Like the Earth Against Our Feet
Leslie Mills, Minister and Stephen Day
Worship Service Sunday January 10, 2016 at10:30am


Adult REE
Speaking Peace
Room 301

Worship Service
Like the Earth Against Our Feet
Leslie Mills, Minister


Beloved Community Conversation
hosted by Finance Committee

Path to Membership
Class -- 12:15-2:00pm Room 302

Monday Jan 11
Spiritual Writing Group

Tuesday Jan 12
Finance Committee
Volunteer Office

Thursday Jan 14
Buddhist Group
Offsite Lecture

Vocal Ensemble

Sunday Jan 17
Adult REE
Speaking Peace
Room 301

Worship Service
The Fragility of White Liberals: The Greatest Threat to Achieving True Racial Equity
Leslie Mills, Minister

Path to Membership
Class -- 12:15-2:00pm Room 302

Green Sanctuary Meeting
Room 301

Minister's Meditation
January's Theme: Resistance

As we turn our attention from December's theme of "Expectation" to January's theme of "Resistance," it becomes quickly apparent that there are so many different ways resistance shows up in our lives.

Sometimes it’s the voice of our inner child: “Do I have to? But I don’t wanna!” On some days it’s about little things like washing the dishes, or bigger things like balancing the accounts or making that doctor’s appointment. And on other days, it might be about even larger issues — examining our privileges, being more mindful of our language, taking steps to reduce our ecological footprint, giving something up in favor of a greater good. Sooner or later, we all reach that moment where we feel our own reluctance to act, finding reasons to delay the chore, or excuses to put off that difficult conversation. It can be all too easy to allow ourselves to stay comfortably where we are — even when we might ultimately be happier after acting.

What prompts us to act anyway, in spite of that reluctance? What encourages us to resist the resistance?

Our inner child isn’t always petulant. There’s something to be said for our ability to see the world through the eyes of a child — to witness injustice and hear that inner child say, “But that’s not fair! It isn’t right! It could be better.” While some figures in our lives may have tried to extinguish that voice in us, claiming that the world isn’t fair, that we’d have to learn to live with it and grow up, I suspect they never completely succeed in stomping out that inner knowing. A part of us always remains, however small or hidden, that still believes it’s possible to inch the world toward fairness — to resist those inequities that push one group of people beneath another, to resist the systems that tell some people they are better humans than others are, to resist the hopelessness of inertia that tries to resign us to the fact that this is just the way things are.

Sometimes, our inner child is wise. Sometimes, our resistance helps us build a better world.

So we have the resistance that gets in our way (which we might perceive as negative), and we have the resistance that guides us to deeper connection with the world (which we might perceive as positive).

And then there's a third kind of resistance -- what I might call "neutral resistance." It's the resistance that simply exists as a fact of nature, something we encounter that is solid and unmoveable, perhaps a boundary we run into or a structure that dictates where we can place our hands and feet as we climb. The resistance is there because we feel it, but it doesn't have a particular motive. It just is.

As we stretch ourselves to perceive this neutral resistance, I wonder -- is it possible to change the way we look at the other two kinds, and perceive all resistance as neutral? Is it necessary to ascribe value to it?

I look forward to exploring this theme with all of you throughout the month.

In faith,


Leslie Mills
Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin

Weekly Announcements

Adult Spirituality – Speaking Peace – At 9am in room 301.

Childcare is available from 9am-12:30pm on the first floor for children 5 years and younger.

Preschool – ages 3, 4, pre-K - Room 202: In “Helping Others”, the children will hear a story, role play when people get sick and how to help them, and make get well cards.

K-2nd Grades – Room 302: In “Queen Esther”, the children will hear the story of Esther and make noisemakers to use during the story.

3rd-5th Grades – Room 203: In “Jacob & Esau”, the young people will hear this story of sibling rivalry, make paper Jacob’s ladders, and sing the song “Jacob’s Ladder”.

6th-8th Grades – Room 201: In “Mystery Crime Scene”, the youth will consider given clues to a crime scene and create a television report on what happened, then discuss why bad things happen to people.

High School – Room 301: “Buddhism”, the youth will continue their exploration and do a new meditation.

The Membership Team will hold a 3-session class for anyone new to UUCE who is interested in learning more about our church and denomination, getting acquainted with members and others interested in the church, and exploring possible membership. The class starts this Sunday, January 10, and continues on Jan 17 and 24, 2016, from 12:15 – 2:00 pm. Complimentary snacks and child care will be provided. Attendance at all 3 sessions is encouraged. If you did not register but would still like to attend, please contact Lydia Larrabee at

Anne Clough and Elizabeth Closson will be leading an eight week RE class for adults on Speaking Peace. This approach helps us to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully. In every interaction, conversation and thought we have a choice: to promote peace or perpetuate violence. If we are to going to resolve conflicts and ease pain, reduce violence and spread peace, our first step is to develop an internal consciousness of peace rooted in the language we use every day. We will be offering theoretical background as well as practical skills and tools. These sessions will be based on information and research done by Marshall B. Rosenberg, founder and director of education at the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Please join us! We would love to have you explore this topic with us.

