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Sunday, June 4
The Water in Which We Swim: A Racial Justice Service
Led by members of UUCUC's Racial Justice Initiative Team

Sunday, June 11
Flower Communion & Potluck at Crystal Lake Park (Large Pavilion), Urbana
Bring a flower for each member of your family. We will also dedicate a new baby. And the choir will lead us in singing! Pot luck picnic follows this brief annual service.  For more details, click here and read below under "Membership Matters".

Sunday, June 18
Death with Dignity: are there choices?
Led by the UUCUC Aid-in Dying Advocacy Group
Worship service will be in Fellowship Hall and continue throughout the summer. 

Sunday, June 25
Who Are Those Guys, Anyway?: A History of Men in Unitarian Universalism
Led by the Worship Committee

For more details on the above worship service topics, see below under "Upcoming Services - Details".
Rev. Joanne Giannino
Interim Minister
It’s time to say goodbye

In late April and early May, while you were engaged in candidating week with Rev. Florence, I was at an interim seminar and then back east visiting family and attending our younger son’s college graduation. It was a busy time – first in Texas – with colleagues, learning about leading congregations through times of transition, especially how to lead difficult conversations; and then in Boston, driving through crowded and curvy streets – once cow paths – through the still early spring there – the weather just turning from winter’s chill to the promise of sun and new growth.

Returning to Illinois, as the plane made its descent, I looked out the window and viewed the fields – newly turned or already planted with tiny first leaves of soy or corn emerging – I felt strangely calmed. I felt like I was coming home.

Funny thing, coming home to a place you will be leaving soon. That’s interim ministry for you though…

It’s been a good year. We’ve done fine work together.  And now that we know each other a bit, and you have called and are ready to welcome your new settled minister, it is time for me to move on. In the fall, I will be taking a short sabbatical. It has been 10 years since I was ordained into the UU ministry – time for a check-in – a mid-career assessment, some quiet time, reflection on what has been and where I am now, and what/where I might like to be next. Over the summer, my husband, Russ, and I will spend time with family in the northeast, and then we will move to Vermont where we have a home. From there we will rest and dream of our next steps.

My time with you has been a gift that I could never have imagined. Born and raised in Massachusetts, I have reveled in the wide-open spaces and the big sky of east central Illinois. Champaign-Urbana has offered Russ and I everything we wanted, and more, this year: a college town with all the amenities, a lower cost of living, and a mid size congregation with heart and soul, deep intellect and great caring, passion for justice and commitment to Unitarian Universalist values. It has been our pleasure to be with you.

I look forward to our last few weeks together, especially the June 3 coffee house: Transition Edition.

My last Sunday with you will be June 18. After that I will be at General Assembly with a cadre of UUCUC folks and about 4,000 other UUs. Upon my return to CU, I will spend a few days in the office. Russ and I will hit the road on June 30. During July and the first two weeks of August, Rev. Florence and I have arranged pastoral coverage with Care Core Steering Team. They are well prepared and have contact information for nearby UU ministers if there is a need.

UUCUC members, friends and staff, you will always be in my heart. Blessings and boundless love to you all.

In faith,
Rev. Joanne
Beth Cobb
Assistant for Services
What’s Next: Coming Soon to Fellowship Hall

Our congregation life has been focused on searching for and calling our settled minister.  We have also celebrated the installation of the solar panels on our roof, welcomed new members, elected new church officers, and celebrated some rites of passage.  Now we will be entering the time when we will be saying “farewell” to our Interim Minister, Joanne, and worshipping on Sunday mornings with lay-led services in the air conditioned Fellowship Hall.

As your Assistant for Services, I have the opportunity (and yes, sometimes the challenge) of coordinating eight Sunday morning services during the months of July and August.  I try to end up with a balance of services for these eight mornings, so that we may experience many ways to come together as a congregation for worship, as well as focus on a variety of topics.

One of the first things that I do is to ask all of you for your suggestions and offers of participation in these services.  This year, you will be able to do this in a traditional way by filling a questionnaire that will be provided a few times on Sunday mornings in the Order Service and by electronic means (see link below).  As always, if these ways do not appeal to you, please feel free to contact me directly at  We can certainly have a conversation about this.

