Friday Update September 22, 2023


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Friday Update

A Singing Meditation: Welcoming Healing Through Sound and Silence
September 24, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 

Amanda M. Thomas – Mezzo soprano
 is a retired UU music director and a member of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Park, Illinois. She has been an active UU for 23 years, and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Association of UU Music Ministries and on the UUA’s Music Leadership Certification Committee. She has led workshops and music at the UUA General Assembly as a soloist, choir member, worship leader, and choir director for Ministry Days, and for The Service of The Living Tradition. Amanda is now serving as a Troubadour and offering services as a freelance soloist, music/choir consultant, choral conductor, workshop facilitator, worship leader, vocal instructor and respite music director. She enjoys the monumental task of creating ways to inspire and feed the souls of all individuals through music. Amanda believes we can each find our own joy through music, as we navigate our musical path to our free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

Order of Service

We will Share the Plate with BLUU

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism. BLUU is committed to expanding the power and capacity of Black UUs within Unitarian Universalism; providing support, information, and resources for Black Unitarian Universalists; and justice-making and liberation for Black people through our faith.
Click Here to Donate

Volunteers for Sunday, September 24
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: We Need 2 Volunteers
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
Coffee Hosts: We Need 2 Volunteers
Please note that if you volunteer for coffee host you will need to clean up afterward and run the cups through the sanitizer. Spitty and others are happy to help you become familiar with how to handle this easy job.
Sign Up Here

In order to participate in the silent auction, EVEN IF ATTENDING IN PERSON, you must download the Auctria App.
 The live auction will not require use of the app. 

If you use an android phone, click on this link from your phone to download the app.

If you use an iphone,  click on this link from your phone to download the app. 

If you are not able to download the app, we will have kiosks available to enter bids on a computer. If you need assistance downloading the app, we will be available at the auction to help you do so. Please write down your auctria username and password to the auction in order to sign into the app.

We understand this is a new way of doing things, but that’s what happens when you put Millenials in charge. 

Please remember to bring an appetizer to share!

Thank you,

Alexis and Katie

The parent orientation for Our Whole Lives (grades 7-12) will be held in the Commons (downstairs) from 11:30 – 12:00 on Sunday, September 24.  Please reach out to Lindsay Trank, Director of Religious Education, at if you have any questions. 

Multicultural Ministries
Anti-Racist Cookbook Workshop
Saturday, September 30 at 9am – 11:00am

Register using this link

Join members of the Multicultural Ministries group to learn about steps everyone can take to become more aware of the definitions and tools to use in everyday life to increase awareness and develop tools to have cross-racial discussions. The resources and conversations will help to address the question, “What can we do and how can we do it?”

Reading the book is helpful, though not required. You can buy one for $5.00 online.

It Takes All of Us Activity Fair
Sunday, October 1 

It Takes All of Us pulling together to make church and community happen at UU Church Rockford. Come learn about teams, groups, events, and volunteer opportunities.

Come make a difference!

Beginners Guide to the Prison Industrial Complex
Saturday, October 14 10 – 2pm
In person and Online

Feeling helpless in the face of the racial and economic injustice in our society?

Join the UU Prison Ministry of IL to explore injustices of the prison system and learn what we can do to change it. This workshop is intended to challenge participants towards growth & inspire ongoing work and action. Workshop held at UU Church Rockford.

Please register at:

for Adults

Let’s talk about sex!!! (It’s not just for teenagers.) 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 this fall as Wendy Bennett and Leah Krippner facilitate an adult exploration of sexuality in the 21st century. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to join. 

Wendy and Leah are trained OWL facilitators and have been teaching OWL for nearly 20 years.

Sessions will be held once a month. Come and join us for an intro session either on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. (Bring a dinner!) or on Sunday, October 22 at 11:30 a.m. (Pack a lunch for this one!) At this opening session, we will decide on dates for the other sessions as well as topics to be discussed. Please contact the church office to sign up for one of these two initial sessions. Let them know if you will need assistance with childcare. Questions? Email Wendy or Leah.

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

The Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL  |   4848 Turner St., Rockford, IL 61107   |   815-398-6322    |  |

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