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Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation
BEGINNING AGAIN IN LOVE
Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor
eptember is upon us! A time of beginnings and re‐ beginnings. Starting and resuming school, projects, planning. For us here at Unity Temple, it is a time of reflecting on beginning again, particularly with the Jewish High Holy Days. This year Rosh Hashanah begins towards the end of the month. As we return from summer and reunite in community, may each of us turn inward, be honest with ourselves about what is important, acknowledge where we have strayed out of right relationship, and turn towards one another with an open heart. May we begin this year re‐committed to living a life grounded in love. Most of you I have yet to see since being back from sabbatical at the end of June. I returned from sabbatical refreshed and renewed for the journey ahead. It was a time of exploration, reflection, and attention to family. To learn more about my sabbatical doings and learnings, please visit our website at www.unitytemple.org/ Sabbatical.htm. One specific area of reflection during my sabbatical was how, upon reuniting with our community, can I support the spiritual lives and development of our members. The answer that has emerged is to offer a regular opportunity to reflect and center in community. And so beginning September 13 on Tuesday evenings in the Temple, from 6:30 to 7:15, I will facilitate a weekly engagement of a spiritual practice or structured reflection opportunity. In September and October, I will draw from Laurel Hallman’s Living By Heart. Open to both members and friends, “Tuesday Reflections in the Temple” provides a contemplative postlude for those ending their day and a lovely interlude for those heading into a committee meeting. Childcare is available upon request with week notice for members. I return from sabbatical at a critical time. My return corresponded with a blaze of activity. Three newspapers recently reported on 1) how our beloved building has been nominated by the Interior Department to become a World Heritage Site or 2) the exciting plans emerging among this Congregation to develop an educational, cultural center and collaborate with UTRF to create a new infrastructure to inspire outside investment to restore our building. While it is clear what the World Heritage Site designation would mean for our building, it is not yet clear where, with whom, or when we will develop a new building. Our future is yet an open question; however, both fundraising and development consultants are already working with our leadership. (Come on September 25 following the second service to learn more about the project and meet our Consultants: Ken McHugh of Institutional Project Management and Gene Brandt and Nora Kyger of Ter Molen, Watkins, & Brandt.) One thing is clear about the emergent significant vision: we have short‐term space needs, deferred maintenance, and an expanded staffing structure to address before we can effectively raise funds within and outside our Congregation to make our dreams a reality. As we begin again a new worship year, I am delighted that a new Intern Minister will be joining us. Rev. Scott Aaseng, formerly ordained a Lutheran pastor, now seeks affiliation with the Unitarian Universalist Association. We will formally welcome Scott on Sunday, September 18, and he will be with us through June. During this time of beginnings and re‐beginnings, take the time to turn inward, notice where you have fallen out of right relationship, and in the spirit of forgiveness re‐commit to yourself and to one another to begin again in love. I look forward to seeing you in worship! Warmly,
2 • The Beacon
Are YOU New? Welcome!
Introduction to Unitarian Universalism This two hour class is offered once a month and is taught by our senior minister, Rev. Alan Taylor. The class answers the question: What is Unitarian Universalism? Our principles, values, beliefs and practices will be addressed. In addition, learn more about he history of our faith tradition and of this congregation, congrega‐ tional life today and receive a brief tour of the building. Completing ITUU is required before participating in the Pathways to Membership class. All are welcome to attend, whether becoming a member or not. For more information and to register for this class, contact Tina Lewis at email@example.com or 708‐848‐6225 x103. Next class date: Sunday, September 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. In Unity House. The following class date is October 9. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 708‐763‐0260. Class dates: Sundays, September 25 & October 2, 2011, from 9 a.m. to noon. Location: Unity House. The following class dates are November 13 & 20.
Tuesday Reflections in the Temple
Beginning September 13, come on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for 45 minutes of centering. Rev. Alan Taylor will lead a short structured reflection each week. For some, this will be a weekly opportunity to wind down a stressful day. For others, it will be a time to drop in prior to a committee meeting. For still others, it will be the support for a personal journey of spiritual practice. We will meet in Unity Temple, and when the Temple is occu‐ pied with a previously booked event, we will meet in Unity House. During September and October, poetry will be shared to support and at times guide our time of con‐ templation and reflection. The themes will be— September 13: Waiting September 20: Accepting September 27: Discernment October 4: Living the Questions October 11: Creativity October 18: Presence October 25: Gratitude November 1: Engagement For free childcare at any one of these opportunities, contact email@example.com at least one week in advance.
Save the Date: Program Council Meeting September 10, 9 a.m. to Noon
Committee heads, board members, and administra‐ tive team: we hope you have Program Council on your calendar. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., with socializing until 9 a.m. when the meeting will officially begin. The agenda is still being developed, but please plan on updating us on your committee's work and plans for the upcoming year. Child care can be arranged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the evening of September 3. For more info contact Betsy Davis & Diane Scott, Program Council co‐chairs at email@example.com or Dihome@comast.net.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Membership Opportunities Board of Trustees Minister of Faith Development Membership Director Religious Education Adult Religious Enrichment Community & Connections Steering Committee Report Music Director Community Minister Auction Catalog Chalice Circles Social Mission Unity Temple Restoration Foundation September Events Not To Miss 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
We Need Your Water!
Sunday, September 11, will be our Homecoming Sunday with Worship For All Ages. (Back to two services that day!) We'll celebrate our coming together, and welcoming Rev. Alan Taylor back with a water ingather‐ ing ceremony. All you need to do is to bring some water from wherever your journeys take you this summer— whether near or far—to help make the celebration extra special! Thanks!
