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Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation
FROM REV. ALAN TAYLOR
here’s a joke among New England Unitarian Universalists that members of their churches invite a friend to church an average of once every 17 years. It might be funny if New England Unitarian Universalism wasn’t in dramatic decline. Sometimes I wonder whether our typical reticence to talk with people outside our family about one’s spiritual home (and sometimes not even with family!) effects our ability to reach out to those who would benefit from involvement with us. Regardless, it has been confirmed time and again: there is no growth strategy for congregations so effective as simple and direct invitations. It isn’t uncommon for people interested in visiting aren’t sure how to approach us--whether they are welcome to simply show up to worship. And I always get asked the question, “What is the dress code?” My response--and I encourage you to use it as well--is “Come as you are!” The number of Americans who identify as subscribing to “no religion” is now more than all the Methodists, Lutherans, and Episcopalians combined. Fifteen percent of all Americans report that theirs is “no religion.” Most of these people don’t want to be told what to believe but they hold values of mutual respect, being of service, and freedom of conscience. And of those some 30 million people, I bet a large number of them yearn to belong to a community, to be challenged to live their values of service, to find a non-creedal covenantal community that doesn’t ask “What do you believe?” but instead, “How shall we live?” What we are doing here at Unity Temple is simple yet radical. We gather together from all walks of life and find a new way of being religious together. We gather for the sake of bringing our lives into accordance with our most cherished values. Or as our building says so succinctly, we gather “for the worship of God and the service of [All].” We gather to make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others.
The six Sundays following Labor Day, I will be preaching a six part series, entitled “A Religion for Our Time.” The sub-themes will be:
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Embracing Change and Creativity, Fostering Community and Caring, Building Bridges of Hope and Service, Cultivating Courage and Conscience, Embracing Diversity, and A Vision for Unity Temple.
These Sundays provide an especially apt time to invite friends and family who might be interested in learning about us and experiencing worship among us. So bring a friend! If you hear someone at your workplace complaining about organized religion, tell them about our religion that provides a different yet compelling way of being religious. If you know someone who is going through a crisis, invite them to join you for worship. If you know someone new to the area, invite them to visit. Come as you are. Come with friends. See you in worship!
NEW SERVICE TIMES Beginning September 12, worship begins at 9 & 10:45 a.m. Religious Education classes held at both services.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Membership Opportunities Board of Trustees Community Minister Message from the Sabbatical Committee Religious Education News Adult Religious Enrichment Ex Libris Music Program News Chalice Circles Auction 2010: Unity by Design Social Mission UT Restoration Foundation Events Green News September Events Not To Miss 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 6 7 8 8 9 10 11
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
From Duane Dowell, President
n the May column I promised to go over some of the principles of Policy Governance, an organizational concept that our congregation adopted in 2008. Let’s repeat the 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.” The Board guides the organization’s goals and performance, and the Chief of Staff works with paid and volunteer staff to carry out the stated mission and goals. In our church, the Board represents the congregation, and our Senior Minister, Alan Taylor, serves as the Chief of Staff. The clear separation of duties affords smooth operation of our church by allowing the Board to focus on strategic planning and oversight while the Chief of Staff manages the day-to-day operations of the church. The Board communicates its directions to the Chief of Staff through written policies - hence the term, Policy Governance. Four categories of policies exist: Ends Statements: What does the Board want the church to be? What are the goals/outcomes for our church to be met under the Chief of Staff’s leadership? Executive Limitations: What is the church prohibited from doing? What are the boundaries for the Chief of Staff’s performance? Governance Process: How do Board members work internally with one another? Board-Chief of Staff linkage: What is the communication process between the Board and the Chief of Staff? All of these policies are contained in our Policy Manual, available in the Church Office and soon to be published on our web site, www.unitytemple.org. As always, if you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me or any of the Board members by phone, e-mail, or see us in church. In faith, Duane Dowell, President Board of Trustees
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 Sue Stock at membership@unitytemple,org or call 708-445-0306. Instructor: Rev. Taylor. Date & Time: September 19 from 1–3 p.m. Location: Unity House. No charge. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Next class dates are Sundays, September 19 and 26, from 1–4:30 p.m. Location: Unity House Cost: $20. October classes will be held on Sundays, October 17 and 24 from 1–4:30 p.m. For free childcare during any of these classes, contact email@example.com at least one week in advance.
