Unitarian Universalists of Eastern Illinois

Unitarian Universalists of Eastern Illinois

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Connie and all participants, thank you for our beautiful Solstice service yesterday.
The Coles Progressives have released the latest voters guide! Information on candidates for the April 2nd local election can be found here:https://static.wixstatic.com/ugd/6adc0b_8351c831b06a4e76b8f4397097b8fdbd.pdf

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE BY APRIL 2ND! (Early voting is happening right now!)
Thanks to Connie Buchenroth for a beautiful Solstice Celebration, and to all the wonderful people who came and participated despite the cold!
Second Sunday in September is the 9th, not the fifth. Unless there's been a change, that's when our meeting is. Can someone verify this?
There are many of us who agree on major political issues but are reluctant to let our opinions be known in this “red” area, which can make it difficult to connect with like-minded people. This potluck picnic will give us a chance to meet each other, socialize, and broaden our sphere of progressive friends. So come join us on August 13th for good food, live music, and great conversations!

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Eastern Illinois is a small lay-led congregation that was founded in March, 1965. We meet the second Sunday of every month at 10:30 at Bob's Bookstore in Charleston, Illinois.

Join us. All are welcome. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Eastern Illinois is a progressive religious community located in Charleston, IL. We walk diverse spiritual paths to find meaning and purpose in our lives, but we are united in our belief in the worth and dignity of all people, and the obligation to express our faith through acts of justice and compassion. We hope you'll join us as we create a diverse, spirit-growing, justice-seeking community!

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03/05/2021

Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year.

In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.

Subsequent Presidents continued to proclaim a National Women’s History Week in March until 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, each president has issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

The National Women’s History Alliance selects and publishes the yearly theme. The theme for Women's History Month in 2021 captures the spirit of these challenging times. Since many of the women's suffrage centennial celebrations originally scheduled for 2020 were curtailed, the National Women's History Alliance is extending the annual theme for 2021 to "Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.

03/05/2021

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03/05/2021

While we are unable to meet due to COVID-19, check out the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana/Champaign. They have virtual services every Sunday at 10:15 am.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign - UUCUC has successfully completed the Five Practices of Welcome Renewal, and has been determined to be a Welcoming Congregation! Sincere congratulations to the UUCUC on their ongoing commitment to LGBTQ+ welcome and inclusion in and beyond Urbana, IL.

You can read more about the Welcoming Congregation Program here: https://www.uua.org/lgbtq/welcoming

12/22/2020

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12/22/2020

Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington

Happy Winter Solstice everyone. Enjoy this powerfully wonderful Winter Solstice service performed by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana. https://fb.watch/2x76tTR0Ec

Winter Solstice Service

10/13/2020

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08/22/2020

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08/22/2020

August 2020 - Our Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will not meet this September due to the COVID-19 virus. In order to safely protect the health of our members and attendees, we will not meet again until later this year. Please check back for updates.

Please check out the Unitarian Universalist Church of Champaign-Urbana (UUCUC.org). They are streaming Sunday services at 10:15 from their website and youtube. The UUCUC minister, Florence Caplow is receptive and committed to supporting the community during this crisis. Check it out at uucuc.org or their page at Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign - UUCUC. Be safe and stay healthy.

youtube.com 08/10/2020

UU the Vote

Vote UU. Vote as if your life depended upon it. It does. Click on the this to watch the short video about how Unitarians have historically protected democracy in America.
https://youtu.be/mannOmmad1I

youtube.com Unitarian Universalists have been part of every movement in U.S. history, and we are ready to show up for the 2020 election like never before. Our forebearer...

uucuc.org 06/02/2020

#WeCantBreathe - A UUA Virtual Prayer Vigil - UU Church of Urbana Champaign

uucuc.org June 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - JOIN US as we gather to uplift Black resistance…decry white supremacy…grieve the murder of Black lives and recommit to living our Unitarian Universalist values. #WeCantBreathe - A UUA Virtual Prayer Vigil RSVP for Zoom information. Speakers: UUA President Rev. ...

[06/02/20]   June 2020 - Our Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will not meet this June due to the COVID-19 virus. In order to safely protect the health of our members and attendees we will not meet again until September 2020 when we have a better idea of the impact of COVID-19 and our ability to meet safely.

Please check out the Unitarian Universalist Church of Champaign-Urbana (UUCUC.org). They are streaming Sunday services at 10:15 from their website and youtube. The UUCUC minister, Florence Caplow is receptive and committed to supporting the community during this crisis. Check it out at uucuc.org or their page at www.facebook.com/uucuc. Be safe and stay healthy.