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REPORT FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
From the Board President Ian Morrison
firstname.lastname@example.org report to you this month with two hats, as President of the Board of Trustees and as the chair of the Steering Committee. Wearing my Board hat, I first want to thank our outgoing Board members for their tremendous service to the congregation. Glenn Brewer, Margaret Ewing, Polly Wallwark, and Nina Gegenheimer all served three‐year terms and contributed immeasura‐ bly to the continued success and vitality of the congrega‐ tion. Glenn, Margaret, and Polly also served as Treasurer, Secretary, and Co‐Chair of the Program Council respectively last year, and I am particularly grateful for their extra work. Finally, I would also be remiss if I did not thank Duane Dowell for his year and a half of service as President of the Board. Duane graciously stepped into that role during his first year on the Board. Duane has shared with us his warm and welcoming leadership style and his deep knowledge and experience in multiple UU congregations. In addition to welcoming three new members (Larry Studer, Josh Ditelberg, and Kristina Entner) the Board elected the following officers at our July meeting: Jay Petersen, first vice president; Duane Dowell, second vice president; Kristina Entner, secretary; and Jean Borelli, treasurer. In addition, Jennifer Walters has agreed to convene and organizing the audit committee that is required by a new congregational policy that calls for the creation of an audit committee to oversee periodic independent audits of our finances. Under policy governance as we have adopted it, the Administrative Team (the A‐Team) carries out most executive functions. Betsy Davis and Diane Scott will serve as members of the A‐Team this year by virtue of their positions as Co‐Chairs of the Program Council. This past weekend, the Board met for its annual retreat. The retreat provides an opportunity for Board members to get to know one another, to set expecta‐ tions of each other for the coming year, and to grapple with broad policy questions that do not fit neatly into our monthly meetings. After devoting Friday night to learning the skills and experiences each member brings to the Board and reflecting on our individual social and leadership styles, we devoted all day on Saturday to questions of governance and policy. We addressed
Update on Campus Development Project
After second service on Sunday, September 25, the UTUUC will host a forum featuring Ken McHugh of Insti‐ tutional Project Management and Gene Brandt and Nora Kyger of Ter Molen, Watkins, & Brandt. We will be sure to allow plenty of time to hear your questions, hopes, and concerns.
conducting ministerial evaluations (required annually under congregational policies), honed our mission and vision statements, reflected on how we will change lives in the coming year, focusing in particular on inspiring greater generosity and engaging members more fully in congregational life. Drawing on the idea of the question‐ driven church suggested by author and Alban Institute consultant Dan Hotchkiss at this year’s UUA Large Church Conference, we also identified the two central questions that will focus the Board’s work this year. The questions are “How can we continue to grow as a congregation?” and “How are we to be in ministry to people outside our congregation.” I invite each of you to reflect on these questions as we develop a more formal structure for to consider them together as a community. We also devoted a large part of Saturday afternoon to fundraising, with a presentation from a consultant on mechanics and strategy of major fundraising campaigns, and a discussion of how we can meet near‐ and long‐ term needs of the congregation. One need I want to highlight is the immediate need for additional religious education space. The RE program has been tremen‐ dously successful in recent years and if that success (which is essential to the growth and vitality of the congregation) is to continue, we must ensure adequate space for all of our classes. While we continue to focus on meeting the congregation’s long‐term space needs through the development of a new Unity Temple campus, we must also develop an interim strategy to meet the congregation’s needs. We have a number of options for doing so, but they will all require expendi‐ tures beyond our current budget. The Board and the A‐ Team are actively working on these issues ‐‐ expect to hear more about this topic in the coming months. Finally, I want to encourage anyone with questions, hopes, or concerns about the Congregation, governance, or other leadership issues to contact me or any member of the Board. The best way to reach me is by emailing email@example.com; the Board as a whole can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please feel free to find me a coffee hour (usually after second service).
4 • The Beacon
Minister of Faith Development Emily Gage
gain!” This is one of those words that is a favorite among young children. Who doesn’t like to hear a favorite poem or story over and over again? If it’s great once, it seems like it’s even better the second time or the fifteenth time or the millionth time. Or so it seems to them. My seven month old can’t quite say “Again!” yet, but he smiles or relaxes when he hears something that he’s heard many times before. You know, things like “All the hippos go berserk!” Or “Every day, everywhere babies are kissed.” Or “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” It’s only a matter of time before he can demand an encore. We (or at least I) tend to think that it’s only kids who like to hear the same things over and over. But there’s something inside me that feels comforted when I hear the words: “Whoever you are, wherever you are on your life journey, you are welcome here.” And: “Love is the doctrine of this congregation…” Even though I have heard both of these literally hundreds of times, they remain meaningful and remind me what we’re all about each time I hear them. As I’ve been gearing up for our full‐scale religious education programming for children and youth for 11‐12, reflecting on curricula and rituals and rites of passage, I’ve been thinking about the certain things that we talk about or learn every year. There are a lot of them, of course: the eighth grade OWL program, the fourth grade Chalice ceremony, the soup supper and the Christmas pageant rehearsal, Flower Communion worship for all ages, and so and so forth. There is something comforting about having those same markers punctuate the year over and over again. Sameness isn’t always good. When they were little, my godsons loved the book Go Dog Go! so much that their mother had to ‘disappear’ it from the shelves on occasion. When we hear and say the same words every week, we can be in danger of not remembering to pay attention as we listen and speak. Then again, I don’t always needed to be reminded that whoever I am, I am welcome. But when I do, there it is, hitting me a little bit differently than any time before. I am so grateful to be beginning my fourth year with
all of you. Like most things, it seems both a short and a long time. The children who were 8 years old when I arrived are hitting middle school and adolescence; those just born then will be entering preschool. In June, we’ll send off the high school seniors who had just started their freshman year in 2008. This year, again, we’ll hold the fourth grade chalice ceremony in March. Even though it will seem familiar, it will be totally different because we’ll have a new group of 9 and 10 year olds, with their own unique presence and their original thoughts. Another crop of preschoolers will don animal costumes for the Christmas pageant, and make the story of a newborn baby in a stable fresh and new. And so it is each year, and so it will always be. As we gear up for September, on the brink of a new congregational year, all I can say is, with great enthusi‐ asm: “Again!”
UT Nursery Worker Needed!
