Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation
FROM REV. E MILY GAGE
t’s not always easy to be a Unitarian Universalist. On some level, it seems like it should be easy. After all, we are not a creedal religion. No one gets to tell us what we have to believe. As a minister, it’s a wonderfully liberating thing. Unitarian Universalist parish clergy all have it written in their letters of agreement somewhere: they have the freedom of the pulpit. The phrase just gives me an expansive feeling when I think about it. Well, then, someone might wonder—if you don’t believe alike, what brings you together? If you have freedom of the pulpit, how do you know what to preach? The first answer, of course, is that we are a covenantal religion. That is, we do agree on HOW we are together. We work together in the spirit of love, accepting one another, learning from one another, encouraging each other’s spiritual growth, honoring each other’s inherent worth and dignity. The second answer lies in the fuller phrasing. Usually one reads: the minister is granted the right and responsibility of the freedom of the pulpit. That is, a minister has to be mindful about the use of that freedom. I always take it to mean that I have to preach the truth as I see it, as I understand it. That’s how I test what I say. I do that knowing that the truth that you experience may be very different from mine. Our job, then, in religious community, is partly to engage in the ongoing quest for truth and meaning by listening and talking with one another. We don’t mention it much, but the right and responsibility of the freedom of the pews is just as important as the freedom of the pulpit. I was struck by all this anew—these concepts of freedom and covenant—on Sunday, May 22. Our 10 Coming of Agers, Sarah Blobaum, Karina Fadragas, Zoe Kelley, Erin Lynch, Nik Maniotis, Gabe Matesanz, Daley Ripley, Zoe Ryan, Jake Skubish, and Nora Watkins, each delivered their own credo statement during the worship service. Talk about courage! With humor, grace, and
authenticity, they each spoke about what they believe and how they live. The credos were all different, of course, and many of them touched on community, love, empathy, and a yearning for understanding. If they did not state it explicitly (though some did), they showed that they felt accepted and welcomed at Unity Temple, whoever they are. (If you weren’t there, take a listen on‐ line. You will be enriched and blessed by their stories and their perspectives. That is certainly how I felt.) Free to believe and surrounded by love. I thought about these concepts of freedom and covenant again during our annual congregational meeting, which took place after the worship service that same Sunday. We operate by democratic process, and we see that most clearly at that meeting, where we often question and debate various issues, sometimes with great passion. This year the most compelling issue was about whether or not to adopt this particular statement as something affirmed by Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation: “As Unitarian Universalists we believe that we should work for a peaceful, fair, and free world. We are committed to the prompt withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghani‐ stan.” Within the framework allowed by our rules and Continued on page 4
One Service Only Beginning June 19
Summers at Unity Temple run at a bit of a slower and more informal pace. From June 19 through September 4, there will be one worship service only (instead of two) at 9 a.m. Just think—you can come to worship in the early morning and have the rest of the summer day to enjoy! We'll have a variety of pulpit speakers from the congregation, as well as both Rev. Alan Taylor and Rev. Emily Gage. For our young people, our nursery will continue as usual, and for those from preschool age through upper elementary, we will have multiage programming, taught by some of our teenagers. It will be lots of fun! (More information on this forthcoming.) We'll resume with two services and regular religious education programming on September 11, 2011.
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IN OUR PULPIT
June 5 :: Title TBA with Rev. Qiyamah A. Rahman Rev. Qiyamah A. Rahman has been a Unitarian Universal‐ ist since 1992 and is a faculty member at Meadville Lombard Theological School. She earned a M.Div. from Meadville and a doctorate from Clark Atlanta University's Africana Women's Studies program with a major in gender and development and a minor in feminist/ womanist theory. Rev. Rahman is an avid reader and writer and is working on a series documenting the presence of African American women in Unitarian Universalism. Her most recent publication is a short biography on Fatima Meer, a celebrated South African Muslim activist, published in the Encyclopedia of Women in World History by Oxford Press. She has three adult children, Libra, Kaleema and Muhammad, and a grandson, Brandon. She currently lives in Hyde Park with her traveling companion/cat, Lili.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
In Our Pulpit Membership Opportunities Board of Trustees Community Minister Music Director Adult Religious Enrichment Religious Education Chalice Circles Social Mission Sabbatical Minister for Pastoral Care UT Restoration Foundation Events June Events Not To Miss 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 9 10 11
Are YOU New? Welcome!