The Finance Committee is starting to draft the budget for next fiscal year. We ask that all committee chairs and group leaders and anyone else who may have a request for something to be included in the budget, submit your budget request vial email to Shari Smagatz at no later than January 10, 2016.

We are asking for some additional information this year. Please state your committee/group name and who to contact if we have questions. We ask that you submit two budget amounts and include some explanation on how you will use the funds; what you plan to accomplish in the next fiscal year.

1.) The Aspirational amount, for what you aspire to accomplish in the next fiscal year - please explain how your committee/group plans to use these funds.

2.) The Minimum amount, a more realistic amount if the Stewardship Campaign does not cover all we aspire to accomplish in the next fiscal year and we need to scale back the budget - please explain how your committee/group plans to use these funds.
This is the first step on our process.

The Finance Committee will be at the Beloved Community meeting after the service on January 10. We will also set up a time to review and answer questions about the final budget with the congregation prior to the annual meeting.

It may be white outside but the Green Sanctuary Committee is meeting on Sunday, January 17 at 12:15 in room 301. Come talk some green.

UUCE's 2016 AUCTION will be held on Saturday, February 20th so SAVE THE DATE! Our theme this year will be based on the church's 150 year anniversary - 1866 to 2016. Stay tuned for more information that will help you plan for this gala event!
With anticipation - Your Auction Planning Team

We recently installed a curbside mailbox on Highland Avenue to receive mail. Our new address is: Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin 39W830 Highland Ave. Elgin, IL 60124. Please use this address when sending mail to church. Also, if your bank sends your pledge directly to the church, let them know of this change. Thank you!

Do your favorite stores, restaurants, gas stations, etc. participate in the scrip program? To find out, Google Great Lakes Scrip Retailers List, click on, then click on "list" for a list of the over 700 participating retailers, including the denominations available for each scrip card and the percentage rebate UUCE receives.

Scrip cards can be ordered at the scrip table in the downstairs lobby every Sunday after the service from 11:45 to 12:15 and picked up the following Sunday. Please support this UUCE fundraiser. For more information, contact Sandy Webster or Alice Macy.

UUCE’s new Membership Team includes Kathy Hislip, Lydia Larrabee, Andrea Schmidlin, and Kathie Wachholder. We are making plans for more ways to welcome and assist visitors to UUCE. The new initiatives in 2016 include: a new Connections Card for everyone to communicate contact information; a Path to Membership class (see other announcement this week); a Welcoming Team that staffs the visitor table in partnership with greeters; and a new bulletin board with information for everyone. . If you have any questions, comments, or want to help, please contact Kathy Hislip at, or Lydia Larrabee,

We are very grateful to all the members who stepped up to greet and welcome visitors over the last couple of years – Betsy Thrasher, Dotty Carringi, Andrea Budasi - and those who kept hospitality going – Kathie Wachholder, Norm Wilkinson and Tim Closson - and all others who helped.

NEW! Take-home lists of special recycling collections in Kane, DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Cook Counties are now available. These are for items not collected with your curbside recycling, including electronics, batteries, paint, oil, books, chemicals, etc. Please take and keep handy for reference throughout the year. They are on the Green Sanctuary Table in Fellowship Hall.

REMINDER! We collect inkjet printer cartridges, household batteries, and CFL bulbs in the Recycling Center in Fellowship Hall. They are taken for recycling or safe disposal. The inkjet cartridge recycling provides the church with $40/month in credit for office supplies!

COMING SOON! Styrofoam Collection February 7! Save your clean Styrofoam and bring it on Sunday, February 7, to our collection at church. We will take it to a local collection site for recycling.
Green Sanctuary Committee

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Winter WomanSpirit 2016: "Recognizing Our Calling"
with Reverend Kate Braestrup
February 5-7, 2016, at First Unitarian Church in Hyde Park, Chicago

Come join us to hear Kate talk about change – the challenges, the opportunities and the gifts they bring. Kate is a Unitarian Universalist minister, New York Times best-selling author and a kindred spirit.

On Friday night Artemis Singers, Chicago’s lesbian feminist chorus, will present a concert; be present with your spiritual sisters to hear songs written/arranged by women. Gather with like-minded women to sing, listen, learn and grow your WomanSpirit.

Saturday night there will be drumming and chanting; please bring your drums and plan to participate! All events will be at First Church Chicago. Bless Yourself and begin the New Year in a Beloved Women’s Community!

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A breakfast buffet will be held at D'Andrea Banquets 4419 US Rte 14 in Crystal Lake between 7:30 and 9:30am. The theme for the year is Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution. Keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Larry Greenfield. This event is sponsored by the FaithBridge Interfaith Association. Tickets $20, Students $10 available at or contact and

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