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BEACON November 2010 - Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation

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The monthly newsletter of the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Park, Illinios. www.unitytemple.org.
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BEACON
U
NITY
T
EMPLE
U
NITARIAN
U
NIVERSALIST
C
ONGREGATION
 
November 2010
F
ROM
R
EV
. A
LAN
T
AYLOR
 
I
 
 just
 
returned
 
from
 
the
 
Service
 
of 
 
Ordination
 
and
 
Installation
 
of 
 
the
 
Second
 
Congregational
 
Society
 
Unitarian
 
Universalist
 
in
 
Concord,
 
New
 
Hampshire,
 
where
 
our
 
former
 
intern,
 
Michael
 
Leuchtenberger,
 
now
 
serves.
 
The
 
celebration
 
brought
 
several
 
of 
 
Michael’s
 
colleagues
 
and
 
friends
 
to
 
 join
 
his
 
congregation
 
in
 
celebrating
 
this
 
significant
 
milestone,
 
including
 
Marty
 
Swisher,
 
who
 
directed
 
the
 
choir,
 
and
 
Jack
 
Rossiter
Munley,
 
who
 
provided
 
a
 
welcome.
 
Michael
 
has
 
been,
 
for
 
many
 
of 
 
us,
 
a
 
teacher
 
of 
 
embracing
 
 joy
 
and
 
play.
 
The
 
service
 
embodied
 
that
 
spirit.
 
The
 
morning
 
prior
 
to
 
this
 
service,
 
I
 
preached
 
at
 
the
 
First
 
Unitarian
 
Church
 
of 
 
Worcester,
 
the
 
church
 
where
 
I
 
served
 
as
 
an
 
intern
 
13
 
years
 
ago.
 
It
 
was
 
surprising
 
to
 
see
 
how
 
much
 
people
 
change
 
in
 
13
 
years!
 
I
 
addressed
 
what
 
I
 
learned
 
from
 
them
 
and
 
what
 
I
 
believe
 
we
 
as
 
Unitarian
 
Universalists
 
need
 
to
 
do
 
if 
 
we
 
are
 
to
 
thrive.
 
If 
 
you
 
listened
 
to
 
my
 
Embracing
 
Diversity
 
sermon,
 
you
 
may
 
recall
 
the
 
three
 
shifts
 
that
 
I
 
suggested
 
we
 
need
 
to
 
make
 
as
 
we
 
seek
 
to
 
become
 
more
 
multiracial
 
and
 
multicul
tural.
 
The
 
more
 
I
 
think
 
about
 
those
 
three
 
shifts,
 
the
 
more
 
I
 
believe
 
these
 
three
 
shifts
 
are
 
important
 
in
 
all
 
that
 
we
 
do:
 
1)
 
moving
 
from
 
a
 
place
 
of 
 
political
 
correctness
 
to
 
embracing
 
our
 
theological
 
vision;
 
2)
 
to
 
shift
 
from
 
being
 
and
 
leading
 
from
 
not
 
only
 
the
 
head
 
but
 
also
 
to
 
the
 
heart
 
and
 
gut;
 
and
 
3)
 
to
 
shift
 
from
 
operating
 
from
 
a
 
place
 
of 
 
anxiety,
 
guilt,
 
and
 
shame
 
to
 
operating
 
from
 
a
 
place
 
of 
 
 joy.
 
Reflecting
 
on
 
the
 
past
 
sermon
 
series
 
that
 
explored
 
core
 
functions
 
and
 
ministries
 
of 
 
our
 
congregation,
 
I
 
am
 
curious
 
where
 
the
 
source
 
of 
 
your
 
 joy
 
is
 
calling
 
you.
 
Do
 
you
 
have
 
excitement
 
for
 
gathering
 
with
 
others
 
to
 
address
 
one
 
of 
 
the
 
following
 
questions?
 
What
 
clears
 
the
 
way
 
for
 
us
 
to
 
embrace
 
change
 
and
 
creativity,
 
as
 
individuals
 
and
 
as
 
a
 
community?
 
Given
 
how
 
many
 
people
 
long
 
for
 
connection,
 
how
 
can
 
we
 
expand
 
our
 
ministries
 
to
 
foster
 
community?
 
As
 
religious
 
ideology
 
divides
 
many
 
people,
 
where
 
and
 
how
 
shall
 
we
 
build
 
bridges
 
of 
 
interfaith
 
cooperation?
 
How
 
can
 
our
 
ministries
 
of 
 
faith
 
development
 
and
 
social
 
mission
 
cultivate
 
ever
 
more
 
courage
 
and
 
conscience?
 
