EASTER: Born an Individual,
Reborn a Community
Rev. Alan Taylor
April Theme: Becoming
Live Stream Worship at 10am / Recorded Viewing Available at Noon
Live stream link can be found here.
OFFERTORY :: Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI)
Unity Temple Gives. Each week we give our Sunday collection to an organization that aligns with our values. This Sunday’s collection will benefit UUANI – supporting Unitarian Universalists coming together to work for justice, beloved community, and a healthy planet – putting our deepest values into effective action. You can learn more here.

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 at the UTUUC website, by using the camera on your phone to scan the QR code on the screen during the Offertory or by sending a check, payable to Unity Temple, noting UUANI on 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!
Worship Service :: will be at 10am on YouTube Live. You can access it here

Coffee Hour :: Immediately following the service (around 10:45am) the Virtual Coffee Hour will be on Zoom. Go to Zoom Password: 875875 Or access directly here.
Coffee Hour Courtesies :: Coffee Hour is a time for old and new friendships to be enjoyed. In the spirit of community, and in honor of our 1st Principle that upholds the inherent worth and dignity of every person, we ask everyone to be mindful of the brief time we have together during breakout sessions.

Please remember these courtesies to ensure everyone a meaningful and fun experience.
Unity Temple Faith In Action Network
Spiritually Grounded / Deeply Relational / Strategically Effective

This Sunday’s collection will benefit UUANI – supporting Unitarian Universalists coming together to work for justice, beloved community, and a healthy planet – putting our deepest values into effective action. You can learn more here.
Community of Congregations Spring Gathering :: Join us for our spring gathering on April 15, 7pm for Responding to Hunger with Dr. Michele Zurakowski, Executive Director of Beyond Hunger. Michele will share her insights on the state of hunger in our community followed by a Q&A. Please click here for the zoom link.
Meeting ID: 867 2266 0242 Passcode: 079384 
Questions? Contact: oprfcoc@gmail.com
Green Living Skills Share Join us on Thursday, April 22 from 7-8pm to share your strategies about living plastic-free! We invite you to bring one or two examples to show the group, if you’d like. This is the first in a series of Green Living gatherings on Zoom. Questions, or to register for the Zoom link email ecojustice@unitytemple.org
Green Tips :: If you have unused or expired medications or supplements, please don’t put them in your trash! These products can contaminate drinking water. Many police stations, including Oak Park, have safe containers for disposal of these items.Questions? ecojustice@unitytemple.org. If you have a green tip you’d like to share let us know!

Interested in Community Solar? Can’t have panels on your roof? Live in an apartment or condo? Everyone can have solar electricity in their home with a community solar supplier. Join the Eco Justice team Wednesday, April 7 at 7pm as we welcome Art Spooner, a member of the Interfaith Green Network, as he walks us through how community solar works and the company choices that are available at this time. To register email ecojustice@unitytemple.org
Virtual Environmental Advocacy Day Join your Eco-Justice team, the UU Advocacy Network of IL, and environmental organizations around the state on Monday, April 26 to meet with legislators and advocate for the Clean Energy Jobs Act (which would be the nation’s most progressive energy policy), as well as for Lead Service Line Replacement and Environmental Justice in Permitting. Sign-up here to join us! Once you register you’ll be added to a team, and your team guide will reach out closer to the event with your meeting time. We’ll meet via Zoom so no bus rides this year! Questions? ecojustice@unitytemple.org
Sacred Wanderings 
April 3 8:30-10:30am (First Saturdays) Live and In Person at Thatcher Woods!
Join Terry, Jay, Al, and Kevin as we intentionally practice connecting with nature and surrounding ourselves with the energy of the natural world. Forest bathing is not taking a leisurely walk in the woods to enjoy the scenery. There's a specific intention in the practice to connect with the natural world and to gain benefit and energy from it. In other words, you are bathing in the energy of the trees, leaves, sky, and earth. Meditation and mindfulness assists in securing this intention. There will be silence and discussion.

