Friday Update November 3, 2023


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Friday Update

November 5, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.
 Online and in-person
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
If we were centered in a theology of abundance and a practice of gratitude, how might it change how we live, individually and together?  When we praise what is good, might it give us the courage and power to change what is not good?  How?

Order of Service

We will Share the Plate with Cornucopia Food Pantry

Click Here to Donate

Volunteers for Sunday, November 5
Thank you to our Board members for volunteering for hospitality this Sunday.

What’s Really in the Bible?

Sunday, 11:45-12:45 Nov 5 and 12
No advance sign up required.  Do bring a bible if you have one, but not required.  Any translation is fine. (we will compare).  
You do not need to attend all sessions, but it will be helpful, as they build on each other.  
In the sanctuary.  

White Oak Grove CUUPs Annual Samhain Party and Potluck
Sunday, November 5th at 12:15 pm in Deale Hall

Please join us for our annual event! Fun for the whole family! All the things we love about the
Samhain parties in the past! Potluck and maybe a game or two. Wear a costume – or not!
Please bring a potluck dish to share (a list of ingredients is never a bad idea!), your own
non-disposable feast gear (you might want to bring bowls as well as plates and silverware)
and beverages for all family members. Mark your potluck dishes and serve ware. Don’t
forget to bring a plastic bag to take your dirty dishes home in. RSVP and more info HERE.

UUANI 10th Anniversary Celebration:
Building Community, Bending the Arc Toward Justice!

Join UUs from across Illinois as we celebrate 10 years of spiritually grounded, relationally accountable, strategically effective work for justice, beloved community and a healthy planet. Nicole Pressley from Side With Love/UU the Vote will be our keynote speaker.
We’ll share ideas and plans for the year ahead, showcasing social justice work around the state as well as upcoming campaigns with our statewide partners. This event will be both in-person at Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation in Springfield and online via Zoom. Please register by October 30 to get the Zoom link and in-person details.

10 am to 3 pm Saturday November 4

Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation (Springfield)

and Online
Watch parties at Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, Unitarian Church of Evanston, UU Church Rockford, and Unity Temple (Oak Park)

10:00  Opening with Music & Review of UUANI’s First Ten Years
           with UUANI Founders and Board Presidents from:

Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation
Hinsdale Unitarian Church
UU Church Rockford
Unitarian Church of Evanston
Unity Temple UU Congregation

10:30  Keynote & Panel Discussion
Nicole Pressley, Side With Love/UU the Vote
Rev. Gianni Fogliano, Office of the UUA President
Curtis Smith, Second Unitarian Church
Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Second Unitarian Church
11:30  Lunch with cake! (in-person and watch parties)

12:30  Breakouts showcasing congregational social justice work:

Engaging Your Congregation with GRACE
Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship

Metro East UU Congregation (formerly Alton)
Unity Temple UU Congregation
Organizing Teams for Legislative Advocacy
Unitarian Church of Evanston
North Shore Unitarian Church

Mutual Aid: Meeting Our Neighbors Where They Are
UU Church Rockford: Free Pantry
Second Unitarian Church: Jail Support

Migrant Support: Welcoming New Arrivals to Illinois
Countryside UU: Chalice House
*Note: We have had to cancel our planned session on Multicultural Organizing in UU Congregations. We plan to continue working with DRUUMM to organize BIPOC UUs in the year ahead.

1:40    Breakouts spotlighting upcoming partner campaigns:

Climate Justice
Tyshianna Bankhead, Faith Coalition for the Common Good/
Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition

Gender Justice
Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Equality Illinois/Second Unitarian
Dezi Primous-Gillon, Midwest Access Coalition

Restorative Justice
Rev. Allison Farnum, UU Prison Ministry of Illinois
Quonie Barney, Faith Coalition for the Common Good

Voter Engagement/VoteLove
Nicole Pressley, Side With Love/UU the Vote

2:45 Closing with Music

Be inspired! Get connected! Empower your congregation for action!

Wonderful Wednesday
November 15, 6 pm

Ellyn Ahmer

With 40-50% of Rockford children at the poverty level, Family to Family saw a transformative opportunity to significantly affect the kids living at The Grove.

Last year, a tutoring program was tested & very well received by the parents & students. This is a major focus of the efforts now.
On the Wonderful Wednesday of November 15, a founder & current team members will share their experiences & answer questions.  You’ll hear more ways you can contribute to have an impact including how to be involved in bringing Rockford Promise to The Grove.

for  Adults

Do you people do anything but talk about sex? No. Not really. The Unitarian Universalist Association has developed a stellar comprehensive sex education curriculum known as Our Whole Lives. As the title suggests, it is not a one and done, but rather a topic to be revisited as we grow and mature. Join us as Wendy Bennett and Leah Krippner facilitate an adult exploration of sexuality in the 21st century. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to join. 

This month we will Explore Gender focusing on gender roles and stereotypes, sex vs. gender, transgender, and the queer umbrella. Folks are welcome to join for a single session or sign up for all six. 



Click Link to sign up

Wednesday Nov 15 6:30pm

Exploring Gender

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Wednesday Jan 17 6:30pm

Sexuality & Aging

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Wednesday Feb 21 6:30pm

Experiencing the Sexual Other

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Wednesday March 20 6:30pm

Sexuality & Relationships

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Wednesday April 17 6:30pm

Sexuality & Spirituality

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Wednesday May 15 6:30pm

Sexual Pleasure

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Past Sunday Services

Did you know you can watch past Sunday services anytime? We have them on our website under past worship services so you never have to miss a Sunday! Click here to find a service that you haven’t seen yet! You can also always go to our Facebook and YouTube pages.

The Board of Trustees: 
President: Spitty Tata 
Clerk: Kim Lowman Vollmer
Vice-President: Matt Menze
Treasurer: Steve Blomgren
Trustees: Clark Logemann, Sarah Greer, & Rebecca Beneditz

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