Will
 
we
 
embrace
 
diversity,
 
particularly
 
cultural
 
and
 
racial
 
diversity?
 
To
 
what
 
are
 
we
 
being
 
called
 
as
 
a
 
community?
 
Let
 
me
 
know
 
where
 
the
 
source
 
of 
 
your
 
 joy
 
is
 
calling
 
you
 
among
 
these
 
questions
 
and
 
I
 
will
 
gladly
 
put
 
you
 
in
 
touch
 
with
 
others
 
who
 
share
 
this.
 
As
 
for
 
the
 
last
 
of 
 
these
 
questions,
 
this
 
is
 
for
 
the
 
board
 
leadership.
 
Be
 
in
 
touch
 
with
 
your
 
board
 
leaders
 
to
 
help
 
them
 
discern
 
to
 
where
 
we
 
are
 
being
 
called
 
together.
 
On
 
November
 
7,
 
our
 
congregation
 
will
 
celebrate
 
the
 
Installation
 
of 
 
Rev.
 
Emily
 
Gage
 
as
 
Minister
 
of 
 
Faith
 
Development.
 
This
 
word,
 
“installation,”
 
may
 
conjure
 
up
 
some
 
strange
 
images,
 
but
 
I
 
guarantee
 
you,
 
it
 
will
 
be
 
a
 
celebration
 
of 
 
 joy!
 
Don’t
 
miss
 
it!
 
Warmly,
 
Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregationinvites you to celebrate with usas we installThe Reverend Emily Lauren Gage as ourMinister of Faith Development
Sunday, the seventh of November, 20105 o’clock in the eveningUnity Temple875 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301708-848-6225RSVP to installation@unitytemple.orgA reception will follow in Unity HouseChildren are welcome to the service and reception.Childcare also provided.
 
2
 
 
The
 
Beacon
 
From Duane Dowell, President
president@unitytemple.org
 
I
 
n
 
this
 
third
 
installment
 
of 
 
Policy
 
Governance
 
101,
 
the
 
Board’s
 
series
 
on
 
our
 
church’s
 
governance
 
model,
 
we
 
will
 
discuss
 
the
 
Board’s
 
role
 
in
 
our
 
church.
 
You
 
may
 
remember
 
from
 
our
 
last
 
article
 
that
 
our
 
congregation
 
operates
 
under
 
the
 
Carver
 
Model
 
of 
 
Policy
 
Governance.
 
According
 
to
 
John
 
and
 
Miriam
 
Carver,
 
the
 
Board
 
has
 
three
 
main
 
functions:
 
Representing
 
the
 
congregation
 
to
 
the
 
Chief 
 
of 
 
Staff 
 
(Senior
 
Minister);
 
Defining
 
operating
 
policies
 
for
 
the
 
Church;
 
Monitoring
 
the
 
Chief 
 
of 
 
Staff’s
 
(Senior
 
Minister)
 
performance.
 
Let’s
 
take
 
a
 
look
 
at
 
each
 
of 
 
these
 
functions.
 
First,
 
representing
 
the
 
congregation
 
to
 
the
 
Senior
 
Minister:
 
The
 
Board
 
of 
 
Trustees,
 
an
 
elected
 
body,
 
obtains
 
its
 
authority
 
from
 
and
 
is
 
accountable
 
to
 
the
 
members
 
of 
 
the
 
church.
 
Acting
 
on
 
behalf 
 
of 
 
the
 
congregation
 
informs
 
the
 
Board’s
 
policies
 
and
 
decisions.
 
Board
 
members
 
take
 
their
 
representative
 
roles
 
very
 
seriously
 
and
 
work
 
hard
 
to
 
keep
 
their
 
“fingers
 
on
 
the
 
pulse”
 
of 
 
the
 
congregation.
 
Secondly,
 
defining
 
operating
 
policies
 
for
 
the
 
church:
 
The
 
Board
 
is
 
also
 
responsible
 
for
 
holding
 
the
 
vision
 
of 
 
the
 
church
 
and
 
representing
 
members’
 
interests
 
to
 
the
 
Senior
 
Minister
 
about
 
what
 
the
 
church
 
should
 
be
 
and
 
stand
 
for.
 
The
 
Board
 
communicates
 
this
 
vision
 
through
 
the
 
Ends
 
Statements,
 
written
 
outcomes
 
that
 
describe
 
“What
 
does
 
our
 
church
 
look
 
like
 
when
 
we
 
excel
 
at
 
doing
 
Worship/Religious
 
Education/Caring
 
Community,
 
etc.?”
 