Unity Temple is seeking a reliable, compassionate, and experienced nursery worker for the 9 a.m. worship service. S/he would join a team of two other adults in maintaining and safe and caring environment for our infants through three year olds (who are not potty trained) a little before, during and after our early worship service. This is a paid position. Please contact Rev. Emily Gage if you are interested!
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THE MEANING OF MEMBERSHIP
Membership Director Tina Lewis
am a list maker. It makes me feel better. It gives me confi‐ dence and makes me feel like no task is too big to tackle! As the new church year approaches, I find myself in turbo‐list‐ making mode and have a very impressive Finish by Homecoming Sunday list to show for it. With the support of Membership Committee members, a few tried‐and‐ true volunteers and our staff, I am steadily beginning to check things off the list. Fingers crossed, I might just be ready on September 11th after all. Leading up to the very impressive Finish by Home‐ coming Sunday list, I spent some time thinking about the meaning of membership here at Unity Temple. Through‐ out the summer, I was able to meet with Alan, Emily and several other thoughtful members of the congregation for their input on the subject as well. It was a rich experi‐ ence that deepened my own personal commitment to the church. We all agree that moving through the membership process from visitor, to friend, to member is a very spe‐ cial and significant decision for each person. We ask our‐ selves, what does it mean to become a member of this congregation? In a nutshell, it means that a person is making a commitment to live out the values reflected in our seven principles, to support the mission, vision and ministry of the congregation and to care for other mem‐ bers of the congregation as needed. I was reminded that we, the members of this congregation, create who we are and how we will live together, which is, in fact, the mission and vision of the church. Our ministry is the ac‐ tion that supports the mission and vision. Then we ask ourselves, what benefits do our mem‐ bers gain by joining this spiritual community? There were so many that it was difficult to compile a brief list. We agreed that members have a safe and loving community with which to share their joys and sorrows, life passages, and celebrations. They are encouraged and inspired to grow, ask questions, challenge themselves and others, heal, and encounter the holy as they embrace a life‐long search for truth and meaning. They have a place to con‐ nect with people who have come from a variety of reli‐ gious and spiritual backgrounds, yet they share common values with. Members have opportunities to work with others to bring more peace and justice to the world and can receive pastoral care as well as care from the congre‐
gation when they need it. They can be touched, changed and transformed through meaningful worship and music, faith development, small group ministries and social mis‐ sion. Their children can do the same. And finally, mem‐ bers have a voice and vote in shaping it all. In my opin‐ ion, that is a fine and worthy list of benefits for anyone who would like to be a member of this congregation. It makes me proud. I have learned a lot over the summer about what it means to be a member of this congregation and what we have to offer members at Unity Temple. I am looking forward to strengthening what we have to offer each other and working with you to grow and create new op‐ portunities for people to connect, engage and be more involved in our community throughout the coming year. Membership is important. I hope Homecoming Sunday brings a renewed sense of commitment and enthusiasm to us all. We have a great year ahead of us, I just know it. Back to my Finish by Homecoming Sunday list!
What is Small Group Ministry, Anyway?
I have a sneaky suspicion that many people in the con‐ gregation may have asked themselves this question be‐ fore, so I have decided to write about it in the next issue of the Beacon. Just in case you can't wait that long to find out, please feel free to contact Tina Lewis at 708‐ 848‐6225 x102 or at email@example.com.
Congregational Life Table on Sundays
Please stop by the new Congregational Life Table in the foyer after services on Sunday mornings. New informa‐ tion will be featured each week about ways to get in‐ volved in different areas of Unity Temple. In addition, someone will be at the table to answer your specific questions each week.
Memorial Service for Grace Abramson
A memorial service for former Unity Temple member Grace Abramson is set for 7 p.m., Saturday, September 24, at Unitarian Church of Hinsdale. Her husband Brant Abramson invites Unity Temple friends to join in this celebration of Grace's life. For more information, contact Shirley Lundin, firstname.lastname@example.org or 708‐784‐ 0970.
6 • The Beacon
We Want You to Work with Our Young People in the Fall! YOU!...Yes, YOU!
Fabulous, thought provoking, energetic, challenging, lov‐ ing Unity Temple young people ages 3 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 via email at email@example.com with your questions and willingness to volunteer. What's going on in those Religious Education class‐ rooms? Get a sneak peek and come to our classroom volunteer training on Saturday, September 10! We'll be training our Religious Education classroom volunteers by grade level on September 10 in the class‐ room that each class is located in. All interested adults are welcome; classroom volunteers are urged to attend. The schedule is as follows:
Do We Have Your Number? Register Your Children for 2011-12!
All young people in our program, from infants through grade 12, need to registered for religious education classes! It's most important that we have up‐to‐date con‐ tact information for you and your children. The more information and communication we have, the more effi‐ ciently we can provide wonderful care and learning for your young ones! Thanks for your help! Registration forms can be found here LINK, on the wwww.unitytemple.org website, or at the Faith Develop‐ ment table in the foyer on Sundays. Contact Rev. Emily Gage with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OWL Alert: Calling 8th Grade Families!
Are you interested in enrolling your 8th grader in this year’s OWL (Our Whole Lives) values based sexuality pro‐ gram? Then mark your calendars for Sunday, September 18, for the mandatory 8th grade OWL parent orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. in Gale House. You will meet the facilitators—Sally Lemke, Scott Lewis, Steve Manning, and Kathy Stewart—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 to 8 p.m. approximately October through March. If you have any questions ahead of time, please contact Rev. Emily Gage.
8:30 a.m., Preschool, South Balcony 9:30 a.m., Kindergarten‐First Grade, East Balcony 10:30 a.m., Second‐Third Grade, West Balcony 11:30 a.m., Seventh‐Eighth Grade, Unity House West 1:30 p.m., Fourth Grade, Gale House Dining Room 2:30 p.m., Fifth Grade, Gale House Upper Classroom 3:30 p.m., Sixth Grade, Gale House Living Room
Questions? Please contact Rev. Emily Gage.