Introduction to Unitarian Universalism This session is the prerequisite for the Pathways to Membership course, and is open to anyone who would like to learn more about Unitarian Universalist philosophy, identity, history, and theology. For more information and to register for this class, contact Sue Stock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708‐445‐0306. Instructor is Rev. Emily Gage. Next class date: Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Unity House. No charge. The next class will be August 7, 2011. Pathways to Membership This two‐session class is for those who have already taken Introduction to Unitarian Universalism. Participants will reflect on and discuss their personal attitudes and beliefs about religion and spirituality with others in the class, and learn more about our congregation and its programs. For more information or to register for this class, contact Rob Bellmar at email@example.com or 708‐763‐0260. Next class dates: Saturdays, August 13 and 20, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Unity House. Cost: $20. For free childcare at all of these opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week in advance.
June 19 :: Liberal Religion and The Religious Experience with John Wood John Wood has been a member of our congregation for almost 50 years, and currently serves as a Pastoral Associate. He is retired from Northwestern University where he was in research administration, and was formally the Co‐CIO of the American Hospital Associa‐ tion. He and his wife Jane lead an active life within our congregation and local community, and greatly enjoy their annual travels to visit with grandchildren. He confesses to a great affection for bad puns. On the 19th John will talk about the variety of religious experiences of liberal religionists (and perhaps use a bad pun or two).
June 26 :: The Algebra Of Loss with Chris Nemeth Chris Nemeth has been a UTUUC member since 2000 and is a Director/Partner with the Chicago‐based manage‐ ment consulting firm, The Keystone Group. Previously, Chris was the Managing Partner for Integration Partners LLC, the CEO of Straight Line Development, and co‐owner of the Forest Park wine boutique, HouseRed. Chris maintains an active schedule as a performing violinist and is the subject of the documentary short film, Expressing The Inexpressible (2010). He lives in Oak Park with his wife, Tara, and their two girls, Marie and Vivienne. On June 26th, Chris will speak to how our popular society—a society wedded to the notion that we should ultimately be able to “have it all”—seems increasingly fearful of and unprepared for the inevitabil‐ ity of disappointment, tragedy and, ultimately, death and loss. This sermon will look at the experience of loss from a variety of angles and consider some of the underlying variables, to reveal something of its deeper “algebra.”
Memorial service for Nancy Bunce
A memorial service for Nancy Bunce, will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2:30 p.m., in Unity Temple.
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REPORT FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
From the Board President Duane Dowell
Things are looking up: the sun is out, the tempera‐ ture is up, we have a budget for next year, Rev. Taylor will return in a month, and Wright Plus and the Annual Meeting were accomplished in the same weekend! To those who responded to our appeal to stretch to meet our budget goals, we express our deep gratitude. We are not quite where we would like to be for and staff salaries and for our responsibilities to the denomination, but we are moving in the right direction in challenging times. Thank you. And while our Annual Meeting is still on my mind, I need to tell you that I have participated in enough UU debates by now to know that many of us hold our ideas on social justice close to the heart and with a great deal of passion. It is that passion and commitment that moves the world in a positive direction. I am also frequently astonished that there are those who don’t agree with my carefully reasoned position. As we move into our new year of growth and renewal, it is my hope that we will continue the dialogue, that we will persuade and cajole and think and meditate and maybe we will be able to speak with one voice to our wider community on some important issues of peace and justice. To quote Rev. Gage, “Each of us has something important to contribute.” We briefly recognized the end of terms of service of some important church leaders the other day. Just a few more to acknowledge: The Pursuit Team members who did a marvelous job of moving us ahead in our quest for more space and the restoration of the Temple. They are John Cinelli, Betsy Davis, Brian Farrar, Paul Fisher, Mary Ellen Munley, Ronald Scherubel, Michelle Sherbun, and Lynn Kamenitsa. Furthermore, I would like to again recognize the dedicated service of our retiring members of the Board of Trustees: Glenn Brewer, Margaret Ewing, Nina Gegenheimer and Polly Walwark. They have been perceptive and active stewards of our congregation. And welcome to our new board members; Josh Ditelberg, Kristina Entner, and Larry Studer. I take pride in our accomplishments and look forward to new horizons.
Thank You Sunday Morning Greeters & Pathways Facilitators
The membership committee would like to thank all of the Sunday morning greeters, who give so generously of their time to welcome newcomers, friends, and mem‐ bers, and this year's Pathways Facilitators, who ushered our new members into the congregation. Thank you for all you do! 2010‐2011 Greeters: Rob Bellmar Roger Bonine Glen Brewer Pat Callahan Rebecca Callahan Collette Clark Anne Devaud Duane Dowell Vera Dowell Juliana Engel Marge Entemann Marge Ewing Mike Ewing Michael Filla Lynn Gilchrist Tom Hall Brian Hance Jeff Hoffman Ken Hooker Bob Innocenzi Nitrice Johnson Susan Kerwin Margaret Klemundt Sally Lamke Charolette Lee Mary Leonard Jill Olson‐Harren Steve Manning Allen McVey Maria Murzyn Marilyn Myles Monica Phillips Gary Stoppleman Doug Waco Jim Walwark Ann Weist Gary Wilson Gary Woll Judy Woll Jane Wood John Wood Kathy Wyman Doug Zapotocny 2010‐2011 Pathways Facilitators Gary Woll Mary Rose Lambke John Boblick Laurie Bellmar Rob Bellmar Hilary Gray Anne Devaud Matthew Lewis Karin Sullivan Ken Hooker Lynne Hensel Larry Kameya Krista Mikos Meg Herman Mark Robinson
Bring something back to Unity Temple!
It seems like a long time from now, but Sunday, September 11, will be our homecoming Sunday after our summer schedule. We have a Worship For All Ages planned and we'll be celebrating with a water ingather‐ ing ceremony. Be sure to collect some water from wherever your journeys take you this summer—whether near or far—and bring some back for our ingathering that Sunday. Thanks!
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FROM THE COMMUNITY MINISTER
Rev. Clare Butterfield
Clare@faithinplace.org s we turn to the part of the year that reminds us how grateful we are to live on our lovely planet, I am thinking a lot about the environmental conversation, and its strengths and weaknesses. At its best, the work I do reminds us that we love being a human animal in a complex and beautiful world. Because we do love it and remember that it’s a strange privilege to be here at all, we act in recognition of that privilege by being kind to each other and to the other living things we share the planet with, and we try to preserve what is beautiful here so that those who come after us can know those things too. At its worst, though, the environmental movement is one of undiscerning judgment on others by people of privilege (usually middle‐class white people), often combined with a kind of unrelenting anxiety about the future of the planet and the imminence of harm. It’s exhausting to be part of a movement like this, and it’s unhelpful too. We do sometimes find ourselves in the morass of a paralyzing focus on minutiae. How do I recycle number 6 plastic? Am I morally superior because I drive a Prius? If I eat a green bean that has pesticide residue on it am I going to die an immediate and painful death? These kinds of questions, and the desire to judge and control the behaviors of others, keep new people from coming in to this movement. It feels, when viewed in this light, not only overwhelming but veering toward the trivial. But these kinds of undiscerning judgments not only alienate us from our brothers and sisters (who ought to be given credit for their intentions, because we need to be given credit for ours also), they also keep us from making judgments when we really need to, or even knowing how to do that. When a particular coal company (not to name one) violates public safety requirements over and over and over again, we should make a judgment about that. Not about the people who work for the company—we should admit that we know nothing at all about those—but about the ability of the company to conduct itself in a socially responsible manner. The solution isn’t another fine—it’s charter revocation. But
we’re busy sitting in our Priuses in traffic, judging our fellow drivers as less worthy than we because they’re driving comparative gas guzzlers. And worrying about the toxic implications of a green bean. (It’s not going to hurt you—and it already did its damage to the guy who applied the pesticide. He’s the one you need to be worried about.) So now that the days are finally warm and the sun is finally out, maybe we can take the month of June to remind ourselves of what we love, and to remind ourselves that it is love that drives us when we are at our best. So we make no judgments on trivial matters, either of ourselves or of others, but simply resolve as far as we are able to be consistent in belief and practice, and to help those around us to be consistent also. And then we can think about where judgments really need to be made in order to protect what we love for future generations, and do something about that.
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procedures, there was a lot of discussion, both pro and con. The discussion was fairly wide ranging and brought up all sorts of issues and perspectives, some with great feeling. There were plenty of things mentioned that I hadn’t yet considered when looking at the statement. In the end, 67 percent voted to affirm the statement. In order to adopt such a statement, however, we need an 80 percent affirmative vote. I know there were those who walked away from the meeting disappointed in such an outcome. Yet we listened and engaged with one another respectfully and followed good process. Free to believe and surrounded by love. It’s not always easy to be a Unitarian Universalist because sometimes (often) we DON’T believe the same thing. Instead, we have to figure out how to be with one another when we don’t, living our values as we engage in those disagreements. And it’s precisely then, at those most challenging moments, that we encounter the greatest opportunity for growth. Who knows what transformation is possible? I said a couple of things at the annual meeting that bear repeating: Each one of us makes a difference. Because there is only one you, you enrich us and bless your religious community with your presence and your stories. Thank you for that. And: I am proud to serve this religious community. I am filled with hope for our future, and I look forward to our continued journey on this ongoing quest for truth and meaning.
