

Thanks to all who joined us for the July Bonfire and campout! It was great to see everyone and catch up. Please join the Revitalization Team at our next event:

From the UU@UN A note from Director Bruce Kotts

Dear Friend,One of the most cherished UN Security Council Resolutions is its 2000 resolution 1325 that “reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.”   My favorite example of this imperative is when Navi Pillay served as the President of the International Criminal…

PADS Sign Up for August

Thank you to those who have signed up to provide Monday lunches in August. There are still two volunteer opportunities this month. Also, PADS needs the following:  toilet paper, gallon size freezer/storage bags, deodorant and razors. Thank you for your service and generosity. Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have to Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS