Or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know and I’ll put you in the system for that day.
Happy Birthday to: Jackson Foster (12/30), Sheila King (12/30), Emily Pfleiderer (12/31), Jean Babb (01/01), Martha Pippitt (01/02), Jami Edmonds (01/02), Miranda Best (01/03), & Amanda Tapfield (01/04)!
We will Share the Plate with Human Library
The Human Library is, in the true sense of the word, a library of people. We host events where readers can borrow human beings serving as open books and have conversations they would not normally have access to. Every human book from our bookshelf, represent a group in our society that is often subjected to prejudice, stigmatization or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, ethnic origin etc. Click Here to Donate
The staff will be working remotely or out of town this week December 27 – 31. Please call or email if you need the staff. Happy Holidays from all the staff here at The Unitarian Universalist Church!
From our Partner Unitarian Church in Romania
We received your happy Christmas wishes and wish the same for you, your family, and the church community.
Rev. Orban Dezso
(Note: I sent pictures of the children in the Christmas pageant and he responded. Duane Wilke)
There will NOT be a gathering today, Tuesday, the 28th (I’m out of town); we’ll regather on Jan 25th. Location is almost surely Aldersgate, I’ll confirm.
Merry Christmas, and be sure to get your booster if you haven’t yet!
Continuation of Our Whole Lives for 7th-9th Grade
We will be offering additional sessions of the O.W.L. curriculum for 7th-9th grades beginning in January. This is intended as a continuation for those who have participated in the sessions offered this fall, but we also welcome newcomers! Contact Lindsay Trank or Lauren Smith for more information.
Wonderful Wednesday Offerings!
January 5, 7pm “Remember, Release, Rekindle” We gather for an evening of reflection on the year that was and on your hopes for the future. We will journal, share and begin a vision board if you like. Rev. Joyce will lead the session.
MY WAY: AFRICAN AMERICAN ART FROM THE BLACK SOUTH
Art and Lunch Outing
Thursday, January 13th at 11:30
Rockford Art Museum
Let’s gather at the Rockford Art Museum to view the My Way exhibition and enjoy lunch downtown at Sister’s On Main. The exhibit surveys a collection of 156 works of art representing the styles and practices of a unique and inspired group of 46 artists including 8 original quilts constructed by the Gee’s Bends quilters of rural Boykin, Alabama. Please RSVP by January 10th to Rev Joyce at email@example.com
Being An Anti-Racist Church
The Board and leaders of the church are moving towards articulating that being on a continuous journey toward being an “anti-racist and multicultural church” is important to us. What does that mean? Let’s figure that out.
To get us together in this work, we want every member of the congregation to attend one of the four sessions we are offering on “being an anti-racist church.”
The sessions are:
Sunday, January 16th, 11:30am, in Deale Hall – masks required
Wednesday, January 26th, Noon, in Deale Hall – masks required, but you can bring a lunch and remove your mask to eat
Wednesday, Feb. 9th, 7pm, on zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82720790087.
Sunday, Feb 20th, 11:30am, in Deale Hall – masks required.
Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color are welcome to attend any of these sessions AND/OR to attend a session for BIPOC folks ONLY on Wednesday, Jan 19th, at 5:30pm in Deale Hall, co-led by Rev. Matthew and Rev. Joyce.
The other sessions will be led by Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson. All the sessions are identical in content, choose one.
The sessions will be 1 hour. This is a high-level overview. We will work through a list of the characteristics of an anti-racist and multicultural congregation. Please plan to attend one of these sessions.
Eliminate Racism 815
Thursday December 30, 2021 6:00 p.m.
Join us by zoom for a discussion of The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. He exposes the myth that America’s cities have segregated through individual prejudices making clear it was laws/policy decisions passed by local, state and federal government that promoted discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.
Please read the book on your own and we will discuss it.
Join the Zoom Meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81211275487 Book discussions are presented in partnership with Rockford Public Library.
Friday January 14, 2022
Howard Zinn: A People’s History of US: Zinn talks about those who have no voice in the official history of the United States: slaves, Indians, textile workers, union men
Join Zoom Meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81211275487 The film discussions are presented in partnership with Tony Turner of Conscious Coaching, The Baha’i Community of the Rockford Area, and Rockford Public Library.
The Board of Trustees:
President: Amanda Tapfield
Clerk: Bob Spelman
Vice-President: Judy Gustafson
Treasurer: Teresa Wilmot
Trustees: Khanh Oehlke, Sarah Greer, Jami Edmonds
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