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FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR
The Unity Temple Singers present music for services on June 5th featuring "A Native American Prayer" and the African American Spiritual, "Down to the River to Pray." The latter is a piece is particularly meaningful to Rev. Qiyamah Rahman, the minister for the morning as we honor her and her spiritual journey. Flower Communion, June 12, features the Unity Temple Choir in our last appearance of the season. The choir will sing a selection specially composed for flower communion services by former Music Director Jonathan Miller. The piece will feature 10 soloists throughout both services. Unity Temple will host an end‐of‐the‐year dinner on Wednesday, June 15, to thank the members of the choir for their contribution throughout the season. After dinner, members of the choir will present a talent show to highlight the individual gifts members all too often hide in the ranks of the group. Poets, jugglers as well as singers will appear in the spirit of fun and celebration. All singers who have sung with us are invited to participate and attend. As summer services begin on June 19, we welcome the keyboard contributions of Abagail Allison, Betsy Davis, Tehra Hiolski and Peter Storms. Contributions by other musicians of the congregation should be directed to Music Director Marty Swisher (email@example.com) or Reverend Scott Talbot Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org). In the Style of Taizé fourth Friday services will be suspended for the summer. The next service will be held on September 23. The team is in need of additional support in the area of musicians, technical set‐up, candle lighting and placement and worship planning. Please contact Music Director Marty Swisher for suggestions and contributions of support. Attendance at these services continues to be high. We are proud to offer this spiritual experience to our congregation and friends of the congregation. Please consider helping us to insure the continuance of these services. As we wrap up this season of music, Peter and I are grateful for the support and suggestions from the congregation. As we plan for the upcoming year, we are reminded of the many members and friends who have volunteered countless hours of service to the musical life of this congregation enhancing our experience as a worship community. Thank you. We look forward to exploring all our resources and hope to involve even
more of you in the coming year as we plan to offer performance opportunities to the Women Inspried by Song Ensemble (non‐auditioned women's ensemble), Chalice Singers (children's choir), Unity Temple Singers (auditioned a cappella chamber ensemble), and the Unity Temple Choir (non‐auditioned adult choir). We welcome your participation, your ideas as we continue to be inspired by the work here and the many wonderful people that contribute to making Unity Temple a very special place.
DOUBLE OPEN MIC ON JUNE 18
3RD SATURDAY COFFEEHOUSE
3rd Saturday Coffeehouse Open Mic Night celebrates summer with a twice‐as‐nice Open Mic. Bring your music, magic, musings and mysteries to Open Mic/Open Mic Night, on Saturday, June 18. Whatever your genre, the mic is yours for five minutes. Join us in Unity House at Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street (at Kenilworth), Oak Park. Doors open for sign up at 7:30 p.m. Open Mic Part I begins at 8 p.m., followed by intermission. Open Mic Part II starts up at 9 p.m. Charlie Rossiter will host. We are acoustic—no equipment provided. $3‐$5 donation. For more information call 708‐ 660‐9376.
EX LIBRIS BOOKSTORE
The warm and relaxing days of summer are almost here after our long cold winter and chilly spring. Ex Libris has a number of stimulating, entertaining and thoughtful books that can add to your summer relaxation. We will be open on June 5 and June 19. We hope you will look for books to add to your summer reading list.
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 2011, your weekly collection donations contributed the following amounts to these organizations: Hôpital Albert Schweitzer: $1,186.64 UUSC: $1,108.01 Meadville Lombard Theological School: $432.35 Faith in Place: $1,186.63 Thank you for your generosity!
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ADULT RELIGIOUS ENRICHMENT
Movies with Meaning
Japanese‐English novelist, Kkazuo Ishiguro infuses his two major works with the question “To what degree does access to power and privilege effect our personal agency?” These works have both been beautifully adapted for film by the talents of leading English film makers and actors. Each is a critically acclaimed work of art. Reading the novels or other works by this out‐ standing author is strongly encouraged to enrich our discussion. Thursday, June 16: The Remains of the Day In this Merchant/Ivory production, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson star as the loyal and efficient butler and more sophisticated housekeeper who serve the Nazi‐ sympathizing lord without questioning his ethics or motivations. (1993, Rated PG) Thursday, July 21: Never Let Me Go Kathy and Ruth, played by Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley, are friends and rivals for Peter’s affection at a strict English boarding school where the students are groomed for a life of special purpose. With fates both known and mysterious to them, they struggle to create a happy and meaningful existence. (2010, Rated R) “Movies with Meaning” is an ongoing Adult Religious Enrichment program that uses movies and group discussion to gain new insights into the human situation. Films screen the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. in the West Balcony and are followed by discussion. For more information contact Scott Talbot Lewis at 708‐445‐ 1466.
