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UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
Sunday, April 22, 2018
“Earth Day: Skin in the Game.”  
Rev. Scott Aaseng

Working for justice can sometimes seem like a matter of giving up what we want and acting entirely for the sake of others. But is there a way of looking at acting for justice as something in which we have a stake in what happens – with our own skin in the game? In this Earth Day service, Rev. Aaseng will explore how environmental justice involves us all.
Rev. Scott Aaseng is a UU minister and the executive director of the Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI). The UUCUC Children’s Choir and the UUCUC band will be singing.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
“#MeToo” 
Rev. Florence Caplow and Julie Laut

The #MeToo movement has been a powerful and unexpected force for change in the last year. It has also re-awakened past traumas for many people. In this service we will honor the courage of this movement, and acknowledge the damage of sexual violence and coercion, with story, ritual, and blessing.

This service may not be appropriate for younger children or for those who may be triggered by this material, although there will be no sexually explicit stories. Volunteer counselors from RACES will be present to provide support after the service.
WE INVITE YOU TO SHARE YOUR STORIES OF SURVIVAL AND EMPOWERMENT
IN A #METOO WORLD

Rev. Florence Caplow and Julie Laut will be leading a service on the #MeToo movement on Sunday, April 29th. The movement, begun on Twitter, has helped survivors of sexual violence around the world find empowerment by finally giving voice to their experiences, and has subsequently begun to challenge the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace and beyond. 

In addition to music, poetry, and reflections, we would like to read aloud stories of survivors (or family members of survivors) from our congregation. We invite you to share your reflections with us in a concise (~200 word) reflection, to be read by one of us or a worship associate. In order to provide a safe space for reflection and support, we will not focus on detailed stories of assault and harassment. Rather, we invite stories of the personal impact of what happened for you, healing, and survival. You could also address how the #MeToo movement has been for you.Please send your stories to Rev. Florence at  minister@uucuc.org  by April 23rd. All submissions will remain completely anonymous. 
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Bookmark our UUCUC Events webpage for future reference.
Cohousing Group (housing = community). The Cohousing group is meeting this Sunday, April 22 nd , in the Childrens’ Chapel at noon. Bring some food to share and join in. The topic for this week is developing our decision-making process. We will also plan for field trips for National Cohousing Day and begin to shape our own vision for a cohousing community here. Questions? Contact Betsy Hunter:  betsyhun@gmail.com
The 4th/5th graders will be giving away free “Save the Monarch Butterfly” kits as an Earth Day gift, after Sunday's service.  Each kit includes seeds for life-sustaining plants and other information to help this endangered species. Please look for a 4th/5th grader today in and around Fellowship Hall for your kit.
Upcoming Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) Meetings. Want to get even more involved in the Racial Justice Initiative? Our next meeting is Thursday April 26 th (5:30 pm, Fellowship Hall). Please join us.
UUCUC Mindfulness Meditation Group Join fellow UU's in a mindfulness meditation practice before worship service on Sundays ( detailed schedule ) in the YRUU room. As always, the door will be left slightly open so that late arrivals can enter quietly.
Meditation at Channing Murray Foundation. Meditation will continue for the spring through May 10th at Channing Murray, 1209 W. Oregon St., every Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. All are welcome, no experience necessary, by donation. 
How to Die in Oregon – Free film showing hosted by the UUCUC Death with Dignity Group. 

Saturday, April 21st, 9:30 am , UUCUC Fellowship Hall.

In "How to Die in Oregon", filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity. Post-film discussion will follow. Winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Documentaries. Preview the trailer.
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Next UU Happy Hour April 26th at Huber’s.

Join us at the next UU Happy Hour on Thursday, April 26nd, at Huber’s in Champaign. Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat, and relax. Huber’s is the neighborhood bar located at 1312 W. Church St. Champaign.  For more information about the Happy Hour Group contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm .
Hello UUCUC! You are invited to our annual overview of the proposed budget.   Please join us!

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 9:15 am
Where: The Church Library  
Why: Because you know you want to spend some quality time listening to our volunteer bookkeeper, Todd Kinney, going over all the budgetary highlights! 

Hope to see you there! 
Black Lives Matter Banner Discussion - RJI is hosting a discussion to answer questions or concerns people may have about the public display of the Black Lives Matter banner. Please join us on Sunday, April 29th at noon in the Fellowship Hall.  Please RSVP so that we know how much pizza and childcare to provide.
Join us for one of our next Pathway to Membership Classes!

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 12:30-3:30 pm or
Monday, April 30, 2018, 5:30-8:30 pm

UUCUC Children's Chapel

Light meal will be provided at each class and child care is available.

In this fast-paced and interactive class for those considering membership with UUCUC, you'll learn about the principles and foundation of the Unitarian Universalist Church. You'll also learn about the governance of UUCUC, activities and opportunities available to our church community, our social action mission, religious education offerings, and the role you can play as a supporter. Anyone age 14 and up can become a UUCUC member.

At the completion of this class, you'll have an opportunity to "sign the book" and become a member of UUCUC. Choose one of the classes and sign up today!

