Worship for this Sunday - July 26, 2020
Live Streaming at 10am
Get Busy Living
Rev. Emily Gage
July Theme: Hope
Live Stream Worship at 10am
Recorded Viewing Available at Noon

Live stream link can be found  here .
OFFERTORY :: Working in Concert
Unity Temple Gives. Each week we give our Sunday collection to an organization that aligns with our values.  This Sunday's collection will benefit  Working in Concert – sharing the gift of music with thousands of Chicago youth since 2019. Their new opera, Future Perfect–a modern tale of transcendence, with lyrics and costumes inspired by 1300 youth, will premiere in 2021. 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, or send a check, payable to Unity Temple, noting Working in Concert 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!

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Our Worship Service will be at 10am on YouTube Live. You can access it  here

Immediately following the service (around 10:45am) the Virtual Coffee Hour will be on Zoom. Go to Zoom Meeting ID: 999 5259 9020 Password: 875875
Or access directly  here .


Newcomers Welcome!
While we may not be able to meet in person on Sunday mornings, we are still able to meet! If you are new to our community, please drop by the Newcomer Welcome on Zoom before service from 9:30–10am on Sundays. We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to more information about our community. Contact Tina Lewis at  tlewis@unitytemple.org  with questions. We hope you will join us! Zoom Meeting ID: 842 6357 2497. Password 943449 or access directly  here .
 
Newcomer Form
If you would like to be contacted about how to get involved with our community please take a moment to fill out this form or contact Tina Lewis at  tlewis@unitytemple.org.
Why Should I Attend Coffee Hour?
To connect! In this time of being away from Unity Temple and physical distancing, Coffee Hour is a way to reconnect with old friends and make new friends. This week, we break into small groups of 4-6 at the beginning of Coffee Hour for social time. Conversation prompts will be provided for groups who choose to use them. Following two breakout sessions of 10-15 minutes, we will return to the large group for closing comments. We hope you will join us!

Virtual Coffee hour is a great way to connect with others. Since we’ve been on zoom, I have had more conversations with more people and more people feel like friends. This has been a silver lining to at-home services for me.  –Nancy Sidman
Join us each week as we pres ent online programming of engaging songs, story readings, and short activities that will instill our fine young people's spiritual growth, serving as an opportunity to connect and practice our principles. Besides the weekly video portions that will be available on the UTUUC youtube channel, we will keep our parents/ caregivers informed of "Live" events during service times that will take place throughout the summer. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or great thoughts, please contact summer_re@unitytemple.org

Summer RE Session 9: All will be well. Join us for art, music, stories, and mindful meditation outside which amplify our ability to see beauty and to explore the world with open eyes, minds, and hearts. 
Summer RE Session 10: Each of us is capable of showing one another love and understanding. Our compassion towards others and dedication to calling out injustices and siding with love make our congregation community and our human family stronger. This week, we are reminded that we have the power and responsibility to reach out in love at every opportunity.  Summer RE Playlist !  
Unity Temple Faith In Action Network
Spiritually Grounded / Deeply Relational / Strategically Effective

Let us raise our collective voice for justice and compassion! Please  complete these calls to action  (page 1), and as you are able,  support an organization living our values  (page 2). 
July 30 :: Solarize Chicagoland– Now is the perfect time to explore the benefits of solar energy to save money! For the second year, Cook County is co-sponsoring  Solarize Chicagoland , a solar group buy program run by the  Midwest Renewable Energy Association  and  Citizens Utility Board . This program makes solar more affordable and easier to attain for Chicagoland residents through volume purchasing, which can significantly reduce the up-front costs of installing solar on your home.

Program begins at 6:30pm both days. To learn more about the program and to register for a Solar webinar on July 22 or 30, please visit here . Questions? Contact:  ecojustice@unitytemple.org  or Lisa.Schrantz@cookcountyil.gov

Safe, Fair & Free Elections Tell Congress to Pass Vote by Mail and Protect Democracy during this pandemic. Sign the petition from UU-the-Vote here .
Faith in Action Newsletter 
Sign-up  here  to receive our Faith in Action newsletter with calls to action for justice and compassion. 

August 6 :: Congregational Forum: Should UT-UUC Members Endorse the Fair Tax?  Unitarian-Universalists have a long history of bringing our values of justice, equity, and compassion to the public sphere.  Should we speak out now for the Fair Tax? We will gather from 7-8:30pm to hear Ann Courter, League of Women Voters Issues Specialist, speak about The Fair Tax: Essentials for Everyone , and to discuss our possible public UT-UUC role in supporting the Fair Tax. Presented by the UT-UUC Vote Love team and moderated by Anne White. Zoom link to follow. Questions? Write to  fairtax@unitytemple.org
UUANI Action of the Week
Although we are guaranteed voting rights by our federal laws, the practice of voting is regulated by our states. The Voting Rights Act of 1964 established federal oversight of state laws, but it was deemed outmoded by the Supreme Court in 2013 and was retired. Subsequent years have shown that abuse of voting rights has become entrenched again nation-wide. The Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R.4) will reinstate federal oversight of voting laws, policies and practices in our separate states.