The group will meet no matter what the weather conditions so come prepared. Please bring a lawn chair you can carry to sit on and a cup for tea, if desired, for the discussion at the end. Tea will be provided. Those with physical challenges are easily accommodated. If you have any questions please email mindful@unitytemple.org.

We will gather at 8030 Chicago Ave., just west of Thatcher Ave., north Pavilion, Maywood, IL 
Watch for Sacred Wandering signs. Masks and physical distancing practices will be followed.

Religious Education is Up and Running and We are Virtual this Year! Our dedicated volunteers are working to connect with our young UU's by offering class rituals and connection activities each Sunday. If you are looking for more information about how to join a class or you are interested in becoming a class leader, please send an email to either Rev. Emily Gage egage@unitytemple.org or Val Ridenour vridenour@unitytemple.org 
Daily Mindful Reflection Community 30 minute meeting, 7 days a week! Starts at 8:25am 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. 
Time: Every Day (including weekends) at 08:30am Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting here.
ID: 373 008 242  / Passcode: 4IFrYx  
One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,373008242#,,,,*940220#1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 373 008 242 / Passcode: 940220
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.
Join Zoom Meeting here.
ID: 373 008 242  / Passcode: 4IFrYx  
One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,373008242#,,,,*940220#1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 373 008 242 / Passcode: 940220
Unity Temple Choir Wednesday Sessions :: Music director, Marty Swisher hosts weekly Unity Temple Choir sessions. Each Wednesday from 7-7:30pm all are welcome to warm up your voice, learn a song and connect with singing. Join Zoom meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89503027611?pwd=M2Y1WHIvTGw4c1hsNWlGa0dUUVpnQT09
Meeting ID: 895 0302 7611 Password: 062305

MyHAT Art Studio with Anna* Join us on Sunday, April 11th from 1-2pm for an art studio with Anna* via Zoom. We’ll explore the theme of Spring/Rebirth 
after a long winter! Please bring your inner artist and any art supplies you have (even just a pen and paper). This event is open to all ages. Please contact MyHAT@unitytemple.org for more information.
 
*Anna Olson is an art therapy and counseling graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and intern at the Disability Culture Activism Lab.
Widening the Circle of Concern Information Sessions: The Welcoming All Team is hosting information sessions in preparation for a discussion on the UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change’s report, Widening the Circle of Concern, on May 2.
Four multiple topics sessions will be offered on: Tuesday, April 6 at 6:30pmGeneral
Saturday, April 10 at 10amTheology
Sunday, April 11 at 6:30pmGovernance & Religious Professionals
Sunday, April 18 at 12pmCongregations and Communities
Here is the link to join any of the Zoom sessions. A generous donor has made several copies of the report available to borrow through Unity Temple which can be picked up by emailing office@unitytemple.org.
Thursday Midweek Centering:: In a time of chaos and anxiety, take a pause in your week to center and ground yourself. At 3pm each Thursday, Rev. Alan and our ministerial intern, mandi huizenga will lead a reflection and a deep listening practice so that we may companion each other through this challenging time. Join us on Zoom here. Or email at ataylor@unitytemple.org or 
Registration is Open! General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. That remains true even when we cannot gather physically. Last year, GA had more than 4,900 registered attendees participate from remote locations around the world. For more information and to register go here.
Spring Hope Project! Connect with our community in creating a beautiful display of hope! Members and friends are asked to create statements of hope, using the kits located on the porch of Gale House, and attach them to the display on the porch at Gale House. Selfies are being collected of participants attaching their statements of hope and will be shared in the eBeacon. Please send your selfies to connections@unitytemple.org.
Volunteer Assistance Needed! As spring arrives we are preparing for more walks together and fire pit gatherings. We are looking for volunteers to be walk leaders and fire pit hosts. You may choose to volunteer once or on an ongoing basis. Contact connections@unitytemple.org 
for more details. Happy Spring!
Unity Temple Geocaching! Are you ready for an outdoor adventure? Are you called to nature for some fresh air and exploring? All you need is a mobile device and some boots! The Connections Team is setting up some geocache containers hidden in the north side of Thatcher Woods. You are welcome to do this activity during a time that works best for you. You can find the navigation coordinates here. If you have questions, send an email to connections@unitytemple.org.
Sharing, Mondays at Noon Need a lunchtime boost in your day? Every Monday at Noon Jeanette Mancusi invites 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. Join Zoom Meeting https://uuma.zoom.us/j/98514736011 Meeting ID: 985 1473 601
Knitwits :: Calling all knitters to knit mittens for Hepzibah, baby blankets for the Linus project or any knitting project that spreads goodwill and warmth. We can choose a group focus or each participant can choose their own while spending a little virtual time together. Let's gather on zoom the first and third Thursday mornings 10am to 11:15am and continuing through the winter months. Looking forward to sharing ideas Contact Barbara Boockmeier at knitters@unitytemple.org for the zoom link.
UTUUC BOT Meeting to be held Saturday, April 3 at 10am. Board will meet briefly in public session to appoint a new Board Secretary, then will go into executive session for the remainder of the meeting.
Zoom link here. The agenda includes:
  • Appointment of a new Board Secretary
  • Executive Session of the Board
Conversation on UUA's Report from the Commission on Institutional Change 
(link here) will take place on Sunday, May 2, 11:15am