Important Information for Families of High School Students
Because of our continued growth and increased space limitations, we've made some changes to our high school programming: • Our Coming of Age program, the rite of passage year devoted to exploring Unitarian Universalist identity, theology, history and spirituality through discussion, drama, music, writing and art, will be offered to our ninth graders at the 9 a.m. service only. • The high school youth group will be limited to tenth through twelfth graders and will meet during the 10:45 a.m. service only. • We will also be creating opportunities outside of Sunday mornings for all of the high schoolers (9‐12) to gather on occasion, and our Coming of Age partici‐ pants will also be eligible to participate in any District wide Youth Conferences.
Third Unitarian Needs RE Teacher
Third Unitarian Church is seeking an RE Teacher for the middle school class. This is a paid position, and would require the person to be at the church (2 blocks East of Austin) from 10:30 a.m.‐12:30 p.m. most Sundays (you can still go to the first service at UTUUC!) and a few more hours at other times in order to attend different religious services. The position also requires a person who is not easily stressed by the antics of middle school boys! Lesson plans completed by the DRE, so the teacher really just has to teach. If interested, please contact Kate Wilford, Director of Religious Education, at DRE@thirdunitarianchurch.org or 708‐707‐0516.
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ADULT RELIGIOUS ENRICHMENT
Prayer Group Meets September 19
If you would like to explore praying as a group, meet at Unity House at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 19. To‐ gether we will discover what praying means to us and form a covenant about gathering in prayer on a regular basis at Unity Temple. All are welcome; bring your ideas, thoughts, fears and hopes. We will practice active listen‐ ing, discuss different forms of prayer, and deepen our sense of community. This group meets the first and third Monday of each month (no Labor Day meeting in Sep‐ tember). For more information contact Scott Talbot Lewis at 708‐445‐1466.
COMMUNITY & CONNECTIONS
Men’s Retreat Potluck
Join us for an evening of Feasting and Fellowship on Friday, September 30. We will meet from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. at Gale House. All men are welcome. Be advised that no oven is available. For information call Mark Johansen at 708‐383‐3734.
Women's Connection Un-Potluck
All women are invited to our fall un‐potluck Friday, September 30, at 6:30 p.m. in Unity House. Come to connect with old and new friends! Just bring an appetizer or dessert to share or $5. The committee will be providing entrees and beverages. Hope to see you then! Contact Jenny Earlandson at 708‐524‐1215 or email@example.com if you have questions.
Articulating Your UU Faith
Back by popular demand! Join others in engaging in ex‐ pressing what you believe and figure out ways to answer that eternal question: What is Unitarian Universalism? For new and long time UUs alike, this group will have a fun time reflecting and sharing with others on who we are and how we talk about it. Articulation skills guaran‐ teed or your money back! Facilitated by Rev. Emily Gage. Class will meet Tuesday evenings, September 27, Octo‐ ber 4, October 18, and October 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Minimum enrollment to run: 10 people. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
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.
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.
On Liberty Book Discussion Group
The Adult Religious Enrichment Committee is forming a reading group to discuss On Liberty, one of the major works of progressive liberal thinker John Stuart Mill. The group will meet for six consecutive Thursdays, starting October 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Rather than being lecture‐ based, a facilitator will lead and direct a discussion of Mill’s text. Group members will be encouraged to engage with the reading by defending or challenging Mill’s asser‐ tions while also considering how they inform or contra‐ dict our UU Principles. If you like to read, and if you like to think deeply about what you read, this discussion will be fun and enlightening. Don't miss this chance to con‐ verse with your fellow UUs and John Stuart Mill! For more information contact Jaime Escuder at email@example.com.
Movies with Meaning
“Movies with Meaning” will return Thursday, October 20. Movies with Meaning is an 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.
The Monday Momentum Group can help with the emotional roller coaster of unemployment. Join us every Monday at 8:45 a.m. at Unity Temple, Balcony Room West for feedback and support. Open to all. For questions, contact Brooke McMillin, LSW, at 708‐383‐ 0608 or just come as you are.
8 • The Beacon
August Steering Committee Report
This summer the Steering Committee met regularly with our consultants from IPM to refine the vision for the project we have been calling Unity Center (we need a new name for this project—please let us know if you have suggestions via an email to steeringcommit‐ firstname.lastname@example.org). The process is complex, involving consideration of how various ideas might fit with the overall vision of the project as well as the mission of UTUUC and the goal of fully restoring and continuing to care for Unity Temple. We have also considered potential partners that could provide initial support and revenue as we move forward as well as possible sites or combinations of sites to meet our needs. IPM has given us preliminary reports regarding several possible configurations, and the Steering Committee is working to refine and rank these to identify one or two to present to the Congregation. Perhaps the most challenging, and exciting, aspect of this process is finding a unifying theme and focus for a new facility that will harmonize the needs of the Congregation and its world‐famous home as well as serving and inspiring the broader community. We have also hosted three sessions for Congregation members to meet with the consultants from IPM, ask questions, and offer ideas and visions for the project. These meetings were tremendously helpful to the Steering Committee and the Consultants and we hope they were helpful to the Congregation as well. Because the creation of a new campus is a collective project of the Congregation and UTRF, IPM also met with the UTRF board and has been working with UTRF staff as well. In addition to strategic planning, the Steering Committee spent considerable time in July dealing with the unexpected burst of publicity about our project. As you likely have seen, articles appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business and the Wednesday Journal, as well as on several blogs, about the Unity Center concept. By and large, the coverage was favorable, although it overlooked an important point—that this is a joint project between UTUUC and UTRF and that the two organizations are working closely to achieve a shared vision. The Oak Leaves also ran a story on Unity Temple’s recent nomination to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with 11 other Wright sites in the United States). Finally, please mark your calendars for September 25 after second service for a forum hosted by the Steering Committee. We will report on our recom‐ mended business model and will have presentations from IPM and from our fundraising consultants Ter Molen, Watkins & Brandt. We will be sure to allow plenty of time to hear your questions, hopes, and concerns about and for this project.
