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:

Mother’s Day for Monarchs: Free Milkweed!

Monarch mamas need milkweed plants on which to lay their eggs.  Milkweed is the only plant that Monarch babies (caterpillars) can eat.  I will bring milkweed plants to give out on Mother’s Day. Choose a sunny spot to grow it and a Monarch mama might find it to lay her eggs. Milkweed is perennial and comes back every year. Thank you for helping Monarch Butterflies! Mary Alice

Order UUCE Pride Shirts now through Sunday May 5

UUCE is pleased to be a sponsor of Elgin’s 2024 Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 1 and we are offering UUCE Pride Adult and Youth T-Shirts and Adult Tank Tops for purchase.  The deadline to order and pay for your shirt(s) is Sunday, May 5 at Noon. Don’t miss out!  There are two ways to order:  Let Jen Abbey know if you have any questions and thanks! 

This week in Religious Education (RE)

This Sunday’s RE topic is from lesson 11 in our Riddle and Mystery curriculum, called “Touching All.” We will be exploring how we are connected to all of life on the planet. A paper craft is under development. Let’s all gather in church, and we’ll sing the Youth and Littles out. Susan Goldberg, Religious Education Coordinator

Board Games with the Board and ET!

It’s hard to believe yet another church year is beginning to wind down! Our Annual Meeting is May 19 and, before know it, we will be having a water communion in our beautiful sanctuary to commemorate beginning another year of community and spiritual fulfillment.  We’ve had some big conversations this year, so let’s keep it going! The Board of Trustees and Executive Team would like to invite you to an evening of conversation and community on Friday, April 26 from 6-9pm…

Annual Meeting – Save the Date!

Hi friends, Our Annual Meeting is on May 19 at UUCE. More information will come as the date approaches. For those of you who have not attended and Annual Meeting before, this is where qualifying members vote on important issues such as the Board slate, the Endowment Team slate, the upcoming budget,  by-laws changes,  anything UUA General Assembly delegates will vote on, and more.  Please mark your calendars to attend the Annual Meeting and the budget open house meetings sent…

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…

This Sunday in Religious Education (RE)

In honor of Earth Day, our two Religious Education classes will join together in a service project on the church lawns, picking up sticks and twigs. Dress for the weather and prepare to have some outdoor fun! Susan Goldberg, Religious Education Coordinator

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