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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…

From Your Stewardship Team

The annual Stewardship campaign kicks off this Sunday! Growing the Dream is our goal. Our dream is to be able to have a minister. You have had opportunities to hear from our Board of Trustees about what it would take to grow our church. This is going to take all of us working together and contributing because the church belongs to all of us. We each have a responsibility to contribute in both our service but also in our financial…

Ethnic Eating Update

It turns out that thirteen is not so unlucky after all. On November 12th, 13 of us visited and sampled foods of Belarus at Belarusian Restaurant Visilki at 250 McHenry Road, Wheeling, IL at 3:30. It was a tasty experience and I heard threats of return visits. I’ve left the address in this report for those of you “unlucky” to have missed it. On December 10 at 3:30, we’ll be experiencing some of the cuisine of Belgium at Hopleaf Bar at 5148…

Green Team Summit Event

Faith in Place’s 2023 Green Team Summit! will take place from October 8-11 as a unique hybrid experience featuring keynote by Leah Thomas, founder of Intersectional Environmentalist and recognized by Time Magazine as one of the world’s top 100 rising stars.  The event is fully accessible virtually, but you may prefer to join an in-person watch party to connect, reflect, and gather together with like-minded individuals to envision and foster a more inclusive and intersectional environmental movement. REGISTRATION: Joining is easy!  Select Countryside Church UU…

From the UUA’s Braver/Wiser Courage and Compassion for Life As It Is

Claiming Our NamesRev. Otto O’Connor This reflection was originally published on June 10, 2020. We’re grateful to Rev. Otto for allowing us to republish it today. “No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.”—Marsha P. Johnson Happy Pride. It feels strange to say that; this moment is anything but happy because of an assault in this country on Black and brown bodies that has never really ended. The movement for Black Lives and what’s become known as…

New PADS SignUp for Fall 

UUCE is committed to supporting basic needs of our homeless neighbors by regularly delivering meals and supplies to Elgin PADS, which stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. Here’s the signup link: PADS Lunch Signup for September, October, November And … they continually need: Individually packaged snacks (for kids to take to school), ramen (chicken or beef), canned fruit; paper goods like: toilet paper, napkins, cups, bowls and plates; tea, powdered lemonade, Kool-aid, and powdered coffee creamer.You may leave supplies in…

Ethnic Eating Update

If you enjoy grilled sausages, sauerbraten or wiener schnitzel or other “light” fare, washed down by flights or liters of good beer, May’s cuisine of “Austria” was the occasion for you. Ten of us met and dined at Schnell’s in Palatine last Sunday and I’m pretty sure a good time was had by all. I know it will take me some time to work it off. You might give a try if you have a chance. June brings us to the…
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Faith In Place

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of May is:  Faith In Place; People of Faith and Justice Protecting Our Earth   Faith in Place is a local organization based in Chicago, Illinois that coordinates religious leaders of diverse faiths and spiritualities leading the environmental movement to create healthy, just, and sustainable communities for all.  Faith in Place empowers people of diverse faiths and spiritualities to be leaders in advancing environmental and racial justice, providing resources to educate, connect, and…

PADS homeless shelter – Changes to our schedule

Hello, Friends, The UUCE commitment to provide lunches to the Elgin PADS homeless shelter is changing. Because of the limited number of volunteers, our church will now donate meals twice per month, instead of each Monday. We will plan on delivering, with the option of also serving, lunch on the first and third Mondays of each month, beginning in May. I encourage you to help on your own on the two or three Mondays not covered by our church. You would…
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The Fund for Global Human Rights

The Share the Plate recipient for March is the The Fund for Global Human Rights. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and our community are in solidarity with the people of Turkey and Syria and the first responders and community activists mobilizing support for communities impacted by the devastating earthquake on February 6, 2023. We know that this is a time that global solidarity can strengthen mutual aid on the ground and support long-term movement-building for human rights. Currently, UUSC…

PADS Needs

Hello, Friends, The PADS shelter is running low on the following:  Canned fruit, ramen (Chicken or beef), coffee pods, paper bowls, 13-gallon trash bags, gallon freezer bags. You may place these items at the church in the basket marked “PADS” past the double glass doors. Thank you! Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835“Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS
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Anderson Humane

In honor of deceased long time member Alice Macy, Anderson Humane was chosen by the Executive Team as the recipient of our Share the Plate collection for the month of January. Bringing people and animals together for good. For more than fifty years, Anderson Humane has been the leading animal welfare organization in our community. They have have been dedicated to creating positive connections between people and animals from day one because animals make us better! Today, they place more than…