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Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation
FROM REV. ALAN TAYLOR
am completing my seventh year among you, and the past seven years have been filled with activity and change as well as growth--spiritual growth, institutional growth, numerical growth. I am proud of all the commitment and collective work that has moved our congregation to our current vibrancy. I am proud of the staff team and the clarity, thoughtfulness and dedication that has been cultivated on our board and in many of our ministries/committees. I am proud how this congregation has responded to my leadership. Our congregation has entered into a time of strategic planning for an exciting future, one that will attend to our profound space needs and that will galvanize the restoration of Unity Temple. There is a lot of work ahead in the next several years and it will take a lot of time and effort. While I hold excitement for what lays ahead, I have recently come to a much deeper understanding why congregations provide ministers with sabbatical leave. I have found myself wondering how to provide continued strong leadership without an opportunity for rest, reflection, and renewal. When I brought up the subject of sabbatical with the board, I did so with apprehension and embarrassment. I would like to think that I don't need this kind of rest and renewal, but I know that I am not in a place to launch a major capital campaign and building project (and arguably, neither is the congregation for over a year). The board's response, as that of so many members here including the Pursuit Team leadership, has been overwhelmingly supportive. The board granted me sabbatical leave January through June, 2011. I am deeply grateful for both their affirmation as well as the encouragement to take an entire six months away. My current plans include continuing education opportunities for clergy, a Spanish immersion course, and hopefully travel. I will share with you my specific plans as they become firm. The overarching vision is to return ready to embrace the second chapter of my ministry here at Unity Temple. Planning for when I am away has already begun. A sabbatical team has been created (see their newsletter column on page __). Even though my sabbatical is seven months away, I am in active conversation with staff and
Administrative Team, actively attending to what needs to be done in the next seven months and when I am away. The Sabbatical Team will ensure that all aspects of my duties are planned for. Now for many congregations, sabbatical leave benefits not only the minister but also the congregation. When my predecessor, Jay Deacon, went on sabbatical, the congregation thrived. When I am away, several accomplished UU ministers will fill the pulpit in addition to Rev. Emily Gage, Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield, and occasionally a member of the congregation. When I am away, it will be a time for the Congregation to affirm how and when to move forth into our future. When I am away, the Sabbatical Team will assist me in ensuring that all my responsibilities are covered, though it will inevitably stretch members of the staff, the board, and core lay leadership. I am grateful to be serving a Congregation willing to stretch for it ministries--and its ministers. Warmly,
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Membership Opportunities Board of Trustees 2010 Annual Meeting 2010 Annual Fund Drive Update Pursuit Team Update From the Sabbatical Planning Committee Community Minister Music Program News Religious Education News Adult Religious Enrichment Chalice Circles Social Mission June Events Not To Miss 2 2 3 3 3 4 5 5 6 8 9 10 11
2 • The Beacon
Are YOU New? Welcome!
Introduction to Unitarian Universalism This course is the prerequisite for Pathway to Membership sessions, and is for all who would like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism philosophy, history and theology. For more information, and to register for this class, e-mail contact Sue Stock at membership@unitytemple,org or call 708/445-0306. Instructor: Rev. Taylor. Date & Time: Sunday, July 4th, 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Location: Unity House Cost: No charge. In August, the class will be offered on Sunday, August 15, 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Pathway to Membership This two session class is for those who have already taken Introduction to Unitarian Universalism. 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/or to put your name on the list for a class, contact Rob Bellmar at 708/763-0260 or email@example.com. Next class dates are Saturdays, July 31 and August 7, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Location: Unity House Cost: $20. September classes will be held on Sundays, September 19 and 26, from 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. For free childcare at all of these opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week in
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
From Duane Dowell, President
The Membership Committee does not prepare a schedule of greeters for the summer services. Instead, we attempt to cover with those members of our committee who are present. This offers an opportunity for others to join us in practicing our "warmth in welcoming" skills. Often our attendance at summer services includes many newcomers---some tourists, but, also, many families who are using the summer weeks to check out local churches. If you would like to help, find the Membership Committee representative at the Welcome Table, who will offer a few words of encouragement and hand you some orders of service. Another awesome greeter will be launched! We think you will enjoy the experience. Thank you, in advance, for your help.