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FROM THE COMMUNITY MINISTER
From Rev. Clare Butterfield
Community Minister Clare@faithinplace.org
aith in Place’s summer, and therefore much of mine, has been taken up with a youth gardening effort that employed 20 young folks from very low-income homes on the south and west sides of the city, and they grew some beautiful food in gardens at three of our partner congregations. That was a thing to be celebrated, and the young people were inspiring, taken as a whole, though of course the summer had some bumps in it. Their reflections tell us that the project did more than keep them out of trouble – it changed how they see the world. Amazing how a raised bed and some soil and a hose and a few seeds can do that – change your whole perspective. It’s because it gets us out of our heads, from inside of which perspective is exceedingly hard to come by. And then there was the oil in the gulf, which poured and poured and poured and seemed, for 90 days anyway, to have no end. The more we learn about that event the more we realize that everyone concerned seems to have let us down somehow, from the government oversight that simply didn’t happen to the overconfidence on the rig that ignored ample warning signs that something was about to go wrong – and ignored them long enough that 11 men lost their lives in the explosion. If you work downtown, it has also been the summer of filming Transformers 3, which has surrounded us at times with sounds of pretend explosions and reminded me that whatever else you can say to distinguish the human animal, we are the one that entertains itself with very expensive and carefully crafted images of its own destruction. I wonder how the budget for Transformers 3, applied differently, might have impacted the events in the Gulf? No use, either, speculating what it could be doing right now for people in the flooded regions of Pakistan. Instead of helping when the world actually does come to an end for some people, we spend the fortune of capitalism making amusing movies about what alternative disaster scenarios might look like. So I get off the el to walk to my office, and I walk by Styrofoam mountains of pretend concrete and burned out buses, stunt men in black military-looking outfits, air-conditioned trailers, semi-trucks full of racks of equipment, whole pallets of bagged ice sitting out on the sidewalk, on- and off-duty Chicago policemen and traffic barriers. And I and others at the office try to keep our little program running smoothly for 20 tired and thirsty teenagers who are living in parts of the city
where the sounds of small explosions are far too real and who, goodness knows, were due for an opportunity like the garden program. I think we are far too good at distraction. I’m going to think about that for the next few days when I take a little break from the work and go seeking some peace in the country, just for a little while. I’ll be back before this newsletter hits the email and mail, and before Unity Temple has its homecoming Sunday. When I get back to the city I hope that the filming will be over and the weather will have a hint of fall in it and we can apply ourselves anew, and with much less distraction, to the living out of our faith convictions and the tending of the earth and her children.
FROM THE SABBATICAL COMMITTEE
s was announced previously, Reverend Alan Taylor will be taking a well-earned sabbatical after 7 1/2 years of ministering to our vibrant and growing religious community. This sabbatical period, which will occur from January through June 2011, represents an exciting time for renewal, reflection and growth for both Reverend Taylor and our entire congregation. The Sabbatical Committee is working diligently on the development of a thoughtful and comprehensive plan designed to address a range of ministerial, administrative and service-related issues and ensure continuity during Reverend Taylor’s absence. A brochure will be published and made available to the congregation that will outline the key aspects of the Sabbatical plan. Many of you no doubt have questions regarding how the sabbatical might affect you personally and UTUUC as a whole. If so, please reach out to any of the members of the Sabbatical Committee listed below or email any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org. Craig Standen (Chairman) Reverend Alan Taylor, Senior Minister Reverend Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development Glenn Brewer Scott Talbott Lewis Allen Van Note Ellen Wehrle David Wilke, Director of Administration Diane Wilson
Need a Ride to the Airport?
Need a ride to the airport? Your $30 fare benefits Unity Temple ($20 to UT, $10 to the driver). Call Russ Lorraine (708) 214-1770; Duane Dowell at (708) 890-1148; John Frye at (708) 456-5266 or (708) 431-8929; or Lisa Gariota (weekends and O'Hare only) at (773) 594-1426.