ARTEMIS AT 3RD SATURDAY COFFEEHOUSE, SEPTEMBER 17
3rd Saturday Coffeehouse kicks off its new season on Saturday, September 17, with Artemis—Trish Adelman, Kelly Clark, and Victoria Storm. In the modern folk tradition of great acoustic guitarists and singers/ songwriters, these ladies will share some of their most beloved songs, with influences that include Jonatha Brooke, Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega, Jane Silberry, Sarah McLachlan and other diva crooners of today. They will be joined by the talented Ray Holdsworth on drums, Doug Cole on double bass, and Jim Parks on guitar. In Unity House. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for sign up, Open Mic begins at 8 p.m., and the featured performer takes the stage at 9 p.m. Open Mic is limited to 5 minutes. Charlie Rossiter hosts. $3‐$5 donation. Info at 708‐660‐9376.
Ex Libris Opening for Fall
Ex Libris opens in September, bringing back favorite titles as well as new materials. Most books will be displayed in four new cabinets designed and built by David Robbins. We dedicate these cabinets to the good work of Pat Cavannaugh and Vivienne Lund. Our book selection emphasizes titles of interest to those who want to learn about, to think about, and to enjoy Unitarian Universalism. Children's books and sale books will be available on tables, too. Our books are discounted before they are put on sale. We hope a new sales format will be useful to everyone: we are going to make our totals for the books purchased closest to the nearest dollar or 50 cents, either up or down. Our profits are dedicated to projects that add to the spiritual experiences of the people at Unity Temple. Ex Libris is open on the second and fourth Sundays each month. We need volunteers. Many jobs are for sales and require only a once‐a‐month commitment. If you’re interested in helping out, please stop in at Ex Libris after services or contact Susan Kerwin at email@example.com.
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JOYFUL ABUNDANCE TO SHARE!
Music Director Marty Swisher
e enthusiastically welcome the fall with all it's energy. The summer was spent planning and listening, presenting and meeting, networking and negotiating and we hope that our efforts will result in a year filled with new musical experiences and a greater sense of closeness within and beyond our community. The Unity Temple Choir has begun rehearsals each Wednesday in the sanctuary. Rehearsals go from 7 to 9 p.m. weekly. We whole‐heartedly welcome new members and encourage singers to come to attend. The opening choir party will be held on Saturday, September 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Unity Temple's In the Style of Taize services will resume on September 23 at 7 p.m. Singers, Instrumentalist, set‐up specialists and general helping hands are needed for our Team Taize. We encourage all to come to share in the serenity of this musical meditation. The service lasts under an hour and includes readings, chanting and silent meditation encouraging all to join in community for healing, prayer and contemplation. I had the privilege of being a featured presenter at the Unitarian Universalist Musician's Network Conference presenting a session on Score Analysis and Preparation: A Practical Approach. Three‐hundred music directors, pianists, organists, singers, ministers and music supporters gathered in Arlington, Virginia learning new approaches to congregational singing, hearing speakers address concerns of repertoire, keyboard music selections, insights into rehearsal planning and service offerings to include multi‐cultural singing materials. Since I am an expert on all these areas, I spent most of my time in large church networking and listening to compositions written by UU composers (—just kidding and checking to see if you were still reading!). Famous Unitarian Universalist Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey and the Rock fame led us in an evening of song and enchanted the group for over two and a half hours. Member Matt Meyer was a conference hit with his service playing and his contribution to the session on multi‐cultural musical materials. How proud we are of Matt and his successes! Member Amanda Thomas was a soloist for the final service and was a featured soloists in the classical noon‐time recital singing two songs by Johannes Brahms.
TAIZÉ AT UNITY TEMPLE
Please join us again for Taizé Service in the Unity Temple Sanctuary, on Friday, September 23, 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.
Rise Up Singing
Sing for the pure joy of it! The music committee is sponsoring a new group singing experience, a song circle for all ages and abilities. These evenings will feature round‐robin style group singing. You are welcome to bring your acoustic instrument. Gale House, the third Monday of odd months, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (September 19, Nov 18, etc.) Contact Laurie Bellmar for questions or more information at 708‐763‐0260 or lbell‐ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Establishing and coordinating schedules has been a priority this summer. Below are some important dates for those of your who would like to participate in our special ensembles this year:
Chalice Singers—Rehearsals begin January 22nd, 10:00 ‐ 10:40 a.m. There will be 5 rehearsals and a performance for services on February 26th. Women Inspired by Song Ensemble—Unity Temple's new four‐rehearsal, non‐audtioned all‐women's ensemlbe will perform on October 23 , January 22 and March 18. Intergenerational Bell Choir—This eight‐rehearsal opportunity will perform for services on April 29. Rise Up Singing—Informal sing‐a‐longs led by Laurie Belmar will be gathered in Gale House on the third Monday of odd months (see article on this page).
This is just a small sampling of things we have planned. You can be sure that the Unity Temple Choir and Unity Temple Singers will be sharing music regularly throughout the year. We are planning a choir exchange with First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin as well as accepting invitations to participate in Oak Park Congregations tenth annual Epiphany Concert and the Evanston Choral Festival. What a joy to share all of this with you!
