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HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND AT UUCUC
SUNDAY SERVICE
THE POWER OF WE: FROM THE 2019 UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
CHRIS HANNAUER AND THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE
Sunday, June 23 2019 at 10:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

The UUA's annual General Assembly features some of the most memorable worship and music of our entire denomination. Join us as we take part, virtually, in this year's GA in Spokane, Washington. Time differences mean we won't be able to stream the live Sunday morning service, but we will have content from other services held during the assembly.
RACIAL JUSTICE PROJECT PRESENTS THE DOCUMENTARY, THE LONG SHADOW
Sunday, June 23 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Please join the Racial Justice Project for an important movie and discussion Sunday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m. at UUCUC in Fellowship Hall. The Long Shadow is a documentary about the lasting effects of slavery and white supremacy in our democracy. For a synopsis and trailer of the film, CLICK HERE.

“If you want to know the true hidden history of the evil that slavery cast over America, and how it continues to this day, you must watch this movie.” Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Program

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Discussion will follow the 84-minute film.
UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES 
SUNDAY SERVICE
SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD
SAM BESHERS AND THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE
Sunday, June 30 2019 at 10:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

In 1741, in the heat of a Christian revival movement that was sweeping New England, the American Calvinist minister Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon that has influenced generations of "fire and brimstone" preachers. In this service we will consider Edwards' message and his purpose in delivering this sermon, how Universalism rejected his theological views, and what an updated and more UU version might look like.
SUNDAY SERVICE
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
GAIL COHEN AND UUCUC MEMBERS
Sunday, July 7 2019 at 10:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

Gail Cohen and UUCUC members participating in the "Stories That Have Changed Our Lives" project will speak about how this project came to fruition and how writing has changed the lives of some of us. Thirteen UUCUC members participated in the project by submitting their personal stories of change and transformation. Each one’s biography appears at the end of the book.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
MEDICARE FOR ALL
Sunday, June 23 2019 at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library

Co-sponsored by UUCUC, this discussion about Medicare For All will focus on how the single-payer universal healthcare system would improve and expand Medicare, lowering costs and providing comprehensive coverage to all Americans.

The discussion will feature Dr. Pamela Gronemeyer (Illinois Single Payer Coalition) and Clair Irwin (Illinois #insulin4all).

To read more about this event, CLICK HERE.
NEW AMERICAN WELCOMING CENTER ADVOCACY TRAINING & WORKSHOP
Friday, June 28 2019 at 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall 

Build your advocacy toolkit and fight for fair housing policy!

Join advocacy organizations in Champaign County to fight a destructive proposed rule! This rule from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would prevent mixed-status families from accessing housing assistance.

The HUD Proposed Rule
On May 10, 2019, HUD filed a harmful proposed rule that would disproportionately impact immigrant families, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and low-income individuals of color currently receiving public housing assistance by:
  • Requiring everyone in the household to be a U.S. citizen or eligible immigrant;
  • Requiring noncitizens under 62 years old to go through a new verification system;
  • Creating new documentation requirements for U.S. citizens and elderly immigrants.
  • The proposed rule would lead to the eviction of over 100,000 individuals, 55,000+ of whom are U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident children.

Build your advocacy toolkit! Meet local organizers and engage with strategies to effectively respond to policies and forward equitable, immigrant-friendly and inclusive legislation at the local, state, and federal levels.

During the workshop, a free, light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

NOTE: This workshop was originally scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28. The new time for the workshop as noted above is 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SAFETY THROUGH SOLIDARITY: BUILDING A HATE-FREE COMMUNITY
Tuesday, July 2 2019 at 6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center

The Social Action Committee has agreed to cosponsor the upcoming event, “Safety Through Solidarity: Building a Hate-Free Community”, sponsored by Bend the Arc. This Forum will be held at the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center, 106 S. Lincoln Avenue, in Urbana, to begin the process of community building around this issue. Bend the Arc:CU is a Jewish organization in Central Illinois that advocates for social, racial and religious equality. They collaborate with the interfaith community, immigration and refugee rights organizations, and human rights advocacy groups.  

