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Welcome to the New Website

Welcome to our brand new website! Want to know how we got here? We’ll answer those questions! Want some tips for using the website? They’re here too!

UUCE Board Meeting Minutes November 18, 2020

Present: Kevin Sweeney, Todd Underwood, Erica Lavine, Elizabeth Olson, Jamie Yucuis, Tom Lesiewicz, Rev. Leland, Steve Stultz Absent: none. The meeting was called to order at 7:40 Consent Items/Reports — Accepted with no objection Agenda Board Meeting Minutes – 10/21/2020 New Business Minister’s Report – We discussed the new website, and showing potential new members the grounds. Congregant Calling Campaign – Update – We discussed our progress. The goal is to get it done by Dec 5 – 6. Stewardship…

We’re Almost There

I hope this is the last time there’s any reason to write about the Almost-Former President Trump. By this Wednesday we should have a new President who is a nice man, and our long national nightmare will officially begin to end. I predict that Mr. Trump will have his hands full with fighting indictments, and a new generation of wanna-be demagogues will appear. They may or may not be more dangerous to democracy than Mr. Trump. Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz…

UU Men’s Retreat – Our 36th Year – Welcoming Men from All Congregations

Men Connecting with Self and Others We are excited to announce a two hour On Line Retreat Event at 10AM, on Saturday, Jan. 30th, 2021, the first of three events approximately 4 weeks apart. The January event will offer two presentations. First, a presentation from Rich Pokorny, Connecting and Coping in COVID Times. We will break into discussion groups so that we all can share our experiences. Second, a workshop from Alan Johnson, will examine how altars bring community, and…

Special Announcement from Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President

This New Year, only two weeks old, has already wrought terrible pain and disruption. I am still reeling from the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol by a white nationalist mob trying to stop the certification of the Electoral College. And we are learning of possible mob violence at state capitols nationwide this weekend and in D.C. leading to Inauguration Day. Last Friday, the UUA issued a call for the removal and impeachment of President Trump and accountability for members of…

Planning for Reopening

At the direction of the Executive Team, a task force has been formed to manage the planning for reopening the church later this year. The committee’s members are Mila Brinker (Church Administrator) and members Beth Cooper-Zobott and Erica Lavine. Mila knows the building and its members like almost no one else; Beth has received certification as a COVID-19 Compliance Officer, and Erica is a safety manager at a local corporation. Once the State of Illinois enters Phase 4 of its…

With Love and Luck and Will

We are passing through the final days of a great ordeal of fire, and it appears our national institutions have held, and that it’s going to be all right again. Well, it will be all right for a while, anyway, till the next demagogue comes along to tap the evil energies that surge through our society. But with love and luck and will, we now have another, better chance to address the persistent haunting inheritance of the slave system, and the…

2020 Will Be Remembered

May you all have a raucous (or contemplative) New Year’s Eve observance, and a Happier (and eventually COVID-free) New Year!   The year 2020 will be remembered as long as we live, and beyond, as the time cruel plague threatened our lives, and cruel authoritarianism threatened our 250-year-old democracy.  The worse-than-inept handling of the pandemic helped end this latest attack on our founding principles.  Bill Moyers, in his Essay on Watergate. concluded “They (Nixon and his enablers) almost succeeded.”  I think we can…
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Community Crisis Center

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: The Gretchen S. Vapnar Community Crisis Center Located in Elgin, Illinois, the center was founded in 1975 by a group of dedicated volunteers to meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis. Employees provide comprehensive services to individuals and families suffering due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or economic/ financial difficulties. The Crisis Center is one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in the state and was instrumental in organizing both the…

PADS Lunch January Signup

Following is the link to the January signup schedule for PADS lunches. There are 4 Mondays in January. Visit our PADS Lunches page for more information. Thanks in advance for your help. Also be aware that when you deliver food on Mondays, there may be other people delivering food for dinners. This is because PADS has reduced staff at this point and are only answering the door around lunchtime.

This and That

An Advertisement The idea of advertising in the monthly, Bravo, was Bob Jackson’s idea. We began work on it early in 2020, I believe. We also had Dotty’s artwork months before now, but then were frustrated by COVID and the fact that we thought we shouldn’t advertise at all because we couldn’t welcome visitors to our physical church. But when Bravo announced it would be suspending publication, I went ahead and reserved the full back page of the last edition, because if…

Scrip for the Holidays Deadline Monday Dec 14, 10am

Friends, The Holiday Season is upon us. Due to social distancing, many of us are choosing gift cards over gifts because we are not gathering with our family and friends. Let’s save some money, save some time, and help the church all at the same time! If you are planning to purchase gift cards, please check shopwithscrip.com for the computer or the RaiseRight app for your smart device first.  Why use Scrip instead? I’m glad you asked! -You don’t have to go…