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Happening This Weekend at UUCUC!
Creating a Unitarian Universalist Learning Roadmap
This Saturday, January 12, 2019 / 9:30 am to Noon / Fellowship Hall
  • What do we teach
  • What do we wish to learn?
  • What do we wish our children to learn?
  • What do we hope everybody knows?
These and many other questions will help the congregation create a learning roadmap. Creating a roadmap needs lots of voices and ideas. This workshop if for parents, religious education leaders and all life long learners. In other words, this workshop is for the entire congregation! We hope you will attend. 

We need you! Join us in this effort. 
RSVP to Michele Grove at re-director@uucuc.org or call the church office (217) 384-8862 ASAP. Child care will be available on request.  
This Sunday's Worship Service: "Buddhist Practices for Resilience and Renewal" / Rev. Florence Caplow
10:15 am / Sanctuary

As UUs we are people who are passionate about helping to create a better world, but how do we keep going for the long haul? Contemplative practices can ground our activism and develop our resilience in challenging times. In this service we will explore teachings and practices that can guide us in our call to skillful, compassionate action. Rev. Florence Caplow is a Zen Buddhist priest and teacher, as well as a UU minister.
Church Tour This Sunday
Are there parts of our church building you have never explored or are curious about? 
This Sunday, January 13, Todd Kinney will offer a short tour after our Sunday service.
Meet Todd at the Welcome Table in the foyer outside the sanctuary at noon. Tours will take place approximately once a month.
UU Voices Reading Group, led by Rev. Florence Caplow

When: This Sunday, January 13 at Noon in Classroom #1 

Many Unitarian Universalists also maintain a relationship with other theological and philosophical understandings: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Paganism, Humanism, or (fill in the blank!) Skinner House books has published a series of short books with short, personal, heartfelt essays by UUs who feel that they are, in one way or another, "trans-religious". This reading and discussion group will meet once each month on Sunday after church, and will begin with reading   Christian Voices in Unitarian Universalism  (available in paperback or as an e-book).  All are welcome (with or without a book)!
Pathway to Membership Class  
This Sunday January 13, 2019
Noon to 3 pm
UUCUC Children’s Chapel

Learn about UUCUC governance, activities, opportunities and social action mission. Learn about benefits & responsibilities of membership. Meet others interested in UUCUC membership. At the end of the class, you'll have an opportunity, if you would like to "sign the book" and become a member of our church community. Childcare & lunch provided.
Questions? Contact Sherry Bohlen (217) 384-862. Sign-Up to Register at the Hub Table in Fellowship Hall or CLICK HERE to register online. 
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
"Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution"
January 20, 2019
Members of the UUCUC Racial Justice Project

Many of us think of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in terms of his "I Have a Dream" speech and his message of non-violent protest for anti-racist social change. He was also a reformer, a radical, and a revolutionary who challenged white supremacy culture and practice along with other "isms" such as militarism and capitalism. This service starts with his 1966 lecture to the UU General Assembly, titled "Don't Sleep Through the Revolution," as a way to consider where we stand today with regard to racial justice in our personal lives, our church, and our society.
"Touched by Suicide"
January 27, 2019
Rev. Florence Caplow

In America, there is one death by suicide every 12 minutes, and every year there are nearly a quarter of a million people who lose a loved one to suicide. Through story and music we will acknowledge this painful reality, with compassion and care. Youth from 6th grade through high school are invited to attend this service.

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
Resolving Conflict, Finding Agreement - Part 1
Sunday, January 20, 2019 Noon - 4:00 PM
UUCUC Children's Chapel
Light Lunch Provided, Child Care provided
RSVP to Michele Grove at RE-director@uucuc.org or by calling the church office no later than January 16, 2019 so we have enough food and may ensure that child care is properly staffed. 
At a time when differences seem more pronounced, simple disagreements can turn into difficult conflicts. Join Gail Schiesser and Virginia Brubaker to learn how to deal both more effectively and more comfortably with conflict, in this fun and hands-on experience.
This class will help anyone who finds themselves in situations where those around you are in conflict with each other from time to time. If you would like to be more helpful in those situations, this class is for you.

Virginia and Gail have taught communications skills for many years through the NLP Institute of Chicago. As partners in Common Sense Mediation, they resolved complex conflicts through mediation for couples and groups. Please feel free to call them if you have questions about this class. Virginia's number is (217) 419-3106.
Wake Joy! Class Continues in 2019!
Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:30 pm starting January 24th!
Channing Murray Foundation on Campus