For questions and to sign up, email Membership Coordinator Sherry Bohlen or call (217) 384-8862. There will also be a sign-up sheet on the HUB table in Fellowship Hall throughout the month.

CLICK HERE to register for Sunday April 29 Class

CLICK HERE to register for Monday April 30 Class
The UUCUC Care Core invites you to attend a workshop framed around   Sensitive Conversations . The care, conversation and nurturing of a person with any chronic disease (cancer included) comes with the proviso to cause no harm.

Casual conversations laced with platitudes or meaningless "thoughts lacking compassion" do not help. So what DO you say when talk to a person with a dreadful diagnosis?

The Reverend Deborah Slack, Chaplain for Carle Hospice has graciously agreed to lead our workshop "Sensitive Conversations".

Saturday May 5, 2018 from 10-12am here at the church Fellowship Hall. Will you join us to learn to listen?
ANNOUNCEMENTS
L ast Thursday the Board of Trustees approved a 2018-19 balance budget of $618,671.00 budget that all members will be invited to study and vote on at the May 6th annual meeting. We are very excited about this budget, which truly reflects both the great generosity of members and friends of the church this year, and our church mission to "Build community. Seek inspiration. Promote justice. Find peace ."  

Here are a few of the highlights:
  • We made a commitment, earlier in the year, to strive to pay all of our staff at at least mid-range for the UUA recommendations for our size and geographic area. Thanks to you, we are able to do that for the first time this year! Most staff will be seeing significant raises. Our Membership Coordinator and Office Administrator will have a much-needed increase in their hours, and we are also increasing professional development funding and other benefits.
  • Our Social Action, Racial Justice, and the Social Justice Initiatives have, in the past, had small budgets, even though we recognize that these areas are essential to our mission and values as Unitarian Universalists. This year these three areas will receive, in total, $23,000 for outreach into the community, organizing, and training.
  • Our RE program is also going to be funded at a higher level, allowing us to provide more resources for our youth, teachers, the interim process, and other programs. We have doubled the funding for RE this year.
  • Accessibility, which has been identified as a high priority for us, will have $30,000 this year for significant improvements to accessibility.

To view the 2018-2019 proposed budget, check out the Members & Friends page, under Documents.
Michele Grove Will Be Our Interim Director of Religious Education

We are happy to announce that, after a national search and careful discernment by the RE Advisory Group, Board, and Minister, we offered the position of Interim DRE to Michele Townsend Grove, and she accepted. She and her family will move here from South Dakota in August, and she will be with us for two years, including supporting us in the search for a permanent DRE. Michele is a religious educator with over 25 years of experience, and this will be her fifth interim DRE position. 
She visited us last week and she was very impressed by what she saw here: the growing energy, deep sense of community, committed staff and minister, and thriving commitments to education and learning.  If you had a chance to meet Michele while she was here, you know she is positive, creative, receptive, and collaborative. She sparkles! We are looking forward to the re-visioning of religious education and lifelong learning that she will be leading for us as part of the interim process. She is, literally, a national leader in the relatively new field of interim DRE work. Thank you to all who have contributed financially so that we could bring a person of her experience here as our interim.
Join our great UUCUC staff team! Are you interested in part-time, flexible work with fun, creative people at UUCUC? We are looking for a very well-organized, responsible, personable "events coordinator" with good computer skills to manage our rentals, weddings, and events, up to 7 hours a week (some weeks will be less), beginning this summer. The job will be closing this Sunday, so please apply  here  this week if you are interested. 
For our service last Sunday, honoring those with 50 or more years of involvement with the church, Bob Stake wrote a wonderful poem about their long term commitment to this church community. Since he only read a small part of it on Sunday, here it is in its entirety.

Well, in fifty years, 
we haven't found a way
to break the addiction.  
By the time we think we've had it 
with one or two ministers, they leave
and we become enchanted 
by the newcomers.
  
But every bit as enchanting 
have been the parishioners,
up and down the pews, 
a diverse lot who haven't left, 
staying with us to applaud the choir 
and make the best of things.  

Even when Amy Kummerow and Doris Harvey 
and Renford Gaines and Jim Hines left, 
we stayed around to check out their replacements.  
Staying power.  

Continuity, addiction, hanging tight.  
I recall that we were ever ready
to compare the Hospitality Teams, 
each one seeming to have 
better smiles and hugs 
than the last.  

We didn't do it scientifically, 
comparing creeds or hospitalities, 
nor hieratically,
taking the Mother Church word for it.
We mainly shook hands with those around us 
and came slowly to be aware, 
coming slowly to be aware,
that another fifty-year continuity 
looked promising.
CARE CORE NEWS
Joys and Sorrows

Kathy Frizzell - "Oh, Lordy". Tough times for our young democracy!
Virginia Brubaker will be having surgery for cancer on April 26th in Columbus, Ohio. Prayers and good wishes welcome. She and Gail hope to be home by early in the following week.
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE NEWS
This year, there are two proposals for consideration as the next Two-Year Initiative.  The are:
  • Creating a Culture of Community Engagement, a multi-faceted initiative intended to shift culture, nourish individual talents, amplify our voices, develop infrastructure, and provide the training and tools to make UUCUC a key resource and instrument of social and environmental justice in east-central Illinois.