These
 
statements
 
are
 
visionary:
 
they
 
address
 
outcomes,
 
not
 
implementation.
 
The
 
Senior
 
Minister,
 
working
 
with
 
the
 
staff,
 
develops
 
the
 
programs
 
and
 
methods
 
for
 
achieving
 
the
 
Ends
 
or
 
outcomes.
 
And
 
finally,
 
Monitoring
 
the
 
Senior
 
Minister’s
 
performance:
 
According
 
the
 
Policy
 
Governance
 
model,
 
the
 
Senior
 
Minister’s
 
performance
 
is
 
measured
 
through
 
the
 
achievement
 
of 
 
the
 
Ends
 
Statements.
 
In
 
other
 
words,
 
how
 
well
 
is
 
the
 
church
 
meeting
 
its
 
stated
 
outcomes?
 
The
 
Board
 
uses
 
several
 
methods
 
of 
 
measurement
 
including
 
congregational
 
surveys,
 
regular
 
reports
 
from
 
the
 
Senior
 
Minister,
 
assessment
 
of 
 
goals
 
and
 
accomplishments
 
and
 
evaluation
 
tools.
 
(cont 
 
on
 
 page
 
3)
 
Are YOU New? Welcome!
Introduction
 
to
 
Unitarian
 
Universalism
 
This
 
course
 
is
 
the
 
prerequisite
 
for
 
Pathways
 
to
 
Membership
 
sessions,
 
and
 
is
 
for
 
anyone
 
who
 
would
 
like
 
to
 
learn
 
more
 
about
 
Unitarian
 
Universalism
 
philosophy,
 
identity,
 
history
 
and
 
theology.
 
For
 
information
 
and
 
to
 
register
 
for
 
this
 
class,
 
contact
 
Sue
 
Stock
 
at
 
membership@unitytemple.org
 
or
 
708
445
0306.
 
Instructor
 
is
 
Rev.
 
Alan
 
Taylor.
 
Next
 
class
 
date:
 
Sunday,
 
November
 
7,
 
from
 
1
 
to
 
3
 
p.m.
 
Location:
 
Unity
 
House.
 
Cost:
 
No
 
charge.
 
The
 
December
 
class
 
is
 
scheduled
 
for
 
December
 
5
.
 
 
Pathways
 
to
 
Membership
 
This
 
two
session
 
class
 
is
 
for
 
those
 
who
 
have
 
already
 
taken
 
Intro
 
to
 
UU.
 
It
 
focuses
 
on
 
our
 
congregation
 
and
 
its
 
programs.
 
Participants
 
will
 
have
 
opportunities
 
to
 
discuss
 
their
 
personal
 
attitudes
 
and
 
beliefs
 
about
 
religion
 
and
 
spirituality
 
and
 
to
 
share
 
these
 
with
 
others
 
in
 
the
 
class.
 
For
 
more
 
information
 
and
 
to
 
register
 
for
 
this
 
class,
 
contact
 
Rob
 
Bellmar
 
at
 
rbellmar@gmail.com
 
or
 
708
763
0260.
 
Next
 
class
 
dates:
 
Sundays,
 
November
 
14
 
and
 
21,
 
from
 
1
 
to
 
4:30
 
p.m.
 
Location:
 
Unity
 
House
 
Cost:
 
$20.
 
There
 
are
 
no
 
Pathways
 
sessions
 
scheduled
 
for
 
Decem
ber.
 
The
 
first
 
opportunity
 
of 
 
the
 
New
 
Year?
 
January
 
16
 
and
 
23,
 
2011.
 
 
For 
 
 free
 
childcare
 
at 
 
all 
 
of 
 
these
 
opportunities,
 
contact 
 
childcare@unitytemple.org
 
at 
 
least 
 
one
 
week
 
in
 
advance.
 
