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Snapshot of a Healthy Church

Beautiful Chicago has had way too many gray days (in more ways than the sky above) so taking stock of the good that surrounds us feels like a worthwhile endeavor. Gratitude "lifts us up where we belong" so let's go there and leave the gloom behind by reviewing a chronicle of May at Beverly Unitarian Church.

May 3: The Women of the Castle's annual "Mothers, Daughters & Friends" dinner brought 30 women together for some serious FUNraising. A cheerfully decorated sanctuary met our high spirits as we chatted the night away. It was an evening of good food, good company and more than a few good laughs at ourselves as women. We also raised $350 for a local organization, A New Direction (AND), that supports women & families coming out of abusive relationships. Then we cleaned up after ourselves before going home; we left tired and very happy.

May 6, Morning: Our Green Sanctuary group conducted a hazardous waste collection in the Pullman neighborhood. This group puts the feet on their strong commitment to environmental issues.

May 6, Evening: The Spring Dinner Concert brought 50 people into our sanctuary, which was transformed into a warm concert hall/dining room. We hosted many guests, witnessed the generosity of friends and ate well as we listened to a wide range of performances that took our breaths away. Folk singers, a heart melting tenor, a prodigious fiddle player, poets, classical piano and cello pieces, duets and even a trumpet solo.

May 7: The Sunday morning service was delivered by our Religious Education Director, Amanda Price, along with the children and youth in our church school program. We learned about the 1963 children's march in Birmingham. The children taught us as they too were learning that their church is a safe space for them to express themselves and be heard. They demonstrated the confidence it takes to stand in the pulpit and tell us who they are and what they really think. Some of us cried at the sadness of the story; my own tears were mixed with joy and pride at the beauty of our children.

May 8: Open Book Discussion group meets to discuss The Underground Railroad.

May 13: The Beverly Breast Cancer Walk brings approximately 14,000 participants to our neighborhood. Our church school children and their families camp out on the east lawn and deliver cups of water to thirsty walkers as they pass the church. This year, Beverly Unitarian will have its first group representing the church as walkers.

May 16: A group of Unitarian Universalists are walking from the north, all the way down to Springfield to demand that our state officials come up with a budget that does not ignore the needs of those with the fewest resources. In support, we will provide a potluck dinner at the castle and lodging for 20 people.

May 20: Morning ~ We are hosts again for the "Welcoming All by All" workshop. Along with other nearby UU congregations, we'll be learning how to better attract, welcome and retain new members.
Afternoon ~ Two members of the church open their home and yard to an afternoon tea and croquet party. The event was offered at the service auction, a fundraiser that brings our the community's creative ideas for raising money while having fun.
Evening ~ Another "funraiser" service auction activity offered by a member who is part of the improv troupe, the Maraschinos. They will perform at the castle at 7:30.

There is much to be grateful for in this small but mighty community. We have our challenges, like a crack in the turret and other predictable problems one expects with the stewardship of a very old building, castle or not. And we never have enough money to fulfill our wish lists or to pay property taxes that we never thought a church would have to pay. What we do have is a high percentage of participation by our members (young and old alike), shared leadership, a passion for righting social injustice, a respectful approach to problem solving and lots of love in our hearts. Beverly's Irish Castle is an appropriate home for us; it is a fortress of good will on Chicago's south side. Blessed be; I am proud to be a member here!
Visit our Facebook page for photos from these events.

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Reverend Marcia Curtis invites you to participate in a Buddhism-based meditation in a group setting. Join us Sundays at 7:30pm in the church sanctuary. Newcomers welcome.

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