Rev. Caplow's Wake Joy class will resume in January. This class focuses on practices for cultivating happiness. There will be six sessions, starting January 24th, from 4:30 to 6 pm on Thursdays at Channing Murray Foundation on campus. The class is open to those who attended in the fall, and for new students. All are welcome. There is no charge for the class, but please register at https://uucuc.breezechms.com/form/e249ee
Special Film Screening
The Welcoming Congregation Committee invites you to join us on Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 pm in Fellowship Hall for a special showing of the documentary Growing Up Trans . Initially produced by Frontline, this film discusses the joys and challenges of raising a transgender child and the choices now available to transgender kids and their families. There will be a discussion after the film, as well as information regarding local resources and support groups. All are welcome, so bring your friends and family!
Winter Soul Matters Covenant Groups kick-off in late January and will continue through April. These small facilitated groups of 8-10 people will explore monthly themes such as Vision, Sanctuary, Mystery and Trust. The central goal is to foster circles of trust and deep listening.
Many who participated in our Fall Soul Matters Covenant Groups reported that the experience was a wonderful way to deepen their own spiritual discernment while developing deep connection with others in our church community. 
Facilitators of our Winter Soul Matters Covenant Groups include Betsy Hunter, Theresa Benson, Jennifer Ellis, the team of Priscilla Kron and Jerry Frye, Scott Godlew and Jason Rock. Most of our facilitators are well known to many of you. 
But let us introduce Theresa Benson, who is new to our UUCUC community. Theresa
identifies as (among others fascinating things) a holistic health educator, expressive arts facilitator, counseling psychologist, and ordained interfaith minister.
Soul Matters Covenant Group sign-up sheets are available in Fellowship Hall.  Or CLICK HERE to sign-up on-line.  Sign up will be open until January 20. 
For questions regarding our covenant group program, Sherry Bohlen  or call (217) 384-8862.
Come to our UU Skate and Birthday Party!
(From Jody Hanger and Chris Hannauer)

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Skateland in Savoy
Price: $12.00 per person
Chris Hannauer is turning 50 in January and we are having a UU Retro Roller Skating Party to celebrate! This event was offered at the last Service Auction and there are still plenty of spaces left if you and/or your family or significant others would like to come. The price is $12.00 per person and includes pizza dinner and skate rental. We will have the entire place to ourselves, so it should be a very low-stress skating environment and, although the music will shade to oldies (think 1983), it won't ONLY be that, so people of ALL ages should feel welcome. What better way to spend a cold January evening than skating in circles with your fellow UUs? Oh, and there WILL be a couples skate, so bring your spouse/partner along!

Please email auction@uucuc.org to sign up for this awesome event!
You are invited! Yes, YOU!
What? Mindfulness meditation practice
When? Sundays at 9:00 am
Where? YRUU classroom
Sometimes we get caught up thinking about the past or the future, and miss out on the present. All those interested in spending some time in the present moment are welcome at the mindfulness practice.
This invitation is especially for anyone who hasn't come before, or who hasn’t come recently. No meditation experience is needed, because we listen to a guided meditation (except for the 3rd Sunday, which is unguided).
The door is always left slightly open during the practice. The hope is that anyone arriving late, no matter what time it is, can feel welcome to quietly enter and benefit from the remainder of the practice.
Practicing mindfulness with a group of people deepens the experience for everyone. Please consider checking it out!
Auction Event - Flashback Dance Party - 5 Spots Left!!
We have 5 spots left at $15 per person (see details below). Email nancydietrich01@gmail.com if you’d like to attend.

What: ‘60’s, ‘70’s, ‘80’s Flashback Dance Party
When: Saturday, January 26 th 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: Papa Del’s upper room, 1201 S. Neil St., Champaign
Come dressed in your favorite outfit from the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, or ‘80’s, then get ready to dance! We’ll provide pizza, soft drinks, and music to dance to your favorite songs from back in the day. Cash bar will also be available. 

Offered by Nancy Dietrich, Julie Laut, Cindy Ingold, David Wolf, and Russ Rybicki
Child Care at UUCUC
Have you met Kelsey Libert? Kelsey is UUCUC’s child care coordinator. The child care team is working on Sunday mornings and is ready to work anytime that child care is needed. If you have an event or meeting that would benefit from child care, reach out to Kelsey.

The request procedure is as follows:
Email childcare@uucuc.org at least 48 hours in advance of your requested date and time of event. Please provide us with the number of children expected and their approximate ages so that we can be best prepared. If you submit a request for childcare less than 48 hours in advance, we will do our best to find providers, but cannot guarantee that childcare can be provided.
2019 Religious Education Schedule
In an effort to connect children and youth with the central UUCUC worshipping community, religious education will begin in the worship service every Sunday from January to May . On most Sundays, the children and youth will go to religious education classes after being in worship for 15 minutes. Once a month an all-ages worship opportunity will keep children and youth worship for its entirety. 

There are some exceptions to this new schedule:
  • Nursery care is available for our youngest members beginning at 10:00 AM each Sunday.
  • PreK (age 3 and 4) class will begin in class each Sunday. Class begins at 10:15 am and ends at 11:30 am. Parents are encouraged to come a few minutes before 11:30 am to join the children and RE leaders in the extinguishing of the chalice ritual. 
  • The Coming of Age class for 7th and 8th grade will begin in class each week 10:15 - 11:30 am in the library. 