s we move toward summer with thoughts of vacation time, concerts in the park, backyard grilling and water sports, we need to finish up some church business before we begin an exciting new church year. Elsewhere in this issue of The Beacon is evidence that we are moving ahead on several fronts. The annual fund is coming in ahead of predictions, the Pursuit Team is finishing up its charge to present a business plan for restoring our building and finding space for our growing congregation. At our annual meeting on June 6, we will be voting on some proposed by-laws changes and a minor change to the constitution. The by-laws changes are largely driven by our move to Policy Governance, which the congregation approved in 2008. As we have many new members since that vote and we are all getting used to this new way of managing our collective work, it seems appropriate over the next few months to outline some of the principles of Policy Governance. To begin with the overall definition: “Policy Governance, an integrated board leadership paradigm created by Dr. John Carver, is a groundbreaking model of governance designed to empower boards of directors to fulfill their obligation of accountability for the organizations they govern. As a generic system, it is applicable to the governing body of any enterprise. The model enables the board to focus on the larger issues, to delegate with clarity, to control management’s job without meddling, to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization; to truly lead its organization.” Yes, a rather lofty sounding goal, but practical enough in its application that many growing UU congregations have adopted the model including our District Board and the Board of Trustees of the UUA. In subsequent articles, we will explore the role of the Board of Trustees in setting vision and goals (Ends statements) and the role of the chief of staff (senior minister) and administrative team in carrying out the day-to-day operations (Means), as well as how accountability, monitoring and evaluation occur in the setting of this governance system. We hope you will take a few moments to review these principles once again with us.
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2010 ANNUAL MEETING
The 2010 Annual Meeting of the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation will be held on Sunday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. All Members are urged to attend. A quorum of 20% percent of voting members is required to conduct business. A special meeting of the congregation will be held immediately following the regular annual meeting with the purpose of formally calling Rev. Emily Gage as our Minister of Faith Development. Absentee ballots for the votes on changes to the constitution and by-laws, as well as the vote to call Rev. Emily Gage are available, but do not count towards the quorum. All of the latest information and absentee ballots can be found on the Annual Meeting web page: http://www.unitytemple.org/AnnualMeeting.htm Questions regarding the Annual Meeting should be directed to the Board of Trustees at email@example.com, or President Duane Dowell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708/890-1148.
2010 ANNUAL FUND DRIVE
Help us Reach our Goal of 310 Financial Commitments! Return Your Commitment Form As Soon As Possible!
e are very proud to announce that the Annual Fund Drive has reached the dollar goal set by the Board of Trustees in their proposed FY11 Budget. As of May 25, we had received financial commitments of $578,759 from 295 households. Thank You for your generosity!! However, we are still hoping to reach our goal of 310 total financial commitments. There remain 45 households who have not yet submitted a financial commitment form. The additional funds provided by these commitments will be used for much needed expenses that were cut out of the budget in the development process. Commitment forms can be downloaded from the Annual Fund Drive web page at http://www.unitytemple.org/AnnualFundDrive.htm. Questions? Email AFD@unitytemple.orgor call Ian Morrison at 708/218-2728 or David Wilke at 708/8486225 ext 100. Thank you!
The following member of our congregation has been presented by the Nominating Committee as our fourth candidate for the UTUUC Board of Trustees. If elected by vote of the Congregation at the Annual Meeting on June 6, 2010, he will serve a 3 year term beginning July 1, 2010 and ending on June 30, 2013. IAN MORRISON Ian has been attending UTUUC for approximately 8 years, first with his wife, Jules Eckersley and then with their two children, Amelia (age 6) and Jasper (age 3). In his time at UTUUC, Ian has served on several committees -- communications, personnel, and development. He is wrapping up his third year of leading the Annual Fund Drive. Ian also especially enjoys informal ways to get to know the members of this community, such as retreats, auction events, and other social events. Ian's day job is as a partner at the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he co-chairs the firm's national ERISA and Employee Benefits Litigation Practice Group. As a board member, Ian would focus on ensuring robust governance, encouraging growth and raising the profile of the congregation, and implementing a strategic plan to address facilities issues.
