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SUNDAY Service ~ January 16

Join us at 10:30 AM
LIVE STREAMED on Zoom. Due to the increasing COVID positivity rate, we are again "meeting" online, using the link below.
Rev. Allen Harden
Sermon: "Truth and Race History"
In anticipation of MLK Day on Monday, I will try to address the information wars that now surround racial history in the United States, and how they have become
fully enmeshed in American politics and opinion formation. Truth and ideology vie for control of how we write our history, and the narratives we allow to be created
have far-reaching impacts.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83578034674?pwd=SlBGc2YwbDFnb2JXOUtlaXBhQWV5QT09
Meeting ID: 835 7803 4674
Passcode: 818162
Remain on Zoom after the service for fellowship and discussion.

BUC Spotlight

Castle Concert October 26

The Sons of the Never Wrong perform the first Castle Concert of the year at 7 pm on Saturday, October 26th. Being able to hear this fantastic group in the castle’s intimate setting promises to be a “do not miss it” event and we can all thank John and Julia Devens (Dyed in the Wool) for making it happen. In the late 90s, John kicked up Beverly’s music scene when he opened the World Folk Music Company (WFMC) for 13 years. For now, John’s energy is about “giving back” as he donates concert proceeds (a minimum $30 donation is recommended) to the Castle Restoration campaign. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.concertsatthecastle.org.

The singer/songwriter trio of The Sons of the Never Wrong are Chicago based. Their story begins in 1998 after a chance meeting at a Chicago Guitar Center. The three played local coffee shops for several months and another chance encounter (with Harry Waller) led them to play the WFMT Midnight Special New Year’s radio show hosted by Rich Warren. At the performance that night, Andrew Calhoun immediately offered them a recording contract with his Waterbug Records. The Sons played countless times live on Midnight Special and are often referred to as "Chicago's favorite folk group." They were recognized for being the only performers who had every track of their CD (King Fisher King) played on Midnight Special.

Calm, Cool & Collected?

The following is Rev. David Schwartz's message from our September newsletter, Contact. There is a lot to reflect on here!
"You’ve made it to the airport with all your baggage. You’ve been through a long series of lines to figure out where you’ve got to go before you can go where you’re going. You’ve found your way down through the labyrinth of the terminal to find your gate.

You’ve made it to the departures and arrivals lounge. “Lounge” makes it sound like everyone is pleasant and relaxed and maybe listening to jazz and sipping chilled white wine. More accurate would be: a group of people pretending they are calm, cool, and collected, while privately trying to not be totally overwhelmed.

So, travel is good preparation for the rest of life!

This is our collective story: we’re here in this church with all the emotional and spiritual baggage of our lives. (So much baggage, right?) And we’ve found our way to the lounge with our people, the ones headed more or less in the same direction. All sitting still together while also on a whole series of journeys alone and together.

And, most of us, are pretending we are calm, cool, and collected, while privately trying not to be totally overwhelmed.

The truth in travel is like our spiritual lives; so much of it is out of our control. At the airport, we take elaborate steps to fool ourselves into thinking we are in charge of it all: luggage neatly packed; special airport shoes; check in to your flight in advance; carefully line up when your seating section is called: placing seatbacks and tray tables in their full upright and locked position.

But all of this is distraction from the reality that basically nothing is in your control. If your plane taxis out on the runway and proceeds to just sit there for hours your option is: sit there. There is not a second option. If it rains and your flight is cancelled, that’s what happens. You don’t get to negotiate.

There was a company called Wow Airlines that carried something like 1.6 million people a year and on Wednesday March 27, they announced that starting the next day, all flights would be cancelled because they were bankrupt and going out of business. That was it: attention travelers, starting tomorrow this airline no longer exists. The traveling life is often out of our control, just like all the other parts of life.

You think you’ve bought a ticket that will take you to a certain place at a certain time, but really what you have is an airline company basically saying: eh, you know, we’re gonna give it a good shot.

So you travel by doing, diligently, everything in your control that you can do, and then trusting, or hoping, or praying that grace will see you through to the destination – more than that, even, trusting or hoping or praying that grace will take you on a journey you did not know you would be going on.

This is our work as a people of faith: to do everything in our power that we can do: pack bags, put on comfortable clothes, bring snacks, be patient with the crew and fellow travelers – and let go of the rest when the ground falls away and we head to a cruising altitude and everything that will come.

Rev. David Schwartz"

Tune in to WGN!

Saving Chicago's only Castle on Rick Kogan's After Hours: Errol Magidson, author of the book, Chicago's Only Castle and Roberta Chalmers from the Castle Restoration Task Force will be featured on the WGN 720 AM radio show Sunday, May 5, from 9 – 11 a.m.
Tune in then or later on your favorite podcast app!

Kids 5 to 12 years old

Beginning, December 12th, children aged five through twelve, who are fully vaccinated, are invited to attend the first part of the church service to hear "the story for all ages."  They will then leave to attend their UU Education classes, where everyone who is with them is fully vaccinated.

Buddhist Meditation

Reverend Marcia Curtis For more information please click redlotussangha.org.

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