Upcoming Sunday Services

Eldering Ritual

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 @ 9:30 am and 11:15 am

By Reverend Tom Capo

Our American culture often doesn’t seem to value the knowledge and experience of those who have reached a certain age. Eldering is a vision for growing older that embraces the many opportunities to have life be richer and more rewarding than most can imagine. We'll consider the value of the elders in our church and provide them an elder ritual.

Forum:
9:30 am in the Learning Center. Spiritual Formation: "A Journey Through Time - Life of the Prophets." Yousuf Siddiqui from the The Islamic Center of Naperville presents a multimedia presentation produced by the Center. The presentation highlights the prominent messengers of Islam - Adam, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad - with direct references in the Quran to each of them. It offers insight to the messages they conveyed, the links among them, and how the Quranic view is similar to and different from the biblical narrative of the messengers of God. Join us to gain a better understanding of how Muslims view Jesus, Moses, etc., and their respective positions and status. There will be time for questions and answers.

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

How Welcoming are We? 

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am and 11:15 am

By Kelley Trombly-Freytag and Jenny Hobbs, Members of DuPage UU Church

Our congregation was certified as a Welcoming Congregation over 20 years ago and the work to be Welcoming is never done. Being Welcoming is a spiritual practice - it takes constant doing and stretching for our welcome to grow. Learn how Welcoming Congregation has evolved since our certification and how we can stretch to be welcoming to all individuals. Here is a link for you consider about what it means to be Welcoming: http://www.uua.org/lgbtq/welcoming/program There will a time in the service to share Joys and Concerns.
 

Forum:
9:30 am in the Learning Center. SCIENCE SUNDAY: We've talked about the origin and evolution of life. We've talked about zombie species that humans are trying to bring back from extinction. Now, let's talk about life's great survivors. You likely have heard about the coelacanth - the supposedly extinct primitive fish discovered in 1938. But the coelacanth is not the only survivor from ancient days. Join other science-lovers to learn about others, as Scott Thompson leads this exploration!

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30 am and 11:15 am.

Yom Kippur

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am and 11:15 am

By Reverend Tom Capo and Steve Cooper, Director of Religious Education

We will be exploring the Jewish holy day Yom Kippur.  The name "Yom Kippur" means "Day of Atonement". It is a day set aside to "afflict the soul," to atone for the sins of the past year. This is a service for all ages.  There will be a Special Collection for PADS during the service.

 

Forum:
9:30am in Learning Center. SOCIAL JUSTICE: The DuPage Clerk of the Circuit Court, Chris Kachiroubas, will be our speaker at our Sunday Forum, October 8th,  in the Learning Center at 9:30 am.  Mr. Kachiroubas will be speaking about how the money bail/bond bills were evaluated in Springfield this year and how the final bill was determined to present to the legislature.  Many of you know that we have been involved with this issue for the past year.  New legislation was recently passed.  For nonviolent misdemeanors or low-level felonies, bail shouldn’t be monetary.  Other options include electronic home monitoring, curfews, drug counseling, stay-away orders and in-person reporting.  This is being done so people who commit a minor offense are not forced to languish in jail because they are unable to post bail.   As long as money is a factor in who is incarcerated and who is released pending trial, our criminal justice system in punishing people for being poor.  Please welcome Mr. Kachiroubas to our forum.

Religious Education:
Service for all ages 9:30 am and 11:15 am (no morning classes).

Logic/Rational and Emotional/Spiritual in One Person

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am and 11:15 am

By Reverend Tom Capo

Decisions are an integral component of our daily lives.  Each decision is based on both the logical/rational part of our brain and the emotional/spiritual part of our brain.  How do we weigh these two parts as we move through our lives? Bonnie Brewster, Karen Campbell, and Karen McGinty will perform during the service.  There will a time in the service to share Joys and Concerns. 
 

Forum:
9:30am in Learning Center: SCIENCE SUNDAY

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30 am and 11:15 am.

Light and Dark, Black and White, What about Gray?

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 @ 9:30 am and 11:15 am

By Reverend Tom Capo

It is easy to move through a world of black and white, right and wrong, light and dark.  Decisions can be based on values like stealing is bad, honoring our parents is good, etc.  But the world is not always black and white, most often there is much more complexity.   So how do we make the moral decisions we face in our lives? The DUUC Choir will be performing in the service.  They will be performing Shades of Gray by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Adiemus by Karl Jenkins. And Jim Wharton and company will be performing Walking on a Wire by Lowen and Navarro.
 

Forum:
9:30am in Learning Center. SPIRITUAL FORMATION: The Gnostic Christian movement Valentinianism by Michael Martin. The first few centuries of Christianity were a time of diverse interpretations of the Jesus story. The Valentinians were a "Gnostic" sect who believed the material universe to be an imperfect imitation created by a deficient God. Salvation was obtained through the esoteric teachings of Jesus, divine knowledge of the true God.

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30 am and 11:15 am.

The Problem of Evil for Unitarian Universalist

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 @ 9:30 am and 11:15 am

By Reverend Tom Capo

Evil is usually perceived as the dualistic antagonistic opposite of good.  Many people in our world tend to believe evil is something external to them.  For instance, many people view certain people, like mass murder Adolf Hitler or serial killer Ted Bundy, as evil, bad.  There is also the concept of evil and good being present in all of our hearts.  Many UUs struggle with any concept of evil.  Let’s explore how evil might be a useful spiritual concept for Unitarian Universalists.
 

Forum:
9:30am in Learning Center. The Co-Presidents Invite the Congregation of DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church to participate in a one hour Town Hall Forum.  It is our attempt to reinvigorate the Strategic Plan by hosting this forum on October 29th, in the Learning Center from 9:30am to 10:30am.   We want to hear your thoughts and ideas on potential projects DUUC could engage in.  We the Co-Presidents will answer questions regarding new procedures - We the Board have implemented more recently.

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30 am and 11:15 am.