PURSUIT TEAM UPDATE
he Pursuit Team continues its work of designing a creative, forward-thinking solution to the problem of a growing congregation that wishes to remain in and care for a historic building in need of major restoration. We have been working on a plan to both restore Unity Temple and meet the growing space needs of the Congregation. In March, the Pursuit Team reported on our work to date to the boards of UTUUC and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation. At that meeting, the Pursuit Team was given the go ahead to search for consultants to help us assess the viability of our vision for meeting congregational needs and restoring the building. The response to our request for proposals from consultants was strong and the Pursuit Team has conducted follow-up interviews with several consultants. The next steps are to bring the results of our consultant search to both boards, to hire a consultant team, and, with them, to begin discussions about our vision with the congregation and potential donors to test its feasibility. Stay tuned for more news… - Lynn Kamenitsa, Chair
4 • The Beacon
FROM THE SABBATICAL PLANNING COMMITTEEE
s many of you know by now, either by reading the letter from Dwayne Dowell or by reading your Beacon from the first page to the last, Alan Taylor, our minister will be going on sabbatical from January through June of 2011. This is a wonderful opportunity for Alan to refresh and renew before starting the next phase of his ministry. Just a quick note of history on sabbaticals and our congregation. Our two most recent settled ministers, Jay Deacon and Scot Giles, had sabbaticals during their ministry. During the course of those two sabbaticals, the congregation grew in its own identity of itself and its realization that the church is much more than the minister. Not only is it a wonderful opportunity for Alan, it is also a wonderful opportunity for us as a congregation. To ensure that congregational life proceeds smoothly during the time of the sabbatical, a sabbatical committee has been formed. This committee is made up of eight members and staff representing various aspects of church life. The members are Glenn Brewer, Steve Bankes, Craig Standen, Diane Wilson, Allen Van Note, Ellen Wehrle, Rev. Emily Gage, and David Wilke. The charge of this committee is to plan for the sabbatical, to communicate the plans to the congregation, and to clarify who is responsible for what during the sabbatical. Once the sabbatical has begun, its role is to monitor the effectiveness of the sabbatical plan and support the leadership and congregation as the plan is implemented. The Sabbatical Committee will ensure that all of the tasks below will be covered during the sabbatical period: • Sunday worship services • pastoral care and work with pastoral associates • Rites of Passage • Welcoming new members • Introductions to Unitarian Universalism • Administrative Team leadership • Chief of Staff duties • Denominational and Community Involvement We will also be establishing a plan in the case that
there is a significant emergency and Alan needs to be informed. We are looking forward to a wonderful period of self-discovery as a congregation during Alan’s sabbatical and are pleased that he is taking this opportunity for renewal and to explore areas he could not do when performing his other ministerial duties. More details will be forthcoming as plans are made. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any one of us on the Sabbatical Committee. You can email us at email@example.com or contact David Wilke at the church office, 708-848-6225.
Zen Meditation Coming to a Close
Over the last six years, I have hosted a Wednesday evening Zen meditation at 6 p.m. This will end on June 16 for reasons both personal and professional. Among the latter, I believe there are other ways to bring spiritual practice into the lives of our members (watch for the Prayer Workshop in the fall and the ensuing prayer circle that members have requested.) For our final gathering, everyone who has attended, even once, is welcome to attend our final meditation and potluck dinner following on June 16.
June 13th is Flower Communion Sunday
Please bring a flower or two, to donate for our annual service honoring Reverend Norbert Capek, who began this U.U. tradition. Your floral contribution can be from your garden, the local Farmers Market, or your neighborhood flower shop. Flowers are deposited in vases and baskets in the foyer as you arrive and then are shared amongst the congregation during the service. Thank You! The U.T. Flower Committee
UUA General Assembly
The Annual Meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association It’s not too late! Join thousands of fellow Unitarian Universalists from across the country June 23-27 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Experience wonderful and uplifting worship services with some great worship leaders, with glorious music and inspiring messages. Participate in democratic process. Press, and the UUA Bookstore in the GA Exhibit Hall. Network with other congregation leaders, share best practices, and learn from one another. Return to our congregation reinvigorated and inspired to put your values to work. Registration and Housing Reservation information can be found at www.uua.org/ga.
Need a Ride to the Airport?
Your $30.00 fare benefits Unity Temple ($20 to UT, $10 to the driver). Call Russ lorraine: 708/488-1770, Duane Dowell: 708/890-1148, John Frye: 708/456-5266, Tom Hall: 708/848-6588, Lisa Gariota (O'Hare only): 773/594-1426.
