Worship for this Sunday - May 24, 2020
Live Streaming at 10am
May Theme: Thresholds
Live Stream Worship at 10am
Recorded Viewing Available at Noon

Access instructions for live stream can be found here .
OFFERTORY :: Disabled American Veterans
Unity Temple Gives. Each week we give our Sunday collection to an organization that aligns with our values. This Sunday’s collection will benefit the Disabled American Veterans – empowering veterans to lead high quality lives with respect and dignity. DAV services are offered at no cost to veterans, their families and survivors.  

To contribute to Unity Temple’s Sunday collection, please text 73256 with the message UTUUC $____ (dollar sign followed by your donation amount), and select "Offering". You may also give on the UTUUC website , or send a check, payable to Unity Temple, noting UUA in the memo line, to 875 Lake St., Oak Park, 60301, and we will send a collective check on your behalf. Thank you for your generous support!

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Joining our Live Stream will be possible only through YouTube live. We have moved to this format for security purposes. When the service is over, we’ll hold coffee hour on Zoom. The login for Zoom will change from week to week and will be available on our website and here , in eBeacon.

If you would like to follow along with the order of service, follow this  link to a downloadable file.
Join Us for Coffee Hour!
The Welcoming All Team invites you to join us for large and small group conversations and fellowship each week following service. Whether you enjoy sharing your thoughts or simply listening to others, you are welcome. It is a time for us to check-in with one another, reconnect with friends and make new acquaintances. We hope to see you there! Go to Zoom Meeting ID: 945 6255 6018. Password: 875875 or access directly  here .
Newcomers Welcome! It is so exciting to see new people joining us virtually on Sunday morning! We would love to be in touch with you, invite you to our virtual offerings and answer your questions about our community. Please take a moment to tell us more about your interests here or contact Tina Lewis at  tlewis@unitytemple.org
Creative Writers Group :: The UTUUC Creative Writers group meets this Sunday from 3:30–5:30pm. Have a sample of your writing (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) to share or simply bring yourself. All are welcome. If you are already on our email mailing list, we will send the Zoom link (meeting ID and password) for the meeting. If not, send an email to writersgroup@unitytemple.org to get the coordinates.

UT Pen Pals! I miss connecting with the wonderful folks at church, and I bet I'm not the only one. Are you missing this connection too? UTUUC PenPals is a great way to make a connection with someone from church. We'll be doing this during the month of May and will extend beyond if there is interest. Once you fill out the registration form , you will be connected to someone with at least one interest in common and the same communication preference (snail mail or email). Roughly one week later, you will receive your pal's contact information and you and your pal will take it from there! Questions? Contact penpal@unitytemple.org .
May 23 :: Join the Religious Literacy for All Ages Class Saturday This class will provide people of all ages with an overview of religious beliefs, practices and rights. This week's class will be led by Stephen Lee and will focus on religious views of what happens after death, including how views about the afterlife and resurrection have changed over time. You can register for the class and receive updates by emailing  vridenour@unitytemple.org  

Time: May 23, 2020 2pm Central Time (US and Canada)
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Unity Temple Faith In Action Network
Spiritually Grounded / Deeply Relational / Strategically Effective

We can make a profound impact when we raise our collective voice for justice and compassion! Please take 10 minutes to complete these calls to action (page 1), and as you are able, support an organization living our values (page 2). Questions? Contact our Faith in Action Coordinator at cvahey@unitytemple.org
UUANI Action of the Week
Provide a safe, fair, and accessible way to vote this November: support a Mail-in ballot!

Illinois senators and representatives are going to Springfield for a quick, 3-day session starting Wednesday, and an important issue they are going to take up is Voting by Mail.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an emergency that we will be facing for many months. Given this pandemic, it is necessary to urge passage of an expanded vote-by-mail bill in Illinois that ensures a safe, fair and accessible election in November, by Automatically mailing a ballot to every registered voter.  

Take Action to urge your legislators and Governor Pritzker to support a mail-in ballot for Illinois in November.
Ask Assembly leaders to bring this issue to a vote:  Speaker Madigan  and  Senate President Harmon Allied with Western Front Indivisible.

Questions, comments, suggestions?  Contact Us.

Faith in Action Newsletter 
Sign-up  here  to receive our Faith in Action newsletter with calls to action for justice and compassion. 

