January Theme: Renewal
Renewal is a necessity built into the fabric of life. It is one aspect of the repair of the world. Winter fallowness is a process of renewal giving birth to another springtime. Whether we relax, rest, or sleep, renewal should be the result. When it is not, more is needed physically, mentally, emotionally, and/or spiritually to return us to wholeness. Things fall apart and must be put back together again.
January 16, 2022
Honoring Dr King in 2022
Rev Pam Rumancik
It is encouraging that MLK day is no longer the one day in the year when we talk about racial justice and pat ourselves on the back for work done 50 years ago. Much of our society has woken to the fact that there is still a long way to go in creating a truly just and fair country which values the worth and dignity of every person. We'll look at where we've been and where we have yet to go. The service will be shared on YouTube.
January 23, 2022
Rev Karen Mooney
Writing about her son author Anne Lamont says "The main reason (I make Sam go to church) is that I want to give him what I found in the world, which is to say a path and a little light to see by." Do our beliefs make a difference? As January moves us into a new year, as COVID keeps us at bay, as our resolutions turn to new habits (or not)... we pause to remember why we make the time to be in a community together. The service will be shared on YouTube.
Rev. Karen Mooney is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who grew up in rural(ish) Wisconsin. She learned the art of church from her parents who were very involved in the Mequon congregation where they were members for over 50 year. She is currently serving as the Executive Co-Director for UU Advocacy Network of IL. She served as Minister/ Exec. Director of Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministries of IL for almost 4 years. Building an organization that brings the UU faith and its values to people impacted by the prison industrial complex. She was honored to offer circles of care for those locked up in prisons and jails and supporting all those affected by the wide net of incarceration. Karen claims to have been educated far and wide by working and playing, listening and walking with people. Ultimately she loves that UU communities are places where you find people who are alive and seeking throughout their lives.
January 30, 2022
Confessions of a Former Theist
Rev Pam Rumancik
Theist, Atheist, Pantheist, Natural Humanist; ever wonder what all these labels say about the people that wear them? Some folks are still operating on the catechism they learned in second grade - God is the big father in the sky. Some have made decisions about the nature of reality in their 20s and have it all figured out. What does it mean for Unitarian Universalists to stay open to an evolving spirituality? Do we listen to our experiences or our brains? What is the nature of God - if there is one? The service will be shared on YouTube.
February 6th, 2022
Dave Lloyd & Paula Sejut-Dvorak
Dave Lloyd shares his unique perspective on the world in which we live. The service will be shared on YouTube.
February 13, 2022
Siding with Love - All Community Service
Rev Pam Rumancik & Pam Fodor
On the eve of Valentine's Day, we explore what love looks like in our Unitarian Universalist faith. All ages are welcome to the sanctuary for a special service of fun and faith. The service will be shared on YouTube.
February 20, 2022
The service will be shared on YouTube.
February 27, 2022
It's the Little Things
Rev Pam Rumancik w Karen McDowell
Have you ever felt discouraged because you aren't doing enough? What metrics are you using? Does being the best person you can be depend upon changing the landscape of the world around us? What if you paid attention to the little things? Each of us offers our own unique gifts to the world. Take some time to count the blessings you have offered. The service will be shared on YouTube.
Religious Education is ongoing in our religious education building during the service.
All teachers are vaccinated and will be masked. All children are required to wear masks. We will follow UUA & CDC guidelines to keep our youth safe.
Supervised play for our children ages three and under.
Our Spirit Play children will wonder about our second principle, offer fair and kind treatment to everyone, through the story The Girl Who Loved Animals. I wonder how it feels to be outside a circle of friends playing? I wonder how it feels to be invited in?
Our young people in Chapel Service will explore Wonder and Awe as one of the sources of our UU faith. The story this week is A Lesson on Mystery. I wonder what I think about the Spirit of Love and Mystery that some people call God? I wonder if there are many beliefs about the Spirit of Love and Mystery that some people call God?
COMING OF AGE
Our Coming of Age youth will meet at 11:45am to begin The Chalice Circle Workshops. This week we will explore Stardust (our beginnings) and Coral (our connection to others) and how they fit around our Chalice Circle.
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GROUP
Our Senior High Youth will meet to share fun and fellowship at the regular meeting time of 10:30am.
For more information on RE programming, how to become involved, or on our Covid protocols please visit our website www.hinsdaleunitarian.org or contact Pam Fodor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee Hour will take place virtually after the service on Zoom. Stay tuned and check in with folks from our community so that we know how you're doing during this challenging time.