Kairos January 24, 2023


Kairos                                                       01/24/2023

Finding Our UU Center
January 29, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.
 Online and in-person 

Rev. Marcus Fogliano
 In 2017 the Unitarian Universalist Association set out on a journey to find our center: that which calls us as a congregation to associate with congregation across the globe. The Rev. Marcus Fogliano, Project Manager to the Office of the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, will lead us through this journey to the central values the Article II Study Commission has presented for our consideration.

We will Share the Plate with RAMM
Rockford Association for Minority Management (RAMM) started in May 1980. The purpose of the organization was to correct the lack of diversity in Business Management. The mission of this non-profit organization has since been revised to address the need to invest resources in helping gifted minority high school students pursue a college education.
To promote excellence in African American youth and professionals in the community by providing programs inclusive of diverse educational and cultural opportunities

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Happy Birthday to: Larry Swacina (01/24), Thomas Jones (01/24), Scott Stear (01/24), Brock Heckel (01/27), Ana Maria Warner (01/28), Lola Gustafson (01/29), Nancy Hyzer (01/29),& Sue Garwick (01/31)!

Volunteers for Sunday, January 29
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: Rev. Joyce Palmer & We Need 1 More Volunteer
Coffee Hosts: We Need 2 More Volunteers
Please note that if you volunteer for coffee host you will need to clean up afterward and run the cups through the sanitizer. 
Reminder to coffee hour hosts: please make sure the heater is off and the machine master switch is off when you leave. Thank you!

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Matthew’s Memo
I’m thrilled to welcome Rev. Marcus to the pulpit on Sunday. He’ll be talking about what’s at the center of our shared faith, as articulated by the Article Two Study Commission: Love.  The Article Two Commission has published its final report to the UUA Board.  I encourage you to read this report:
https://www.uua.org/files/2023-01/a2sc_rpt_01172023.pdf. The whole report gives you the background and process for their work.  The new recommendations start on page 20. 
I’ll preach about this myself in February, and we’ll have a wonderful Wednesday about this in April, to prepare us to vote in June.  So reading the report will prepare you well. 
This year, General Assembly is in Pittsburg, June 21-25.  It will be also online.  If you would like to attend, either in-person or online, please let me or Teresa Wilmot, our denominational affairs coordinator, know.  We have seven delegate slots and we’d love to use them all!  In addition to the important Article 2 conversations, there is an election for UUA President and other great worship services, workshops, and programs. 
In faith,

UUA Common Read

January 24 at 6:30pm-Rev. Matthew
February 21 at 6:30pm-Rev. Joyce
March 21 at 6:30pm-Rev. Linda Lawrence
April 18 at 6:30 pm-Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

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Wonderful Wednesday 
February 1, 6 pm
Learn how you can help ensure that
the voice of every child involved in the
abuse and neglect court system is

CUUPs Imbolc February 5th at 12:30 in Deale Hall

We’ll celebrate the coming spring, make Brigid’s Crosses, and talk about Imbolc traditions.
It is believed that Imbolc was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid.



List of resources that may be helpful to you or someone you know.

Family Peace Center – 1-779-348-7600 
Remedies Renewing Lives – 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-815-962-6102

Catholic Charities Long Term Care Ombudsman Program – 1-815-316-0040 or 1-800-369-0895
Mercyhealth at Home/Older Adult Services – 1-815-971-3502
Lifescape Community Services – 1-815-963-1609 or 1-800-779-1189 

Center for Sight and Hearing – 1-815-332-6800 P
RAMP – 1-815-968-7467 
The ARC – 1-815-965-3455 

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Social Justice

Reproductive Justice Organizing Training Series for Congregation Session 1

Session 1: Sunday, January 29, 4pm – 6pm ET

The Role of Faith Communities in a Post-Roe World : With SCOTUS overturning Roe, what are faith communities that support Reproductive Justice called to do? We will explore the range of possible responses, and help you make a plan to begin organizing your team, your congregation, and your community.

Please make sure to sign up for Session 2 on Sunday, February 12 and Session 3 on Sunday, February 26 as well.

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Eliminate Racism 815
Book Discussion  
Thursday January 26, 2023  6:00 p.m.

Join us by zoom for a discussion of Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee: Powerful exploration of inequality & lessons that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone-not just people of color. NY Times Bestseller.

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

Click Here for Teresa’s Tablet “What Helps Healthy Aging”
Literature Link in Memory of Dale Dunnigan
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President: Judy Gustafson   
Clerk: Bob Spelman
Vice-President: Spitty Tata
Treasurer: Steve Blomgren
Trustees: Sarah Greer, Jami Edmonds, & Rebecca Beneditz

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