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February 2018 and beyond

Feb 4
Testing Tolerance

Rev. David Schwartz
It has been 450 years since the Edict of Torda -- the first declaration of religious freedom in Europe, prompted by our Unitarian forbear Ferenc Dávid. What are the new boundaries of tolerance, and what do we need to do to live them out?

Feb 11
Chinese New Year / Eastern Traditions BUC Kids & Amanda Price
Gong Hey Fat Choy! Help the BUC children celebrate Chinese New Year during our annual Eastern Traditions Service. Favorite traditions, Eastern stories and a few twists for the whole family to enjoy can be expected. The color red symbolizes good luck and happiness in the Chinese culture so make sure to wear it proudly.

Feb 18
Taking on White Supremacy

Rev. David Schwartz
We live in a society which operates as if white people are more important and more worthy than people of color. How will we honestly and seriously face a culture that looks like white supremacy—and do it without being stuck in shame, fear, rage, minimization, blame, denial, or the ten thousand responses that keep the status quo where it is?

Feb 25
My Life with Guns

Guest in the Pulpit: Dennis Fisher
Guns were once looked at as tools. They are now objects of worship. Someone who watched the transition occur reflects on the consequences of this shift in perception.

Sunday Notes from Rev. David
There’s a strong worship lineup this winter and spring when I am not here with you: Marcia Curtis, Jennie Cottrill, Jacob Furst, and our Religious Education class will all lead services; plus guest speak-ers Dennis Fisher and Bev Felt, and our “patchwork” services from members. Don’t miss out!

I wanted to share my preaching schedule for the second half of the year, and in particular, invite you to the special services at the end of March.

March 11th. Saving Laughter
It’s the Southside Irish Parade today, and for the intrepid band of people who make it to church through closed streets and all festivities, a service in celebration of the saving power of laughter.

March 18th. The End Is Not Near
We are not a doom and gloom people with sandwich boards proclaiming “the end is near!” But at the same time, we can’t do what we’ve always done and expect different results. A service celebrating the future of this congregation, and the hope, excitement, and worry that goes with it.
After the service, a catered lunch will kick off our annual Stewardship Campaign pledging toward the budget for the year ahead.

Friday March 30th - A Service of Laments
7:00pm, at First Unitarian Church 5650 South Woodlawn
You are warmly invited to join with our neighboring UU church up the road for a spare, intimate ser-vice that faces plainly and without deflection the stark reality of suffering and the experience of hopelessness, ending in silence and darkness.

Saturday March 31st - Passover Dinner Service
6:00-8:00pm at the Beverly Unitarian Church.
The Passover Seder retells the story of the Jewish people leaving Egypt 3,000 years ago. It’s a celebra-tion of freedom – and it’s a great opportunity for fellowship and connections (the meal will be a potluck, more details when you RSVP). If you have Jewish heritage, come and celebrate, and if you don't, come and learn -- all are welcome! RSVP to Rev. David: .
We will host the dinner here at the Castle, with an invitation to our neighbors at First Unitarian and UU Community Church in Park Forest. If you’re available to help with setup and preparations, please reach out to Rev. David!

April 1st: Easter Sunday
If you don't transmute your pain, you transmit it to all those around you: an Easter service of rebirth and transformation. The service is multigenerational, nursery care is available as always.

April 22nd: Everything is Holy Now
"I attend to this infinitely mysterious world with reverence, awe, thanksgiving, praise. All religious qualities," says the religious naturalist Chet Raymo. An Earth Day service lifting up the ordinary holi-ness of the world around us.

May 27th: Fasting for Ramadan
Active and intentional spiritual practices opens a door for transformation, a different way of being in the world. As our Muslim neighbors and friends enter the second week of Ramadan, we explore the hard wisdom of fasting.

June 3rd: Flower Communion
Celebrate the beginning of summer in this annual beloved Unitarian service. Norbert Čapek was the founder of the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. He saw the need to unite the diverse congregants of his church from varying Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish faiths. For this reason, in 1936, he honored the universal beauty of nature by having a communion of flower instead of the Eucharist. Please bring a flower to share during the service.

Buddhist Meditation

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.

Religious Education


Childcare for our youngest is available during services.

                        All children are welcome!   



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