Some people have already approached me about services, so if you have something particular in mind, now is the time to let me know. We would love to hear from you, please consider filling out our Summer Services Questionnaire

A BIG thank you to Hospitality Team D

Thanks to Anne Sharpe and Karen Folk, Hospitality Team Leaders for the month of May. Thanks to all the Hospitality Team D volunteers who assisted Anne and Karen each Sunday during the month. April Hospitality Team volunteers will be acknowledged in the eNews in early June. 
Towel Team to the Rescue!

Thanks to Linda Collinsworth and Barb Childers for stepping up to the plate (or to the towel hamper) to assist with cleaning our kitchen linens. Tell Linda and Barb thank you next time you see them. 
Be the Face of Sunday Morning: Join a Hospitality Team

Hospitality Teams are in charge of Sunday morning hospitality (e.g. bell ringing, welcoming, ushering, providing decorations and refreshments) for two months during the year. Hospitality Teams are a great way to meet people and serve our congregation in a fun and important way. All members and friends are encouraged to join a Hospitality Team.  Each Team has 30-35 members so you do not need to help on every Sunday assigned to your Team. 

Stop by the Hub table on Sunday mornings to sign up for a Hospitality Team (or to find out if you are already assigned to a Team.) Questions? Contact Peggy Patten of the Membership Committee.

Book and Magazine Exchange Takes a BreakThe Book and Magazine Exchanges take a break over the summer months of June, July and August, when worship services move to Fellowship Hall. Save those magazines and books, because our exchanges will be back again in September! 
Archival Elves -  Did you know that for the last several years (so many that we’ve lost count) Sally Babbitt has been busy organizing and storing our important Church records in the archive room (the space behind the 8th -9th grade classroom in the Church basement)?  Sally is turning the archival torch over to John Milano who has agreed to take on the archival task. Thanks to Sally and to John for this important, behind the scenes work of preserving our important Church documents.

HeRMES (Helping Revitalize Medical Education through Service) Free Health Clinic is thrilled to be selected by The UUCUC Social Action Committee as the recipient of the Shared Offering in June. Thank you so much for your generosity and support!

Our organization is a student-led free health clinic that provides free medical health services and health education to more than 350 uninsured and underserved patients and their families each year, in Urbana-Champaign and neighboring communities of Illinois. We are a dedicated team of certified medical providers and medical student volunteers. Our mission is to give high-quality and compassionate patient health care to those whom lack or have little access to health care. Furthermore, our goal is to spread awareness to patients and their families of available free health clinic resources in the community.

We provide walk-in clinic hours every Thursday from 6-8PM and give free health screenings and education including: blood pressure readings, glucose, A1C, and cholesterol level checks, physical exams, and school physical and sports physical exams. Your generous donations will help us keep our clinic running and enable us to pay for much needed lab tests and to purchase our health screening supplies (glucose and cholesterol strips). We judiciously utilize these resources for our at-risk patients.

Please feel free to check out our website at or contact Jenn Hou (, 408-893-8187) with any questions or if you’d like to help volunteer! HERMES Clinic is a registered Not For Profit Corporation 501 (c)(3) and our EIN is 47-1154138. Thank you!!

Please note "HERMES" in the memo line of checks written to UUCUC. If you prefer to donate through our online system, please click here


Sunday, June 4: The water in which we swim: a racial justice initiative service. Unitarian Universalists have a long history of grappling with and seeking to eliminate racism within our denomination with varying degrees of progress and push-back. This has been the focus of numerous initiatives, General Assembly resolutions and actions, and UUA and congregational programs over the years. Despite this, our congregations still have much less diversity than we would wish and our UUA leadership has been largely white and male.

In March of this year, the hiring of a white male minister as a regional coordinator sparked a controversy about the racial justice practices of the UUA, an organization where almost all of the top staff positions have been held by white people. Critics noted that the UUA hiring practices perpetuate white supremacy and a bias toward white, usually male, religious professionals in leadership roles. Three top leaders, including UUA President Peter Morales, acknowledged the need for reevaluation and change and resigned.

