Kairos June 20, 2023


Kairos                                                       06/20/2023

We will be showing the GA service live in the Sanctuary this Sunday or you can watch it on Youtube at home. Go Here to the UUA Youtube page Sunday morning and click on their live stream to watch the service.

Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. This powerful, communal worship experience will stream on Sunday, June 25, 2023 at 11:00 am ET / 10:00 am CT / 9:00 am MT / 8:00 am PT. Members of the public are welcome to view the service. 

The Office of the UUA President, the Rev. Susan Frederick Gray, is pleased to announce that the Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti, Senior Minister of the First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor, MI will lead the 2023 Sunday Service at GA.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti serves as Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a co-editor of “Conversations with the Sacred: A Collection of Prayers” (2020) and the 2018-2019 UUA common read, “Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment.” He has served extensively in Unitarian Universalist leadership, including as a member of the UUSC Board of Trustees; the UUA Board of Trustees; President of DRUUMM (our UU people of color organization, Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries); Commissioner on the UUA Commission on Appraisal; Secretary of the Board of Starr King School for the Ministry; and as an author and advocate of the 2007 General Assembly resolution confronting gender identity-related discrimination. He brings to the ministry his multicultural experience serving as a U.S. diplomat during the Clinton administration. Rev. Manish loves desert hiking and his amazing kids and husband.

The GA service share the plate with Proud Haven
Proud Haven’s mission is to provide a safe shelter for LGBTQIA+ youth (ages 18-25)  experiencing homelessness in Pittsburgh. We also provide emotional support and resources to help LGBTQIA+ youth develop the skills needed to live independently. 
Click Here to Learn More
Click Here to Donate

Happy Birthday to: Joanne Johnson (06/22), Debra Johnson (06/23), Sarah Greer (06/23), Harrison Powell (06/23), Lindsay Trank (06/26), Rachel Keyes (06/26), & Marilyn Paladino (06/27)!

Church member Lola M. Gustafson, 94, died Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Wesley Willows Healthcare Center. A memorial service to honor Lola will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2023, at The Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner Street. Reception to follow service at the church.

Volunteers for Sunday, June 25
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: Rev. Joyce Palmer & We Need 1 More Volunteer
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
Coffee Hosts: Lia Gima & Adam Taylor

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

Photo of the Week!
What a wonderful child dedication ceremony on Sunday, June 11!

Hi friends!  

I’m absolutely THRILLED that we will be hosting the legendary Holly Near in concert, with her trio of musicians, on Thursday, July 20th, at 7 pm.  Holly Near is a prolific singer/songwriter and peace and justice activist.  You know her song, “We Are a Gentle Angry People.”  This is a real treat to have her here.  Please come and be part of this special event.  

Advance tickets are required – $25/ticket.  You can buy your ticket(s) and learn more about Holly Near here: https://uurockford.breezechms.com/form/8ffe3d.  

Please spread the word and invite your friends to come as well!  

In faith,

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Join us for a conversation on how to continue the learning from the stories in Mistakes and Miracles. We are meeting via Zoom at 4pm on Tuesday, July 13. If you would like to join us, use the link below. Questions? Contact Rev Joyce at 


Social Justice

A Road to Home tracks the lives of six homeless LGBTQ young people over 18 months. Their lives typify the experience of the 500,000 homeless youth on American streets every night, 40% of them LGBTQ.

Thursday, June 15
6:00 – 9:00pm
RPL Nordlof Center

This movie title was selected by Board Members from our local LGBTQ+ resource center, The Liam Foundation.

Eliminate Racism 815
Book Discussion
Wednesday June 29, 2023  6:00 p.m.

Join us by zoom for a discussion of Equity Centered Trauma-Informed Education by Alex Shevrin Venet: Overthrowing inequitable systems is a process, not an overnight change. But transformation is possible when educators work together, and teachers can do more than they realize from within their own classrooms.
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. 

Looking for a copy of one of the books? The Rockford Public Library is pleased to offer the books for our discussion series in multiple formats. In addition to in print, RPL has all but 2 (Intended: A Marriage in Black and White and Restoring the Soul to Education) in the Cloud Library which may be accessed with your RPL card.  Titles are available in audio and e-book formats.


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 

Click Here for More Resources

Click Here for Teresa’s Tablet “Good News About the Elderly Brain”
Literature Link in Memory of Dale Dunnigan 06/06/23
Click Here to view Ministers and Staff: Duties, Hours, Contact

Community Events

The Board of Trustees: 
President: Judy Gustafson   
Clerk: Bob Spelman
Vice-President: Spitty Tata
Treasurer: Steve Blomgren
Trustees: Sarah Greer, Jami Edmonds, & Rebecca Beneditz

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





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