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From Rev. Emily Gage
Minister of Faith Development email@example.com
love the coming attractions at the movies; it’s always fun to find out that your favorite actor is in a new movie, or that something that looks really interesting is coming soon to a theatre near you. (And sometimes it’s good to know ones that I definitely don’t want to see!) My only complaint with previews is that, on occasion, they seem to reveal all of the plot twists. I’ve heard the prevailing wisdom says that people want to know what they are getting into; hence the very revealing coming attractions. I wonder if we long for that in our movie previews what is so hard to find out in real life: what things are really going to be like. I know I can’t give you that, but I can give you a glimpse of what things probably will look like as our congregational year 10-11 gets under way. We’ll all gather together five times during the year for worship for all ages, where ages 5-105 can celebrate life together in the sanctuary. We’ll witness our ninth graders share their credos after a year long adventure in group bonding and spiritual discernment. We’ll bump into young seven and eight year olds running around pretending to be superheroes after learning about other UU (and Biblical) superheroes in their classroom. We’ll honor the young peoples’ contributions to UNICEF through our trick or treating for UNICEF program. We’ll wonder at the profound thoughts of our fourth graders in their chalice celebration. We’ll buy goodies from the youth group’s bake sales as they work on raising money for their heritage trip to Boston. We’ll eat the pancakes cooked up by our sixth grade service oriented group. We will get weepy listening to the seniors share their journeys and watching the young babies be dedicated among us. We’ll hear more about the first, fifth and eighth grade OWL (Our Whole Lives) values based sexuality curriculum. We’ll be amazed that the chaos of December 23rd pageant soup supper and rehearsal becomes the Christmas Eve family service. We’ll engage in our own learning at one of the Adult Religious Enrichment classes. We’ll find that we learn more from our young people than we ever dreamed possible. Like I said, that’s just a glimpse. I am certainly looking forward to all of this unfolding, as I hope you are. A number of people have commented to me—you know, I’ve really enjoyed the summer. And I’m really going to be ready to get back into the congregational swing of things and see everyone. Me too!
If you would really like to delve into the movie of faith development at UnityTemple this year, please be in touch. I can’t tell you exactly what it will be like, but I promise it will be fun, enriching, and full of unexpected profound moments. I am still finalizing my classroom volunteer roster and there are some great opportunities. You could play a supporting or leading role, whatever you’re most comfortable with. Training, curricula and fabulous young people are provided. Let me know if you’d like to be a star!
It’s Sunday morning: Do you know where your child is?
Hopefully, they are happily enrolled in our Sunday morning Religious Education classes, doing lots of fun things. But unless you register them for their classes, you won’t know what they are doing. Registration helps us and the classroom volunteers communicate with you. (Among other things!) If you have not yet registered your child(ren) for fall classes, please do so now! Stop by the Faith Development table in the lobby, or download a form from www.unitytemple.org and return to Rev. Emily Gage ASAP. THANKS!
OWL Alert: Calling All 8TH Grade Families!
Are you interested in enrolling your 8th grader in this year’s OWL (Our Whole Lives) values based sexuality program? Then mark your calendars for Sunday, September 19th for the mandatory 8th grade OWL parent orientation from 6-8 p.m. in Gale House. You will meet the facilitators—Carol DiMatteo, Judith Eldredge, Terry Kinsey, and Scott Lewis—get your questions answered, talk to other parents, and decide whether or not OWL is right for you and your family. (We hope it is!) OWL will run on Sunday evenings from 6-8 approximately October through March. If you have any questions ahead of time, please contact Rev. Emily Gage.
Thank you all so much for the great gift of calling me as your Minister of Faith Development on June 6, 2010. I can't possibly tell you how grateful and happy I am. It's been a wonderful two years, and I look forward to many more with each of you. As is customary for called ministers and congregations, we'll be having an installation on November 7th (a Sunday) at 5 p.m. It will be a celebration of our ministry together and a formal recognition of our mutual covenant. (With good music, good worship and good food!) There will be more details forthcoming, but please mark your calendars now. I'm hoping you can be there. With great appreciation and joy, Emily
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ADULT RELIGIOUS ENRICHMENT
Look for the full schedule of fall and winter enrichment opportunities in the October Beacon!!
Articulating Your UU Faith
Do you wonder sometimes about how to express your faith to others? How do you talk about what you believe? These questions and more will be pondered and even possibly answered at the Articulating Your UU Faith class in the fall, facilitated by Rev. Emily Gage. Set your calendars now for the four-session class: Thursdays, September 30, October 7, October 21, October 28 from 7 to 8:30 pm. Minimum of ten participants. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in leading an Adult Religious Enrichment opportunity this year?
