Community

Our Community

Who’s Who

  • Church Staff The Unitarian Church of Hinsdale relies on the dedicated efforts of several individuals to present strong and engaging services each Sunday
  • Church Board In addition to the church staff, the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors. The board consists of a congregational President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as eight Board Members-At-Large. Each board member is elected to up to two consecutive two-year terms.

Committees

All Together Now…

Your Board of Trustees has maintained a busy schedule over the summer and looks toward forming the following committees to be filled this coming year. Can you help? Talk to any member of the Board (listed on our website) or Julia Beckman, president at beckman110@comcast.net.

  • Bylaws Committee
    To examine the entire document for contradiction and repetition. This committee’s mandate will be to meet throughout the year, presenting a revision at the annual meeting in 2012 for the congregation’s approval.
  • Fund Raising Committee
  • Initiated by the Finance Committee, its purpose would go beyond raising money to encourage new activities that enhance church life.
  • Worship Committee
  • To coordinate with minister and enhance our lay-led Sunday mornings.
  • Adult Education Committee
  • Presenting talks, seminars, programs, classes on current and classic church related topics.
  • Fellowship Committee
  • The Fellowship Committee is our newest committee. It was created in order to coordinate events to enhance interactions between church members beyond the Sunday services. Included in this committee are the existing First Friday Fun Nights, Lunch Bunchs, Neighborhood Nights, and Silver & Gold Dinners. Other groups will be created as members see a need/desire for them. Contact Kari Freeman at hollowcastle@gmail.com.
  • Animal Ministry Committee
  • The Animal Ministry Committee, a chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry, emphasizes the inherent worth and dignity of every being. It focuses on such areas of concern as companion animal relations, ethical eating, wildlife conservation, animal abuse and more. Contact AnimalMinistry@hotmail.com.
  • Caring Committee
  • To examine the entire document for contradiction and repetition. Send a note, cook a meal, knit a shawl for someone who’s hurting. Contact Debbi Daniel-Wayman at debbidw@comcast.net.
  • Chalice Circles
  • Small group gatherings to learn more about one another. Each focuses on a particular interest or need and lasts as long as the members want it to. Contact the office for more information.
  • Finance Committee
  • Overseeing our financial needs, this committee keeps us fiscally sound. Contact Chris Hainey at hainey@comcast.net.
  • Green Sanctuary Committee
  • To save, protect and restore the planet. Contact Dave Lloyd at davelloyd@mindspring.com.
  • Holiday Harvest
  • Our annual fundraising event that’s practical and fun. Contact Karen McDowell at can2dowell@sbcglobal.net.
  • Pflag
  • Embracing minorities of every stripe be they Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender. Contact Jackie Frett at jackieKF@aol.com.
  • Lunch Bunch An opportunity to visit local bistros at a modest price with like-minded friends. Contact Catherine Goering at cathgoer@aol.com.
  • Membership Committee
  • Serving as outreach to visitors as well as those who are among us who are part of our church family. Contact Jane Foulser at 630 833-3028 or jfoulser@mindspring.com.
  • Non-fiction Book Group A wide-range of topics including Judaism, Christianity, Islam or the science of the human brain. Discussion is lively and informal. Contact Jane Foulser at jfoulser@mindspring.com.
  • Women’s Alliance
  • Learning about ecology, medicine, world affairs and the arts with those who are curious and open to new ideas.
  • Social Action
  • Embracing the Unitarian pursuit of truth and meaning this committee reaches out to various community concerns. Call the office for further information.
  • Sunday Morning Worship
  • Coordinating lay-led services and supplementary music. Also a good way for new people to become involved, serving as ushers, greeters or making the morning coffee. Contact Theresa Mitchell.
  • Communication Committee
  • Working to build the Church’s profile on the Web and social media such as the Facebook and Twitter. Contact Steve Trout at steven_trout@sbcglobal.net.

Music

Celebration Singers

The Celebration Singers are a friendly group of adults who enjoy the musical challenges offered them by Director Julia Beckman, who founded the choir in 1974. She continues to consider it a privilege to lead them. One of the many benefits of singing for Unitarian services is the freedom to choose a wonderful variety of music, both secular and religious – folk songs, spirituals, great classical and contemporary works, with an occasional trip into the world of jazz. This variety is challenging, rewarding, and fun. Julia believes that humor and laughter improve vocal quality — and keep volunteers showing up early on Sunday mornings! If you can carry a tune and enjoy singing, give the group a try! Voices needed in every section.

Rehearsals are on Sundays at 9:30am in Room 10 of the RE building, and performances are approximately once a month at both the 9:30 and 11:00 services.

Call Julia Beckman, 630-985-4688, or email her at beckman110@comcast.net, for details.

Green Sanctuary

Green Sanctuary is our church’s environmental program. We have challenged ourselves to adopt environmentally sound practices at our church home, to work in our own homes to make a positive impact on the earth, and to advocate environmental action in the wider community. In our church and religious education buildings we recycle, use green cleaning products, buy recycled goods, save energy, and cut waste. In our homes, our families have pledged to take “high-impact” actions that include buying organic and locally sourced foods, changing light bulbs, saving gas, and finding more ways to recycle. We are working in the community, too. Our members are setting up recycling and energy-saving programs at work and school, lobbying legislators for green legislation, and working on habitat restoration projects. Our members come from over 30 communities in western Chicagoland, and in 2008-2009 we will be working in those communities to promote the Cool Cities program, under which towns and villages pledge to cut carbon emissions.

The Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism is respect for the interconnected web of nature. Green Sanctuary is a program sponsored by the UU Association’s Ministry for Earth to carry that respect into action. The Unitarian Church of Hinsdale is following the guidelines of the program in order to be certified as a Green Sanctuary. See our church calendar for more information about upcoming events.

Visit the Green Sanctuary pages here.

Facility Rental

Please contact the church office if you are interested in renting our facilities for a function such as a wedding, child dedication, memorial service, special gathering, or on-going program. Our rental fees depend upon event, facilities to be rented, and length of rental time. For detailed information, go to our Events Page, contact us at 630-323-2885 or email us at office@hinsdaleunitarian.org.

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