B
OARD
 
OF
T
RUSTEES
 M
EMBERSHIP
O
PPORTUNITIES
 I
NSIDE
T
HIS
I
SSUE
 
Membership
 
Opportunities
 
2
 
Board
 
of 
 
Trustees
 
2
 
Community
 
Minister
 
3
 
Religious
 
Education
 
News
 
4
 
Adult
 
Religious
 
Enrichment
 
5
 
Ex
 
Libris
 
5
 
Music
 
Program
 
News
 
6
 
UTUUC
 
Constitutional
 
Amendment
 
6
 
Chalice
 
Circles
 
7
 
Social
 
Mission
 
8
 
Auction
 
2010:
 
Unity
 
by
 
Design
 
8
 
UT
 
Restoration
 
Foundation
 
Events
 
9
 
The
 
Business
 
of 
 
Archiving
 
10
 
November
 
Events
 
Not
 
To
 
Miss
 
11
 
 
November
 
2010
 
 
3
 
F
ROM
 
THE
C
OMMUNITY
 M
INISTER
 
From Rev. Clare Butterfield
Community Minister
Clare@faithinplace.org
S
 
omeone
 
sent
 
me
 
an
 
email
 
this
 
morning
 
with
 
pictures
 
of 
 
President
 
Obama’s
 
daughters
 
outside
 
the
 
White
 
House
 
with
 
the
 
First
 
Dog,
 
waiting
 
for
 
their
 
Dad
 
to
 
come
 
home
 
and
 
then
 
running
 
to
 
greet
 
him.
 
And
 
they
 
made
 
me
 
wonder
 
how
 
we
 
got
 
to
 
this
 
place
 
in
 
American
 
politics,
 
when
 
we
 
have
 
forgotten
 
that
 
our
 
President
 
is
 
a
 
man,
 
a
 
father
 
and
 
husband,
 
in
 
whose
 
care
 
are
 
these
 
pretty
 
daughters.
 
To
 
hear
 
him
 
talked
 
about
 
in
 
the
 
press
 
is
 
to
 
picture
 
something
 
not
 
quite
 
human,
 
dangerous
 
and
 
terrifying.
 
Vilifying
 
the
 
opposition
 
is
 
not
 
the
 
sole
 
purview
 
of 
 
the
 
conservative
 
side
 
of 
 
the
 
political
 
spectrum
 
lately,
 
either.
 
I
 
define
 
myself 
 
as
 
on
 
the
 
progressive
 
side
 
of 
 
the
 
scale
 
but
 
that
 
doesn’t
 
make
 
me
 
immune
 
from
 
seeing
 
the
 
other
 
side
 
as
 
a
 
caricature
 
when
 
it
 
suits
 
my
 
purposes.
 
How
 
many
 
times
 
has
 
the
 
Nazi
 
comparison
 
been
 
made
 
this
 
election
 
cycle?
 
It
 
is
 
the
 
furthest
 
outpost
 
of 
 
rhetoric
 
after
 
all,
 
and
 
a
 
sign
 
that
 
all
 
standards
 
for
 
critical
 
thinking
 
have
 
truly
 
been
 
bypassed.
 
Those
 
of 
 
us
 
who
 
prefer
 
logic,
 
reason,
 
compassion,
 
and
 
an
 
assumption
 
that
 
the
 
intentions
 
of 
 
others
 
are
 
benign
 
are
 
feeling
 
a
 
bit
 
lost
 
in
 
the
 
weeds
 
these
 
days.
 
“Do
 
they
 
not
 
have
 
grandchildren?”
 
I
 
ask
 
myself,
 
but
 
that
 
is
 
my
 
anger
 
talking.
 
My
 
faith
 
teaches
 
me
 
that
 
when
 
I
 
encounter
 
the
 
other
 
I
 
do
 
so
 
with
 
kindness
 
and
 
with
 
love.
 
This
 
obligation
 
is
 
not
 
reserved
 
for
 
those
 
with
 
whom
 
I
 
agree.
 
It
 
extends
 
to
 
everyone.
 
And
 
it
 
is
 
primary.
 
My
 
other
 
obligations
 
fall
 
in
 
line
 
behind
 
it.
 
That
 
the
 
other
 
side,
 
as
 
I
 
perceive
 
it,
 
does
 
not
 
feel
 
equally
 
obliged
 
at
 
all
 
times
 
is
 
irrelevant
 
to
 
my
 
obligation—it
 
points
 
up
 
the
 
difficulty
 
of 
 
religious
 
discipline
 
in
 
practice,
 
but
 
doesn’t
 
alter
 
it.
 
No
 
matter
 
what
 
happens
 
on
 
Election
 
Day
 
some
 
of 
 
us
 
are
 
going
 
to
 
be
 
disappointed.
 
And
 
most
 
of 
 
us
 
are
 
going
 
to
 
feel
 
however
 
we
 
feel
 
out
 
of 
 
a
 
true
 
and
 
perfectly
 
reasonable
 
philosophical
 
idea
 
about
 
the
 
appropriate
 
role
 
of 
 
government
 
in
 
society,
 
whatever
 
we
 
think
 
that
 
role
 
should
 
be.
 