[05/02/20]   May 2020 - Our Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will not be meeting this May due to the COVID-19 virus.Please check out the Unitarian Universalist Church of Champaign-Urbana (UUCUC.org). They are streaming Sunday services at 10:15 from their website and youtube. Also, their groups for Living Our Principles, Worshipful Listening and Check In, and Mindful Meditation are accessible online. The UUCUC minister, Florence Caplow is receptive and committed to supporting the community during this crisis. Check it out at uucuc.org or their page at www.facebook.com/uucuc. Be safe and stay healthy.

04/01/2020

April 2020 - Our Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will not be meeting this month due to the COVID-19 virus.Please check out the Unitarian Universalist Church of Champaign-Urbana (UUCUC.org). They are streaming Sunday services at 10:15 from their website and youtube. Also, their groups for Living Our Principles, Worshipful Listening and Check In, and Mindful Meditation are accessible online. The UUCUC minister, Florence Caplow is receptive and committed to supporting the community during this crisis. Check it out at uucuc.org or their page at www.facebook.com/uucuc. Be safe and stay healthy.

03/27/2020

For those in need of some spiritual direction during this stressful time, please check out the Unitarian Universalist Church of Champaign-Urbana (UUCUC.org). They are streaming Sunday services at 10:15 from their website and youtube. Also, their groups for Living Our Principles, Worshipful Listening and Check In, and Mindful Meditation are accessible online. The UUCUC minister, Florence Caplow is receptive and committed to supporting the community during this crisis. Check it out at uucuc.org or their page at www.facebook.com/uucuc.

[03/25/20]   Here we are - COVID-19

There are so many rumors flying around right now because everyone is afraid and doesn't know what's going to happen. When this happens our fears can conjure up innumerable scenarios to make up for our inability to control the future. We want so much to return to the normality we had before even though we weren't really happy about what was going on then. The sheer fact that we don't have control of the present or future can scare the wits out of some folks.

I suggest we use this time carefully. This is a good time to recognize fear when it rises up in us and around us. Much of this talk about what could happen is imagined drama that can be exhilarating and generate a false sense of purpose. But these dramas have nothing to do with reality. We need to know what's going on with the virus but we don't really need to be informed 24/7. Pay attention to what happens to your mind and body while you listen to the news and when someone starts talking about the crisis as if it were the end of the world. Do you become anxious, does your blood pressure rise, stomach or head hurt, or do you become angry or protective. All of these are natural reactions to a crisis. We're afraid. And fear is contagious. One person afraid is a scaredy cat but 2 or 6 or 10 or even 100 appear to be in the know and can come up with reactionary and often harmful ideas about how to control the unknown.

May I suggest during this time you pamper yourself as you would a young child. Make a gratitude list, play games with your kids or friends, paint that room you intended to paint six months ago, eat some ice cream, relax and spend time with your family, call or Skype with your friends, look through old pictures of happy times, tell jokes and watch comedies, you get it.

Unless you are a scientist, a medical professional or working for the CDC your undivided attention is not needed to solve this. All we need to do is stay home as much as possible, wash our hands, maintain social distance, and let our loved ones know that they are in our hearts. We need to comfort one another's fears. In the words of Hafiz, "Fear is the cheapest room in the house and I want you in better living conditions." Be safe and stay healthy.

03/16/2020

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Rev. Caplow, minster of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign (UUCUC), Sunday message, from self quarantine, March 15, 2020. Click the screen to here her message.

Message for Sunday, March 15, 2020

03/01/2020

Join us Sunday, March 8th, at our monthly Unitarian Fellowship at Bob's Bookstore in Charleston. We'll meet at 10:30 a.m. At our next meeting we'll finish telling our stories in "The Many Paths to Unitarian Universalism" and briefly discuss the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism. Refreshments and lively discussion will follow the one hour fellowship.

02/02/2020

Join us Sunday, February 9th, for our monthly UU Fellowship at Bob's Bookstore in Charleston, IL. We will meet at 10:30 am. At this meeting we will continue our two-part session 'The Many Paths to Unitarianism Universalism". Members and attendees will share stories about their spiritual journeys and how they were brought to Unitarian Universalism. Lively discussion is encouraged and yummy refreshments will follow. Everyone is welcome as always.

01/04/2020

Join us Sunday, January 12th, for our monthly UU Fellowship at Bob's Bookstore in Charleston, IL. We will meet at 10:30 am. At this meeting we will begin a two-part session 'The Paths to Unitarianism Universalism.' Roger Whitlow will present a brief overview of Unitarian Universalism and Miriam Whitlow will share her story about how she came from a Lutheran background to Unitarian Universalism.This topic will continue next month when others will share their stories. Lively discussion is encouraged and yummy refreshments will follow. Everyone is welcome as always.

12/18/2019

Voices of A Liberal Faith (high resolution)

Voices of a Liberal Faith. Who are Unitarian Universalists? https://youtu.be/9XqQ4M97zms

Welcome to Unitarian Universalism! This video tells the story of our faith through powerful imagery and inspirational testimonials. In it, you'll see and hea...

