A Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Join us for worship and religious education!  Services and Religious Education Classes take place on Sunday morning at 9:15 and 11:00am
February 17, 2017
Sunday, February 19    
Worship Service  -  9:15 and 11:00am
"Serving Those Who Served Us"
Due to the recent news that the federal hiring freeze will affect veterans and the services they will receive, Ministerial Intern Kevin DeBeck will discuss ways in which this congregation can help expand our ministry to help serve those who served our country.Click here for upcoming sermons.

Religious Education
This Sunday our preschool, kindergarten¬≠-first-second grade, and third-fourth-fifth grade classes will meet from 9:15-10:30 and 11:00-12:15. All begin in the sanctuary for the first part of the worship service before going to classes.  Starting time for the sixth-seventh-¬≠eighth grade class to watch this week's movie is 9:45am. Senior high meets at 11:00am.  Childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers is available from 9:00-12:30. 

Crackerbarrel - 9:30am
"The Meaning of American Exceptionalism"
Jim Strickler (UCE Member) will provide background on American exceptionalism's odd origins, evolving use throughout American history, and significance in a global context. Following the presentation will be a discussion about whether understanding the term American exceptionalism can help explain the election of President Trump. Discussion Leader: Jim Strickler. Click here for upcoming topics.
 
Join us to stand in support of Black Lives Matter
12:10pm-12:30pm
You are invited to stand on Ridge Avenue between 12:10pm and 12:30pm to support the Black Lives Matter movement.  Signs and buttons are available for purchase at the back of the sanctuary. Signs and song lyrics will be provided for use.  Sponsored by the REAL team.

The Chris Isely Cancer Support Group -  9:15am
The group is open to anyone facing cancer, either personally or through a family member or friend. This lay-led group is a safe place for sharing and hope. Interested participants are encouraged to drop in any time. Questions? Contact Renee Hoff  or Brian Meister.
We are caught between Postmodernism and the legacy of the Enlightenment. This conflict affects how we think of science, other cultures and even liberal religion. The class shows how we got here and suggests that we need more reason, not less. Recommended: The Enlightenment: A Very Short Introduction and Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction. Facilitated by Rev. Jerome Stone, UCE's Affiliated Community Minister. A former United Church of Christ pastor and philosophy teacher, Jerry is the author of A Minimalist Vision of Transcendence and Religious Naturalism Today.  Click here to register. 

Click here for a list of readings.
 
Religious education for adults, sponsored by the Learning Associates.

Click here for information about upcoming Adult Religious Education programs.
Experience the amazing talents of some amazingly talented UCE members and friends! This fun multigenerational event is sponsored by our Journeys students and mentors as a fundraiser for their Boston trip. Tickets are available at the special rate of $10 for adults (age 12 and up); $5 for children (age 5-11); maximum $25 for families. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
New Book Carts newbookcarts
Be sure you see our new library carts in the office hallway! They are roomy and beautiful thanks to Sandra and are a wonderful new resource for us all.  

Racial Justice Lending Library
In order to finish setting the book case up, please check to see if you have books or DVD's at home from our Racial Justice Lending Library that you have finished reading or viewing but have not yet returned. A list of borrowed materials is posted on the bulletin board above the shelves.

Rainbow Alliance Transgender Lending Library
Rainbow Alliance has set up their transgender book library on the new book cart in the hallway to your right when you enter the building. The books range from pre-school through teen and adult. Please look over the selections there and feel free to take one out on loan.
Caregiver Support Group Exploratory Meeting
Tuesday, March 7, 7pm caregiversupportgroup
Whether it be caring for an ill family member, a handicapped child, an aging parent or any of a number of other caregiving arrangements, talking with others who understand and who "have been there" can be helpful.  If you are in a caregiving role, we invite you to come to an exploratory meeting on Tuesday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. at UCE to share ideas on how we might create a Caregiver Support Group at UCE.  Topics will include group purpose, format and guidelines.  If you are interested but cannot attend this first meeting (or have any questions), please contact Renee Hoff or Joyce Lofstrom.
2017 Soup Kitchens soupkitchens
UCE hosts soup kitchens when our neighbor Beth Emet is celebrating the Jewish holidays.  We have added two dates this year to assist Second Baptist Church.  March your calendars for the following dates:  Wednesdays - April 12, September 20, 27, October 4 and October 11 at UCE and Mondays - August 14 and August 21 at Second Baptist Church.  More information and sign-up to follow. For questions, contact Winnie Stevenson or Marilyn Wroblewski
Doing the Most Good Group doingthemostgood
Monday, February 20, 7pm
How can each one of us and our community maximize the impact of our charitable donations? Join Doing the Most Good Group as we discuss the practical strategies offered in Part II of the book, "Reinventing Philanthropy: A Framework for More Effective Giving." Reading is strongly encouraged but not mandatory to attend.  Please join us. Newcomers are welcome! 
One Book, One Church onebookonechurch
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankin "throws a Molotov cocktail at the notion that a reduction of injustice is the same as freedom." (NY Times) This book length poem about race and the imagination is the chosen book for our coming discussions. Called one of the best books of the year, you will not want to miss one of the discussions on February 25 - 9:30am, March 5 - 12:30pm, or March 26 - 12:30pm. You can find the book at Book H. 
Women Making Change womenmakingchange
Saturday, March 25, 6pm
Save the Date! Let's celebrate Women's History Month with dinner, conversation and a question: What can we learn from the stories of black women in Evanston about the way forward? Speakers will include Dr. Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Morris (Dino) Robinson, Joanne Avery, Karli Butler and others. Sponsors include Shorefront Legacy Center, YWCA Evanston-Northshore and the Unitarian Church of Evanston (where the event will be held). All are welcome, details to follow.
Composting at UCE compost
You may have noticed and wondered about the two green containers at the southeast corner of our church parking lot.  They are vital links in UCE's commitment to caring for our green planet by diverting waste from our landfills.

