Upcoming Sunday Services

The Mystery of Us

Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

By Reverend Tom Capo

Sam Harris wrote: “I once spent an afternoon on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee…As I gazed at the surrounding hills, a feeling of peace came over me. I soon grew to a blissful stillness that silenced my thoughts. In an instant the sense of being a separate self—an ‘I’ or ‘me’—vanished. Everything was as it had been, the cloudless sky, the brown hills sloping to an inland sea…but I no longer felt separate from the scene … The experience lasted just a few seconds, but it returned to me many times…” Join us to explore the mystery of “we”, when that sense of a separate self vanishes in a deep and profound connection to a community.

Forum:
9:30am in the Learning Center: Science Sunday. We will discuss and demonstrate important aspects of Earth's atmosphere. We tend to ignore it or take it for granted, but its complex structure and unique properties are of extreme importance to all living things. This talk will prepare you for the January 6 discussion with Rick Knight from the Citizens' Climate Lobby. He'll continue the discussion on climate change.

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30am & 11:15am

Winter Solstice Celebration

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 7:00pm

By DuPage UU Church members

Take a break from the busy holiday season and join us at our Winter Solstice Celebration on Thursday, December 20, at 7:00pm. We will honor the darkness and celebrate the return of the light. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Childcare will be provided.

Forum:
There will be no Forum at this time.

Religious Education:
There are no classes at this time.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 7:00pm

By DuPage UU Church members

Take a break from the busy holiday season and join us at our Winter Solstice Celebration on Friday, December 21, at 7:00pm. We will honor the darkness and celebrate the return of the light. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Childcare will be provided.

Forum:
There will be no Forum at this time.

Religious Education:
There are no classes at this time.

The Mystery of the Nativity: an Unrehearsed Pageant 

Sunday, December 23, 2018 @ 11:15am ONLY

Everyone!

Unique and inclusive, as pageant actors are chosen on the spot! Only a few roles are cast in advance of the service, the rest of the at least 45 participants (including shepherds, stars, wise people, and animals) volunteer to be in the pageant during the service. Everyone (including guests) is invited to participate. At the end of the service, when children and adults are in their costumes gazing down at a baby from our congregation in the “manger,” we all experience this familiar story in a new, more meaningful, and moving way. The love and the mystery and the wonder that we see remind us that each night a child is born is a holy night.

Please bring new or gently used mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to put on the Mitten Tree during the service which will then be donated to the People’s Resource Center in Wheaton.

Forum:
There is no Forum at this time.

Religious Education:
There are no Classes at this time.

Christmas Eve - Family Service, Soup Supper, and Candlelight Service

Monday, December 24, 2018 services @ 6:00pm and 8:00pm

Family service with Steve Cooper, Director of Religious Education; Candlelight service with Rev. Tom Capo

6:00pm Family-friendly service with stories, music and electric candle lighting to the song Silent Night.

7:00pm Soup Supper between the Christmas Eve services, sponsored by the Fellowship Committee - ALL are welcome!

8:00pm Candlelight service. Through readings, hymns and music from Christian and Pagan traditions, Reverend Tom will explore the spiritual response to this otherwise dark, cold time of year.

Forum:
There is no Forum.

Religious Education:
There are no classes.

Fire Communion

Sunday, December 30, 2018 @ 11:15am ONLY

By Members Kat Gelder and Kelley Trombly-Freytag

There are many ways to greet the mystery of the coming year: wonder, fear, determination, inspiration. Our attitude has a large part in determining how we handle our experience of the unknown. Join us in our annual Fire Communion service, where we will let go of what that which keeps us from experiencing the fullness and mystery of life, and we will invite inspiration to keep us moving toward the light.

Forum:
There is no Forum at this time.

Religious Education:
There are no classes at this time.

The Possibility of You

Sunday, January 6, 2019 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

By Steve Cooper, Director of Religious Education

A little round white lima bean which I can hold in my hand has the possibility of being a whole plant with roots and leaves and even more beans to give us food. What is in you? Do you have a whole plant with roots and leaves? No, but you do have a whole person with a heart and a mind and a spirit, who will grow and be the best you that you can be. Let’s discover together the Possibility of You.
 

Forum:
9:30am in Learning Center. Science Sunday will partner with the Green Sanctuary of DuPage UU Church to bring back Rick Knight from Citizens' Climate Lobby. In 2016 Rick gave a wonderful and compelling talk introducing many of us to CCL and the efforts they are making to keep Climate Change front and center in our nation's awareness. Recent reports and events have continued to highlight how important this topic is and I have seen how hard CCL has worked to address the problem with non-partisan solutions. Come hear Rick present the newest information about the challenges we must face as dedicated citizens! Last time Rick drew 104 people to Science Sunday, and I'd like us to break that record!! Then we should go out and do something about it!!

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30am & 11:15am

Impossible Possibilities - Ubuntu: the call to be human

Sunday, January 13, 2019 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

By Reverend Karen Mooney

Ubuntu is Bantu word describing a classical southern African humanist philosophy. This philosophy focuses on how we live within the allegiances and relations we have with others. Living with/in ubuntu we are asked to remember the impact of our life as part of a community along with affirming who we are as individuals. What riches could we embrace if we acknowledge the life that exists in this ambiguous tension.
 

Forum:
9:30am in Learning Center. Social Justice

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30am & 11:15am

Possibility and Change

Sunday, January 20, 2019 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

By The Rev. Patrick Price

While change is the very essence of the reality we live in, making or creating the changes we want is often difficult.  Why and how do we become more of the possibility we desire and need?   

The Rev. Patrick Price currently serves as the Interim Co-Minister to the Geneva UU Society, along with his wife, the Rev. Jennifer Innis.  The Rev. Price was ordained by DuPage UU Church in 1995 after being the ministerial intern in 1994.  Since he has served congregations in SC, WI and TX. 

Our Special Collection will benefit the Tom Galloway Scholarship Fund. This fund supports African American students attending College of DuPage who have financial need. The scholarship was founded by Tom Galloway before he passed in 2000. Tom was DUUC’s first African American Board president. He contributed his time and his many talents to the congregation and the greater community. Thank you in advance for giving as you are able to this wonderful scholarship! Checks can be made payable to DUUC, with Tom Galloway Scholarship on the memo line.
 

Forum:
9:30am in Learning Center. SCIENCE SUNDAY. In this, the concluding lecture about extra-terrestrial life we explore some of what science has to say about the prospects of interstellar travel. We'll talk about warp drives, bomb-drives, solar sails, wormholes and generation ships... and more! How might humanity reach the stars? We'll also talk about the Fermi Paradox, which addresses the fact that advanced alien civilizations aren't obvious in our galaxy. Come hear about potential explanations for the serene and silent skies.

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30am & 11:15am

The Possibility of Being Wrong

Sunday, January 27, 2019 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

By Reverend Myriam Renaud

Rev. Dr. Myriam Renaud, DUUC’s Community Minister since 2013, will share some of her struggles with humility and forgiveness and their costs. Raised a Unitarian Universalist, she will also explore various other traditions whose teachings about humility and forgiveness challenged and enriched her own experiences and understandings. She will attempt to offer her remarks with all due humility and hopes for your forgiveness should she fall short.
 

Forum:
9:30am in Learning Center. Congregational Life

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes at 9:30am & 11:15am