Upcoming Sunday Services

Language that Unites and Divides Us

Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 10:00am

By Caroline Bailey and Kat Gelder

Unitarian Universalism brings together people of many beliefs in pursuit of similar values. While our values unite us, the language we use to describe our sources of inspiration can end up dividing us. When we use--or refuse--words like "faith" and "divine," the stage is set for confusion at best and offense at worst. How can we live in beloved community and affirm each other's integrity and personal journeys? What can we agree on, or agree to peacefully disagree on, and where can we go from there?

Forum:
Forums will return in August.

Religious Education:
Summer RE classes at 10:00am

To Improve or Enjoy the World

Sunday, July 29, 2018 @ 10:00am

By Steve Cooper, Director of Religious Education

The theme for July in the religious education program is “What Does It Mean to be a Community of Joy?” This service for all ages will reflect on the following quote by E.B. White:

“It's hard to know when to respond to the seductiveness of the world and when to respond to its challenge. If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between the desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”

There will be special music, singing, dancing and joy in this service.

Forum:
Forums will return in August.

Religious Education:
Service for All Ages at 10:00am

The Meaning of Welcome

Sunday, August 5, 2018 @ 10:00am

By Reverend Tom Capo

Many Unitarian Universalists consider our religion a big tent religion, open to people of various spiritual beliefs and backgrounds.  We have a small group of people at our Welcome desk who greet them, let them know about this church, and give them brochures and a newsletter.  What is the role of the rest of the members of this church in being welcoming?  What does it mean to be welcoming? Also we will be awarding our SMILE project students with certificates and learn from a couple of them about their experiences.

There will not be a time for Joys and Concerns during this service
 

Forum:
Forums will resume August 26th.

Religious Education:
Summer RE classes at 10:00am

Welcoming in Hard Times

Sunday, August 12, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

By Reverend Tom Capo

We all have difficult times in our lives.  During those times being welcomed can feel like being offered a cold glass of water on a hot summer day.  Others can offer us this welcome, but how do we welcome the pain of hard times within ourselves?  And what do we do once we welcome it?

There will be a time in the service to share Joys and Concerns.

 

Forum:
Forums will resume August 26th.

Religious Education:
Summer RE classes at 10:00am

Welcoming Diversity

Sunday, August 19, 2018 @ 10:00am

By Reverend Tom Capo

First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981, Rosalynn Carter reminds us, “People with mental problems are our neighbors.  They are members of our congregations, families; they are everywhere in our country.”  Reverend Tom will consider what it means to be welcoming to people with various mental and emotional conditions. The West Wind Quintet will perform 3 pieces during the service.

There will be a time in the service to share Joys and Concerns.
 

Forum:
Forums will resume August 26th.

Religious Education:
Summer RE classes at 10:00am.

Ingathering/Water Communion Service

Sunday, August 26, 2018 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

By Reverend Tom Capo & Steve Cooper, DRE

Please remember to bring water to the water communion—water from your journeys both physical and spiritual. During the ceremony you have the opportunity to  briefly share how you were nourished in unexpected ways this summer (you can do this in words or silently).   During the service, Jim Wharton & Bonnie Brewster will perform “Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby.

There will be not be a time for Joys and Concerns during this service.
 

Forum:
9:30am in the Learning Center. “What is Buddhism and Why Does It Matter?” By Lama Sean Jones. Lama Sean lives in Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood and works at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and is the director and resident Lama of the Karma Thegsum Choling Center in Ciecero. He has studied Buddhism from Tibetan Masters at a retreat in Woodstock, New York. For three years, three months and three weeks, Lama Sean was virtually locked in a compound where he meditated, chanted, prayed, and learned (from 4 AM to 9:30 PM every single day).

Religious Education:
Service for All Ages at 9:30am & 11:15am