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…

Unfinished Business by Rev. Karen G. Johnston from Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

“Don’t fear your mortality, because it is this very mortality that gives meaning and depth and poignancy to all the days that will be granted to you.”–Paul Tsongas How much notice would I want ahead of time before I die? Is it six minutes? Six days? Six months? There are wise ones who say not to waste your time and energies on things we cannot know or change. Yet this set of hypothetical questions has been an evocative way for…

Part of the Mystery by Laura Shay from Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

“I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.”―Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things” When my spouse decided to raise Monarch Butterflies, I thought she had gone a bit overboard in her search for meaningful retirement activities. Although I have to admit, the plump, striped caterpillar she named Slinky quickly piqued my interest. I checked on Slinky daily waiting to see what would happen next. Each day was an unknown.…

PADS Signup and Needs for October

Thank you to everyone who signed up in September! We have 5 Mondays to fill in October, including Halloween! (Time for pumpkin-spiced something?) REMEMBER, UUCE WILL REIMBURSE YOU FOR YOUR MEAL EXPENSES!  Here is the October signup link for PADS The shelter needs this week are: paper bowls, powdered coffee creamer and individual packaged snacks for lunch boxes. Thank you for your generosity! Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have to Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

RE Date Changes

Hi, Everyone – Just wanted to make you all aware of a change to our RE Schedule in November. We will no longer be having RE on November 6th as we had originally planned, but we will instead be having RE during the service on the 13th. All other previously scheduled dates will be happening as originally planned. So the dates we’ll be having RE Classes during the service through the end of December are as follows: •       Oct 2nd…
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Our Share the Plate partner for August was chosen by the Youth of UUCE, in honor of Immunization Awareness month. With its partners, UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children every year with lifesaving vaccines. In over 100 countries, they work with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other United Nations agencies to engage communities, procure and distribute vaccines, keep supplies safe and effective, and help ensure affordable access for even the hardest-to-reach families.  https://www.unicef.org/immunization
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Prairie State Legal Services

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of July is Prairie State Legal Services. https://www.pslegal.org The mission of Prairie State Legal Services is to ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights. Prairie State envisions a community where all low-income, elderly and vulnerable people have ready access to legal services to meet their basic needs…