The Resistance of History:
How the Civil Rights Movement Never Ended

Leslie Mills, Minister and Leslie Yoshitani
Worship Service Sunday January 17, 2016 at 10:30am


Adult REE
Speaking Peace
Room 301

Worship Service
The Resistance of History: How the Civil Rights Movement Never Ended
Leslie Mills, Minister


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

Monday Jan 18
Church Office Closed, Martin Luther King Day

Rescheduled Spiritual Writing Group

Wednesday Jan 20
UU Clergy Meeting
Couch Room

Board Meeting
Fellowship Hall

Buddhist Group
Room 302

Thursday Jan 21
Vocal Ensemble

Friday Jan 22
Our Whole Lives (OWL) setup 6pm
7:00pm-Jan 23
Church Building

Saturday Jan 23
Our Whole Lives
(OWL) continues
to 3:00pm
Church Building

Sunday Jan 24
Adult REE
Speaking Peace
Room 301

Worship Service
Connecting with Conflict: When Resistance Comes to Call
Leslie Mills, Minister

Path to Membership
Class -- 12:15-2:00pm Room 302
Treasurer's Notes
From the Beloved Community

Last Sunday the Finance Committee was pleased to host the monthly Beloved Community talk. One topic discussed was the desire for transparency with our Church’s finances. We will honor this by continuing to post our Year to Date Pledge numbers with our Year to Date Budget Projections in the Unichord Update once a month.

At the end of December our Year to Date Pledge Income was $71,671.46 while our Year to Date Budget expectation was $74,602.92.

Please remember your pledge money is essential to our Church’s daily functions.

Another subject briefly discussed was the loving gift bequeathed by past member Maxine Saunders. Maxine passed away two years ago, and her family recently contacted the church to let us know that she remembered us in her estate planning with a gift of $138,000.

We have already enjoyed hearing from many of you and want to thank you for your input regarding how to allocate these unexpected funds. With such a substantial bequest, the Church welcomes the ideas and suggestions from all of our congregants.

To keep everything orderly and to make sure everyone has input, we will be sending out a survey next week. This process will allow all of us to express our dreams, hopes and thoughts regarding our substantial gift. After we collect the responses, the Board of Trustees will review everyone’s comments before any decision is made. If for some reason you cannot participate in an online survey please contact me and we will collect your comments in another way.

In light of this gift, as we approach our annual Service Auction on February 20th and our 2016-17 pledge campaign in the months following, our Board President reminds us that that Maxine's gift does not change our need for your generosity in pledging. If anything, let this be an opportunity to be even more generous in giving, to show through your own gifts how much this community means to you -- because we rely on your pledges to pay our staff, run our programs, and plan for an exciting future ahead. Perhaps this could be a moment when you, too, consider remembering UUCE in your own estate planning.

As always, in our efforts to remain transparent, all members of the Finance Committee are available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have with respect to the Church’s finances.

In faith,


Sandy James
Treasurer, Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin

Weekly Announcements



Adult Spirituality – Speaking Peace – At 9am in room 301.
This eight week class for adults helps us to exchange the information necessary to resolve conflicts and differences peacefully. We will be offering theoretical background as well as practical skills and tools. Facilitated by Elizabeth Closson and Anne Clough.
Childcare is available from 9am-12:30pm on the first floor for children 5 years and younger.

Preschool through high school: Chalice Circle “How Hungry Are You?” – We will begin learning about hunger issues and thinking of ways we can help others who may not get regular meals. Parents can meet younger children in room 302 at 11:45am.

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

Youth in grades 7-9 will begin this unique program on January 22. Email Kathy Underwood at if you wish to have your youth participate.
Youth in grades 10-12 will participate in the program with youth from the Hinsdale and DuPage UU churches beginning January 22. A registration form will be emailed to parents of eligible youth.

We are the host site for this day-long workshop sponsored by the Western Crescent cluster of UU churches, so let's make a good showing! The MidAmerica Region of the UUA is promoting this as the Featured Event on their website this month, and so far over 50 people have registered to attend. Are you one of them? At only $15 per person (including four speakers and a catered lunch), this event is truly a bargain.

The keynote will be "Making Meaning While Evolving and Adapting," by Rev. Nancy Bowen, Regional Lead of the UUA Western Pacific Region. Workshops throughout the day include church organization, ministerial transitions, multisite models, committees on ministry, and leadership development.

Registration deadline is Monday, January 25th through the MidAmerica website, and more information can be found here. You can pay via credit card, or mail a check by that deadline. We hope you can join us!

Our next Music Sunday will be held on March 6th, and we need you to sign up by February 7th so all performers have plenty of time to rehearse. We're looking for musicians to lift up "Songs of Liberation" -- whatever that may mean to you. Perhaps you have songs of protest that evoke images of marches and rallies. Or maybe the song is simply one that makes you feel liberated. It could be a song celebrating the achievement of freedom, or one that inspires others to step up and make a positive change in their lives or in the world. In other words, interpretation of "liberation" is wide open!

Steve Askins will be collecting your information -- name, email, what song you're planning to perform, what instrument, and how this is a "Song of Liberation" for you (widely interpreted). You can fill out a card in the basket outside the church office door, or email Steve directly (no verbal or incomplete submissions, please). As submissions come in, we'll group performers thematically according to how each person interprets their version of "liberation." We look forward to hearing your creativity!

Over the next few weeks, the young people will be exploring the issues around hunger. On February 7, we will have a Souper Bowl Party after the service to raise money for a charity that the young people will vote on. If you're willing to bring a soup or side dish to this event, please email Kathy Underwood at You'll be home in plenty of time for Super Bowl Sunday!

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.

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 (CFLs must be in a sealed bag (provided) in case of breakage, due to toxic mercury content).

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

The Membership Team is creating a Welcoming Team for Sunday mornings. Members of the Team will meet visitors, help them find their way around the church, answer questions, etc. Welcoming Team members will volunteer from 10:00 - 10:40 am on their assigned Sundays, which rotate between team members. All are welcome and training is provided. This is a perfect way to meet new folks and share your enthusiasm for UUCE!
If you are interested, please contact Kathy Hislip at


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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! To register, click here.

"JUSICE AND SPIRIT" Online Book Club -- New This Month!
Skinner House, one of the UUA's publishers, has started an online book club that follows the themes of Soul Matters, the same themes our church uses -- and there are currently 233 members in the group from all across the country. This month's book selection, which ties into our theme of Resistance, is "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks" by Jeanne Theoharis. For more information or to sign up, click here.

MIDAMERICA REGIONAL ASSEMBLY, April 29-May 1, 2016, St. Paul, MN
This year's annual Regional Assembly, "The WHO in the New Era of Unitarian Universalism," is happening only six hours away. Who will we need to be in order to remain relevant? How will we get there? Who will be joining us on the journey? Three keynote speakers will present highlights of their own work as they look to the future of Unitarian Universalism. As always, there will be plenty of worship to inspire us in the work ahead. Early Bird Registration goes until March 31. Discounted hotel rooms are held until April 11. Final registration deadline is April 22. Cost of registration includes four meals. For more information, click here.

UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY, June 22-26, 2016, Columbis, OH
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and (if appointed as a delegate from their home congregation) vote and make official policy for the UUA through democratic process. This year's theme is "Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect." Registration and financial aid applications open March 1. For more information, click here .

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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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