We hope you take some time to reach through each. Stop by the Social Action Table after service where you can both pick up a hard copy and talk to proposal representatives. 
Is Investing for Social Good Worth the Cost?  The Socially Responsible Investment Task Force will hold a fourth and final informational meeting on the proposed amendment to the UUCUC Bylaws. Join us on Sunday, April 22nd at 9:00 am in Fellowship Hall before worship service.
"Write a postcard to a local incarcerated person." Have you seen this sign during fellowship? The Social Action Committee is excited to announce that we are now a RIPPLe Effect Extension site! Ripple ( Reaching into Prisons with Purpose and Love ) Effect CU is a community-based group providing emotional support to individuals and families impacted by incarceration. Our extension participates by writing letters to local incarcerated people each week during fellowship. In addition to providing support, this helps us reflect on the realities of incarceration in our community, and to stimulate consideration of the problems of the prison industrial complex through caring action. We are looking for people to support this project by: pre-addressing postcards, volunteering to set up the table, or bringing the letters to the drop off point. We are also looking for donations of postcards. To help, please email elizaBeth Simpson.
Our April Shared Offering is supporting RACES (Rape Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services) and is the only agency dedicated to serving the needs of survivors of sexual violence in Champaign, Ford, Piatt and Douglas Counties. RACES provides counseling, court advocacy, medical advocacy, and hosts a 24/7 rape crisis hotline. Sexual violence prevention education is an important part of our vision to end sexual violence in a generation: our educators reach thousands of children, youth and adults each year through age-appropriate prevention programs.

RACES is an agency that people don’t like to think about until a loved one needs it; at that time, RACES will be there to listen, believe and support.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE) NEWS
Tap into Your SUUperpowers!

Have you ever thought of teaching RE? We are recruiting teachers now for the 2018-19 church year. It would be such a fantastic demonstration of our active and committed congregation to have our teaching roster full by the end of May. Work with a dedicated and fun team of teachers (i.e., you are not alone!) through the year, or maybe just for a semester. Curriculums including individual lesson plans are provided. Be a part of the amazing things that happen downstairs! 

There will be a sign-up poster in Fellowship Hall. Current teachers will be available for questions and conversation. We will have next year's curriculums out and available to look at, but they are also available online at:  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children .

Pre-K: Chalice Children
K-1: Love Surrounds Us (full)
2-3: Love Will Guide Us
4-5: Love Connects Us
6: Riddle and Mystery
7-8: Coming of Age (1 spot left)
YRUU: sets their own curriculum

Please consider joining the fun - we have amazingly insightful and kind children!
Upcoming RE Dates

Sunday, April 22
Regular RE classes. Children's Choir will sing. Youth and children will begin in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, April 29
Regular RE classes.

Sunday, May 6
Regular RE classes.
CHURCH CALENDAR
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, April 19
Care Core Steering Committee / 11:00 am / Library
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Reflective Writing Chalice Circle / 7:00 pm / Library
(Rental: Janice Lee Recital) / 7:30 pm / Sanctuary 

Saturday, April 21
"How to Die in Oregon" Film Screening / 9:30 am / Fellowship Hall
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1
(Rental: Unity Church Concert) / 5:30 pm / Fellowship Hall
 
Sunday, April 22
Choir Rehearsal / 9:00 am / Sanctuary
SRI Task Force Meeting / 9:00 am / Fellowship Hall
Children's Choir Rehearsal / 9:15 am / Classroom #1
Mindful Meditation Group / 9:20 am / YRUU Classroom
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Sanctuary
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall
Meet with Rev. Scott Aaseng / 11:30 am / Library
Co-Housing Group / Noon / Children's Chapel

Monday, April 23
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
"Exploring Whiteness" Class / 6:30 pm / Children's Chapel
Moving Forward Divorce/Separation Group / 7:30 pm / YRUU Classroom

Tuesday, April 24
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 9:00 am / Nursery
BOT Study Session / 7:00 pm / Library

Wednesday, April 25
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CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary 
Adult Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
 
Thursday, April 26
Meditation Class with Rev. Florence / 4:30 pm / Channing-Murray
Racial Justice Initiative Meeting / 5:30 pm / Fellowship Hall
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!
Next eNews: April 26
Deadline for content: Wednesday,
April 25 by Noon the latest.
Due to the Annual Report, there will NOT be a May Uniter.
UUCUC Contact Information
Church Office
(217) 384-8862
Rev. Florence Caplow
Minister
Jody Hanger
Interim RE Coordinator
Matt Sheppard
Music Director
Sherry Bohlen
Membership Coordinator
Rosalyn Maziarka
Office Administrator
Shornor Vineyard
Custodian and Building Caretaker
Beth Cobb
Assistant for Services
Matthew Gladden
Accompanist
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper
Mary Foltz
Childcare Coordinator