Christianity Discussion Group
Do you wish to learn more about and discuss Jesus of Nazareth as part of your spiritual growth here at UCE? Many Unitarian Universalists have joined our church after experiencing years in a Protestant or Catholic religious environment. Some of us have come to UCE after years of exposure to a Christianity that seemed hollow, not believable, or overly guilt inducing, leading many of us to completely reject the religion we grew up with. But has there been something left behind that we wish to revisit, some ideas we want to examine with a spiritual sensibility different than what we may have left years ago?
This group will offer an opportunity for participants to share through discussion the ideas and meaning of Jesus in a UU context. Our approach will be non-judgmental, exploring religious questions for people who may or may not believe in the divinity of Jesus.
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Join us for a weekly “after work” meditation group every Thursday night from 5:30-7:00pm at UCE.
We will have a 20-minute sitting meditation, followed by walking, then a second sitting meditation, followed by a half-hour discussion on a short provided text. Rev. Bret Lortie will lead the group at least twice a month, with members of the group leading on other Thursdays. Generally this will be led in the Insight (or Vipassana) tradition, but other traditions will be respected and perhaps explored by participants. The group is open and anyone can join us on any Thursday evening they are able. Contact Rev. Bret to be put on the mailing list for readings and information. Drop ins welcome any time.
One of our two major church fundraisers, we gather for an exciting evening bidding on donated gifts, treasures, and special events. This is a fun event for the whole family. The Serendipity Auction takes place in November each year. Contact: Tom Hempfling. Click here for more information.
Every spring, our church is transformed for one week into a center for high quality recycling, community building and fundraising. Excellent volunteer opportunity – set up is the last week of April and the sale is the first weekend of May. Contact: Maggie Wilson and Nancy Lee. Click here for more information.
Every member of the church has been invited to participate in one of 13 Teams, each team taking 4 Sundays a year to perform the roles of greeting, ushering, food prep and clean up, AV. These larger areas are broken up to many small tasks that are easy, fun for all members of the family and take 20-30 minutes (mostly). Here is a link to a document that includes a blank sign up sheet that leaders can use and detailed instructions of all the roles. If you don’t know what team you are on, contact Eileen Wiviott at [email protected] If you aren’t on a team but want to join one, we will gladly add you! Click here for more information.
Ecstatic Dance takes place the third Monday of each month. Ecstatic dance is free-form movement inspired by music which allows our bodies to move freely without judgment and develops a direct body-spirit connection. It’s about being present with your own energy and discovering your own inner dance using movement and energetic experience to release stuck patterns in your body, emotions, mind and spirit. Contact: Cindy Lortie
Chris Isely Cancer Support Group
Renamed in honor of its founder, the cancer care group provides a safe and nurturing place for members to share their experiences with cancer or terminal illness. Whether you are in treatment now, or have experienced cancer with a loved one, come with a caring heart. Contact: Brian Meister
YOUNG ADULT GROUP
The Young Adult Group (ages 18-35) is an opportunity to meet in a smaller group setting to explore Unitarian Universalism and spirituality while building stronger ties within the community. Young Adults meet at the round tables at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m. Look for the Young Adult Group sign. We are also planning other events and would love to have you join us. Join the UCE Young Adult Facebook Group or contact [email protected] for more information.
8:15am on Sunday Mornings (9:00am in the summer) and 9:30am on Wednesday Mornings
Yoga at UCE is designed to reduce stress, bring relaxation, increase range of motion, and find balance – restorative yoga. If you never have done yoga before, this is your opportunity. Drop in, wear comfortable clothing for stretching, and try it. Yoga is learned by doing. Community yoga mats provided if needed.
UCE 35-50 SOCIAL GROUP
UCE 35-50 Social Group
This group of adults ages 35-50 meets just for the fun of it. See the UCE Newsletter or Order of Service for notices of planned activities.
We’d love to meet you!
Singles / Couples / Got Kids / Still Feel Like a Kid: all are welcome. 🙂
Email [email protected] for more information or to join our email list.
RECENTLY RETIRED (BUT NEVER RETIRING) WOMEN
Join us on the 4th Tuesday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm of every month if you:
- Have retired within the last 5 years or so OR
- are planning to retire within the next 2 years.
For the first 30 minutes, there is a potluck dinner with lots of conversation and camaraderie. For the next 30 minutes, one woman discusses a topic she has selected (a few examples: volunteering, Medicare, elderly parent responsibilities). For the last 30 minutes, we all discuss that same topic.
For information/questions: Margie Rogasner [email protected]
NIGHT OF THE ARTS
Rosemary Zwick Night of the Arts – Saturday, February 11
Come to the Rosemary Zwick Night of the Arts! The sanctuary will be filled with people of all ages enjoying a variety of art projects. Some projects will be individual for taking home, and some will be group projects for display. Make a valentine for your honey, make an artistic creation to take home, enjoy music and noshes, and ward off the winter blahs. It may be cold outside, but we’ll keep it warm and cozy inside making art. The cost is $5.00 per person, or $15.00 per family.
If you have any questions or want more information contact Johna or Will Van Dyke.
