Kairos November 9, 2021

Kairos                                                       11/09/2021

End This Now!
November 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.
 Online and In-Person

Rev. Joyce Palmer
Join us for an overview of domestic violence, including how abuse manifests, understanding the cycle of abuse, and red flags to look for as well as information about how to be a positive bystander, intervening in the situations, attitudes, and behaviors that lead to abuse.

Lynnea Erickson is the Director of Prevention and Communication Services with Safe Passage, the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Center serving DeKalb County.  Lynnea has worked in violence prevention for over ten years and is passionate about ending violence through empowering communities to speak openly and honestly about abuse and harm.

Volunteers for Sunday Morning November 7

R.E. K and Under: Ann Caskey & Lauren Smith
R.E. Grade 1 and Over: Allyson Rosemore & Jack Rosemore
Ushers: We Need 2
Greeters: We Need 2
Guest Table: We Need 2

Thank you to those of you who have volunteered already!  Here is the google doc where you can sign up: 

Or just email me at office@uurockford.org and let me know and I’ll put you in the system for that day.  

Thank you!
Justice for All will meet in Deale Hall this Sunday after service.
Happy Birthday to: Cindy Stear (11/10), Kien Oehlke (11/10), Omega Burckhardt (11/10), Fred Stellema (11/11), Matthew Fields Huckstep (11/12), Denise Cole (11/13), Sharon Hartung (11/15), Susan Caravello (11/15), Mary Newport (11/16), & Barbara Chidley (11/16)!

Congratulations to Rev. Matthew Johnson who got engaged to his partner Kari Rioux over the weekend!

We will Share the Plate with Remedies
Remedies provides critical and often times lifesaving services to adults struggling with substance abuse and to victims of domestic violence and their children or vulnerable family members, Remedies works to end the cycle of abuse and addiction through education, support, and community involvement.

We provide the only domestic violence shelter in Winnebago and Boone counties. Each year Remedies provides a variety of domestic violence program services to approximately 2,000 adult and child survivors of domestic violence, approximately 25% of which are children. Remedies substance abuse programs serve an additional 2,000 adults each year. We provide a safe, supportive environment and critical, client-centered services designed to promote the healing of individuals and families.

Remedies is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a voluntary board of directors. Click Here to Donate

The Memorial Reception subcommittee wishes to thank Diane and Ed Kuehl for ushering Saturday November 6th for Alan Bloomfield’s memorial service. Over 40 friends attended and many others joined online.

Path to Membership Class!

Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford is pleased to announce the 2021 PATH to Membership Class will take place on Saturday, December 4 from 9:30 – 2:00 at UU Church, Rockford. Library. Rev. Matthew, Rev. Joyce, and members of the Membership Team will provide an overview of the church and ways to connect. Come out and meet other newcomers and get your questions answered.

When: December 4, 9:30 – 2:00
Where: UU Church Rockford Library
Who: Anyone interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism, membership, and meeting other exciting newcomers

Questions? Email Rev. Joyce Palmer 

Our Whole Lives for the 2021-2022 School Year

We will be offering Our Whole Lives (the UU sexuality education program) this school year for grades K-1st, 4th-6th, and 7th-9th. Families with eligible children were sent details via email. Anyone who is interested that did not receive an email should contact Lindsay at 
reuurockford@gmail.com for more information.

Grades K-1: Sessions will be 11:30-12:30 on Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, and 19. 

Grades 4-6: Will be offered later in the school year, exact dates TBD.

Grades 7-9: Sessions will be 3:00-4:30 on Nov. 7, 14, 21, and Dec. 5, 12, and 19. Students in 10th-12th grade who have not previously attended 7-9 OWL are welcome to attend as well.

The fall scene currently hanging in the front of the Sanctuary is the work of a local artist:  Margo Shryack-Pagh.  The medium is batik.  The artist characterizes the creation as a “Trickster Triptych.”  Triptych refers to the three panels.  The “trickster” is a coyote that is not depicted but is the cause of the one panel being fertile and the other barren.

The artwork is a gift from the Eliseo family in memory of Delores Eliseo.

Submitted by David Black  815-871-8991
Veterans Day Program
All are invited to attend a brief Veterans Day program this Thursday November 11th at 1pm. It will take place at the Veterans Statue on the corner of N Main and Mulberry streets in downtown Rockford outside Veterans Memorial Hall. A special guest speaker has been invited. The organizers of the event are Vietnam veterans who advocate for a Peaceful, non-violent solution to all conflict.

Submitted by Scott Garwick
Click Here for Literature Link from Dale
Click Here for Teresa’s Tablet
Click Here to view Ministers and Staff: Duties, Hours, Contact

Wonderful Wednesday Offerings!  
 November 17th Join former professional basketball player, sports trainer, and teen mentor Ashraf Amaya as he shares the ways he has coached and mentored youth. Join us as we take an in-depth look at how we can respond to violence from a faith perspective to turn lives around. Mr. Amaya will share his experience from a Christian perspective and invite all to examine how their theology informs their work to address violence in the world. We will meet in the church library.
  December 1st Join Annie Hopson, Youth Services Director at the Rockford Family Peace Center, to learn more about prevention and youth services for young people impacted by violence. Ms. Hopson has made it her mission to end the cycle of violence and to show young people who have experienced violence that those experiences do not have to define their lives.

 December 15th Blue Christmas Service will provide an opportunity to share the losses, vulnerabilities, and despair brought on by the pandemic, loneliness, or death. We invite those who have a special need for comfort, hope, and healing at this time of year to attend with a friend. Music provided by harpist Nanette Fox. Services leaders, Rev Joyce and our Caring Team members.
Social Justice Updates
Eliminate Racism 815
Film Discussion
Friday, November 12, 2021, 6 p.m.

Constructing the Terrorist Threat-Islamophobia: The Media & War on Terror: Argues US media have turned Arabs/Muslims into the face of terror, while terror attacks by homegrown violent extremist groups have far outnumbered Muslim/Arab attacks. 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 the 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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