Despite our best efforts as Unitarian Universalists, racism still exists across our denomination and within our congregations. Building on the discussions from our January 31st event with Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, the Welcoming All Team is hosting a discussion with member of the Commission, Meadville Lombard Theological School president, and Unity Temple friend Dr. Elías Ortega. Learn about the commission's assessment and recommendations so that we may continue our work of Welcoming All.

In preparation we are hosting several information sessions. Here is a link to the report online. A generous donor has made several copies of the report available to borrow through Unity Temple which can be picked up by emailing office@unitytemple.org.
Widening the Circle of Concern Sessions 
Join the Welcoming All Team for multiple sessions on the UUA's Commission on Institutional Change's report, Widening the Circle of Concern. Four multiple topic sessions will be offered on:
Here is the link to join any of the Zoom sessions. A generous donor has made several copies of the report available to borrow through Unity Temple which can be picked up by emailing office@unitytemple.org.
Tuesday, April 6 at 6:30pmGeneral
Saturday, April 10 at 10amTheology
Sunday, April 11 at 6:30pmGovernance & Religious Professionals
Sunday, April 18 at 12pmCongregations and Communities

Here is the link to join any of the Zoom sessions.
Our shared mission is a powerful gift, especially during these times of uncertainty and unrest. As we breathe life into it, our mission takes on the shape and color of a world we only dared to dream about five years ago.
It inspires us to embrace values of connection, transformation, justice and acceptance that underpin our response to the urgent needs of humanity and the earth.
It energizes us to transform ourselves, our congregation and our world by welcoming all, inspiring compassion, nurturing wonder and serving community.
It comforts us to know we are joined together in spirit on this journey toward a future we promised to build.
A future in which we…create a culture of radical hospitality and relationships with people across boundaries of race, class and other identities that divide us…cultivate caring communities, bear witness to love and pain and respond, individually and collectively, with acts of compassion…nurture and celebrate a sense of wonder and create opportunities for spiritual deepening, questioning and growth…act in partnership for justice and live our faith in service.
 
Even virtually - especially virtually - our shared mission brings and keeps us together. It is the greater whole.
Through Our Differences, We Are One :: The beloved community includes people of all political parties. Here at Unity Temple we call people to live out our faith but this does not mean we share the same political or partisan perspective. May we remind one another to honor our own life experience in the development of our unique perspective while honoring that of others. The core of being a religious liberal is remaining open to and respectful of a pluralism of theological positions and political stances. As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large while also knowing that endorsements or support of particular candidates cannot be part of our congregational process. 
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

Support Our Work : As we continue to find new ways to join together in virtual community we have launched additional portals to financially support UTUUC. Details can be found here. If you have questions please reach out to office@unitytemple.org. Thank you!