UCE has several “neighborhood groups,” groups of members and friends who live near one another. They get together 3 or 4 times a year for a potluck supper in the home of a member. The groups are South Evanston, Northwest Evanston, Central Evanston, North Evanston, Northwest Suburbs, and Lincoln Square, Chicago and LURE (Lakeview, Uptown, Rogers Park, Edgewater)
South Evanston Group – (south of Greenwood in Evanston) Barbara Butz
Central Evanston Group – (Greenwood Ave. north to Emerson, and east of McDaniel/McCormick) Gay Menges
North Evanston Group – (North of Emerson, east of McDaniel) – Noel Yovovich
Lincoln Square Group – Linda LaPlante
NW Suburbs Group – Eileen Wiviott
LURE (Lake View, Uptown, Rogers Park, Edgewater, and friends) – Marty Flint and Jean Durkin
The UCE choir sings at the 11am service three Sundays a month from September through June. All singers from Junior High School age through adult who can carry a tune (match pitches) are welcome to participate. The choir sings music in a wide range of musical styles and a variety of languages. We work hard and have fun, all in a supportive environment. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from 7:30-9pm and new members are welcome on an ongoing basis. Please Contact: Vickie Hellyer, Choir Director
An essential and nourishing aspect of our community, the music program helps to coordinate special musical events and musical contributions to the worship service. Contact: Lynn Kendall
The Men’s Group meets throughout the year on alternate Sundays at 7 p.m. at UCE for sharing from the heart and discussion of a topic selected by the evening’s host. Each spring after April 15, the Men’s Group holds a weekend retreat to which all men of the church are invited. Contact Dave Woods, [email protected]
The Greenwood Investment Group, member of the National Association of Investors Corporation (NAIC), is a partnership of individuals interested in learning about and practicing good investment strategies. We maintain a single portfolio, making decisions for investment by majority vote. Members commit to participating fully as a partner in the business of the group. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of a month at 7:30 p.m. at UCE. Inquirers are invited to sit in on a meeting before deciding whether to become a partner. Contact Hillis Howie, [email protected].
This dinner series are in members’ homes. They are a wonderful way to get to know other members and form friendships in a relaxed social setting. Coordinators for Friendship Dinners are Gay Menges and Luanne Vanderpool. Learn more at the Guest & Member Services Table; watch announcements for more information and dates.
UCE Fall Weekend
The longest running social activity of the church. Enjoy each other’s company in shared meals and games, consider personal spiritual direction in workshops and worship in a beautiful setting. Usually the first weekend of October. Contact: Peg Boccard. Click here for more information.
CRACKERBARREL DISCUSSION GROUP
The Crackerbarrel Discussion Group is UCE’s long-running Sunday morning discussion forum. Group members suggest topics and a schedule is set up approximately a month in advance. Topics and approaches to their exploration are as varied as the interests and backgrounds of those who attend. The Group’s purpose is stated in the fourth UU Principle in which “we affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” It is also reflected in our UCE covenant to “seek the truth in love.” In our Crackerbarrel sessions, therefore, opinions are freely expressed, but civility is emphasized.
Come, listen, and talk if you like. During each session, we try to balance the discussion to include opposing views and those who have not yet spoken. Please join us.
Groups of about 10 people that meet, usually monthly, to bring members into right relationship, to share, listen, develop friendships and serve the larger world. Groups meet at various times at the church, and some at members’ homes. Contact: Eileen Wiviott, Membership Director. Click here for more information.
CARING PROGRAM AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATES
The mission of the Caring Program is to connect church members with each other during times of need. Members can provide a meal or a ride; visit those who are ill or welcoming a new member into the family, or meet a range of other short-term needs. Upon request, the committee will organize a reception after a memorial service. To learn more, contact Lois Taft, [email protected]
Pastoral Associates work with the ministers to strengthen and enhance the ministry of our congregation, helping to ensure that our shut-in, ailing, and older members receive regular visits and care, while deepening Associates’ own spiritual lives. For more information contact Rev. Grant, [email protected]
The Bridge Group gathers twice a month, 1st & 3rd Fridays, at 8 p.m. at the church for an evening of contract bridge. Partners are guaranteed. No need to register, just come.
Non-Fiction Book Group
Meets the fourth Sunday each month at 12:30pm, discussing books selected by members of the group. Contact: John Poust. Click here to see the schedule for the Non-Fiction Book Group.
Fiction Book Group
The group meets on the third Friday of the month at the church, 7:30-9 p.m. All are welcome! Books are generally available for purchase at a 20% discount at the Book H Bookstore on Sunday, where news about upcoming reads for all reading groups may be had. Contact: Margaret Shaklee and Hillis Howie. Click here to see the schedule for the Fiction Book Group.
UCE ADDICTIONS MINISTRY
We are a group of people who have struggled with our own addiction and the addictions of others. We hope to struggle well together as we work towards finding sanity, peace, love, and healthy relationships in our lives. We will strive to spend our time together in the spirit of love, embracing the inherent worth and dignity of all. We accept and respective the varied paths our members will take to find sanity, peace, love, and healthy relationships. We covenant to be together in a safe, confidential environment where we can explore our paths and our stories.
We meet at the church, every Thursday night 7:00-8:30 pm. The group is open to church members and friends who are age 18 and older.
We have a resource list for those under 18.
Additional resources in the wider world.
If you would like to see how we organize our meetings, we archive our meeting agenda’s at http://www.uceamg.org/