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Summertime

Summertime is travel time for many of us.  School is out.  The weather is fair.  Some of us have traditions of a place to go, or things to do that approach holiness:  a National Park, a particular beach, one’s 2nd home, perhaps, if we are that lucky, a bicycle trail, a pilgrimage, an annual get-together with friends and relations.  People and things and places that bring fond memories and pleasures.  Revisiting places where romance bloomed (such as ‘On the street where you live.”)  Activities or destinations that have been tested, so there’s little risk of something going wrong.  Or…

Rev. Michael Dowd, July 18th

On July 18th, Rev. Michael Dowd will be our guest.  Since April 2002, Michael and his wife (UU science writer and fellow climate activist Connie Barlow) have traveled North America delivering talks in some 500 UU congregations, summer camps, and minister retreats, as well as for other religious and secular groups.  Their pro-science, pro-future ministry was featured as the cover story of our national membership magazine, UU World, in the spring of 2006. They’ve also been featured in major media throughout…

Reopening Update

The Executive Team (ET) continues to plan for a post-Labor Day return to in-person services. There is much to do before then! Returning to in-person Sunday services is a more challenging aspect of reopening than you might think. In alignment with our UU values of inclusion and Beloved Community, the ET is recommending that our Sunday services be fully accessible for everyone, from our families with young children, to visitors, elders, and the immunocompromised, which means we’ll want to structure our Sunday…

Paying Attention is a Kind of Love

Some of you may already know of Maria Popova, a philosopher and writer who is immersed in language and the arts. If I want to go deep into something combining intellect, and feeling, and artistic expression, I often look to her. Her blog is called ‘BrainPickings.” and is free (although donations are joyfully welcomed). A number of my ministerial colleagues are inspired by her work. Here is a sample: Whom We Love and Who We Are: José Ortega y Gasset…

Witnessing As a Civic Duty

On Tuesday I was walking toward my car, which, because of its shade trees, I like to park in that big lot that serves the Post Office and Hemmens Cultural Center patrons.  When halfway to the parking lot on N. Grove, I noticed two city police SUVs with their lights flashing, and a young black man talking with the Officers. I slowed down and looked closer and saw that on my side of the street there was a young-adult Black woman,…

The Statement of Conscience (SOC): Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy

Elizabeth Olson reports The Statement of Conscience (SOC): Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy (PDF) was adopted. The draft version was shared last week. The General Assembly affirmed these “Actions of Immediate Witness” designed to encourage social justice activism this year. Defend and Advocate with Transgender, Nonbinary, and Intersex Communities (PDF) The COVID-19 Pandemic: Justice. Healing. Courage (PDF) Stop Voter Suppression and Partner for Voting Rights and a Multiracial Democracy (PDF) [by clicking on each bullet point separately, you will be able to see the details of…
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Citizens Climate Lobby

The Share the Plate recipient for July is: Citizen’s Climate Lobby At our last Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the Board of Trustees voted to endorse federal legislation H.R. 2307. Thanks to Mary Alice Masonick, a longtime UUCE member and advocate with Citizens Climate Lobby, for her activism, and for sharing this vital work with us. A Climate Change Organization We exist to create the political will for climate change solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the…

Upcoming Events Offered by the UUA MidAmerica Region

1. UU History Renaissance Module  Date & time: Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT  The UU History Renaissance module will be offered in an online format on Wednesdays, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, and August 11, 1 – 3pm EST / 12 – 2pm CST / 11am – 1pm MST / 10am – 12pm PST. The module will be led by Arran Liddel and Kirsten Hunter. Registration is limited to 15 participants and the fee for this…

Draft Statement of Conscience

Our Unitarian Universalist General Assembly (GA) delegates are Elizabeth Olson and Rev. Leland Bond-Upson, they will be voting Saturday on the Statement of Conscience. The UU General Assembly traditionally is held the Wednesday after Father’s Day, runs for five days and is preceded by staff Professional Days (Pro Days). This is the second year it is being held online. Next year it is scheduled to be held in Portland, Oregon. Draft Statement of Conscience Undoing Systemic White Supremacy: A Call to…

From CASA Kane County

To Our CASA Supporters & Friends This time of year, as plants grow and multiply, gives one a renewed and positive outlook. Even plants need sunshine, water, and care to grow strong an tall. Our children also need support, especially our most vulnerable children in foster care. I am so proud of our team, leadership, and the wonderful CASA/GAL volunteers that give so much of their time, care, and oversight to the children that we serve. In this Voice edition,…

UUCE PADS Lunch Group New Coordinator

Hello! I’m pleased to announce that I’m the new coordinator for the UUCE PADS Lunch Group! PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) of Elgin aims first to meet the basic needs of homeless individuals, then provide case management. The shelter provides a safe place to sleep, meals, showers, laundry facilities and personal hygiene products. Last year PADS provided 13,611 nights of shelter and 38,111 meals to 302 men, women and children. Please consider signing up to make, deliver and/or serve one…

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection June 27, 9:00 to 9:30 AM

The Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection is this Sunday, June 27, 9:00 to 9:30 AM, in the church parking lot. Please separate your CLEAN food grade from your packaging foam and put them in the car with the sign for food foam or packaging foam. No Styrofoam peanuts are accepted (take those to UPS store). The Styrofoam is taken to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora. Thank you for recycling. Mary Alice