In response to a request by the Black Lives of UU collective within the UUA, over 689 UU congregations (more than 2/3’s) have already held or planned teach-ins about white supremacy and our need for commitment to resist it. We are pleased to be joining them with our June 4 service, “The Water In Which We Swim : a Racial Justice Service.” We hope you will join us. - UUCUC Racial Justice Initiative Team

Sunday, June 11: Worship Service and Potluck in the Park. Join us for our Worship Service and Potluck at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana on Sunday June 11. The service will begin at 10:15 with the potluck to follow.  We have the large pavilion rented for the event so the service and potluck will be held rain or shine.  Bring your own lawn chair for the service. Also, bring your favorite picnic food to share – along with beverages, plates, napkins, knives, forks, and spoons for your crew.  Crystal Lake Park is located north of West Park Street, west of North Broadway Avenue. We will meet at the Large Pavilion, which is located near the parking lot off of North Central Avenue. There is a volleyball net and children’s playground nearby. Stay tuned for details about the June 11 worship service in the next eNews. 
Sunday, June 18: Death with Dignity: Are There Choices?  This church service will cover end-of-life issues, including Physician-Aid-in Dying. A small – but growing – group of individuals has started to meet at church to discuss ways to advocate for a change in the Illinois law that would permit physician aid in dying. Such a law currently exists in six states (Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, California, and Colorado). New members to this group are welcome.
Our group has scheduled three events to present and discuss this topic – the first being the June 18 service. As there is a continuum of personal beliefs and preferences regarding what might make for a good death, and because this could be a sensitive topic depending on one’s experiences with the deaths of loved ones, we want to make those in the church community aware of the topic on this day. Following the service there will be a 'talkback' where we can join in discussion about this important topic.
We have also scheduled two dates to show the documentary "How to Die in Oregon"--once at the Urbana Free Library (Saturday, July 8, at 9:30 AM) and once at the Champaign Public Library (Saturday, August 19, 1:00 PM).  We hope you will join us, as we explore this important issue together in community.  If you have any questions, please contact Karen Retzer
Sunday, June 25: Who Are Those Guys, Anyway?: The Worship Committee Wants You.  In March, the Worship Committee created a service that lifted up UU women in “Nevertheless, She Persisted.”  But what about the men in our history?  The Worship Committee invites you to be part of a worship service on June 25, in which we will hear from some of the men in UU history and from our current day movement.  Already on the list of men are William Ellery Channing, John Murray, and W. Edward Harris.  Do you know who they all are?  Not everyone on the Worship Committee did.  Who should we add to the list of men to consider that morning?

If you would like to be a part of this service, by suggesting someone, doing a reading, leading the chalice lighting, or representing one of the men we will be presenting (all voices may respond), please contact Beth Cobb,, by Thursday, June 7.

Don't Miss Our Farewell Coffeehouse Tribute for Rev. Joanne!

See your favorite UUs perform music, poetry & the spoken arts at the UU Coffeehouse this Saturday, June 3 at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall, as we pay tribute to Rev. Joanne. Families welcome!

If you haven't had a chance to sign up to help with set up, clean up, or to bring refreshments to the UU coffeehouse, contact Tanja Hodges.
June 10 - Circle Supper Night

Last day to sign up is Sunday, June 4th! 

Get to know other UU Members & Friends, new and old, over a casual potluck meal!  They are intergenerational and welcome families with children, couples, and singles in a relaxed setting. Get more information and sign up at the Hub Table in Fellowship Hall after services - you can sign up for one supper, or as many as you want to in the next year.  You can also contact Sara Schumacher at or Nancy Dietrich to sign up or for more information.  

Missed an eNews or OOS announcment? Do you wonder what is happening at church this week?

Check out the weekly schedule at the Welcome Table for a list of events - and which room(s) in which they will occur.
Happiest of Birthdays to those who celebrate in June!

Click here (or the photo above) to see who has a birthday this month. 
Lost and Found, Part 2
Thank you to everyone who has visited the “second” Lost and Found,  just the left of the usual Lost and Found (just left of men’s restroom  in Fellowship Hall).  This is a “kitchen Lost and Found;” there are still several Christmas  plates, a blue stoneware platter, several drink holders.  This is the last reminder for this batch; after the end of this month,
these kitchen things will be cleaned and donated.  Many thanks, M aryly Crutcher
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Our Staff 
Joanne Giannino – Interim Minister,
Mona Shannon - Board of Trustees, Chair
Cindy Wakeland - Director of Religious Education,
Sherry Bohlen - Membership Coordinator,
Matt Sheppard - Music Director
Matthew Gladden - Accompanist
Rosalyn Maziarka - Office Administrator,
Beth Cobb - Assistant for Services
Myron Winkler - Sexton 
Cody Foster - Sunday Sexton
Mary Foltz - Childcare Coordinator
Stepanie Cobb - Kitchen Helper