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SUNDAY October 11 ~ 10:30 AM

Rev Karen Mooney
Sermon: Struggle and Compassion
There is an old saying that is often used to motivate - that which does not kill you makes you stronger. Life's struggles can teach us to grow and learn and under- stand. Considering compassion, we will look at both sides of this saying.
Music by Harpist, Renee Jirousek

This week's collection goes to South Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), which offers a response to homelessness through an overnight emergency shelter network from Oct 1 through April 30, supportive services, transitional and permanent housing, and homelessness prevention. Checks can also be made out to SSPADS and put in the basket.

After the service at noon:
Race the Power of an Illusion
Part 2: "The Story We Tell"
This is the second installment of this powerful series about race and our country. This segment specifically engages our lived understanding that race has always been with us. From the website: "Ancient peoples stigmatized "others" on the grounds of language, custom, class, and especially religion, but they did not sort people according to physical differences. It turns out that the concept of race is a recent invention, only a few hundred years old, and the history and evolution of the idea are deeply tied to the development of the U.S." There will be a brief discussion afterward. You need not have attended the first part to join us. you can see it on line if you wish.

BUC Spotlight

Meeting with Lanetta Turner, Cook County Justice Advisory Council

September 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

BUC is proud to have Lanetta Turner, Ex Dir, Cook County Justice Advisory Council, at 6:00 PM, here at the castle. This council makes needed funds available to support projects for equal justice. She will speak to us regarding the council’s goals, functions, achievements and future directions.

Prison Industrial Workshop 101

October 10, 2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

We’ve all been shocked and saddened by the number of young black men killed by the police in recent months. Another aspect of racial injustice is the mass incarceration of African-Americans. There will be a workshop on the prison industrial complex, of which mass incarceration is an integral part. The workshop is sponsored by the Social Action Committee. Please mark your calendars! This workshop is an introduction to the prison industrial complex (PIC) from an abolitionist perspective. Abolition means the replacement of the current, unjust system with a system that is just and equitable. We'll examine the PIC's roots, reach, and impact on our lives, as well as our ability to transform it. It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of the racial injustice in our society. This is an opportunity to learn and reflect on what we can do to change it.


October 3, 2015 - 8:30am - 11:00am

Green Sanctuary Group

ELECTRONIC/HAZMAT COLLECTION, SATURDAY, October 3rd, 8:30 AM TO 11AM IN THE BUC PARKING LOT. Its time again for the Annual Electronic/Hazardous Waste Collection at Beverly Unitarian Church. As in prior years, the following items will be accepted: computers, laptops, printers, monitors, stereo equipment, boomboxes, mercury-flourescent lamps and bulbs, televisions, cell and land phones and small micro-waves, as well as eyeglasses, and textbooks. NOTE: We CANNOT accept TV’s which are larger than 36” in height or width, or which are housed in consoles. The following Hazardous items will also be accepted if PROPERLY SEALED: Antifreeze, used motor oil, old gasoline, OIL-BASED paints, paint thinners, aerosol paints, car batteries, reusable batteries, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, lawn chemicals, solvents, drain clean-ers, pool chemical, and hobby chemicals. We CANNOT accept any latex, acrylic or water based paint, Freon, incandescent bulbs, or products you can clean up with water, Bio Hazardous Material or needles. This collection is a service offered to residents. Modest donations to help offset costs are appreciated. We are grateful to Bever-ly Bank & Trust for their ongoing support of this community service. to volunteer or obtain more information, contact Eileen Klees,, (773)968-3396 or Fran Sowa, (708)229-0390.

"Race: The Power of an Illusion" Viewing & Discussion

October 11 ~ 12 Noon

Rev. Karen invites us to view the second of a three part educational documentary that investigated race in society, science and history. Over three successive months, on Sunday afternoons, we will watch a segment and then engage in conversations. We hope to use this resource so that we at Beverly Unitarian have a common understanding of our shared history and a common language to use as we engage in the work of continuing to dismantle the systemic racism that exists in our country.

About the film: The division of people into distinct categories—“white,” “black,” “yellow,” “red” peoples—has become so widely accepted and so deeply rooted in our psyches, that most people would not think to question its veracity. This three-hour documentary tackles the theory of race by subverting the idea of race as biology, tracing the idea back to its origin in the 19th century.

Sept. 20 Chapter One - The Difference Between Us

examines the contemporary science - including genetics - that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.

Chapter Two - The Story We Tell

uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as "natural."

Chapter Three - The House We Live In

asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.

Race: The Power of an Illusion (2003) was produced by California Newsreel and originally screened on PBS. It was primarily funded by CPD, the Ford Foundation and PBS.

Religious Education

Childcare for our youngest is available during services.  UU Summer Camp offers a different summertime activity each week.    

All children are welcome!   


Buddhist Meditation

Participate in a Buddhism-based meditation in a group setting. Join us Sundays at 7:30pm in the church sanctuary. Newcomers welcome. 

Fearless Living...Fearless Dying 
Meditation Retreat: Sept 11 - Sept 13
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