June 2010 • 5
From Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield
Community Minister firstname.lastname@example.org
n June the perpetual student in me expects things to slow down, even if they no longer do. What does happen at Faith in Place and everywhere in Chicago is that more things happen outside. In our case there are a couple of things coming up that might be of interest to our many beloved friends at Unity Temple. On June 26, 2010, AmericaSpeaks will convene the largest ever national discussion on the country's fiscal future. In twenty cities across the country, including Chicago, thousands of citizens will have their voices heard on one of the most important issues facing the nation today: the federal budget, and it will all be webcast at each gathering place. Cynthia Bowman, a Faith in Place Board member, is assisting us in organizing this project. You can reach her at 773-548-8213 or email@example.com. To register for the event please go to: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5874/p/salsa/ event/common/public/index.sjs?event_KEY=19959 Please be sure to indicate "FAITH IN PLACE" as the referring organization when you register. Yes you’ll have to give up a Saturday in June to participate, but the opportunity presented by this event is significant and it affects us all. I encourage you to join us there, with a lot of your fellow citizens. The other thing we’ll be up to this summer, thanks to a grant we just received, is a youth urban gardening project. This is a program designed to employ 20 young people from some of our African-American congregational partners who’ve already showed great leadership in their participation in our low-cost weatherization kits. This summer they will be out at several of our partner congregations working in the food gardens that we’ve helped those congregations to start or expand. Are you an enthusiastic gardener who would enjoy spending a day or two this summer with some wonderful young people in Chicago? We would love to hear from you. Give me a call at 312/733-4640 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
From the Music Director
Marty Swisher email@example.com
ur formal music program finishes in June as we plan to schedule new opportunities for the upcoming year. Nonetheless, creative and inspiring offering are ahead for the months of July and August with instrumentalists, small ensembles and soloists taking the lead for our summer music. Unity Temple Singers will open the musical services on June 6th with a beautifully set Chinese proverb. The Unity Temple Choir will finish its year on our special flower communion service on June 13th with a much requested congregation favorite. Thanks to member Amelia Delos, on June 27th, Kym Franklin Gospel/R &B singer will perform and graciously bring along the Old Town School of Folk Music Gospel Singers with her. We will travel to Minnesota to support youth members Blair Ripley and Julia Bankes as they perform in the Children’s Honor Choir at General Assembly in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Honor choir members from First Unitarian Church of Chicago, Naperville and countryside congregations will rehearse together in preparation for the Sunday night concert. Unity Temple is proud to be represented by these two amazing young people. Best wishes to the girls and their families as they make this important journey. Last but not least, Taizé will continue this summer on the fourth Friday of the month. Please continue to consider joining us for this special service that is growing in its popularity every month. This peaceful contemplative service offers a quiet yet musical space to release the tensions of the week and seeks to find that often essential spiritual center for calm and reconciliation. Please let us know if you would like to be placed on a reminder e mail list we are generating by notifying me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taizé at Unity Temple
Please join us again for Taizé Service in the Unity Temple Sanctuary, on Friday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. This service will offer a time for meditation, reflection, and renewal through music, brief words, and silence. Come sing, light a candle, and nurture your spirit during this non-traditional worship experience – and bring a friend. The service will conclude before 8 p.m.. For more information, contact Marty Swisher, Music Director, at email@example.com.
Summer Solstice Celebration
Walk the Labyrinth at the Summer Solstice Celebration. Meet at Unity Temple on Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. Join us for this ancient meditative ritual and celebrate the beginning of summer!
6 • The Beacon
From Rev. Emily Gage
Minister of Faith Development firstname.lastname@example.org
art of our job as a religious community—indeed, the whole reason for community—is to share our lives with one another. Our joys when shared, become greater; our sorrows, when shared, become lessened. (Not exactly a logical mathematical equation, but true nonetheless.) We share those little joys and sorrows of our every day lives along with the big ones, in a funny jumble of laughing and crying. We do this in conversation and often with little fanfare, but sometimes, those joys and sorrows are those which call for a special ritual. And some of those rituals are best marked as part of our religious community. When we are born, when we die, when we formally celebrate our love with a life partner. And so on. We have some other rituals in between, including those that are part of our children and youth religious education program. Our fourth graders complete a UU identity program and are honored in a chalice ceremony. We have a bridging ceremony for those graduating high school seniors as they officially leave their youth and become young adults. We have also honored the eighth graders as they finish their junior high years and move into our youth group and high school programming. The age of 13 or so, the approximate age of our eighth graders, is an age in many religious (and cultural) contexts in which those young people engage in a coming of age ceremony and/or program. Some of those that might be familiar to you are the traditions of confirmation in the Catholic Church or bar and bat mitzvahs in the Jewish tradition. Some Unitarian Universalist congregations have a program and a ceremony called simply: Coming of Age. While we have honored our eighth graders, we have not done so as part of a coming of age program, rather simply as marking the completion of eighth grade. (Which is, of course, a worth accomplishment in and of itself!) Unity Temple, at least in recent memory, has not had a Coming of Age program. I am thrilled to tell you, then, that we are planning to launch a Coming of Age program to begin this fall for our incoming ninth graders. (We picked this age since our eighth graders, in addition to our Sunday morning programs also have OWL on Sunday evenings. Also, they share Sunday morning with our seventh graders.) Depending on how many ninth graders enroll, we may have space for other high schoolers who have missed the opportunity. We’ll be offering this class at the early service (mostly because that’s when we have the space), and it will be a wonderful opportunity for our youth to deeply