May 27 :: UU Prison Ministry – Virtual Pen Pal Orientation Working to build relationships with people who are living in our prison systems is a powerful way for those of us on the outside to learn about the system and is a powerful act of solidarity. UUPMI works with the Church of the Larger Fellowship-Worthy Now Ambassador program to support individuals and congregations interested in a ministry with prisoners. There will be time to engage in reflection about why we write to people who are incarcerated and how this process actually works. Join us from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Register  here  for a zoom link. For more information on the training follow this link .  Contact: restorativejustice@unitytemple.org
Public Housing Access Bill Individuals who could return to the community are still being incarcerated because they do not have housing. Because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 in prisons, it is critical that people be released as swiftly as possible. Take action to support HB 206, the Public Housing Access Bill, by contacting your legislators! Take action with Community Renewal Society here ! Questions? Contact: restorativejustice@unitytemple.org
June 11 :: Fair Tax Join the UU Advocacy Network of IL (UUANI) and your Vote Love team for an important presentation on the Fair Tax. Learn why a graduated tax is an important part of living our values as Unitarian Universalists. We will gather at 6pm. Contact  votelove@unitytemple.org  for the Zoom link.
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights :: You can support impacted hospitality workers, seniors, and people with underlying medical conditions, all regardless of immigration status with access to a one-time $500 cash transfer to offset financial burdens caused by the efforts to contain COVID-19. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to impacted households in Chicago. You may contribute to the #GiveTogetherNow Chicago Fund  here .Please choose CHICAGO under the designation section. More information  here .

The Unity Temple music program is initiating the Virtual Choral Innovations Team. It is clear that virtual worship offers new and exciting ways to showcase our many talented musicians and guests and we would like to get on board with all of it. We have a core team that will meet each week and we invite tech savvy and innovative thinkers to join us. Please email mswisher@unitytemple.org
Yoga Self-Care: Wednesdays: 9-10am Please join our gracious and upbeat host, Gordon Sieveke, veteran Yoga teacher of over 25 years years for an introductory session of Mindful Yoga. You can expect a gentle and modest practice of Yoga postures taught in a friendly manner that respects individual needs. You don’t have to be flexible or knowledgeable to participate. We want you to enjoy stretching, strengthening and breathing consciously to improve the quality of your life. All are welcome to this online class."

Dress: loose-fitting clothing.
Helpful: yoga mat (if you have one) folding chair, large towel and enough space around you to move freely. Please arrive a few minutes early so we can all start together. Zoom room will be open 15 min prior to start time.

Use zoom code: 333 501 4066 and Password: 4321

Please use a computer for your zoom for best viewing capacity, if possible. Finally, feel free to email Gordon at yoga@unitytemple.org
Friendly Faces :: Do you miss seeing a friendly face in person? Good news, we have a team of UTUUC friendly faces who would love to stop by for a quick social distance visit. Visitors are happy to talk with you from your doorway, balcony or porch. No refreshments necessary. Contact caring@unitytemple.org  to set up a visit.
Tuesdays at Two and Thursdays at Three :: For anyone who wants to connect with others in a casual, supportive space, join Rev. Alan Taylor for a reflection on our monthly theme this Thursday at 3pm on Zoom at  https://uuma.zoom.us/j/675300070 . This month's theme is wisdom. Our resource packet can be found here

Weekly Choral Warm-up and Singing Sessions! Unity Temple Choral Session will be held each Wednesday evenings, 7-7:30pm. Music director, Marty Swisher will lead participants in vocal warm-ups to maintain vocal health and agility. In addition, a song will be taught. Some weeks special guests including other musical faith leaders, composers and songleaders will join us to share songs. Join us! 

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Children and Family Check in Zoom Call! ::   Children and Families are invited to a Zoom call with Emily and Val every Saturday morning at 10. Come to say hi, or share whatever you'd like. We'd love to see you!! 

Saturdays at 10am Central Time
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Daily Mindful Reflection Community 30 minute meeting, 7 days a week! Starts at 8:30am and ends at 9am every day, seven days a week. This will be different from our regular Tuesday night meeting. The daily meditation will include opening words, 20 minutes of mindful reflection, and closing words. 