Knitting for Peace
Knitters meet on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 2 p.m. in the Gale House. Output is donated to the University of Chicago Hospital, Project Linus, and others who we personally are told are in need because of illness. Contact: Sarah Muller, email@example.com or 708‐763‐8736.
Career Transition Outreach
Every Monday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at Unity Temple, Diane Wilson, LCPC, and Brooke McMillan, LCSW, help those facing job loss and career uncertainty. This outreach helps participants manage the psychological and practical aspects of their job transition. Author of Back in Control, Wilson is a coach, counselor, and neurofeedback specialist. For more information email Diane.G.Wilson@gmail.com. No registration or fees.
Summer Solstice Celebration
All are invited to meet in front of Unity Temple on Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m., for a Summer Solstice Celebration. The group will journey the Labyrinth located across the street. Drumming will follow in Unity House. For more information contact Judy Plum, firstname.lastname@example.org or 708‐299‐5111.
The Annual Unity Temple Blood Drive
Help people in need and earn a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream at the Annual Unity Temple Blood Drive is on Sunday, June 5, from 8:30 am until 1:30pm. As always, it’s done with our partner, Heartland Blood Center, and the donated blood is distributed in our community. To make a donation, you can: 1. Sign‐up after services during coffee hour, 2. Contact Maria Murzyn at either UnityTempleBlood‐ Drive@gmail.com or Maria@Gloor.com, or call 708‐ 543‐7070 3. Walk in. Walk‐ins are always welcome the day of the drive. Donating blood is subject to criteria regarding travel and medications. If you have questions regarding this, you can visit www.heartlandbc.org for answers or stop at the sign‐up table after services. Remember, you get a coupon for a “thank‐you” pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream with your donation! Thanks in advance. Any questions, please call Maria Murzyn at 708‐543‐7070.
On Wednesday, June 22, the Sages will discuss the
seminal feminist book, “When God Was a Woman,” which was first printed in the 1970s. Discussion will be led by Sage Letty McSpadden. The Sages meet the
fourth Wednesday of each month in the second floor Book Discussion Room of the Oak Park Public Library, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contacts are Joyce Marco, email@example.com, and Joan Van Note at 708‐705‐1428.
Parents Support Group
UT families with special needs children meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 709 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, at 7:30 p.m. Contacts are Carol DiMatteo or Tom Dunnington, 708‐524‐2859 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fun, Sun and Learning!
Summer is approaching and with it, Summer RE! This year our curriculum focuses on our UU principles and commitments. Once again, Summer RE will be for preschooler through fifth graders. Older kids are welcome to come and help out. Your kids will go to Unity House after children’s time and you can pick them up after the service on the East Balcony. Amy Clark‐Williams will be coordinating Summer RE for her third year. She has again gathered a wonderful teaching staff of our Unity Temple teens. Have Questions? Contact Amy Clark‐Williams email@example.com.
Bring Flowers to Annual Flower Communion Service
Our annual Flower Communion service is Sunday, June 12. The U.T. Flower Committee asks that everyone please bring a flower or flowers to share during this spe‐ cial service. This day we remember and honor the life of Unitarian minister Reverend Norbert Capek, and the beautiful tradition he began that is still celebrated by U.U. congregations around the world. Before the service begins, we'll collect all of the flowers in the foyer and put them in baskets, which will then be passed and shared with one another during worship. The flowers you bring can come from your garden, the Farmers Market, or your local grocery or florist. The variety of flora we bring re‐ minds us that we, like the flowers, are each unique crea‐ tions. Flower Committee members Nina Gegenheimer, Jane Coleman, & Diane Maciejewski greatly appreciate your contributions to our service.
Our Young people need YOU!
Fabulous, thought provoking, energetic, challenging, loving Unity Temple young people ages three to 18 are seeking equally fabulous adult guides for their religious journeys. Enthusiasm, commitment to own learning, willingness to see things in a new way all a must. Curriculum, training, great team members, and support provided. Assistants, teachers, room parents, special project leaders are all welcome. Begins in September. Please contact Rev. Emily Gage firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and willingness to volunteer.
