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Unitarian Universalist for Social Justice Spring Quarterly Meeting

Sunday, May 16, 2021 – 2:00 to 5:00 PM via Zoom Program 2:00 to 3:25 PM “How Carbon Free and Dividend Legislation can advance the US toward net-zero carbon emissions” Mike Zanello, Illinois’ state coordinator for the Citizens Climate Lobby will explain what a Carbon Free and Dividend System is, how it would work, and how much it would contribute to moving the US toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Following our featured speaker’s presentation, Allan Lindrup will serve as First Respondent.…

4th Sunday Styrofoam Collection

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection! April 25 12:00 to 12:30 pm in UUCE parking lot   I will collect CLEAN Styrofoam to transport to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora. Please separate your clean, food grade foam from your packaging foam. Load the food grade foam into the  Prius labeled “Food Grade” and load the packaging foam into the Prius labeled “Packaging Foam.”  In December, both cars were full of foam!– Mary Alice Masonick

Mitch Jacobs Has Passed Away

We announce with sorrow the sudden death from stroke of Mitch Jacobs, beloved long-time member of our Church. He is survived by wife Janette, daughter Erin (Will) Flachbart, stepdaughter Heather (Scott) Avery, and two step- granddaughters, Claire, and Charlotte.  Mitch is also survived by his two brothers, Robert, and Stuart Jacobs Janette’s daughter and granddaughter have been at her side for the past three days. A memorial Service is postponed until we can meet in person, but then we will…

Upcoming Events Offered by the UUA MidAmerica Region

1. “Conversation: What About Re-Opening to In-Person Meetings?” Friday, April 9, 2021, 2:00 pm EDT With the move toward leveling the pandemic curve, and with the increasing availability of vaccinations, congregations need to be thinking about how they will decide about opening up again to in-person meetings and worship. During these conversations, we’ll watch two videos produced by the UUA, look at the UUA’s recommended questions, and have conversations about how we make these decisions. Webinar will be offered on:…

Henny DuBois

Our dear friend Henny DuBois passed away Monday night, March 22, from natural causes. Henny survived COVID this past December, proving how strong-willed she was. She was 90. Henny was a devoted member of UUCE for decades, leading the Food Pantry collections, Aesthetics Team, and more. She was a programmer, mother of five, gardener, photographer and theater/museum patron, as well as a dear friend to many. A full obituary and plans for a memorial will follow.  Messages may be sent…

March ET Update

The current members of the Executive Team are: Mike Moutrie, Martha Pignataro, Mary Harlos, Steve Askins, and our minister Rev. Leland Bond-Upson and church administrator Mila Brinker. To learn more about the Executive Team and what we do, visit our Executive Team page. Actions Building Maintenance The team approved an expense of $1000 for installation of hard-wired electrical outlets to projectors in Fellowship Hall and the sanctuary. This eliminates extension cords and improves safety. This also includes installing a stronger…

Have You Heard of AMUUSE?

Mary Harlos suggested we share this Did You Know… Did you know AMUUSE, is a singles group for Midwest Unitarian Universalists and friends? They have weekend camps and summer camps away during normal times but right now they have zoom programs. Mary says it is easy to get on their mailing list and then have access to all their events. Mary has found them to be warm and welcoming, a nice way for singles to expand friendships! Visit their website…

Ministerial Search Committee Update

Dear Friends, In October, the UUCE Board of Trustees began a process of reaching out to congregational members to gather input on desired qualities and potential candidate names to have serve on the upcoming Ministerial Search Committee. After tallying names mentioned in that round of surveys, the Board arrived upon a list of the top 14 candidates. Because volunteering for this committee will require a significant commitment of time and energy, those candidates were then contacted by Board members in…

March Board Update

Visit our Board of Trustees page to meet our current BoT leadership. Budget Financial Committee meeting notes reviewed. Summary of Actual vs. Budget reviewed. Pledge income has caught up with budgeted amount as of February reporting. Projections at the moment show that we could have a surplus on the current year budget, but this is based on rolling over a surplus from the prioryear. Discussion of staff wages and recommendations from the FC. We should aim to provide COLA raises…

Executive Team Update

The ET plans to begin sharing key topics and decisions from our monthly meetings. To learn more about the Executive Team and what we do, visit our Church Leadership page. Current Members The current members of The Executive Team (ET) are; Steve Askins, Mila Brinker, Mary Harlos, Mike Moutrie, Martha Pignataro, and Reverend Leland Bond-Upson. Our two most recent members; Steve and Mary, have only been on the team for a few months, but they bring fresh energy to the…

UUCE Book Group Update

For their March 29 meeting the Book Group is reading “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead, winner of two consecutive Pulitzer Prizes. On April 26 they’ll discuss Pulitzer winner “The Overstory” by Richard Powers, and on May 31 they’ll travel back to 1918 for Willa Cather’s “My Antonia”. The UUCE Book Group has been meeting once a month continuously since 1993 to discuss a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction. For the duration of the pandemic, meetings are…