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THE SUMMER OF STRANGE WEATHER
Community Minister Rev. Clare Butterfield
Clare@faithinplace.org f last summer was the summer of oil (remember the oil spill in the Gulf?) then this summer was the summer of strange weather. Heat everywhere, of course, and rain. Record one‐day events in Chicago, New York City drowning in 10‐inch weekends, that storm that parked over Dubuque for hours and dropped over 16 inches of water (the Mississippi rose 4 feet that day in the vicinity). Something is clearly already going on with our climate (weather and climate are not the same thing but the former is impacted by the latter). The feedback loops are pulling tighter and the impacts of human activity on the planet are starting to come home in a way that they haven’t before. Computer models can give us a glimpse of what is likely to happen as a consequence, and what is already happening is quite consistent with the ones we already have. The problem of prediction in a complex system is that any individual outcome is governed by thousands or millions of variables and therefore a single concrete prediction of the sort we find comforting is really impossible. But it doesn’t take that kind of precision to figure out that something is afoot. What is scary about that is the scale of what’s out of whack and the impact it is likely to have on the Earth and her people and other living things. We can predict some very bad things. The couple of thoughts I’ve decided to start the new program year with, though, tend in another direction. First of all, I think there are still some opportunities to slow it all down. There’s a coal fight brewing in Illinois in the next couple of years that we could still win if we get serious about it. West Virginia coal companies are moving out of that region and into the Illinois basin, where new technolo‐ gies make our very rich coal reserves more attractive. Not only could this fight be kind of fun, it’s a very clear competition between the last of the fossil fuel reserves and an outmoded way of driving industry, versus the need to conserve water resources and farmland for the long haul of humanity. Sometimes you have to leave things in the ground. The other thought that continues to strike me as I
think about prediction and probability is that we can certainly use the climate models to anticipate some unpleasantness. The downside of the change is known, and it’s not going to be pretty. But the upside isn’t known. The ingenuity that hasn’t happened yet, the opportunity to choose a wiser course that some will exercise, the adaptability that some species will show that they haven’t been called upon to show yet. These things are coming too – wonderful things. We can’t predict them but we can know with some confidence that they, too, are on their way. Wonderful things have happened regularly throughout history, and there is no reason to think they’re going to stop. As Faith in Place moves into our usual active fall of programming, I’m going to be thinking about both these things. The pleasure of standing up for things we think are right, and the joyful anticipation of the wonderful but unknown that is coming our way. Hopeful curiosity seems a good basis for navigating the future. We’re kicking off the fall program year in our usual way, with the Harvest Celebration. This year it’s on Sunday, September 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. All the info is at our website: http:// www.faithinplace.org/events.php?ID=369. We hope to see the usual Unity Temple table in attendance.
Green Sanctuary Committee’s Application Approved
This summer the Green Sanctuary Committee was accepted for candidacy in the Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary Program. Designed to promote the idea that we can create a world in which all people make reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth a central tenet in our lives, the GS program provides, through voluntary participation, a framework for congregations and congregants to proclaim and live out their commitment to the Earth. Thank you to everyone whose hard work and vision over the past several years made this achievement possible. The committee must now actualize the projects we proposed in our application for candidacy—projects that address the areas of Worship & Celebration, Religious Education, Environmental Justice, and Sustainable Living—so that we can attain accreditation. This one‐year process will begin with our first fall meeting, Monday, September 26, at 7:15 p.m. in Unity House. If you would like to learn more about the Green Sanctuary Committee’s work please email email@example.com. We welcome your ideas on how to promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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will get something better than a worm. So make sure to get your bids in by October 19th to qualify. FINAL bids are due by Sunday, November 6. The Committee is hard at work behind the scenes to make it another successful year of fundraising, including what we hope are some new and improved bidding methods to add to the competition as well as new and exciting offerings. We will also be having a cash raffle again this year—stay tuned. Look for us in the Lobby every Sunday starting wel‐ coming Sunday, September 11! If you have questions or would like to join us, contact Susan Huizinga at 708‐366‐ 1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expanded Auction Catalog for 2011 Will Be Released Sunday, October 9!
So many people were inspired by our community‐ oriented theme last year that we decided to keep it. While the theme will be the same, we are making some other changes. Most notably, we will be expanding our catalog to include some items that were previously reserved for the silent auction, and we will be planning a smaller event or two in support of the catalog. We will keep you posted on the plans for these events. In the meantime, we hope we can count on you—the members of our community—to do your part with gener‐ ous and creative donations, and lively and engaged bid‐ ding on 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 life at Unity Temple. Stay tuned for some terrific testimonials in the weekly bulletin and stop by the Auction table, which will be in the lobby beginning Welcoming Sunday, to share some of your own stories or comments about the events you have enjoyed this past year. Here are ways that you can help us RIGHT NOW: • Think about your donation to the Catalog. We can’t thank you enough for your help to make the 2010 the most successful auction ever! Events and din‐ ners were particularly popular and fun‐filled last year AND have the double benefit of helping to bring our congregation closer together. Get creative! We’ll be inserting a donation form in the September 11th bul‐ letin and are hoping to add some other higher tech submission methods this year. If you would like to pitch an idea—email the Committee at auc‐ email@example.com. Donations will be due Octo‐ ber 2. • Volunteer to help the Committee by email auc‐ firstname.lastname@example.org. Our meetings are fun and fast and typically mid‐week in central Oak Park. Come lend us your creative ideas and ingenuity. • MARK YOUR CALENDAR for this year's release of the catalog on October 9th. Also new this year we’ll have an Early Bird Deadline where qualifying bidders
Sponsor Flowers for a Sunday
The Unity Temple Flower Committee welcomes back members and friends for the 2011/2012 church year. Look for our flower sign‐up table in the foyer fol‐ lowing both services on Welcome Back Sunday, Septem‐ ber 11. Flower Committee members Diane Maciejewski, Jane Coleman, and Nina Gegenheimer will be happy to see you, and will help you sign up and then contribute flowers for a Sunday service during the coming year. When you donate flowers, you can make a personal dedication in the Sunday bulletin. Sign up early if you would like to secure a spot for donating flowers for a specific date or occasion. The sign‐up sheets will be posted on one of the kiosks in Unity House for the rest of the church year. The flowers that you sponsor are a gift to the congregation and add another dimension to our Sunday morning worship experience. The Flower Com‐ mittee thanks you in advance for your continued gener‐ osity and hopes to see you on September ll!
Ethical Eating Monthly Movie Nights
"An ethical diet isn't code for vegetarianism. Com‐ passion is what counts. It's up to you. The key is to learn how the foods we eat affect us, our fellow creatures (including other people) and the planet—and then strive to eat ethically with those considerations in mind.” UU's across the country are studying Ethical Eating. We will be showing a series of movies that will get us thinking. Come learn about the food we eat, the choices we have, and decide whether it really matters! Movies will be shown in the East Balcony of Unity House at 7 p.m. Snacks will be provided and you will provide the discus‐ sion afterward!
