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Actions We Can Take for Black Lives

Running simultaneously with the tumultuous electoral and pandemic news, we are witnessing the remarkably persistent determination by all people of good will to end the evil of racism. This is wonderful good news, and a wonderful opportunity to root out (at last!) our cursed inheritances from the enslavement of Black people, and the racism that targeted dark-skinned people as existed in ancient Greece and Rome. The last several weeks have seen long-standing monuments to the military and political defenders of…
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Elgin Cooperative Ministry

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: Elgin Cooperative Ministry As persons of many faiths, we are united by our call to care for the holistic well-being of our neighbors. Elgin Cooperative Ministry The Elgin Cooperative Ministry is a coalition of religious and secular organizations in Elgin, focused on serving the community and relieving food insecurity. Its member organizations include the All People’s Interfaith Food Pantry and the Community Crisis Center, both of which we support with donations of goods.…

Learning from the Pandemic

Some say the pandemic has revealed inequality; some say we knew this all along. Evidence across the nation shows us that more Black Americans have gotten COVID-19 and die from it than White Americans. Gig workers struggle to see how they can get any the funds for bare subsistence. Essential workers are risking their safety, sometimes regardless of their own higher risk status. How do we feel about this? What do our UU souls do with this? How do our…
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PADS of Elgin

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: PADS of Elgin Public Action to Deliver Shelter, or PADS, works to provide support and shelter to homeless families and individuals in Elgin. They provide a safe place for people to sleep, eat, shower, and do laundry, providing all the necessary beds, food, hygiene products, and laundry detergent. They also help individuals create an action plan by identifying barriers which led to homelessness and ways to overcome them. Each year, PADS of Elgin…
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CASA Kane County

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: CASA Kane County Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kane County is a nonprofit volunteer organization that has been advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system since 1988. CASA Kane County recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates and Guardians ad Litem for children who are in court due to abuse, neglect, or private guardianship. CASA Kane County serves over…
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Boys & Girls Club of Elgin

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: The Boys & Girls Club of Elgin Their mission is to enable all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. They provide a safe and enriching environment for children to gather, get assistance, seek mentorship, and find inspiration. With the help of professional mentors and support from community members, the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin helps children build the skills and…
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UU Advocacy Network of IL

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: UU Advocacy Network of Illinois UUANI provides Unitarian Universalists across Illinois with advocacy and legislative leadership. Their goal is to to build community and promote social and economic justice. They work to bring social justice into the heart of spiritual life of congregations, and develop ways for church communities to live the UU principles. The Unitarian Universalist Association nationwide is supporting UU congregations, organizations, and individuals in a major effort for democracy and…
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Community Crisis Center

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: The Community Crisis Center The CCC was founded by a group of dedicated volunteers to meet the needs of families and individuals impacted by crisis and violence in Illinois. Operating since 1975, it is one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in Illinois. In addition to operating as a shelter, the CCC works to educate the community about domestic violence and crisis response, offers counseling and abuse intervention, runs a crisis hotline 24/7,…