Kairos August 2, 2022

Kairos                                                       08/02/2022
Questions, Answers, and Questions
August 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

Our occasional recurring Q and A service.  Matthew will answer as many of your questions as we can get in – on religion, Unitarian Universalism, our church, the world, etc, etc, etc.  So think up some questions and bring them with you on Sunday.  You can email them in advance to minister@uurockford.org
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Happy Birthday to: Nancy Holstrum (08/01), Ray DeGennaro (08/01), Jason Peckels (08/02), Steven Hall (08/03), Mike Ranz (08/03), Peter Bell (08/04), Kyle Coquilette (08/07), Connor Young (08/07), Norman Erickson (08/08), Michael Griffith (08/08), Charles Barnes (08/09), & Kate Larson (08/09)!

Diana Berti is in the hospital with pneumonia. Our last report was that she is doing well and responding to treatment. Please keep Diana and Jack Berti in your thoughts and prayers. They welcome cards and visits. Contact Rev. Joyce for information.

Volunteers for Sunday, August 7
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
Greeters: Dan Hatfield & Neita Webster
Guest Table: Rev. Joyce Palmer & We Need 1 More Volunteer
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.

Sign Up Here

Thank you!

Matthew’s memo

Aug 2 2022
I’ve been on Study Leave this week, with that continuing through today, Tuesday.  Of the books I’ve read so far, I recommend to you What we are fighting for now is each other by Wen Stephenson.  It is inspiring.  Unitarian Universalists are part of the story.  Give it a read.  More to come.
In faith,

Stretching from floor to ceiling in the sanctuary, and greeting each spring, is the triptych we call the “Linda Banners.”

The Weissbard family chose local artist Virginia Noerr to design and create a memorial to Linda Weissbard, Dave’s wife who succumbed to cancer in 1987.

These hand-printed fabric panels of unique and wonderfully colorful design are the striking result of that selection.  Dedication of this cherished artwork took place in early 1990.  While Dave Weissbard was our Senior Minister; he is currently Minister Emeritus.

UUA Common Read

Members of the Racial and Economic Justice Team invite you to join us in reading (and later discussing) the book Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris (Beacon Press 2021). The cover price is $16.00. Our bulk discount allows us to offer the book to you for only $15.00, including sales taxes and shipping to UU Rockford. Reserve your copy with an email to Li M Blacker: BlackLiM@gmail.com; please put “UUA Rockford – Defund Fear” in the subject line. If you are able and willing, consider paying $16; the extra funds we collect will go toward a copy (or more) for our library, for those who aren’t in a position to purchase the book. Discussion date to be determined. 

The Library Team

The Library Team is pleased to announce the addition of “Transgender Warriors” by Leslie Feinberg to our collection. It is on display in the library and available to be borrowed and returned. 

Anyone possessing other library books in the “available to be returned” category is welcome to do so when you are finished with them. As always, everyone is invited to come in and see what gems you might find hiding on our shelves.

Submitted by Mike Ullrich
Click Here for Literature Link from Dale
Click Here for Teresa’s Tablet
Click Here to view Ministers and Staff: Duties, Hours, Contact
Social Justice Updates
Thanks to all who helped filled the sanctuary at our last meeting!  We had a very positive question and answer segment with the new doctor who is bringing his practice to Rockford from Wisconsin, where abortion,sadly, is no longer legal. Our next meeting will include more speakers giving updates on the Maray St. Clinic, as well as a couple of Pro=Choice political candidates.  Please mark your calendar for THURSDAY, AUGUST 11TH; 6:30 at our UU church. And always remember:

Barb Giolitto
WCCC Pres.
Eliminate Racism
Film Discussion
Friday August 12, 2022 
6-8:30 p.m.

I Am Not Your Negro: Based on James Baldwin’s uncompleted manuscript of his personal account of the lives & assassination of three of his close friends-Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and MLK & connects the past to the present of Black Lives Matter.
Join Zoom Meeting here: 

The film discussions are presented in partnership with The Baha’i Community of the Rockford Area and Rockford Public Library.
Community Events

We need your help!
Our store is open on Saturdays from 11:00 – 4:00 pm, and we are in need of more amazing women to sign up to volunteer for these time slots! We rotate our volunteer list based on frequency and availability, ensuring there are two volunteers per Saturday for safety and efficiency. 

Roles as a volunteer may include the following:
– Opening/closing the store
– Tending to patrons as they shop, answering questions, providing assistance

– Assisting with inventory of artwork/merchandise
– Leading children’s crafts and activities 
– Assisting in programs, musical guests, and events

If you are available and interested in volunteering with us, you can download and fill out the volunteer registration form on our website or email us at inscapecollective@gmail.com.

If you are unavailable but know of someone who may be interested, please forward this information their way!

We appreciate you!
The Board of Trustees: 
President: Judy Gustafson   
Clerk: Bob Spelman
Vice-President: Spitty Tata
Treasurer: Steve Blomgren
Trustees: Shoko Chien, Sarah Greer, Jami Edmonds
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