Thank you to the many members of our congregation who took the time to answer the survey created by the Green Sanctuary Committee. Over 100 people participated. Not surprisingly, our members are already making many lifestyle choices that reduce their use of the Earth’s resources. We also discovered subjects that people would like to learn more about – low impact gardening techniques and composting; rain barrels; making green lifestyle choices on a limited budget; and sustainable food choices. We hope to offer programs and tips to satisfy those needs. To explore the survey BAG Day June 18 responses in detail, email email@example.com and BAG Day on Saturday, June 18? Many of our new we will send you a link to the results. members may be confused by the term: Building The survey results will also assist us in applying for and Grounds day gives congregation official Green Sanctuary status from the UUA. We will be members an opportunity to spiff up meeting in June to flesh out our action areas for that our beautiful Unity Temple with our application and hope to finalize our paperwork this bare hands. We work from 9 a.m. to 1 summer. If you have any questions about the work of p.m. (You're very welcome to come part time!) Workers the Green Sanctuary Committee or want to learn more are needed to scrub down the kitchen to look like our about what we are doing, email firstname.lastname@example.org. own, to wash windows, and dust the wood molding eve‐ We welcome ideas on how to promote respect for the rywhere....and more. interdependent web of life of which we are a part. Those unable to clean are invited to contribute by bringing coffee, juice, or goodies to start the morning or sandwiches and cookies to celebrate the sparkling place. Meet the Urban Worm Girl June 20! Please sign up by emailing email@example.com or The UTUUC Ethical Eating Group is co‐sponsoring Urban call Tracy Zurawski at 608‐848‐6225 x. 104. Worm Girl Stephanie Davies presentation at the Oak Park Questions about BAG Day? If you have questions about Public Library on Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m. Susan raises the event, feel free to contact Vera Dowell (708‐209‐ worms here in Oak Park and enthusiastically supports 8708) or firstname.lastname@example.org. composting and green gardening techniques. Join us as we learn about growing heirloom tomatoes and more!
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UU Community and the Need to Belong
Reading In his book on Community: The Structure of Belonging, Peter Block asserts that each of us tells ourselves a story about the communities to which we belong. For example, we might tell the “story” of our UU community by describing it as a place where people who no longer embrace the religion they grew up in can find a home. UU communities are welcoming in this sense because our religion doesn’t require adherence to any particular theology or creed. The theological differences that are sometimes the source of heated disputes among the world’s religions don’t divide us. However, other sorts of splits do divide us. Some UU members are more comfortable than others with what’s loosely referred to as “God‐talk.” Some UU members place a high value on intellectual pursuits, and on logic and science as the best way to find “truth.” Other UU members place a high value on feelings, on intuition, and on the “truth” that art and the humanities can reveal. These differences are reflected in our life as a community. For example, they are reflected in our Sunday service, where we refer to our covenant “with one another and with God”—some UU communities omit the “with God” phrase in their service. These differences are also reflected in what religious education courses we prefer and what sermons we are drawn to. In fact, years ago one of the planners of the UU summer camp, a week‐long event that draws hundreds of members from all over the Midwest, once responded to a camper who didn’t care for that year’s theme speaker. “I loved last year’s speaker”—why couldn’t we have more like him?” the camper lamented. “Well,” the planner explained, “we try to alternate, so that one year we have more of a ‘head’ person and the next more of a ‘heart’ person.” How much do these kinds of splits disrupt our feeling of belonging? And how can we create a community that feels equally welcoming to members who differ in these ways? Discussion Questions 1. When have you felt that you really belonged? What was it about that community that created that feeling? 2. When have you had a strong feeling of belonging, or being connected with, the Unity Temple community? When have you felt like you didn’t belong?
3. Have you encountered the “splits” described above between “head” and “heart” people, or between people who are more or less comfortable with “God‐talk”? To what extent do you think these differences disrupt our sense of belonging, our sense of being a community? 4. Given that differences exist, what can we do to create a community that helps each of us feel we belong? Closing Reading “The key to creating or transforming community, then, is to see the power in the small but important elements of being with others. The shift we seek needs to be embodied in each invitation we make, each relationship we encounter, and each meeting we attend. For at the most operational and practical level, after all the thinking about policy, strategy, mission, and milestones, it gets down to this: How are we going to be when we gather together?” Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block, (2008), p. 10.
Join a Chalice Circle, weekdays or any day!
A new daytime, weekday Chalice Circle is forming. Scott Talbot Lewis will facilitate. In addition, there are 15 other 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 any Chalice Circle or facilitator training contact Marge Entemann at email@example.com or 708‐445‐8544.
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Community Renewal Society Training & Listening Campaign
The Community Renewal Society presents a Listening Campaign (not a whispering campaign). CRS wants to hear from area congregations like ours about important social justice issues we feel need the most action. From this information, CRS leadership develops their future action issues. The kickoff of the campaign takes place on Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at a nearby church. The half‐day session will include commu‐ nity organizing training and the Martin Luther King Com‐ munity Empowerment Assembly. We’ll also celebrate recent victories. Learn about restorative justice and the High HOPES Campaign, and take actions back to your congregation. To join or share a ride, contact Allen Van‐ Note or Rich Pokorny, firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 218‐1202.