The Adult Religious Enrichment ministry is made possible by people like you. We are looking for teachers/ facilitators who are interested in leading classes/ workshops/discussion groups in the following areas: UU identity, encountering stages in the life journey, empowering people to live their belief through their actions, cultivating spiritual deepening and spiritual practices, enriching understanding of the world around you, and building connections with others. If you have an idea, please contact Rev. Emily Gage and the ARE team at email@example.com for an ARE application.
Caregiver Support Group
The Caregivers Support Group here at Unity Temple is held every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the West balcony of Unity House. This drop-in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org No registration or fees.
“Movies with Meaning” Film Discussion Group will Continue
Three films, Up in the Air; Shadowlands; and the Visitor, were screened and discussed on the third Thursdays of June, July and August. Each had good attendance and thoughtful, probing conversations in response to the films. The “Movies with Meaning” series will continue through the fall. We’ll continue to meet at the same time each month. Films screen at 6 pm and are followed by discussion at 8 pm. Films and dates follow: September 16th – Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Painfully shy Lars, played by Ryan Gosling, wants a girlfriend – but is inept at romance. His response is to find a woman who can’t refuse him. This offbeat comedy illustrates the healing powers of love and acceptance in a small community. Rated: PG-13 October 21st – Persepolis (2007) Marjane Stapi’s autobiographical graphic novel is the source of for this challenging film that tracks a young girl’s experience of the 1978 Iranian revolution. Far from a Disney-type movie, this animated film is both beautiful and deeply felt. Rated: GP-13 November – 18th – Doubt (2008) This film adaptation John Patrick Shanley's Tonywinning play stars Meryl Streep as a strict principal of a Roman Catholic school. Amy Adams plays her innocent protégé. A new priest played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman falls under suspicion when the aging nun notices a questionable relationship between the priest and a school boy. Rated: GP-13
Career Transition Outreach
Every Monday from 8:45-9:45am 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: Diane.G.Wilson@gmail.com. No registration or fees.
As our new church year begins, Ex Libris is preparing to bring you the books and other resources which will add to your experience at Unity Temple. We will continue finding books for individual members and we want to make Ex Libris more available for interest groups and classes studying in specific areas. The books you need can be part of the bookstore orders to specific sellers and will enjoy the discounts that our orders receive. As groups that you are involved in begin planning for this year, be aware Ex Libfis may be helpful in keeping you well supplied and keeping costs low. We plan to make our books easier for you to find by making simplier subject matter areas. Our hours will be attuned to the worship services. Ex Libris is run by volunteers. We share our duties and plan to work one Sunday per month. If you love books and helping people, if you love the idea of enriching members' and visitors' experience at church, please stop by and ask us how to join us in the work of Ex Libris.
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From the Music Director
Marty Swisher email@example.com
usic at Unity Temple has been alive and strong during the summer months with many talented musicians enhancing our services. We are grateful to Betsy Davis for her contributions as well as others from our congregation bringing music revenant to our service themes as well as beautiful music to inspire. September brings not only the return of increased excitement and activity at Unity Temple, but also the full schedule of our choir. We rehearse each Wednesday night, beginning at 7:00pm sharp and finish at 9:oopm. We welcome new members throughout the year but especially at the beginning of the year! If you have entertained joining our ranks this is the time to do it! Please contact Music Director, Marty Swisher firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, or just come! Opening Sunday will feature the talents of master violinist, Alex Koffman of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band when he will be featured as soloist with and without the Unity Temple Choir. Recorder player, Mary Anne Gardiner will be featured on September 19th followed by the return of the choir on the 26th. New materials discovered while attending the Unitarian Universalist Musician’s Network has further inspired us to include newly composed music from many traditions, incorporating instrumentalists and vocal solos throughout the year. Thanks to the board, Alan Taylor and congregation for sending me to the conference where my light was ignited! --just ask me about UUMN in Madison, Wisconsin! Taizé services at Unity Temple will continue on September 24th as they occur every fourth Friday of the month. Plan to join us for this service of candlelight, contemplation and personal reconciliation. From more information about Taizé and this special service of prayer log on to http://www.taize.fr/en. We are always looking to include additional instrumentalists and singers to accompany the service. If you are interested in joining our Team Taizé, Please contact Marty Swisher at email@example.com. Every month is a good time to thank you for your support and generous contributions to the growing music program here at UT. This month we especially acknowledge the generosity of the families and individuals who purchased out Teal Hymnal supplement, Singing the Journey. Through the generosity of the Sara Clarke fund and the contributions of 31 members over
two thousand dollars was raised. With these funds we are able to purchase new music, instruments and hire professionals to augment our offering s for services. We are truly grateful. Special thanks go out to member, Karen McMillan for this initiative. Members and Friends are still able to purchase the supplements and have their own dedications placed in each hymnal. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Looking forward to another wonderful year with you— Marty Swisher Music Director, Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Taizé at Unity Temple
Please join us again for Taizé Service in the Unity Temple Sanctuary, on Friday, September 24 at 7 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.