Representatives from the Jewish, Black, Muslim, and Latinx communities will discuss how different communities experience today’s rising tide of white nationalism and white supremacy. Then, together attendees will explore how we can come together to protect each other and create the kind of tolerance we all want to have in Champaign-Urbana. 

Speakers will include State Representative Carol Ammons, National Field Director for Bend the Arc, Susan Lubeck, Latino Parent Liaison for Urbana Schools District #116, Lucia Maldonado, and others. Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Manager, City of Champaign, will emcee our event.  

Tickets are required but admission is FREE. To learn more about the vent and to register, CLICK HERE
ANNOUNCEMENTS
BUILDING & GROUNDS VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED

The Building and Grounds Advisory Group is still looking for volunteers to help in a variety of areas. We would like to develop a list of people that we could contact when we need help. If you have any questions about these volunteer opportunities, please contact Kate Barton, Facilities Coordinator at: facilities@uucuc.org

Many thanks to Charlie Wisseman for the retaping of our North Entrance stairway. This is important for visually impaired individuals and needs to be done annually. The next item on our list will be to tape the stairs going into the lower levels at both entrances and at the east end of Fellowship Hall. If you are interested in helping out with this task just let us know and we'll set you up with the tape.

For a complete list of volunteer opportunities and to register to become a volunteer, please CLICK HERE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MAY 2019 BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES AVAILABLE

The Board of Trustees meeting minutes for the May 2019 business meeting have been posted and are available online:


The meeting minutes are also available on the Board of Trustees bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.
DO YOU NEED A RIDE TO CHURCH? Are you willing to drive your fellow UUs to church occasionally? If you need a ride or are able to help out with this valuable service, please contact our dedicated ride coordinator, Anne Reeser at: 217-369-1764. 
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
SUMMER RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: THE RAINBOW PATH

One or two adult assistants are still needed each week: This is a great way to learn more about religious education!  Sign up to work one or two weeks today! No experience necessary! To sign up, CLICK HERE.

Come see, hear, taste, touch and experience the seven Unitarian Universalist principles!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IS AT ITS BEST WHEN PASSIONATE LEADERS ARE INVOLVED...
From Michele Grove

Learning is a treasured gift at UUCUC. It is our hope to strengthen the systems that make religious education learning and leading easy to identify.
I ask each of you: How do you wish to connect to the learning community of UUCUC?

  • Maybe you would like to be a learner – attending classes and learning events. 
  • Maybe you would like to join a children’s class as one of the leadership team. In this scenario, you work with others who have a passion for learning to bring creative and inspiring learning opportunities to children ages 3 to 10.
  • Maybe you would like to be a youth leader in the classroom or with the middle high or senior high youth group (more commonly known as YRUU).  
  • Maybe you would like to lead adult learning opportunities.
  • Maybe you would like to be a part of a support team who supports Sunday morning religious education programming.
  • Maybe you are interested in being a part of OWL leadership. OWL (Our Whole Lives) is a comprehensive sexuality curriculum for children, youth and adults.  
  • Or…. Maybe you want to be involved but you are not quite sure how to connect.

The possibilities for connecting to our learning community are many. The gifts received by those who connect are even more abundant!  It is my hope you will join us- no experience is necessary. 

If you are not sure how to connect, the first step is simple:  
  1. You can fill out this easy online survey to tell us how you wish to be involved: https://uucuc.breezechms.com/form/2b5759
  2. You can email Michele Grove at re-director@uucuc.org and say, “I am interested in learning more about being involved in the UUCUC learning community. Can we have a conversation?” And I will answer with an enthusiastic: “Of course! I would really enjoy such a conversation!”

This summer, I hope we have the opportunity to talk. In the meantime, remember this:  

Faith development is all we do.
Unitarian Universalism is the faith we teach.
The congregation is the curriculum. -Connie Goodbread

We learn in all we do! We teach in every action taken. By being a part of UUCUC, you are a learner and a teacher. It is my hope that the path to intentional involvement is wide and well-marked. Thank you for bringing your unique gifts and your unique self to this community.  
OUR CARING CONGREGATION
JOYS AND SORROWS

A joy shared by Sally Babbitt
Joy having become a member of the Windsor of Savoy community. This was made possible by the purchase of my condo to Andrew and Qing McDermott.
SOCIAL ACTION NEWS
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 .