SABBATICAL MINISTER FOR PASTORAL CARE
Scott Talbot Lewis
ecently a friend and colleague told me that May is perhaps the hardest month for ministers. It’s funny, but when my mother was still teaching, she used to say something similar. Here’s the truth: May is the hour before check‐out time. There are so many things to be folded up and put away. There are tickets to remember and last looks under the bed. We’re all ready to get going, but don’t want to forget anything. Listen, you’re going to forget something. My “cowboy” belt and my 100 percent cotton dress shirts are gone, and I’m still living a glorious life. For those of you who take life a little more literally: it’s June, ease up! Enjoy the summer and don’t worry too much about what you “should” be doing. God is out there wearing her Sunday best, savor her beauty. She’s warm and full of passionate energy—spend time at the things you enjoy with the people you love. There are lots of sayings about what will be remembered in 100 years or on our deathbeds, but for me Tennessee Williams said it best: “In the time of your life, live. That time is short and will not come again. And the monosyllable of the clock is loss, loss, loss.” It is a privilege to serve as your minister and the only gift I can give in return is my dearest hope and wish that you live with utter conviction and sincerity. If you are sad… that is your experience now, but not always. If you are experiencing life’s abundant fulfillment, savor it and find ways to share your joy. If you are held by the beauty of nature or music, I know that pleasure too. Bless you. Live and love boldly.
Food Rescuers Needed Once a Month
Wanted: A few faithful volunteers to do a once‐a‐ month shift, rescuing food from Trader Joe's on Friday mornings at 10 a.m. Must have vehicle. You will team up with others to go to Trader Joe's in Oak Park, load up and bring rescued food (mostly produce) to the OPRF Food Pantry at First United Church, where you will sort and bag items. If you would like to participate, please con‐ tact Barbara Moline (email@example.com).
Addressing the U.S. budget deficit and our nation’s long term debt
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice will hold its Spring Quarter Meeting on Sunday, June 12, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the U.U. Community Church of the South Sub‐ urbs, 70 Sycamore Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466. The pro‐ gram, between 2 and 3 p.m., is titled “Addressing the U.S. budget deficit and our nation’s long term debt.” Members of the UUSJ Task Force on Economic Justice and Homelessness have studied the report of the Na‐ tional Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, released last December, and have developed two alter‐ native proposals. Representatives of that task force will present them and explain why they were developed, af‐ ter which attendees may ask questions. The program will be followed by a UUSJ Board of Di‐ rectors meeting, which is open to all. For driving direc‐ tions, coordination of car pooling, or information on pos‐ sible public transit alternatives, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 773‐643‐8061 at least 24 hours in advance.
Food for the Soul
Be sure to tune in to "Food for the Soul" on Chicago's Progressive Radio, WCPT at 820 AM and at 92.7 (North), 92.5 (West), and 99.9 (South) FM. This is a weekly show each Sunday at 6 p.m. featuring components of church services recorded live at one of several participating Chi‐ cagoland UU Congregations. Tune in to hear what your fellow UUs are doing.
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UNITY TEMPLE RESTORATION FOUNDATION
Gunny Harboe, FAIA :: Restoring the Rookery: Root, Wright & the Rest Lyman & Anna Shepard Enrichment Series :: Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Using rare and never‐before‐seen images, award‐winning architect Gunny Harboe of Harboe Architects, will present his 1992 restoration of Burnham & Root's 1888 masterpiece, the Rookery. He will also discuss Frank Lloyd Wright's 1905 lobby redesign and the 1931 Art Deco renovation by Wright disciples William Drummond and Barry Byrne. Gunny has had a hand in restoring some of Chicago's most iconic structures, including Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall on the IIT campus and Sullivan's Carson Pirie Scott department store. He also developed the Unity Temple Master Plan for Restoration in 2006 and was the architect for the 2010 repair and restoration of Unity Temple’s south roof slab. In 2010, he was named a "Chicagoan of the Year" by Chicago Magazine. Admission: $12 students and seniors; $15 all others. To purchase tickets, visit www.utrf.org. The Shepard Enrichment Series is a joint program of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation. Unity Temple Restoration Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust The last 10 months have been a time of collaboration and connection for UTRF and the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. In September, UTRF’s board and staff hosted a reception for Celeste Adams, the Preservation Trust’s President and CEO, to welcome her to Oak Park and her new position. In October, we co‐presented a Break the Box event, in which David Patterson, a volunteer for both organizations, demonstrated the relationship between Wright’s architecture and Beethoven. In January, we inaugurated a new joint program, the Lyman & Anna Shepard Enrichment series, which offers learning events focusing on Wright. Jack Lesniak, chair of UTRF’s Architectural Restoration Committee and long‐time Preservation Trust volunteer, kicked off the Shepard Series in January, with a virtual tour of the Home & Studio’s restoration in the early ‘70s. Gunny Harboe’s talk on June 7 (see above) will be our second Shepard Series co‐presentation. And for 2011‐ 2012, the Preservation Trust is Unity Temple Concert Series’s presenting partner.