Job Posting: Nursery Coordinator/Care Providers
Unity Temple’s Faith Development program is looking for a reliable, compassionate and experienced nursery coordinator (or two nursery care providers) for our Sunday morning services. The nursery coordinator/care providers is/are responsible for caring for our youngest Unity Temple-ers, infants through three years old (who are not potty trained) during the 9:00 and 10:45 services. He/she will work with our current fabulous nursery care provider, Julie Rash, to create a welcoming and safe environment for our youngest. These are both paid positions. If you are interested in applying, please contact Rev. Emily Gage at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 848-6225 X103. You may apply to cover both services as the nursery coordinator, or you may apply to cover one service as a nursery care provider. Please note: Our current beloved nursery coordinator, Sule Kivanc-Ancieta, will soon become our preschool coordinator!
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“My Most Memorable Trip”
Preparation: Prior to the meeting, invite people to bring a photo, souvenir, or other remembrance of a memorable vacation or journey that they took. Opening Words Wandering reestablishes the original harmony which once existed between man the universe. – Anatole France Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. – Mark Twain The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust Focus/Discussion 1. What trip or vacation was most memorable for you, and why? If you brought a memento of that trip with you, you can share it as you answer this question. 2. How do you feel about traveling? Do you look forward to it, or regret the necessity of traveling? When you go on a trip, do you find yourself changed by the experience? 3. There is a cartoon in which a man by a lake is being called to leave, because “it’s time to go home.” The man looks sadly at the lake he is leaving, and thinks “What if I am home?” Have you ever felt that the place you have journeyed to is your true home? Are there ways you can get more of what you experience in that place in your everyday life? 4. “Spiritual journey” and “spiritual path” are common metaphors used to describe spiritual growth. Is your spiritual growth similar in some ways to your experience of traveling? Where is “home” in this metaphor? Are there lessons you have learned from trips, vacations or journeys that might apply to your spiritual growth? Closing Words “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang Adapted from a program developed by Mike Mallory of the Evergreen UU Fellowhship in Marysville, Washington
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 email@example.com 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.
Chalice Circle 2010-11 Calendar of Events
Each year the Chalice Circle Ministry Team hosts events for Chalice Circle facilitators and participants. Below are our events for 2010-2011. Monday, September 27, 2010 7-9 p.m. Chalice Circle Facilitator Training Chalice Circle Ministry Team presents facilitator training for current facilitators, new facilitators and those whoa are interested in becoming a co-facilitator. Thursday, November 4, 2010 7-9 p.m. Chalice Circle Facilitator Fall Get Together Chalice Circle Ministry Team hosts its annual fall facilitator get together. All facilitators and those who are interested in becoming facilitators are welcome. Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 7-9 p.m. Chalice Circle Facilitator Training Chalice Circle Ministry Team presents facilitator training for current facilitators, new facilitators and those who are interested in becoming a co-facilitator. Sunday, March 27, 2011 5-9 p.m. Chalice Circles Annual Potluck All Chalice Circle members are invited to Chalice Circle program annual potluck supper at Unity Temple. Please contact Marge Entemann for additional information about facilitator training at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-445-8544.
