Tip: There are clickable links throughout the eNews. Look for colored underlined words - click for an easy access of an email, address, web shortcut or further reading.
Happening This Weekend at UUCUC!
This Sunday's Worship Service:
"Don't Sleep Through the Revolution" / Members of the UUCUC Racial Justice Project
10:15 am / Sanctuary

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.
Resolving Conflict, Finding Agreement  -  Part 1
Sunday, January 20, 2019 Noon - 4:00 PM / Children's Chapel 

Light Lunch Provided/Child Care provided upon request

This class is capped at 24 people so RSVP now if you wish to attend. We already have 14. Once we reach the maximum, we will create a waiting list. 

RSVP to Michele Grove at re-director@uucuc.org or by calling the church office no later than this Friday, January 18th, 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.
Our Monthly Book & Magazine Exchange Is Sunday, January 20.
Bring in your books and magazines for exchange in Fellowship Hall after our service on Sunday, January 20. Books and magazines can be for children and adults. You can take home books or magazines without donating any and vice versa.
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
"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. This service will explore difficult material and is not appropriate for children younger than 6th grade.
“Under Pressure - Should We Change?”
February 3, 2019
YRUU (our UUCUC high school youth group)

YRUU shares their perspective on how pressures on today’s youth are different than they were for previous generations. From stress as students to keeping up with the latest technologies - YRUU will share their personal stories. 

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
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: "Growing Up Trans"
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!
Church Office is closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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 20th. 
For questions regarding our covenant group program, Sherry Bohlen  or call (217) 384-8862.
Local Martin Luther King, Jr. Events
Friday, January 18, 2019: Annual Countywide MLK, Jr. Celebration; 4:00 PM Hors d’oeuvres. 5:00 PM Program, Keynote speaker: activist priest Father Michael Pfleger, leader of nonviolent protests against inequality, violence, and poverty in Chicago; Entertainment: Barrington Coleman; The Vineyard Church, 1500 N Lincoln, Urbana

Sunday, January 20, 2019: 34 th Annual Dr. MLK, Jr. Service of Celebration, 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall, 500 S Goodwin, Urbana

Monday, January 21, 2019, 34th Annual Unity Breakfast, 8:30 - 11:00 AM, The Vineyard Church, 1500 N Lincoln, Urbana

Monday, January 21, 2019, U of I Day of Service, 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Illini Union Rooms ABC, 1401 W Green Street, Urbana

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, U of I, Walking the Talk: Bringing Social Justice to Direct Practice; 7:00-9:00 PM, Student Dining and Residential Programs (SDRP) Multipurpose Room, U of I Campus

Friday, January 25, 2019, U of I Poverty Simulation, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, School of Social Work, 1010 W Nevada, Urbana

Saturday, January 26, 2019: Community Celebration, 10 AM – 12:00 PM, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5, 500 S Goodwin, Urbana
Christmas Eve Offerings

In the spirit of Christmas, we chose to give away the whole plate offering from our two Christmas Eve services this year: half to our partner Unitarian churches in Transylvania and India (our December Shared Offering receipients), and half to Al Otro Lado, an immigrant rights organization providing legal and other support on the Tijuana/San Diego border. In December, we were able to give a total of $3,449.55 (total from the whole month) to our Partner Churches and $1,424.31 to Al Otro Lado. Thank you, everyone, for your generosity!
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!
UU Happy Hour Thursday, January 24th at Po’ Boys.
Join us for the UU Happy Hour at Po’ Boys Restaurant. Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat & relax. Po’ Boys is located at 202 E University Ave, Urbana. For more information about the Happy Hour Group contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm.
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
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
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. We do our best to provide child care when needed but know there are times when members of our child care team may not be available. If you submit a request for childcare less than 48 hours in advance, the chance for finding available providers decreases.  

We have a great team of child care providers! Watch for upcoming introductions to the full child care staff.
Antiracism workshop, Saturday February 2nd
The Racial Justice Project is excited to host a workshop, “Critical Cultural Competency” on Saturday, February 2nd from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, conducted by trainers from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training, a nationally recognized organization, whose aim is dismantling racism and building racial justice in institutions. This is a special opportunity to learn from professional anti-racism trainers.

We encourage you to register now, as we expect this workshop to fill. We are holding some spots for UUs until January 20th. Lunch will be provided. Childcare available.

To read about Crossroads and see a course description:  Crossroads Workshop Description

Questions? Contact Jennifer Livingston tjehlhome@gmail.com 952-237-8835.
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.
Cleaning has Commenced!
It's been two weeks since Kate Barton assumed her role as Facility Coordinator. Her and Shornor have been working diligently on making our church shine. This week they have been working on tidying up the Sanctuary. The big endeavor was cleaning out behind the organ, you would not believe was behind there!
We understand the lack of storage we have, but please remember behind or around the organ is not storage space. If you need to store something church related, please email Kate at facilities@uucuc.org . We are working creatively to provide the storage where needed. If you are storing items at church, please consider donating the items that are no longer useable and have run their course. If your committee would like to join the effort of cleaning out old items, please reach out to Kate.
(Photo Description: Side of organ in Sanctuary free of miscellaneous stored items.)
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 17
Membership Committee Meeting / 5:30 pm / Fellowship Hall
(Rental: Many Paths, an Agnostic AA) 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Reflective Writing Circle / 7:00 pm / Library
Strategic Vision Team Meeting / 7:00 pm / Children's Chapel

Friday, January 18
Property Advisory Group / Noon / Library

Saturday, January 19
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, January 20
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 am / Library
Mindfulness Meditation Group / 9:00 am / Library
Children'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
Book & Magazine Exchange / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall
Conflict Mediation Workshop / Noon / Children’s Chapel
Monday, January 21
Church Office is Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Stewardship Committee Meeting / Noon / Library
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children’s Chapel
Caregiver’s Chalice Circle / 7:00 pm / Library
Tuesday, January 22
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 am / Nursery
RE & Hospitality Team Coordinators Meeting / 12:30 pm / Library
Personnel Committee Meeting / 5:00 pm / Library
Racial Justice Project Meeting / 6:30 pm / Fellowship Hall
Board of Trustees Study Session / 7:00 pm / Classroom #1
Wednesday, January 23
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon, the latest.
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
Thursday, January 24
Safety Committee Meeting / 2:00 pm / Library
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 pm / Rm #1
Saturday, January 26
Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group / 11:30 am / Library
(Many Paths: an Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!
Next eNews: January 24, 2018
Last day for content: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by noon the latest.
Winter Uniter

Click to read the Winter Uniter .
IMPORTANT!! Send your submittals to pubs@uucuc.org - Please do not send to admin@uucuc.org.

Don't forget to publize your meeting/event!
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