We are happy to be able to report this good news. The board and the staff of UTRF feel that a strong partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is beneficial for the organizations, the volunteers, and the community. Questions or comments? Call Unity Temple Restoration Foundation at 708‐383‐8873 or email email@example.com. Visit our website at www.utrf.org.
The Lorraine Galasek Memorial Fund
Lorraine Galasek was a long‐time member of Unity Temple. She generously donated her time to the mem‐ bership committee and to welcoming. Lorraine took par‐ ticular pride in the Welcoming Dinner for new mem‐ bers—she advised, cooked, prepared, and generally made sure the entire event was a delight for all who at‐ tended. Just before her illness, she had volunteered to inventory the kitchen and assess its needs, especially as it concerned the Welcoming Dinner. When Lorraine died on January 20, 2010, her family welcomed memorial gifts in Lorraine’s name. These gifts continue her legacy as they are used to upgrade the Unity Temple kitchen. Thanks to generous donors and Lorraine’s vision of hospitality, we have purchased new tablecloths and napkins, much‐needed serving pieces and tableware, and twenty lovely new serving bowls, as well as partially fund the purchase of a new gas range. Lorraine’s warmth and generosity continue to bless our congregation.
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EVENTS NOT TO MISS T HIS MONTH
Board of Trustees
June 4 June 5 June 9 June 11 & 25 June 12 June 16 June 17 June 18 June 20 June 22
Nancy Bunce Memorial Service 2:30 p.m., Unity Temple Sanctuary Annual Blood Drive 8:30 a.m., Unity Temple Building Coalitions for LGBT Equality and Justice 7 p.m., First United Church of OP Knitting for Peace 2 p.m., Gale House Annual Flower Communion Services 9 and 10:45 a.m. services Introduction to UU 1 p.m., Unity House UUs for Social Justice Spring Meeting 2 p.m., U.U. Community Church of the South Suburbs in Park Forest Movie: The Remains of the Day 6 p.m., Unity House Summer Solstice Celebration 7 p.m., meet at UT entrance BAG Day (Building and Grounds Day) 9 a.m., Unity Temple 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse 7:30 p.m., Unity Temple Urban Worm Girl Stephanie Davies 7 p.m., Oak Park Public Library on Purple Sages (Senior Women) 11:30 a.m., Oak Park Library
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
For all calls, please dial 708‐848‐6225 and then your party’s extension:
Rev. Alan C. Taylor, Senior Minister On sabbatical through June 30, 2011 Rev. Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development ext. 103 firstname.lastname@example.org Rev. Scott Talbot Lewis, Sabbatical Pastoral Care Minister 708‐250‐6810 email@example.com Tina Lewis, Interim Membership Director ext. 102 firstname.lastname@example.org David Wilke, Director of Administration ext. 100 email@example.com Martha Swisher, Music Director firstname.lastname@example.org Heather Godbout, Youth Coordinator ext. 107 email@example.com Meridian Herman, Rental Manager ext. 108 firstname.lastname@example.org Sule Kivanc‐Ancieta, Preschool Coordinator Janet Krumm, Nursery Coordinator David Osorio, Sexton Rito Salinas, Sexton Peter Storms, Accompanist Jennifer Flynn, Publications Assistant ext. 105 email@example.com Tracy Zurawski, Bookkeeper ext. 104 firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Our Calendar Online!
At www.unitytemple.org/calendar you can find real‐ time listings of everything occurring at Unity Temple as well as schedule rooms. Select Add Event at the top of the calendar and complete the web form. You will re‐ ceive an email when your UTUUC event as been con‐ firmed.
BEACON Newsletter Submissions
July/August 2011 Beacon submissions are due at 10 a.m. on June 20. If you are promoting an event or group, please use the publications submission link on the lower left‐hand side of the Unity Temple home‐ page, www.unitytemple.org. Questions and inquiries an be directed to email@example.com.
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June 5, services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. June 19, services at 9 a.m. only
Naming and Claiming Our Theologies
Rev. Qiyamah Rahman Offering: Cluster Tutoring June 12, services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Liberal Religion and The Religious Experience
John Wood Offering: CROP Walk June 26, services at 9 a.m. only
Flower Communion Sunday: Worship for All Ages
This Sunday, we ask that you bring a cut flower or two (or three) to services to share! Rev. Emily Gage Offering: Children’s Clinic
The Algebra of Loss
Chris Nemeth Offering: Disabled American Vets