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AUCTION 2010! UNITY BY DESIGN: COMMUNITY BY CHOICE
SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13 for our major annual fundraising event! We hope you like the theme of our Auction event this year. We had such a great response last year to the Unity Temple-centered theme that we are doing it again this year. We are also hoping to build on the congregational mission of raising community awareness about our congregation so we are again planning to open the Silent Auction event to the public. We hope we can count on you all—the members of our community—to do your part with generous and creative donations and lively and engaged bidding in the silent auction event and the catalog auction. More than a few of you have commented about how much the catalog events have helped to fill your social calendar and enrich your community at Unity Temple. Stay tuned for some terrific testimonials in the weekly bulletin. Here are some things that you can do to help us right now1. MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the big day—tickets will go on sale Sunday, September 12 and will be $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets will also be available through www.brownpapertickets.com. 2. VOLUNTEER to help the Committee (email email@example.com). Our meetings are fun and fast—typically mid-week in central Oak Park. Keep in mind there will also be many tasks and projects we’ll need help with closer to the event if you can’t commit now. 3. THINK ABOUT YOUR DONATION to the Catalog or Silent auction—we can’t thank you enough for your help to make ‘09 the most successful auction ever! Events and dinners were especially popular and fun last year and do wonders to help bring our congregation closer together. We’ll be inserting a donation form in the bulletin September 12 and plan to post on the website soon. If you would like to donate or pitch an idea email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile the Committee is busy working on an entertaining evening with delicious food, lively music, great auction items and this year our raffle prizes will the of the CASH variety! Look for us in the Lobby every Sunday starting on welcoming Sunday, September 12! If you have any questions, would like to join us or have comments- feel free to contact Jennifer Marling at 773-889-8040 or email email@example.com.
Psychiatrist to Speak on Medication for Mental Illness
On Sunday, September 12, the Metro-Suburban Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will present a talk by Morris Goldman, MD, the Director of Psychotic Disorders Program at Northwestern University. Dr. Goldman will speak on "New Medications to Treat Thought Process and Social Functioning." Admission is free to the public. The meeting will be held at in Unity House from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. You may contact NAMI Metro Suburban (708) 5242582, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Metro Suburban chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), visit the website, namimetsub.org.
We ARE the Village it takes!
Please join in the community conversation regarding the issues of alcohol and substance use among our teens at Parent Cafés for the Community from 7 to 9 PM, Tuesday, September 14, at Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 875 N. Lake Street, Oak Park. The event is sponsored by Unity Temple Social Mission Committee and being organized by Oak Park - River Forest Parent Action Committee (PAC) and Oak Park Township. This grassroots initiative is designed to foster parent-to-parent conversations on the challenges teenagers face in Oak Park and River Forest. Attendees will participate in guided small group discussions to dialogue about ways to keep our kids safe as they navigate the drug/alcohol issue in our Communities. UT congregants are invited to get involved, and undergo some training as a table facilitator. There will be other on-site needs as well. Interested? please contact Deb Quantock McCarey, for details. Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited. For more information e-mail Oak Park-River Forest Parent Action Team at: email@example.com.
Update from Diversity Task Force
The Diversity Task Force has been working toward the stated congregational goal of developing strategies to expand and deepen diversity in membership and programming. During October 2010, a number of activities involving the whole congregation will be launched, including a message from the pulpit. We will be contacting the congregation for your input as well. Stay tuned! Marilyn Myles Diversity Task Force
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UNITY TEMPLE RESTORATION FOUNDATION
South Roof Slab Project: The punch list is complete, meaning that workers have finished all the small tasks that needed to be done to satisfy the construction contracts. In the end, the project came in $5,000 over the projected amount, or less than 1%, including all the work that was performed on the sanctuary laylights. During the summer’s heavy rainstorms, the downspout in the southeast column of the sanctuary performed as it should, draining water away from the roof and depositing it in the storm sewer. The drains in the northwest and northeast columns did not perform as well, indicating that they need to be replaced, as well. The immediate next step of the restoration is to protect the parapet wall that surround the sanctuary’s skylight. UTRF and UTUUC plan to seal the cracks in the concrete, waterproof the surface, and secure a layer of nylon or stainless steel mesh over the corners of the wall, to prevent concrete from falling to the ground. Programs to Support the Restoration: This fall, UTRF presents more programs than ever before. Proceeds support the restoration of Unity Temple. Break :: the :: Box Peter Sagal: Smuggling Monkeys Friday, September 10, 2010, 7:30 pm Peter Sagal, Oak Parker and host of NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" explains why his weekly hour in which grown up people make adolescent jokes about smugglers with monkeys in their pants is actually the most important, influential news show on air today. Incredibly funny, smart and entertaining, Peter Sagal is a public radio rock star. Each week he is heard by more than 3 million people on 450 public radio stations nationwide and via podcast. Admission: $15 UTRF members, students and seniors; $20 non-members. David Patterson: The Five Influences: Music and Mr. Wright's Architecture Thursday, October 7, 2010, 8:00 pm (An ArtRageous! Oak Park event) Frank Lloyd Wright compared music to architecture: a symphony was an edifice of sound; Beethoven was a great architect. With Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as a map, musicologist David Patterson decodes music's influence on Wright's approach to design. Co-sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Admission: $5.
