Community Minister Relationship for UCH

The Rev Karen Mooney, Director of the Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministries of Illinois, will enter a covenant of relationship with the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale. Board President Liz Reyes describes the win-win this offers the congregation below.

To read the covenant Click Here

Community Minister Affiliation:
A Win-Win for UCH

Community ministers are a growing breed in Unitarian Universalism.  They are fully affiliated/fellowshipped with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) but their primary work is not done in churches. They work out in the community focused on various worthwhile causes, and their participation is enhanced by their ministry training. Examples of community ministry activities include working as a chaplain in various situations, working at a non-profit, having their own counseling practices, or teaching at a university.  There are many different jobs held by community ministers and there is no one way to be a community minister.   While these ministers are out serving the world, they also need to be affiliated with a UU church to maintain their professional status with the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA).

The Rev Karen Mooney is a community minister currently serving the Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministry of Illinois.  As many of you know, she is also the wife of our own Rev Pam. Rev Karen’s community ministry job involves offering support to people incarcerated in Illinois prisons and jails, educating the public about the prison industrial complex, and helping UU churches create circles of care that can support returning citizens who have paid their debt to society.

Since Rev Pam began serving our congregation, Rev Karen has volunteered in many ways here at UCH. She sings with the choir, has offered a mindfulness class, worked with the music committee, and helped out in various ways. Currently she is a lead volunteer on an upcoming UCH initiative called Service to Serve, which will offer an alternative church experience at noon on Sundays, beginning January 7, 2018.

As a community minister, Rev Karen has asked the UCH Board of Trustees to enter a covenant of community minister affiliation between herself and UCH.  This covenant would create the official affiliation   she needs to remain in good standing with the UUMA and would allow her to create the Committee on Ministry t she needs to finish the final year of her renewals and obtain the designation of Final Fellowship with the UUA.  You might recall that we celebrated Rev Pam receiving Final Fellowship in June of 2016 after a similar process in 2014/15.

This is not a paid position and will not change what Rev Karen has been doing here at UCH. It will give her an official affiliation to help her complete her ministerial process.  The covenant between Rev Karen and UCH stipulates that she will preach at least twice at the 10:30 service during the course of the year without pay, and that at least two UCH members will serve on her Ministerial Fellowship Committee. You can view the covenant here.

The Board has agreed to Rev Karen’s request and support her efforts to complete the ministerial process. We want to share news of this covenant with the congregation and offer an opportunity to answer questions.. A meeting will be held on Sunday, January 21st, at 9:45 in the Alice Warren Room, where you can come meet Rev Karen if you haven’t already done so, ask questions and find out more about her community minster role. .

We think this is a win-win situation for the congregation. We are grateful to be participating in supporting ministerial formation and helping to support the good work of the UU Prison Ministry of Illinois.

Sincerely, Liz Reyes, President, Board of Trustees


Caring Circle

The Caring Circle continues in our efforts to provide support to our church community in times of need, transition and celebration.  Our ability to provide support is made possible not only by the many volunteers who offer their time, but also by the information that is provided to us by our members so that we may reach out to those in need.

The Caring Circle provides support and coordinates assistance such as phone calls, cards, visits, and email. We are able to provide assistance that may include simple errands, rides, meals, and small chores.
Please click on link to for the most up-to-date list of our Caring Circle Coordinator.





The Celebration Singers are an energetic, fun group of vocalists who enrich our church services with beautiful music.   I invite anyone who loves to sing to join and add to our great sound.  No need to read music, just be able to carry a tune.  We learn the music together and have lots of fun at the same time.

We rehearse Sunday mornings at 9:00 in the RE building and perform twice a month for church services. Please join us on September 10.   Feel free to call me or email me with questions.


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Julia Beckman
Phone:  630-985-4688



Small Group Ministry 

Want a way to connect to the church? Looking for a place to share yourself? Looking for a place to meet others? Then you need to join a Covenant group!

Groups are forming now! Please contact Jessica Friess  to sign up or for more information.


Men’s Group News

Thank you for your interest in the new UCH men’s group.  A core of six met to make plans to move forward.  We discussed our purpose and goals as well as a few other current topics affecting contemporary men and men of UU faith. 
At this point, the six of us suggest the group focus on philosophical discussions and reflection as opposed to a focus as a small group ministry.  We also agreed somewhat definitely to a regular meeting time and place, that being every third Sunday at 12:15 in the living room.  You are welcome to join us!