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Mark Your Calendars and Be There! Wednesday, September 21 ‐ Vanishing of the Bees Wednesday, October 19 ‐ Homegrown Revolution Wednesday, November 16 ‐ Processed People
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Discussion Topic: Forgiveness
What does it mean to forgive? Does it mean that we truly can and do “forget” the hurt that has been done? That we are no longer angry? That the relationship can return to what it was before the hurt or harm? If it doesn’t mean these things, what does it mean? Readings “Perhaps [the Nazi who killed innocent children] imagines that forgiveness is a kind of magic eraser, a way of undoing what cannot be undone, a way of saying ‘it never happened.’ It becomes then a narcissistic rather than a moral act because it places the perpetrators’ need to be purged of guilt ahead of the victim’s need for restitution or simple recognition of having been harmed.” –Novelist Mary Gordon’s essay in The Sunflower, p. 152 “Amnesty granted to an unpunished murderer is a form of complicity in the crime. It does not foster forgiveness; it precludes it [because there must be remorse and atonement for forgiveness to be possible]. –Writer Hans Habe, The Sunflower, p. 161 Hating someone who has wronged you is “like drinking a cup of poison and then waiting for your enemy to die.” –Buddhist saying Discussion Questions 1. What does “forgiveness” mean to you? 2. What experiences have you had in forgiving and being forgiven? 3. Many of the essayists writing in The Sunflower insist that we should not forgive someone who has done serious harm unless they show remorse and make atonement. From this view, it is not right to forgive someone who denies responsibility for what they have done, or who tries to justify or minimize the harm they have done. What do you need from a person who has hurt you in order to forgive that person? 4. Other spiritual leaders in the Buddhist tradition suggest that we should forgive regardless of the attitudes of the person who has harmed us. From this view, we should forgive because nurturing continuing anger and vengeance in our hearts hurts us, and insisting that the other person make amends or show remorse limits us: it makes our ability to forgive depend on what someone else does. Do you think it’s possible to forgive even when the other
person fails to acknowledge the harm they have done? If so, how? Closing Reading “To be forgiven is to feel the weight of the past lifted from our shoulders, to feel the stain of past wrongdoing washed away. To be forgiven is to feel free to step into the future unburdened by the precedent of who we have been and what we have done in previous times… If we feel that our past behavior was wrong, being forgiven means erasing the message [that we are irredeemably flawed] … liberating ourselves from the idea that we are still who we used to be … freeing us from the shame of the past so that we can be different people, choosing and acting differently in the future.” –Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, in The Sunflower, p. 184
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 708‐689‐0924.
Unity Temple Concert Series Begins Its New Season
Now in our 39th successful season, Unity Temple Concert Series presents female jazz vocalist/songwriter, Dee Alexander, on Friday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. From a soft, sultry traditional ballad to a contemporary jazz‐funk groove, to a scat‐filled romp, she delivers each style with a passion and love of music that come through in each note. Good seats to this show are on sale now. Listen and buy at www.utconcerts.com or 708‐445‐ 8955. Subscribe to the full concert series or 3‐pick at discounted prices. Explore Music in a Masterpiece and Don’t Miss a Note!
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Community Renewal Society Celebration and New Issue Development October 1st
The Community Renewal Society holds its organizing meeting and celebration on Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at Irving Park Lutheran Church. Join us to learn more about community organizing, meet diverse people of faith from the Chicago area, and to celebrate social justice. For more information and car pooling con‐ tact Rich Pokorny at 708‐218‐1202 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Allen VanNote at email@example.com.
Some of Our Unsung Heroes
Did you know that each Friday morning a team of Unity Temple people trek to Trader Joe's, load up many boxes of rescued produce, bread, meat, and other groceries, take it all to the OP/RF Food Pantry, where they sort, tally, and store everything? Most of the items are perishable goods that will be dispensed the following Saturday morning, along with nonperishable staples, to 200‐250 recipient families and individuals, each of whom may come only once a month. The Trader Joe’s Rescue operation has four teams of three or four members, each of which covers a Friday each month. We also have several substitute volunteers, for a grand total of 21 volunteers. Unity Temple volunteers have been solely responsible for the Trader Joe food rescue since it began in early 2009. Besides the Trader Joe’s volunteers, there are several other Unity Temple members who volunteer regularly at the food pantry: receiving and organizing food, registering food pantry clients, or clerking the various stations where food is given out. And this is only one volunteer group! You can also find other UT members volunteering at the Walk‐In Ministry, PADS, the Library, the Ten‐Thousand Villages store, and UTRF, to name only a few other local nonprofits. It would be fun, and impressive, I think, to tally up all the organizations served by our Unity Temple volunteers. We are a group who truly try to "walk the walk"!
Fun, Fellowship & Fundraiser for Peace and Justice on October 14
The Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice will have its fundraiser at Unity Temple, Friday October 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. $25 for admission and dinner / $10 for those on a limited income. Cash bar, entertainment, silent auction and fellowship with fellow peace and justice folks. For tickets or more infor‐ mation contact Rich Pokorny at 708‐218‐1202 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Needed: 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 June & July 2011, your weekly collection donations contributed the following amounts to these organizations: Cluster Tutoring: $1236.68 Children’s Clinic: $748.18 CROP Walk: $423.80 Disabled Vets: $869.25 People’s Church of Chicago Homeless Ministry: $587.90 UU Church of South Brunswick, Maine: $326.30 Lawyers Committee for Better Housing: $448.12 Thank you for your generosity! The Trader Joe’s food rescue group is looking for one volunteer to take the place of Annie Olson, who must resign after two years of faithful duty due to work commitments. This volunteer would team with Pat Thomas and Patty Boblick on the THIRD Friday morning of each month to go to Trader Joe's, pick up rescued food, take it to the OPRF Food Pantry at First United Church, unload, sort, and store the food. Total time commitment is 2‐3 hours. Please e‐mail Barbara Moline at email@example.com if you would like to assist!