examine their beliefs and values as well as learning more about their faith. The Coming of Age program will engage the participants in community building and credo-writing, understanding Unitarian Universalist beliefs and history, exploring spirituality—including personal spiritual practice and experiencing worship, building tools for justice, and developing their leadership skills in a safe, nurturing and challenging environment. It’s a hands-on, highly participatory program, and does require a commitment. We believe such a program will strengthen our children and youth religious education program and it will work towards achieving our ends for our young people: they will know Unitarian Universalist faith, history and heritage, they will know that meaning comes from many sources, they will feel valued and have ownership in their UU community, they will feel called to act out of love, not fear, they will be open and willing to engage with others in an ongoing quest for truth and meaning, they will be engaged in developing their own ongoing spiritual practice. (To name a few of our ends.) For now, Coming of Age participants will be able to be part of Coming of Age and our high school youth group, if they so wish. We will be having a parent/youth orientation meeting in late summer or early fall to answer your questions. In the meantime, I would be happy to hear of your interest or ideas as a potential participant, parent or leader of this program. Thanks to each of you for all you do to make Unity Temple a great place for our young people and for each other.
What is one easy thing that I can do to help our Children and Youth Religious Education program?
So glad you asked: Please REGISTER YOUR CHILD(REN) for the September-June 10-11 Religious Education program! If your child(ren) was/were registered this year, there is a pre-printed form at Unity Temple. Or you can download a form online (see www.unitytemple.org/ re/children.htm) and send it to Rev. Emily Gage by June 30th. The more information we have about our incoming classes, the better we are able to prepare, the better our program for our young people. Please help us out!! Thank you!!
Bring a Friend! Take Home A Flower!
Sunday, June 13th is our annual Flower Communion Service, a Worship For all Ages. We are encouraging our young people to bring a friend with them to Unity Temple that day. It’s a great way to share the gift of our community with others, as well as experience one of the few uniquely Unitarian Universalist rituals! Bring a friend!
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HELP GROW HUMAN BEINGS!
It's easier than you think! Our religious education program is looking for volunteers to help our young people grow and learn. There are all kinds of opportunities beginning in September. Requirements include enthusiasm, a willingness to work with young people, an open mind, heart and spirit, and some time. We give you training, encouragement, appreciation, and any other needed support. - We need TEACHERS, who prepare the lessons ahead of time, using provided curricula, and lead the classes. Teachers make a commitment to teach two out of every four Sundays. - We need ASSISTANTS who help in the classroom, taking attendance, helping execute the lesson, tending to any young person who needs special attention or anything else that needs done. Assistants make a time commitment of at least once a month, and may commit to more. - We need SUBSTITUTES who are on call in case of teacher or assistant planned or unplanned absence, so that we always have people available to help. We need RE TABLE GREETERS who will welcome new families and answer Religious Education questions before/after services. - We need SPECIAL EVENTS HELPERS who are willing to pitch in for special events that are part of the RE program throughout the year. - We need people who are willing to SHARE A SPECIAL INTEREST, PASSION or TALENT with our young people at some point during the year. Positions are available for those who wish to work with nursery through high school, and subjects include UU history and heritage, social action and justice, Bible stories, church community, world religions, and archaeology. Whoever you are, whatever your gifts and talents, whatever your time commitment can be, we have a place for you in our religious education program. We can't do it without you! To volunteer, stop by the Faith Development table in the UnityTemple lobby, or contact Rev. Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development, email@example.com 708-848-6225 X103.
This Summer, Travel to Exotic Destinations ...Right Here at Unity Temple!
Summer Religious Education Programming for Children and Youth
Sundays from June 20th through September 5 we have religious education programming for our young ones from nursery through grade 5. Under the able supervision of Summer RE coordinator Amy Clark-Williams, some of our teenagers will be teaching our children in multiage groups using the curriculum Culture Camp. It’s a series of stand alone Sunday activities and lessons that delve into countries around the world, with the object of building understanding and living UU principles. It will be lively and fun! We will have regular nursery care, and the remainder of those who are here on a Sunday morning will be divided into two groups—those who have not yet entered kindergarten and younger, and those who have graduated from kindergarten and up. It’s a wonderful, welcoming and connection building way to spend your Sunday morning. This will be at 9:30 a.m. on these Sundays. (Please note: though there will be two services on June 20th and 27th, we will only have programming for our young people at 9:30 on those days.) Hope to see you there to travel around the world together!
