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HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND AT UUCUC
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.
UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES 
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.
UU HAPPY HOUR GET-TOGETHER!
Thursday, June 27 2019 at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Triptych Brewing in Savoy

Join us at Triptych Brewing, today, June 27th for the UU Happy Hour. Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat, and relax. Triptych is located at 1703 Woodfield Dr., Savoy.

They don’t have food but you are welcome to bring something. For more information about the Happy Hour Group contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm.
NEW AMERICAN WELCOME 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 event and to register, CLICK HERE
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

The UUA General Assembly 2019 meeting took place in beautiful Spokane, Washington, June 19-23. We had several members from UUCUC attend the meeting leaving it feeling inspired, with further knowledge to help them carry on the work of Unitarian Universalism in our congregation and community.
Dave Sutton proudly carries our church banner during the Banner Parade!
Some of the beautiful church banners from across the country displayed proudly.
Some of the beautiful church banners from across the country displayed proudly.
General Assembly delegates Thom Bohlen & Emily McKown take a break from voting. Thank you Emily and Thom for your work!
Doug Jones, Thom Bohlen & Sherry Bohlen in General Assembly Exhibit Hall. Between meetings, it was time to catch up with friends!
Michele Grove celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Church of the Larger Fellowship where she was just elected as a trustee. 
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED ON THURSDAY, JULY 4

The church office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in recognition of the national Independence Day holiday. Regular office hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. will resume on Friday, July 5.
ADDED TO RECYCLING - CFL LIGHT BULBS

You can now recycle your CFL light bulbs as well as your batteries, printer toner and/or ink cartridges. Place these items in the box in back of Fellowship Hall and they will be taken to the appropriate place for recycling. Styrofoam for recycling can be left outside Classroom 1 in the basement.
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
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION THANK YOU!
From Michele Grove

If you served as a religious education leader or supporter this past year, there is a bag full of “thank yous” in the Fellowship Hall under the RE bulletin board. Please stop by and pick it up! 

Thank you for all you share with UUCUC!
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 Erich Adickes
Dean and Hannah, my son and his girlfriend, were here for a week of celebration - father's day, her birthday, and life with Hannah's folks, Bunny and John.

A joy shared by Chris Hannauer and Jody Hanger
So proud of our son Ben, who was named to the second team All-Area baseball team by the News-Gazette.

A sorrow shared by Marie McEnroe
My sister has just moved into a nursing home. She has spent the last several years living at home, with my parents as her caretakers. This move came sooner than we expected, and will be a big change for everyone. I hope it will give the opportunity for her to have a more typical parent/daughter relationship with my parents. Please keep all of us in your thoughts during this transition.
LGBTQ WELCOME TEAM NEWS
A PIVOTAL EVENT IN LGBTQ HISTORY
From Jerry Carden

The Stonewall Inn riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against police raids. This particular raid began the wee hours of June 28, 1969 and lasted 3 days. The Stonewall, owned by the mafia, was turned into a gay bar in 1966. It had no liquor license but existed because of weekly cash payoffs to police. The bar was a dive. Regular raids were purported to enforce the ‘three piece clothing’ law. A patron had to be wearing at least three pieces that matched their gender. For details on the law: https://www.history.com/news/stonewall-riots-lgbtq-drag-three-article-rule.

The law was used against women dressed as men, and men dressed as women. The Stonewall Inn attracted the most marginalized members of the LGBTQ community. Two drag queens of color, Marsha P Johnson, black, and Sylvia Rivera, Latina, are credited with sparking the revolt. The event is credited as the beginning of the modern gay liberation movement. 
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.
BRING BACKPACKS TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY, JULY 21!

The Worship Service on Sunday, July 21st will be led by the Immigration Justice Task Force!. That Sunday also will be our "coming out party" to members and friends with opportunities to join us, and participate in our work. One of the projects we’ll be rolling out is our partnership with the Latino Parent Liaison of Urbana School District ##16, who has asked us to create welcome kits for undocumented minors attending school next year. 

We need backpacks to fill with clothes, shoes, blanket, hygiene products, and other items we’re purchasing with money from the Social Acton Committee budget. If you can, bring a backpack (neutral in color and large enough for a teen) on July 21, and leave it at the Social Acton Committee Table. Thank you!  
[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.
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 27
RE Task Force / 6:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1

Friday, June 28
New American Welcome Center Advocacy Training / 11:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall

Saturday, June 29
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 p.m. / Classroom #1

Sunday, June 30
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
RE Task Force Lunch Meeting / 12:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel

Monday, July 1
Bridge Group / 1:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel

Tuesday, July 2
(DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 a.m. / Classroom #4
Safety Through Solidarity: Building a Hate-Free Community / 6:45 p.m. / Central Illinois Mosque & Islamic Center

Wednesday, July 3
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
 
Thursday, July 4
UUCUC Office Closed
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Next eNews: July 5, 2019
Last day for content: Wednesday July 3 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 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