All religious education classes end at 11:30 am. If you have any questions, please reach out to Michele Grove, Interim Religious Educator. She is always open to a conversation!  Re-director@uucuc.org
New Name for the Interim Religious Education Advisory Group (IREAG)
Since Michele Grove, our interim director of religious education arrived at UUCUC, the Interim Religious Education Advisory Group has worked with her to discern and guide the interim religious education process. This dedicated group, (Kathleen Holden, Randy Locke, Lara Breeze-Troyer, Carol Veit, Karla Peterson, and Dave Sharpe) bring experience and wisdom to the interim work. But we have one major flaw.... our name IREAG.

Now, introducing our new name! Fresh off the press and ready for 2019!
(drum roll please...)

Religious Education Exploring the Future
Watch for great opportunities sponsored by REEF! These opportunities give the congregation an opportunity to develop a religious education vision that supports our congregation's mission and goals.  

Watch out UUCUC - opportunities ahead - REEF is on the move! 
Major training workshop for anti-racism work.  
We hope many of you will come to help advance our efforts for racial justice! Join the UU Church Racial Justice Project for an all-day workshop on Critical Cultural Competency, Saturday, February 2, 2019, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (lunch provided) in Fellowship Hall.

This workshop is designed and led by a national training group: Crossroads Antiracism Organization and Training. The cost is partially underwritten by the Racial Justice Project. Fees for attending (which include lunch) are: $35 for UU members/friends and $50 for community members. There are a few scholarships available for people who cannot afford these costs. Please contact Jennifer Livingston at tjehlhome@gmail.com for instructions on how to register.
UUCUC Shared Offering. Each month a selected organization is chosen to receive half of our weekly Sunday plate collections, designated checks written to UUCUC with organization's name written in the memo line, cash envelopes designated for "Shared Offering" within the specified month and on-line donations through our give webpage .

Our Shared Offering for January is NAACP
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the largest and most recognized civil rights organization in the United States. NAACP works to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

The Champaign County Branch of NAACP provides programs and services to promote and enhance civil and equal rights of all citizens, promotes political empowerment and the enactment and enforcement of civil rights laws, and promotes educational excellence, economic development, and outreach. One NAACP program, the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), is a yearlong achievement program to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
Dates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit our UUCUC Calendar page .

Note: Parenthesised meetings/events are outside rentals. Asterisk meetings/events are closed.
Thursday, January 10
Care Core Steering Committee Meeting / 11:00 am / Library
Safety Committee Meeting / Noon / OWL Classroom
(Rental: Many Paths, an Agnostic AA) 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Racial Justice Project Meeting / 6:30 pm / Library
Trust Fund Trustees Meeting / 7:00 pm / Children's Chapel

Saturday, January 12
Creating a Unitarian Universalist Learning Roadmap / 9:30 am / Children's Chapel/Fellowship Hall
Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group / 11:30 am / Library
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, January 13
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 am / Library
Mindfulness Meditation Group / 9:00 am / Library
Chidren's Choir Rehearsal / 9:15 am / Classroom #1
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Sanctuary
Visitor’s Welcome Room / 11:30 am / Library
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall
UU Voices Book Group / Noon / Classroom #1
Pathway to Membership Class / Noon / Children's Chapel

Monday, January 14
Stewardship Committee Meeting / Noon / Library
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children’s Chapel
Finance Commitee Meeting / 7:00 pm / Classroom #1
Death with Dignity Group Meeting / 7:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, January 15
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 am / Nursery
(Rental: ECIRMAC Staff Meeting) / 2:00 pm / OWL Classroom
Youth/Young Adult Pathway to Membership Planning Meeting / 6:00 pm / Library
UU Feminist Book Group / 7:00 pm / Library
Budget Task Force Meeting / 7:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Social Action Committee Meeting / 7:00 pm / Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, January 16
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon, the latest.
(Rental: ECIRMAC Board Meeting) / 4:00 pm / Children's Chapel
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
Thursday, January 17
Membership Committee Meeting / 5:30 pm / Fellowship Hall
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 pm / Rm #1
Reflective Writing Circle / 7:00 pm / Library
Strategic Vision Team Meeting / 7:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!
Next eNews: January 17, 2018
Last day for content: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by noon the latest.
Winter Uniter

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UUCUC Contact Information
Regular Church Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Church Office
(217) 384-8862
Rev. Florence Caplow
Sherry Bohlen
Membership Coordinator
Michele Townsend Grove
Interim Director of Religious Education
Emily McKown
Youth Coordinator
Matt Sheppard
Music Director
Shornor Vineyard
Custodian and Building Caretaker
Rosalyn Maziarka
Office Administrator
Matthew Gladden
Kate Barton
Facilities & Events Coordinator
Event Scheduling: events@uucuc.org
Building Related: facilities@uucuc.org
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper
Kelsey Libert
Childcare Coordinator