All are welcome! You are welcome to attend regularly or sporadically. The Zoom  link for the daily mindful reflection is listed below. Some people have been dialing into a phone number rather than using the web links. At this time, Zoom is restricting the use of the phone numbers due to heavy volume and we are not able to provide dial-in access. Questions contact mindful@unitytemple.org .

Zoom information:
Topic: Daily Mindful Reflection
Time: Every Day (including weekends) at 08:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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sharing, Mondays at Noon :: Need a lunchtime boost in your day? Every Monday at Noon Jen Marling and Tina Lewis invite you to take a break in your workday and briefly share something good that has happened to you recently. We hope you can join us! Click  here  to join the call. Questions may be sent to tlewis@unitytemple.org .

Follow link to connect here .
https://uuma.zoom.us/j/725401980  and Meeting ID 725-401-980
Census 2020! It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. We encourage you to check with your neighbors, friends and extended family to remind them and / or assist them through the process all while being safe and following social distancing practices. 
An accurate response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services! For more information follow this link .
May 26 :: Mindful Reflection Online Community Tuesday Evenings Zoom meeting room opens at 6:45pm Program starts at 7:10pm. You Are Welcome Here! We will follow our usual format with 20 minutes of Mindful Reflection followed by a dharma talk and discussion. Questions email mindful@unitytemple.org

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May 23 :: Chicago Area UU Council's Spring Conference Presents a workshop on Building Lifelong UUs : Creating Communities to Support Life Transitions and Maintain Connections. A panel comprised of young adults to senior adults will follow the presentations to help shed light on the changing needs for both social and spiritual community with other UUs as life transitions take place. We’re hoping to learn what congregations are already doing and what they could be doing to support communities of young adults and mature adults to foster lifelong participation in Unitarian Universalism.
 
The Chicago Area UU Council Annual Meeting will follow the conference. The Annual Meeting runs from 9:30am–12pm.
 
Register and learn more about the conference  here
There is no fee required to participate. Registered attendees will receive the meeting link with password information. Questions? Email us at  uuchicagoarea@gmail.com
June 7 :: Volunteer Appreciation
We will acknowledge our many wonderful volunteers during worship service. Please join us to celebrate the helping hands and loving hearts of our community. 

The Oak Park Farmers’ Market will open for its 45th season on May 30 with vendor stalls moved from the usual Pilgrim Church parking lot site on Lake Street to nearby streets to allow room for safe social distancing and preorders offered via an online app. For new market rules and instructions follow this link .
For movies, docs, and series designed to inform our choices about the global food and agricultural system follow this link . This list may serve as a guide to help you learn about large- and small-scale agriculture, the relationship between diet and health, and the social and cultural implications of the food system. But these movies and series also offer hope. They show how individual choices can foster connections between people, and they may even inspire you to advocate for a more equitable food system during and after the pandemic.

NEW! As we continue to find new ways to join together in community: live streaming worship service, online Mindful Reflection gatherings, daily stories and activities for all ages on our YouTube channel, children and family check in, virtual dinner parties and so much more, we have launched two additional ways for our community to continue to financially support UTUUC. Details can be found here . If you have questions reach out to office@unitytemple.org

Administrative Office
Administrative offices will be closed temporarily. Staff is working remotely as much as possible. If you need to reach us, please email and we will respond as quickly as possibly. You can reach the ministers here . Staff can be reached here .
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
NOTE: As of March 13, 2020 we are temporarily suspending in person AA meetings. This link will take you to a list of suspended/relocated AA meetings in Chicagoland. 

There is an AA meeting every Sunday in Gale House at 7pm entitled "Let's Talk About It-Atheists, Agnostics, Anyone" (QuadA). It is for anyone with a desire to stop drinking, regardless of religious beliefs. The first Sunday of each month is an "open" meeting, open to anyone, particularly those who are unsure about going to AA and just wish to listen, or people who are concerned about someone else. Come talk, or just listen. What we say here, stays here. Questions about AA contact Ron  winder.upper@hotmail.com .
Planned Giving offers a variety of meaningful ways to support our congregation through charitable gifts and can be made by anybody – young and old, working or retired. These gifts are made today, but they support the future needs of your congregation and Unitarian Universalism. You can obtain more information about planned gifts by contacting the Planned Giving Team at  plannedgiving@unitytemple.org