Youth Advisors Wanted
Were you inspired by the youth service on May 2nd? Did you think, “I wish I could get to know our youth better and be a part of their spiritual growth”? Well, now is your chance! We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic, flexible adults to join our team of youth advisors. Responsibilities include attending youth group on Sunday mornings and 3-5 overnights a year. Background check required. For more information, please contact Heather Godbout, Youth Coordinator, at 708-308-2260, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Workshop Presenters Needed
This October, the youth from Unity Temple have been given the opportunity to host the CMWD fall youth conference, Some Con-a Wonderful, at the Unitarian Univeralist Church of Rockford. An important part of the programming for this event is workshops. We are in need of passionate adults who have something to share with the youth of our denomination to be workshop presenters. Past workshop topics have included music, art, current events, social justice, ballroom dancing, cooking, and more. If you have something you’d like to share with our youth and can make it to Rockford on Oct. 23, 2010, please contact Heather Godbout at 708-308-2260 or email@example.com.
The Purple Sages (Senior Women)
Will be meeting on June 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Book Discussion Room on the 2nd floor of the Oak Park Library. Bring a brown bag lunch! For more information, call 708-705-1428!
8 • The Beacon
ADULT RELIGIOUS ENRICHMENT
Summer Film Discussion Series
“Up in the Air” :: June 18
Have you ever experienced the frustration of seeing an exceptionally thought-provoking film and had no one to discuss it with? George Clooney's recent film, "Up in the Air" explores multiple aspects of the conundrums of community and isolation in the 21st century. This po pular film poses, but leaves unanswered many questions about the challenges, frustrations, rewards and joys of human relationships. Join us for the inaugural session of a summer series of film discussions, on Thursday, June 17, at Unity Temple. The film, which runs 110 minutes, will screen at 6:00 pm with the discussion to follow at 8:00. Those who have previously seen the film are very welcome to come exclusively for the discussion. Youth accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome. The film is rated R "for language and some sexual content." Additional film discussions are planned for July 15th & August 19th. Final selections of films for July and August have not been made and recommendations are welcomed. Films chosen will be those available on DVD. Questions... call Scott Talbot Lewis at 708-445-1466.
Claim Your Power: Choose to Bless the World
Each of us has within us a storehouse of treasure:interests, skills and talents that are often latent and unused. This three session seminar helps to identify these qualities and probes to determine if we are living our deeply held values. Working together, we help each other name our unique gifts and passions and discover what keeps us from living our dreams. This program, developed at Unity Temple UU Congregation in 2005 by the Gifts Ministry Team, will be offered again during the summer. This will be led by Shirley Lundin and Scott Talbot Lewis on Sunday July 25 from 12 - 2:30; Tuesday July 27 from 7-9:30 PM and Sunday August 1 from 12 - 2:30. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women's Connection invites all (women and men) to a labyrinth walk on Friday, June 4 in Unity House. We will be using the beautiful canvas labyrinth created by Betty Jachim. The labyrinth will be open to walk from 7-9 pm. We will have a brief introduction to the labyrinth every half hour during that time for those who would like to learn more about the labyrinth. We ask that all walking the labyrinth remove their shoes and wear socks. Contact Amy Clark-Williams email@example.com with questions.
Career Transition Outreach
Every Monday morning from 8:45am-9:45am at Unity Temple, Diane Wilson, LCPC, helps those facing job loss and career uncertainty. This outreach is designed to help participants manage the psychological and practical aspects of their job transition through accountability and goal setting. Author of Back in Control, Wilson is a coach, counselor, and neurofeedback specialist. Facilitator Diane Wilson: firstname.lastname@example.org. No registration or fees.
Unity Temple Gives...
The generosity of our congregation is making a difference in people’s lives. Every Sunday our collection plate offerings are donated to a worthy charitable organization in support of our mission and values. During the month of April 2010, your weekly collection basket donations contributed the following amounts to these organizations: Unitarian Unviersalist Service Committee: $1,290 Sarah’s Inn: $1,164 Parenthesis: $2,503 Thank you for your generosity!
Caregiver Support Group
The Caregivers Support Group here at Unity Temple is held every third Monday of the month @ 7:00 p.m. in the West balcony of Unity House is a drop in group and no pre-registration is required, come as the spirit moves. This group is open to anyone affected by the caregiver role and will only take 60-90 minutes of your time once a month. Facilitator: Susan Anderson email@example.com No registration or fees.
