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Sunday, May 28, 2017

“. . .And I Thank You” – 9:15 and 11:00am
In his final day in the pulpit as the Ministerial Intern, Kevin DeBeck reflects on the lessons he’s learned in his time at UCE

May 19, 2017

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UCE Social Justice Organizing Events

UCE Organizing Team news and opportunities – CRS, Prison Ministry, UUANI, Green Team

The UCE Social Justice Organizing Team organizes for turnout at many UCE social justice events, including CRS, UUANI, Green Team, Prison Ministry, REAL Team, etc.  Here are some news and events to know about:

CRS (Community Renewal Society) – On May 9th seven UCE members joined hundreds of others from Community Renewal Society for our annual mass trip to the capitol.   We talked with legislators about the CRS platform items on employment opportunities for people with records, police accountability, and violence prevention.  The expansion of employment opportunities bill HB2373 had passed the House and is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate on May 16, so is looking good!

UCE is working with five other nearby CRS congregations in Evanston, Glenview, and Glencoe to see how we can work together on local issues.

The UU Prison Ministry of Illinois will hold part two of “Radical Hospitality” soon at UCE, on welcoming returning citizens at church and partnering with them to transition into life outside of prison.  We are setting up support circles and other re-entry support for returning citizens. To be involved with this project please contact Dale Griffin.  We are holding covenant groups at Cook County Jail and have just been approved to do the same soon at the Logan Correctional Center, a women’s prison in Lincoln, IL, which is great news.

UUANI (UU Advocacy Network of Illinois held a workshop before the MidAmerica Regional Assembly, on “Talking the Walk” with Kathleen McTigue, Director of the UU College of Social Justice, and Scott Aaseng, Executive Director of the UUANI (UU Advocacy Network of Illinois),   Over 50 people attended, and learned some things about putting our social action efforts into words that tie to our values.    Contact Scott Aaseng to receive weekly emails that make it easy to join other UUANI supporters on timely advocacy on racial, economic and environmental justice, and more!

The Green Team and organizing team encouraged UCE participation in the April 22 March for Science and the April 29 People’s Climate March.  Thanks to all who participated.

For more information on any of these please contact Dale Griffin or other participants.  [email protected]

Sunday, May 21, 2017

“Music Sunday” – 9:15 and 11:00am
Come to services and hear the UCE Choir and guest soloists sing a rich assortment of spirituals. In addition, Bret will share his insights and thoughts that will help us to see ever greater depths in this great American art form.

May 12, 2017

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

“What I Believe In” – 9:15 and 11:00am
Participants in our “Journeys: Boston and Beyond” coming-of-age program will offer their responses to the question “What do you believe in (today), not just in your head but in your life?” As they continue learning to develop and act upon their own beliefs, our seventh- and eighth-grade students will present their credo statements.

May 5, 2017

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UCE Organizing Team actions – CRS, Prison Ministry, UUANI, Green Team

 

UCE has a new, more unified approach to organizing for justice – we are using the reconstituted UCE Organizing Team to organize turnout for many UCE social justice events, including CRS, UUANI, Green Team, Prison Ministry, REAL Team, etc.  Here are some events to know about:

CRS (Community Renewal Society) – This Tuesday, May 9th join Community Renewal Society for our annual mass trip to the capitol.   We have a bus leaving from UCE at 6 a.m., returning about 7 p.m.  Contact Dale Griffin or Doug Erickson for more information or to RSVP! This year’s action will focus on employment opportunities for people with records, violence prevention, implementing the Fair Cops Ordinance in Chicago, and resolving the budget impasse fairly.

The UU Prison Ministry of Illinois held a workshop on “Radical Hospitality” April 22 at UCE, on welcoming returning citizens at church and partnering with them to transition into life outside of prison. To be involved with this project please contact Dale Griffin.

UUANI (UU Advocacy Network of Illinois) is supporting the UU Prison Ministry as part of UUANI’s racial justice work.  A bill to limit the use of solitary confinement may be nearing a vote in the Illinois House. Almost 150 witness slips from UUANI supporters and others helped get the bill out of committee last month, and a recent successful lobby day netted another six co-sponsors. Help push this bill over the top by emailing and, if possible, calling your representatives.  Click this link to send an email and find your representative’s phone number to call in support of HB 259, the Isolated Confinement Restriction Act: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51510/c/321/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21967

The Green Team and organizing team encouraged UCE participation in the April 22 March for Science and the April 29 People’s Climate March.  Thanks to all who participated.

For more information on any of these please contact Dale Griffin or other participants.  [email protected]

Sunday, May 7, 2017

“White Supremacy Teach In” – 9:15 and 11:00am
This Sunday our congregation joins a large, growing group of Unitarian Universalists who will shift our regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy. Led by UCE’s Beloved Conversations group, our community will be participating with hundreds of UU churches around the country in this large-scale historic action.

April 28, 2017

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