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UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
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 those who have participated in it, 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. There will be no spoken "Joys and Sorrows" or upcoming event announcements in the service. 
Sunday, May 6, 2018
"The Technology of Hope"
Sam Beshers and Chris Hannauer

Communication and technology have changed dramatically from when baby boomers were pre-teens. Many of us, not just baby boomers, feel anxiety because of how much things are changing with technology. How do we keep our humanity – which is connected to relationships – in the face of this new culture? How do we keep our humanity as we use new technology and create and maintain relationships? The sermon topic was
chosen by Marilyn Ryan and Umeeta Sadarangani, who purchased the sermon at the
2017 Service Auction.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Bookmark our UUCUC Events webpage for future reference.
Anti-Fascist Event at UUCUC TONIGHT April 27, 2018, 6-7:30 pm. The a lt-right and its neo-fascist counterparts don't just exist in the headlines of national news but right here in our own communities. What is fascism really? What groups promote fascist ideologies? Who is being targeted? 
Local organizer, Kristina Khan, will briefly present the research that led to her recent article with Shane Burley: "Young Fascists on Campus: Turning Point USA and its Far Right Connections". C-U community members who have been directly impacted by the far-right will share their experiences and lead discussion on what this means for our town. 
Food and childcare will be provided. 
This event is co-sponsored by the UU Social Action Committee, The International Socialist Organization Champaign-Urbana, Socialist Alternative Champaign-Urbana
Students for Justice in Palestine UIUC, Jewish Voice For Peace Champaign-Urbana.
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.
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. 
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
Attention UUCUC Voting Members: By now you should have received your written call letter to the Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at 11:45 am. Your attendance is encouraged, as we will vote on next year's budget, the slate of candidates for officers and the Board, changes to the bylaws, and the next two-year Social Justice Initiative. Our bylaws require that 20% of our voting members are present for a quorum, or 62 people.

Please visit the HUB table after service on Sunday, April 29th - there will be "office copies" to review the 2017-2018 Annual Report and if you would like a printed copy for your files, please add your name to the list. To save on paper, we are only printing what we need.
CARE CORE NEWS
Joys and Sorrows

Karen Ruhleder - I'm excited to share that I will be moving to Santa Cruz for a job at UCSC. I will be joining friends at the UU Church in San Jose. Thank you to all who supported me during challenging times and celebrated the good. I leave Champaign-Urbana with many lifelong friends and wish everyone here and this church well.

Sally Babbitt - Heartfelt sympathy and your thoughts to the Ferguson Family of Charolette, NC. Jennifer, my daughter's best friend died on her 49th birthday in her sleep Tuesday. It is presumed she had a heart attack. My message to all you females - do not ignore neck and jaw pain!

Peggy Patten - Ray Boehmer passed away suddenly this past week of an aortic aneurysm. Please keep his wife, Liesel Wildhagen and son, Tad, in your thoughts.

Andy Robinson - A prayer for the bees; who emerged from their winter hotel this morning.
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE NEWS
Sunday, April 29, after Church - It’s almost time to vote for our next two-year initiative! Come to the Social Action Committee Table after church to meet the initiators of each proposal, and learn more about each: 
  • 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.

"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.
What Are Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines? If our congregation approves a proposed amendment to the UUCUC Bylaws on May 6th, Trust Fund Trustees will be required to adopt socially responsible investment guidelines to be used as part of their investment decision-making process. The content and details of these guidelines ultimately will be up to the Trustees. However, the SRI Task Force has drafted and recommended guidelines for the Trustees’ consideration. The guidelines are not meant to be rigid and inviolable rules, but rather an exemplification of a desire to abide by the seven UU Principles. 

The recommended guidelines favor companies with positive records in the treatment of employees, corporate ethics, human rights, community relations, product safety, as well as environmental protection and sustainability. Conversely, the guidelines seek to avoid investing in companies shown to violate common standards of good corporate conduct. 

Click on the following links to view the recommended Guidelines or read “Questions and Answers on the Proposal to Move to Socially Responsible Investing at UUCUC”.  For more information, contact Lan Richart at 773-556-3417.
Habitat Build Season is Back! We have "reserved" seven (7) slots for a Habitat Build on Saturday, June 2nd from 8 am to 2:30 pm. Our volunteers can work in pairs or groups of three's. Think of someone you’d like to invite to join you working for a greater good. Location site: TBA. Sign-up on Sunday on a list at the SAC Table, not via computer/smartphone. Restrictions: Ages 18 & older (16 year old minimum with guardian/parent). Closed-toed shoes or boots. Fun and educational! Wear a UU t-shirt.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE) NEWS
Upcoming RE Dates

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.
Friday, April 27
"It's Happening Here: Fascism in CU (Teach-In Event) / 6:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Saturday, April 28
Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group / 11:00 am / Library
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, April 29
Budget Q & A / 9:15 am / Library
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
Racial Justice Initiative "Black Lives Matter" Banner / Noon / Fellowship Hall
Pathway to Membership Class / 12:30 pm / Children's Chapel

Monday, April 30
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Horn Band Rehearsal / 5:30 pm / Sanctuary
Moving Forward Divorce/Separation Group / 7:30 pm / YRUU Classroom

Tuesday, May 1
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 9:00 am / Nursery
Personnel Committee / 5:00 pm / Library
Worship Committee Meeting / 7:00 pm / Library

Wednesday, May 2
eNews & OOS content is due to pubs@uucuc.org no later than noon
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary 
Adult Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
 
Thursday, May 3
Meditation Class with Rev. Florence / 4:30 pm / Channing-Murray
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!
Next eNews: May 3
Deadline for content: Wednesday,
May 2 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