You can easily become a part of this commitment for a small annual contribution of $60 per person (up to a $180 maximum per household).  If you are interested in joining this movement, contact the church office (by mail or in person), or fill out this form and email it to Carli Magel, or return it to the church office. For an additional $10, we will provide you with your very own kitchen counter composting bucket.  (Plastic bags are not acceptable containers because they are not compostable.)

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Compost Program Coordinator John LaPlante at church or through the church office.
Building Up Community Tearing Down Walls: A Celebration of UUPMI
Saturday, February 18, 7pm at UCEuupmi
Spend an evening celebrating with the UU Prison Ministry of Illinois! It's been a powerful year as we've gotten this organization off the ground. We want to celebrate all the love, time, material resources, compassion, and faith that so many people have put into this project. 

People of all ages are welcome. There will not be childcare. Suggested donation of $25 but no one turned away because of lack of funds. Spread the word! Bring your friends and fellow congregants! Contact Doug Erickson or Dale Griffin. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Membership Classes

For those who are thinking about becoming a member of the church.

Intro to Unitarian Universalism 
Sunday, Feb. 19,  12:30 - 2pm
Led by Rev. Bret Lortie, we'll look at our history, our principles, the sources of our faith, and the meaning of covenant. (This is the first step in the membership process.) 

Orientation Toward Membership 
Sat. March 25, 9am - 12pm
Led by Rev. Connie Grant, Membership Director Eileen Wiviott, and members of the New Member Committee. An interactive class exploring our spiritual journeys, the diversity of our beliefs, and what it means to be a member of this congregation. (This is the second step in the membership process.)

Sign up at the Guest & Member Table in the lobby or email  Eileen Wiviott. There will be childcare available upon request in advance for both of these classes. 
Ministers' Schedules

Rev. Bret Lortie  is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and by appointment. Monday is sabbath and Friday devoted to writing. To send a message or read Rev. Bret's blog, visit  www.liberalfaith.org .
 
Rev. Connie Grant is generally in the office during the day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and often has evening meetings on those days. She takes Mondays off and works at home on Fridays. Please email or call Connie for an appointment.
cgrant@ucevanston.org. (847) 864-1330 ext. 103 (office); (847) 840-8542 (cell).
Upcoming UCE Events

Monday, Feb. 20, 7:00pm
Doing the Most Good Group


Saturday, Feb. 25, 9:30am
One Book, One Church


Saturday, February 25, 6:30pm
UCE's Got Talent


Tuesday, February 28, 5:00pm
Recently Retired (but never retiring!) Women


Sunday, March 5, 12:30pm
One Book, One Church


Tuesday, March 7, 7pm
Caregiver Support Group Exploratory Meeting


Saturday, March 25, 6:00pm
Women Making Change


Sunday, March 26, 12:30pm
One Book, One Church


Thursday Nights, 5:30pm
Meditation Group


Thursday Nights, 7pm
UCE Addictions Ministry Group


Sunday Mornings, 8:15am & Wednesday Mornings, 9:30am
Yoga


Saturdays at 10:00am
Open Drumming Circles

Community Involvement
Click each event for more information.
 
YWCA Let's Talk at Lunch
Third Thursday of the Month
 
Save the Date! 

Put a big circle around
May 5th and May 6th
When our RUMMAGE SALE will astound!
 
It's never too early
to start organizing things,
so for set-up week
find those treasures you'll bring!
UUANI Action of the Week

 

Hosted by State Senator Daniel Biss, State Rep. Robyn Gabel, State Rep. Laura Fine, and the Unitarian Church of Evanston

Monday, February 27, 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm


Learn about the biggest concerns, challenges and threats to civil liberties and what you can do to protect your rights in a discussion with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, ICIRR, and Equality Illinois.
UCE Book Groups

Fiction Book Group
Friday, February 17, 7:30pm


We will read and discuss October Light by John Gardner.  All are welcome to join the gathering.

Non-Fiction Book Group 
Sunday, February 26, 12:30pm


We will read and discuss The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement, by William J. Barber II, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. 

Rev. Barber participated in the 2016 General Assembly and has a strong message for UU's. All are welcome to join the discussion.
UU Identity Discussions

Continued learning opportunities offered monthly by the New Member Committee; open to all who want to better understand what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist, no matter where you are on the membership journey:

Principles and Sources Class 
1st Sundays 10:15 - 11am
Whether you are new to Unitarian Universalism or you would like to better understand the seven principles and six sources of our faith, join us for this rich 45-minute discussion led by members of the New Member Committee. We ' ll use thought provoking metaphors to dive deeper into the foundations of being a UU.  Next Principles & Sources Class: March 5 between services.
 
Spiritual Journeys - 
a 3-part conversation
2nd, 3rd, 4th Sundays 
at 10:15-11am 
We'll explore our religious and spiritual backgrounds, where we come from, what we want to cherish and what we want to release as we continue our journeys. This is a conversation open to all no matter where you are on the path - exploring membership, new members and long-term members alike. You can participate in any one or all three in any order. 
Next Spiritual Journeys Sessions:  2/19, 2/26.
 

Yoga at UCE


Join us every Sunday at 8:15am and every Wednesday at 9:30am.

Yoga at UCE is designed to reduce stress, bring relaxation, increase range of motion, and find balance - restorative yoga. If you never have done yoga before, this is your opportunity. Drop in, wear comfortable clothing for stretching, and try it. Yoga is learned by doing. Community yoga mats provided if needed.

Opportunities
 for Spiritual Practice

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