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Suspicion and Resentment
Opening Words Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue and always an enemy to happiness.
Pioneering Universalist minister Hosea Ballou (1771–1852)
Join a Chalice Circle
Chalice Circles Welcome New Members There are currently 15 Chalice Circles with many possible schedules and times for meeting. Chalice Circles create openings for trust, friendship, honesty, growth and reflection. They are a spiritual practice. We welcome adults of all ages. Be known as you are, join a group today. For information about joining a Chalice Circle contact Marge Entemann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708/445-8544. The group from the SW suburbs – Westchester to Downers Grove to Lisle— meets Friday nights and is looking for new members.
Reading “They slighted me, they abused me, they robbed me!” In those who nurse such feelings hatred will never cease. Never does hatred cease by hating in return; only through love can hatred come to an end. Among men who hate, let us dwell free from hatred. Victory breeds hatred; the conquered dwell in sorrow and resentment. They who give up all thought of victory or defeat, may be calm and live happily at peace. Let us overcome violence by gentleness; let us overcome evil by good; let us overcome the miserly by liberality, let us overcome the liar by truth.”
Adapted from the Dhammapada
EX LIBRIS BOOKSTORE
• What is your experience with suspicion and
resentment, either your own or others’?
• Are there instances or ways in which it’s actually good •
to be suspicious? When you’ve found yourself suspicious or resentful, why do you think that was? How did you move past these emotions, if you did? What do you carry resentment about right now? What would it take for you to lay it aside? Are suspicion and resentment conditions that inevitably arise, or can we get beyond them by “giving up all thought of victory or defeat,” as the Buddha suggests in the above passage from the Dhammapada? To what extent are these consequences of how we view others? Ourselves?
Closing Requite ill-will with kindness. Be like the tree that covers with flowers the hand that shakes it.
Suggested Chalice Circle Topic and Reading for June 2010 provided by Greg Nosan, adapted from Rev. Glenn Turner
ortunately, ExLibris Bookstore will be open all of June, so you have time to get the books you will want to add to your summer reading. Many of the books we continually offer will be available, but we have added some new books as well. Three of the books sited here are about, or of interest to children. One is RAISING FREETHINKERS, A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan, Milleen Matsumura, Amanda Metskas, and Jan Devor. It aims to: help children achieve religious literacy without indoctrination: explain life's meaning and purpose: promote a healthy perspective on sexuality and body image: encourage ravenous curiosity; help kids come to terms with death and loss: and find and create community. This might be an important piece of a life-long quest. Beth J. Harpaz gives us 13 IS THE NEW 18 And Other Things My Children Taught Me While I Was Having a Nervous Breakdown Being Their Mother. The title tells the tale, but NEWSDAY wrote, "A hint to overwhelmed parents of teens everywhere: It is already too late to send 'em back..." We have brought in a number of new books for teens. They might make a good graduation gift or a happy summer surprise. EXODUS is a novel by Julie Bertagna starts in 2009, "Earth's ice caps are melting. Can refuge be found?" THE SUNDAY HERALD calls this: "Intellectually rigorous and bursting withhumanity, this is a book to read again and again." SAVING PARADISE by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker appears to be a challenging book in size and scope as it ponders "How Christianity Traded Love of the World for Crucifixion and Empire." This theological inquiry looks at theological history and brings forward pieces of the Christian belief system that have been largely ignored. "This humane and often beautiful study of faith, loss and hope straddles the boundary between historical discovery and spiritual writing" writes Publisher's Weekly. Find a summer pick at ExLibris.
10 • The Beacon
It's time for the annual Unity Temple Blood Drive! Please donate blood to our partner, Heartland Blood Center, who will be here on Sunday, June 6, 2010 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. These blood donations are used in our local area. Sign-up table, with more information and to register an appointment time, is available after services. Walk-ins are also welcome on the day of the drive. You are making a wonderful gift with your donation and will receive a coupon for a free pint of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream as a thank you. Any questions, please contact Maria Murzyn at 708-543-7070 or at MariaMurzyn@kw.com.