Literary Series Co-sponsored by The Book Table, Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, Midwest Media and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation. NPR's Michele Norris Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 7:30 pm As she set out to write her new book The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, award-winning journalist and host of NPR's "All Things Considered" Michele Norris said, "People talk about race one way in public and they often--not always but often--talk about it in a different way and at a different tempo in the private sphere...I just want to pull back the curtain a little bit.” Along the way she unearthed painful family secrets, from her father's shooting by the Birmingham police within weeks of his discharge from service in World War II to her grandmother's peddling pancake mix as an itinerant Aunt Jemima. Admission: $5. Jack Bishop of America's Test Kitchen Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 7:30 pm The Food Network comes to Unity Temple. Jack Bishop, the Editorial Director of America's Test Kitchen, presents The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook, a groundbreaking addition to their best-selling series. Admission: $5.
Unity Temple Concert Series
Subscribe now as Unity Temple Concert Series subscriptions are on sale for our spectacular 38th season! This year’s series presents six vibrant performances including country rock, classical, world music and blues--opening with Billboard sensations The Wailin’ Jennys. New this season is Dinner and a Concert where concertgoers can receive discounts at the best area restaurants that are all walking distance from The Temple. Also, new this year is the option to buy a 3pick subscription and choose any three of the six concerts. Full series subscriptions are on sale now through the first concert, October 8th. Individual concert tickets go on sale September 10th. Listen and buy at www.utconcerts.com or by calling 708-445-8955. Support Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and enjoy Music in a Masterpiece.
10 • The Beacon
THINKING OUTSIDE THE (BLUE) BOX
Have you ever wondered why there are overflowing boxes filled with used CFL bulbs and batteries in the back hallway at Unity House? Does it seem like a lot more waste than one building would generate? That is because once upon a time, when it was quite difficult to find a place to take these things for recycling or proper disposal, a few kind souls agreed to collect these items in Unity House and take care of recycling them for our members. Luckily, things sometimes change for the better. There are now several local businesses that will accept CFL bulbs, batteries, and small electronics for proper disposal, making it simple for our members to take responsibility for recycling these items themselves. As a result, we will no longer be collecting CFL bulbs, batteries, and small electronic devices in Unity House. Here is a list of local options for disposing of your CFL bulbs, batteries, and small electronics responsibly: • Green Home Experts – 823 South Oak Park Avenue: Accepts CFL bulbs, batteries (both rechargeable and regular household batteries), and cell phones. While you are there, check out GHE’s extensive selections of green household products! • Dressel’s Hardware – 1137 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park: Accepts CFL bulbs and rechargeable batteries. • Home Depot – all locations: Accepts CFL bulbs. • Chicago Public Library Branch Locations: Accepts regular household batteries for proper disposal. In addition, the Village of Oak Park’s website includes a complete guide to recycling a myriad of items in our area that are not collected in the blue bins. The Village also sponsors periodic recycling of small electronics and computers. Check the Village website for more information and future dates.
Fall Retreat for All Ages
The Fall Retreat for All Ages returns this fall, October 2931, 2010 at a new location: Tower Hill Camp in Sawyer, MI (www.il-odm.org). It will be a weekend of relaxing; sharing meals; workshops; games; a coffee house participation show; campfire with s’mores and singing; and Sunday morning worship. The retreat begins Friday evening and ends with lunch on Sunday. One person, double occupancy, is $112.50; a single room, $133.50. Some scholarship money is available. Retreat planning committee members are needed. For more information, please contact Barbara Boockmeier at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 729-0953.
Coming of Age Ceremony
All are invited to attend the Coming of Age Ceremony for Asher Seth Einhorn on September 11, 2010 at 6 p.m. in Unity Temple. The reception will follow immediately after the ceremony in Unity House.