Congressman John Lewis remembered that when his last enslaved ancestor— his great-great-grandfather Tobias Carter — was freed in 1865, he was the first in his county to register to vote. Rep Lewis spent his life, from Edmund Pettus Bridge on, fighting first and foremost for voting privileges for our black and brown people. He maintained, “The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool in a democratic society.”

H.R.4 has already passed the House (John Lewis read it into the record) and waits (since December 2019) for Senate affirmation. TAKE ACTION to urge our Senators Durbin and Duckworth to move their assembly to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 NOW, and while they are at it, to retitle it the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020.  

Take Action ! Questions, comments, suggestions? Contact us .
Get Out the Vote in Wisconsin & Michigan! Join us in #LivingOurValues with our 5th UU principle–valuing the democratic process! Our Vote Love team is partnering with Indivisible Chicago on a non-partisan postcard writing campaign to get out the vote. Instructions will be provided. To request a bundle of 100 postcards to pick-up in Oak Park, please sign-up herePlease select "Unity Temple Vote Love" in the "How did you hear about the Postcard campaign" field. So far we have 27 members writing 3300 postcards! Let's keep multiplying this great effort!Questions?  votelove@unitytemple.org
UU Prison Ministry Pen Pals :: UU Prison Ministry of IL works with the Church of the Larger Fellowship-Worthy Now Ambassador program to support individuals and congregations interested in a ministry with prisoners. There are many people living in prison awaiting a match with a pen pal. If you are interested in learning more visit here. Contact:  restorativejustice@unitytemple.org
Canned Goods Needed :: Beyond Hunger (formerly the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry) is in urgent need of the following canned goods:
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Soups
  • Canned Meat Meals-such as ravioli
  • Canned Meat-such as tuna
Please bring items to Beyond Hunger at First United Church of Oak Park - 848 Lake Street in Oak Park. Please go to the rear entrance in the parking lot off of Kenilworth and look for the drop-off window. Donation drop off hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday–10am till 4pm. *Please do  not  drop off donations on Wednesdays as we reserve this day to serve clients. Thank you for your generous support! Questions? Contact Barbara: foodrescue@unitytemple.org
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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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 .

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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. The Zoom  link for the daily mindful reflection is listed below. Zoom does not allow the use of the phone numbers to provide dial-in access on this platform. Note: We use a different Zoom link on the 1st Saturday of each month. See below. 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)

Best Way to Join:
Meeting ID: 373 008 242
Password: 4IFrYx

First Saturday of every month Daily Mindful Reflection Zoom Link:
ID: 529 444 050
Password:740573
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Friday Night Co-ed Softball is On!  We need both male and female players for this coming season. We welcome all, regardless of athletic ability, and will coach and encourage you. It's about fun and recreation. The Park District of Oak Park requires masks in the dugout and social distancing on the field. Contact sports@unitytemple.org

July 24: Practice 7pm / Location: Stevenson Park (49 Lake St Oak Park, IL 60302)
Phishing Scam
F olks have reported receiving emails from UTUUC staff requesting gift card donations for a charitable cause. It is important to check email addresses from senders, and know the staff will never ask you to purchase gift cards. If you receive an email along these lines, please ignore and delete it. We apologize for any confusion and want to reiterate these messages are not coming our ministers or staff. Please send any concerns to  office@unitytemple.org . Learn more about UU guidance on this matter here .

Austin Community Food Pantry
Third Unitarian Church, in collaboration with Praise Temple congregation, Central Austin Neighborhood Association, and Thankful for Chicago, is launching a weekly summer food pantry – Saturdays, 10am-Noon at 301 N. Mayfield Ave., Chicago (near Lake & Austin). Donations and volunteer support are welcome. Volunteers must sign-up in advance and are required to follow safety precautions. Please complete the form  here to let us know how you'd like to help. Non-perishable food donations may be dropped off at the church, 301 N. Mayfield, on Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm; or Sundays, 9-11:30am. A list of requested items is  here . Questions or to arrange pick-up of fresh vegetables or fruits, contact  TUCPantry@gmail.com. Thank you!
 
Third Unitarian Church
Community Pantry
Saturdays 10am-Noon
301 N. Mayfield Ave, Chicago

July 27 :: Hello MyHAT Friends We are having a monthly MyHAT small support group gathering on at 7pm via Zoom. This group is open to people living with mental illness and those who care about them. To receive the Zoom information, please contact us at  myhat@unitytemple.org
July 28 :: 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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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