UNITY TEMPLE RESTORATION FOUNDATION
South Roof Slab Repair and Restoration Project As you can tell from the light shining in through the restored south clerestory windows, the south roof slab project is complete: new concrete roof slab, new roofing, new drainage system, new plaster and paint, and beautifully restored art glass. Once again, UTRF would like to express our thanks to UTUUC members for putting up with the disruptions of construction, and to UTUUC for the successful partnership formed to fund and carry out this work. Break the Box 2010: City Farm :: Garden in a City Friday, July 16, 2:00 pm Some of Chicago’s finest restaurants get their produce from City Farm, a sustainable vegetable farm bordering the remains of Cabrini-Green. The Chicago Resource Center has transformed a bleak vacant lot at Clybourn and Division into a rich and fertile landscape, using innovative techniques to reverse waste and reuse resources. Join us for a tour at the height of the growing season and take home some vegetables of your own. To purchase advance tickets, visit www.utrf.org and click on Events, or call 708-383-8873. Prairie School Adventures: Summer Camps for Kids in Grades 2-6 – Sign Up Now! Printmaking Magic: July 19-23, 9 am-12 pm With the colors, textures, and light of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple as inspiration, students will explore the magical methods of printing monotypes. Campers will be encouraged to “see differently,” using their visual experience and a variety of techniques to produce multi-colored, one-of-a-kind works of art. At the end of the week, each student will take home a portfolio of prints. Level: Beginner. Instructor: David Jansheski. $175 early bird (through June 1) / $185 regular (June 2-July 19). Get a special $5 family discount for every sibling and/or relative you register. Art Glass, Nature & Wright: July 26-30, 9 am-12 pm Frank Lloyd Wright is nearly as famous for his art glass designs as he is for his buildings. Over 100 years ago, he designed simple and elegant art glass for Unity Temple. Campers will explore the art glass at Unity Temple and other Oak Park landmarks, learn how art glass is made, and take part in a restoration demonstration led by an art glass expert. With nature as inspiration, campers will create their own art glass window designs in translucent Mylar--and expand their knowledge of architecture, geometry, art and history. Level: Beginner. Instructor: Jessamyn Miller, M.S. in Historic Preservation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. $155 early bird (through June 1) / $165 regular (June 2-July 26). Get a special $5 family discount for every sibling and/or relative you register. To register for Prairie School Adventures, contact Jessamyn Miller at 708-383-8873 or email@example.com.
Film Showing: FRESH
Come see solutions to the growing crisis in the way we grow and distribute the world's food. FRESH, the movie is a sequel to FOOD, INC. the recent documentary that was nominated for an academy award. FRESH will be shown in Unity House West on Sunday, June 13th at 1:00pm. Sponsored by the Unity Temple Social Mission Committee, Near West Citizens for Peace and Justice, The Progressive Action League of Oak Park and the Menu for the Future class from Unity Temple. For more information call: Rita Maniotis 708-955-6964.
Learn About Your Smart Meter
Did you know that in Oak Park and Berwyn we now have "smart" electricity meters that provide information to help you manage your electricity usage and costs? Learn more about how you can reduce your carbon footprint and your electric bills using all the features of our new Smart Meters. Come to a free workshop on June 22 from 7-8:30 pm at Unity Temple, presented by the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Green Sanctuary Committee. For more information go to www.cnt.org/energy or contact Kristina Entner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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June 2010 Events Not To Miss
June 4 Labyrinth Walk 7 p.m., Unity House Blood Drive 8:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m., Unity House ANNUAL MEETING 1:00 p.m., Unity Temple Film Showing: “FRESH” 1:00 p.m., Unity House West Film Discussion: “Up in the Air” 6:00 p.m., Unity House West Summer Solstice Celebration 6:30 p.m., Meet in Foyer Smart Meters Workshop 7:00 p.m., Unity House Purple Sages (Senior Women) 11:30 a.m., Oak Park Public Library Taize Service 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
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You can find all Congregation events and activities listed on our web calendar at www.unitytemple.org/calendar. You can find realtime listings of all the events occurring at Unity Temple, and also schedule rooms for Congregation events and activities right from the page. Select Add Event at the top of the calendar and complete the web form. You will receive an email when your event as been confirmed.
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Sunday services and religious education are held at 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Sunday, June 6 Sunday, June 27
Take the Fork!
Rev. Emily Gage Offering: Cluster Tutoring Program
Sunday, June 13
Finding Faith & Restoring Balance
Amelia Dellos & Toni Maddi Offering: Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
Friday, June 25 , 7:00 p.m.
Flower Communion Sunday Worship for All Ages
Rev. Emily Gage & Rev. Alan Taylor
Please bring a cut flower or two to share at the service!
Taizé Service at Unity Temple
Offering: Cluster Tutoring Program
Sunday, June 20
Seeking the Spirit of a Young Child Rev. Alan Taylor Offering: Lawyers Committee for Better Housing
Sunday, June 6
UTUUC ANNUAL MEETING
1:00 p.m. :: Unity Temple
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