Only
 
a
 
few
 
on
 
the
 
extreme
 
ends
 
of 
 
the
 
spectrum
 
are
 
cynical
 
in
 
their
 
search
 
for
 
power,
 
only
 
a
 
few
 
sincerely
 
despise
 
the
 
other
 
side.
 
Mostly
 
we
 
want
 
a
 
better
 
future
 
for
 
our
 
children,
 
and
 
disagree
 
about
 
how
 
that
 
is
 
best
 
to
 
be
 
brought
 
about.
 
And
 
those
 
differences
 
could
 
promote
 
a
 
dialogue,
 
were
 
we
 
still
 
capable
 
of 
 
having
 
one,
 
which
 
would
 
reveal
 
a
 
better
 
path
 
through
 
From
 
the
 
Community 
 
Minister,
 
cont.
 
synthesis
 
than
 
either
 
side
 
would
 
generate
 
on
 
its
 
own.
 
That’s
 
how
 
the
 
democratic
 
marketplace
 
of 
 
ideas
 
is
 
supposed
 
to
 
work.
 
Until
 
it
 
does
 
again,
 
though,
 
remem
bering
 
that
 
kindness—love
 
of 
 
the
 
other—is
 
the
 
primary
 
commitment
 
of 
 
faith
 
might
 
be
 
helpful.
 
I
 
will
 
if 
 
you
 
will.
 
 
From Tina Lewis
Interim Membership Director
tlewis@unitytemple.org
A
 
s
 
many
 
of 
 
you
 
may
 
know,
 
I
 
recently
 
began
 
work
 
as
 
the
 
Interim
 
Membership
 
Director
 
at
 
Unity
 
Temple
 
and
 
am
 
very
 
busy
 
getting
 
to
 
know
 
the
 
congregation
 
on
 
a
 
whole
 
new
 
level.
 
My
 
family
 
and
 
I
 
have
 
been
 
members
 
for
 
the
 
past
 
11
 
years.
 
During
 
that
 
time,
 
I
 
have
 
been
 
heavily
 
involved
 
in
 
the
 
religious
 
education
 
program
 
for
 
our
 
children
 
and
 
youth
 
in
 
the
 
congregation.
 
I
 
feel
 
very
 
fortunate
 
to
 
be
 
serving
 
in
 
this
 
new
 
role,
 
as
 
building
 
community
 
supports
 
one
 
of 
 
my
 
core
 
values.
 
I
 
welcome
 
the
 
opportunity
 
to
 
get
 
to
 
know
 
all
 
of 
 
you
 
better
 
and
 
to
 
assist
 
you
 
in
 
making
 
connections
 
in
 
our
 
thriving
 
congregation.
 
I
 
am
 
available
 
on
 
Sunday
 
mornings
 
before
 
and
 
after
 
services.
 
In
 
addition,
 
I
 
may
 
be
 
contacted
 
at
 
tlewis@unitytemple.org
 
or
 
708
848
6225
 
x102.
 
I
 
look
 
forward
 
to
 
hearing
 
from
 
you.
 
 
F
ROM
 
THE
I
NTERIM
 M
EMBERSHIP
D
IRECTOR
 
From
 
the
 
President,
 
cont.
 
Furthermore,
 
there
 
are
 
several
 
things
 
the
 
Board
 
does
 
not
 
do:
 
The
 
Board
 
does
 
not
 
direct
 
the
 
Senior
 
Minister
 
in
 
specific
 
activities
 
or
 
events.
 
The
 
Senior
 
Minister,
 
with
 
the
 
Administrative
 
Team,
 
develops
 
programs
 
and
 
activities
 
to
 
achieve
 
the
 
stated
 
Ends
 
and
 
hires
 
and
 
supervises
 
the
 
necessary
 
staff.
 
The
 
Board
 
does
 
not
 
get
 
involved
 
in
 
the
 
day
to
day
 
operations
 
of 
 
the
 
church.
 
This
 
is
 
the
 
purview
 
of 
 
the
 
Senior
 
Minister
 
as
 
Chief 
 
of 
 
Staff.
 
Those
 
are
 
the
 
basics.
 
The
 
Board
 
and
 
I
 
remain
 
on
 
a
 
learning
 
curve
 
to
 
figure
 
out
 
how
 
to
 
best
 
adapt
 
these
 
principles
 
to
 
our
 
own
 
congregational
 
family.
 
We’ll
 
talk
 
a
 
little
 
more
 
about
 
the
 
Board
 
in
 
the
 
next
 
installment.
 
 

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