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 Duane Dowell, 708‐890‐1148; John Frye, 708‐456‐5266 or 708‐431‐8929; Tom Hall, 708‐203‐4094; or Lisa Gari‐ ota (weekends and O'Hare only), 773‐594‐1426.
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UNITY TEMPLE RESTORATION FOUNDATION
Welcome to UTRF’s New Director of Development
UTRF is delighted to announce that Kathy Cornell has joined our staff as Director of Development. Kathy comes to UTRF with 14 years of experience in professional development, including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual, corporate, and foundation donors. She served as Cornell University's Director of the Midwest Regional Office for Alumni Affairs and Development from 1997 to 2008, Senior Major Gift Officer for Beloit College in 2008, and the Sierra Club's Director of Advancement for the Midwest Region from 2009 to 2011. While at Cornell, Kathy worked on a $200 million scholarship campaign and a $4 billion university‐ wide campaign. Kathy also consults in higher‐level fundraising and coaches not‐for‐profit boards. Prior to her time in the not‐for‐profit world, she had a 15‐year career in business. Kathy has also had extensive experience serving on not‐for‐profit boards, going back to 1980. She has a special interest in architectural preservation, currently serving on the board of Citizens for Glen Ellyn Preservation. This past spring, she was elected as a Commissioner of the Glen Ellyn Park District. Kathy is very excited about the opportunity to lead an expanded development effort with UTRF.
WRITERS at WRIGHT, a partnership between The Book Table, Friends of the Oak Park Library, Midwest Media, and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, brings top name authors to Unity Temple to discuss newly published work. 10% of book sales are donated to UTRF. Upcoming events include:
Neal Stephenson: Reamde Wednesday, September 28 :: 7 p.m. Neal Stephenson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Anathem, returns to the terrain of his groundbreaking novels Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, and Cryptonomicon to deliver a high‐intensity, high stakes, action‐packed adventure thriller in which a tech entrepreneur gets caught in the very real crossfire of his own online war game. Admission: $10. Each ticket can be redeemed for $10 off the cover price of Reamde on the night of the event. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Programs to Support the Restoration
UTRF offers programs increase the public’s awareness of Unity Temple’s significance and its urgent need for restoration. Bringing new audiences into the building helps deepen the public’s engagement with Unity Temple and the work of Unity Temple Restoration Foundation. UTRF’s programs are funded by grants from The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council. Chef Gale Gand :: A Dash of Wright Thursday, September 15 :: 7:30 p.m. Gale Gand, executive pastry chef and partner of the renowned restaurant Tru, is a true Wright fan—she was married in Unity Temple. She shares her creative process, draws parallels with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and whips up something special. Everyone will get a taste of a delicious Gale Gand creation! Book signing to follow. Admission: $15 UTRF members, students and seniors; $20 non‐members.
Daniel Clowes and Seth in Conversation Thursday, October 13 :: 7 p.m. :: An ArtRageous Oak Park Event Join graphic novelists Daniel Clowes ("Ghost World") and Seth (creator of George Sprott) at Unity Temple to celebrate the publication of Clowes's new comic, The Death‐Ray, and Seth's latest graphic novel, The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists. Admission: $10. Each ticket can be redeemed for $10 off the cover price of The Death‐Ray or The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists at the event, or buy both titles and get $15 off the total. Doors open at 6 p.m. Questions or comments? Contact Unity Temple Restoration Foundation at 708‐383‐8873 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.utrf.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
Beacon submissions are due at 10 a.m. on the 20th of each month. If you are promoting an event or group, please use the publications submission link on the lower left‐hand side of the Unity Temple homepage, www.unitytemple.org. Questions and inquiries an be directed to email@example.com.
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EVENTS NOT TO MISS T HIS MONTH
September 10 Sept. 10 & 24 September 11 September 13 September 17 September 18 September 18 September 18 September 19 September 20 September 21 September 23 September 25 September 27 September 28 September 30 Program Council Meeting 9 a.m. (8:30 breakfast), Unity House Knitting for Peace 2 p.m., Gale House Welcoming Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. services Tuesday Reflections: Waiting 6:30 p.m., Unity Temple Sanctuary 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse 7:30 p.m., Unity House Introduction to UU 1 p.m., Unity House Faith in Place Harvest Celebration 4 p.m., Notebaert Nature Museum OWL 8th Grade Parent Orientation 6 p.m., Gale House Prayer Group 7 p.m., Unity House Rise Up Singing 7 p.m., Gale House Tuesday Reflections: Acceptance 6:30 p.m., Unity Temple Sanctuary Movie: Vanishing of the Bees 7 p.m., East Balcony In the Style of Taize 7 p.m., Unity Temple Sanctuary Update on Campus Development Project Following second service Pathways to Membership 1 p.m., Unity House Articulating Your UU Faith (class 1 of 4) 7 p.m., Unity House Purple Sages (Senior Women) 11:30 a.m., Unity House West Women’s Un‐Potluck Unity House Men’s Potluck time, Gale House
Board of Trustees
Ian Morrison, President Jay Petersen, 1st Vice President Duane Dowell, 2nd Vice President Kristina Entner, Secretary Jean Borrelli, Treasurer Betsy Davis, Program Council Co‐Chair Diane Scott, Program Council Co‐Chair Josh Ditelberg David Ripley Larry Studer Jennifer Walters
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Technologies of Transformation
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Beginning September 11 There Will Be Two Sunday Services at 9 & 10:45 a.m.
Beginning Again in Love
Rev. Alan Taylor Offering: Faith in Place Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m. Taizé at Unity Temple
Water Communion Worship for All Ages Revs. Emily Gage & Alan Taylor Please remember to bring a small vial of water from your summer adventures! Offering: Oak Park Regional Housing Center