During the month of June Sunday services’ shared offerings will support About Face: People of Color Committee.

As veterans of color intimately familiar with the inner workings of the world’s largest military and the social/racial challenges present all around us, About Face: People of Color Committee use their knowledge and experiences to expose the truth about these conflicts overseas and the growing militarization of our communities here at home.
[RE-WRITING/RE-RIGHTING] CASSANDRA
September 16 - December 7 2019, Urbana IL

School for Designing a Society, Gesundheit Institute, and Dr. Patch Adams are looking for people from all walks of life who will commit to responding to this prophetic, Oct. 8 2018 announcement by the United Nations Committee on Global Climate Change: “ We have 12 years left to limit climate change catastrophe.” Responses will be seriously playful - no doom and gloom (but maybe goom and dloom) - as a strategy to elicit focus and involvement of others.

Might YOU be interested? CLICK HERE to learn about the project (and the mythological Cassandra), and to apply.
HOUSING NEEDED FOR [RE-WRITING/RE-RIGHTING] CASSANDRA PARTICIPANTS

The Gesundheit Institute are looking for housing for out-of-state/out-of-country participants in the [Re-Writing/Re-Righting] Cassandra project, starting Sept. 16, ending Dec. 7 2019. Might you have a spare bedroom to offer, for free, to one of these participants? Access to a kitchen for preparing meals would also be welcome. The [Re-Writing/Re-Righting] Cassandra project is a climate change initiative organized by the local non-profit, School for Designing a Society. Thus initiative invites participants to focus and to respond---creatively and practically-- to the United Nations Committee on Global Climate Change warning: “We have 12 years left to limit climate change catastrophe”. Participants are coming from all walks of life and different countries to dedicate their time, imagination, and soul to participate in this initiative—they're not paid to attend, nor do they pay.

Please contact Susan Parenti if you have housing, or would like to know more. Susan can be reached via email at susanroseparenti@gmail.com or via phone at 217-344-1439.
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, June 20
Racial Justice Project Meeting / 5:00 p.m. / Library
Membership Committee Meeting / 5:30 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
Reflective Writing Circle / 7:00 p.m. / Library

Friday, June 21
No events

Saturday, June 22
Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group / 11:30 a.m. / Library
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 p.m. / Classroom #1

Sunday, June 23
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 a.m. / Library
Mindfulness Meditation Group / 9:00 a.m. / YRUU Classroom
Nursery / 10:00 a.m. / Classroom #4
Summer RE / 10:15 a.m. / Classroom #1, Children's Chapel
Sunday Service / 10:15 a.m. / Fellowship Hall
Young Adult Group / 11:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall
Medicare For All (co-sponsored by UUCUC) / 1:00 p.m. / Champaign Public Library
Racial Justice Project Presents The Long Shadow / 2:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall

Monday, June 24
Bridge Group / 1:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
Trust Fund Trustees Meeting / 7:30 p.m. / Library

Tuesday, June 25
(DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 a.m. / Classroom #4
BOT Study Session / 7:00 p.m. / Classroom #1

Wednesday, June 26
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon, the latest.
UU Playgroup / 9:00 a.m. / Classroom #4
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
Cruuner's Rehearsal / 6:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
Dream Team Purpose Sub-Team Meeting / 6:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
Dream Team Meeting / 7:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
 
Thursday, June 27
UU Women's Lunch Group / 11:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall
RE Task Force / 6:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Next eNews: June 27, 2019
Last day for content: Wednesday June 26 by noon the latest.

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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
Minister
Kate Barton
Facilities & Events Coordinator
Sherry Bohlen
Membership Manager
Brian Franklin
Congregational Administration Manager
Matthew Gladden
Assistant Music Director
Michele Townsend Grove
Interim Director of Religious Education
Kelsey Libert
Childcare Coordinator
Emily McKown
Youth Coordinator
Matt Sheppard
Music Director
Shornor Vineyard
Custodian and Building Caretaker