Parents Support Group
A new Parents Support Group for UT families with special needs children will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 709 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested please contact Carol DiMatteo or Tom Dunnington by phone 708-524-2859 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Purple Sages (Senior Women)
Will be meeting on Wednesday, September 22 from 11:30 a.m.–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.
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 months of June and July 2010, your weekly collection donations contributed the following amounts to these organizations: Cluster Tutoring Program : $1697.75 Lawyers Committee for Better Housing: $511.23 Oak-Leyden Developmental Services: $510.56 People’s Church of Chicago Homeless Ministry: $561 Oak Park Coalition of Truth and Justice: $258.34 Disabled American Veterans: $408.00 Thank you for your generosity!
3rd Saturday Coffeehouse in September
3rd Saturday Coffeehouse kicks off its new season on Saturday, September 18, with songstress Marty Swisher, Music Director at Unity Temple, who will sing an array of classic love songs. Accompanied by pianist Dana Brown and a few surprise guest singers, she will feature an eclectic mix of songs spanning the centuries. Before coming to Unity Temple, Marty performed as a soprano soloist for oratorios and cantatas as well as in many musical theatre and operetta productions throughout the Chicago area. In Unity House. Doors open 7:30, Open Mic at 8; feature at 9. Donation $3-5. We are acoustic. Open mic limited to 5 mins. Info at 708-660-9376.
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September 2010 Events Not To Miss
September 5 September 12 September 16 9:30 service 9 and 10:45 a.m. services begin Movie & Discussion: Lars and the Real Girl (2007) 6 p.m. screening, 8 p.m. discussion West Balcony Intro to Unitarian Universalism 1 p.m., Unity House West 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse 7:30 p.m., Unity House Taize Service 7 p.m., Sanctuary Fall Equinox Celebration 7 p.m., Unity House Pathway to Membership 1 p.m., Unity House Chalice Circle Facilitator Training 7-9 p.m. Articulating Your UU Faith 7 p.m., Gale House
Board of Trustees
firstname.lastname@example.org Duane Dowell President Ian Morrison Vice President Margaret Ewing Secretary Glenn Brewer Treasurer Jean Borrelli Betsy Davis Nina Gegenheimer Jay Peterson David Ripley Diane Scott Jennifer Walters Polly Walwark
September 18 September 24
For all calls, please dial 708-848-6225 and then your party’s extension: Rev. Alan C. Taylor, Minister x101 email@example.com Rev. Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development x103 firstname.lastname@example.org Rich Meyer, Membership Director x102 email@example.com David Wilke, Director of Administration x100 firstname.lastname@example.org Martha Swisher, Music Director email@example.com Heather Godbout Youth Coordinator X107 firstname.lastname@example.org Meridian Herman, Rental Manager x108 email@example.com Sule Kivanc-Ancieta, Preschool Coordinator David Osorio, Sexton Rito Salinas, Sexton Peter Storms, Accompanist Jennifer Flynn, Publications Assistant X105 firstname.lastname@example.org Tracy Zurawski, Bookkeeper x104 email@example.com Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield, Community Minister firstname.lastname@example.org
September 24 September 19 & 26 September 27 September 30 October 7, 21, & 28
Visit Our Calendar Online!
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.
BEACON Newsletter Submissions
Submissions for the October 2010 Beacon Newsletter are due at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 20. Please email submissions to email@example.com.
Be a Beacon-folding Hero!
Come and help us distribute our beautiful Beacon to the masses! Our next Beacon folding party will happen on Friday, September 24 at 9:15 a.m. Thank you!
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September 5—9:30 a.m. service September 26
Working Our Way Home Jamie Boyce Offering: Faith in Place
September 12—New service times: 9 & 10:45 a.m.
A Religion for Our Time: Embracing Change and Creativity Rev. Alan Taylor Offering: Faith in Place
A Religion for Our Time: Building Bridges of Hope and Service Rev. Alan Taylor Offering: Unity Temple Social Mission Council
Friday, September 24, 7 p.m.
Taizé Service at Unity Temple
A Religion for Our Time: Fostering Community and Connection Rev. Alan Taylor Offering: NAMI National Association for Mental Illness
NEW SERVICE TIMES
Beginning September 12, worship begins at 9 & 10:45 a.m. Religious Education classes held at both services.
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