11/30/2019

Join us Sunday, December 8th, at Bob's Bookstore at 10:30 when we celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice.

Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years. This start of the solar year is a celebration of Light and the rebirth of the Sun. In old Europe, it was known as Yule, from the Norse, Jul, meaning wheel.

Today, many people in Western-based cultures refer to this holiday as "Christmas." Yet a look into its origins of Christmas reveals its Pagan roots. Emperor Aurelian established December 25 as the birthday of the "Invincible Sun" in the third century as part of the Roman Winter Solstice celebrations. Shortly thereafter, in 273, the Christian church selected this day to represent the birthday of Jesus, and by 336, this Roman solar feast day was Christianized. January 6, celebrated as Epiphany in Christendom and linked with the visit of the Magi, was originally an Egyptian date for the Winter Solstice.

The Winter Solstice this year takes place December 21, 2019 at 10:19 pm CST.

On Sunday, December 8th, we'll welcome the return of light along with the joy of the holiday season. Yummy refreshments and lively conversation will follow the service. All are welcome.

11/23/2019

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[11/10/19]   This Sunday, Nov,10th, we celebrated with our Thanksgiving service. Below is the Thanksgiving message on Gratitude.

Unitarian Universalists and Gratitude – Thanksgiving Message
(Connie Buchenroth, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of
Eastern Illinois, Charleston, IL, Nov. 10, 2019)

Most of us are familiar with the story of the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock in 1623. It wasn’t referred to then as Thanksgiving of course. It was a gathering with a feast to celebrate the harvest at the end of the first few years after the Pilgrims settled in North America. The story has it that was feast and it was attended by both Pilgrims and the Native American Indians. Of course the details are kind of murky.

What we really know is that this American story symbolizes different cultures coming together in peace and celebration to share their blessings in compassion and gratitude.

Nearly every religion and spiritual practice includes gratitude, along with its sister practice, compassion. It is found in practices and/or scriptures belonging to Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Native Americans, Pagans, Goddess veneration and Humanists to name a few. But gratitude is not just a part of religion. It transcends religion and dogma. Gratitude is an essential practice for sustaining our wellbeing and the wellbeing of our planet. It is a commitment to appreciation and respect of all that has come before us, all that is, and all that lies in the future. Gratitude attends a timeless present and nurtures a ‘still point’ within us all.

I am struck with how gratitude can release us from the confines of time and set us straight into the present moment. So much of our lives are spend in worry and fear. We worry about our health, our safety, if we have enough to make ends meet, our retirement, the food we eat and of course our families and friends. Our worries and fears are compounded with concerns about our government and our leaders. It doesn’t take long to flip through the channels on TV to realize that our future is very fragile and our past is riddled with corruption and injustice.

We spend much of our time in fear. But when we’re afraid, living in the past or worrying about the future, we’re missing what’s going on in the present. So often, we become consumed by this preoccupation and spin intimidating stories to support our fears. Then we share them and feed them with more fear. But we don’t have to. When we rewrite our old stories from a viewpoint of gratitude, our entire life experience suddenly shifts.

Right here. Right now. This is the present. Gratitude is our vehicle out of fear and into the present moment. We’ve all experienced ‘the present’. When we fall in love, or see our child’s newborn face, when we meditate or listen to music that takes us to another state of consciousness, when we focus on our work and when we lose ourselves in our love and concern for another. In the present moment, we can let go of what we cannot control. We can actually shift our perspective and invite hope into our lives. As the author Robert Holden said, “The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.” That is when we feel most alive.

Gratitude and compassion are an integral part of our Unitarian Universalist principles which focus on compassion, integrity, acceptance, justice and an interdependence of all existence. The seventh UU principle focuses on this by stating:
We the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are part.

Today as we celebrate gratitude, we remember those people and events that make feel most alive. A family member, a partner or spouse, our children, our abundance, our work, and our joys, even yummy food. When we remember gratitude, we remember it with compassion, not comparison. We remember, as each of us is blessed, so is the interdependent web of all existence. So, when we express gratitude and compassion to one another, we are expressing it to all on our planet. We may not see the results first hand, as the effects of gratitude and compassion are not always witnessed, but are always known in the heart.

So today, be gracious. Live, love, laugh and be happy. As author Gabrielle Bernstein said, “Gratitude unlocks all that’s blocking us from really feeling truthful, authentic, vulnerable and happy.” It is a light heart that is unburdened and thankful for life and all life offers us. These are precious moments and we bring light on to our planet as we choose to be thankful and kind to others.

(Connie Buchenroth (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Eastern Illinois, Charleston, IL, Nov. 10, 2019)

11/01/2019

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Our Story

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Eastern Illinois is a progressive religious community located in Charleston, IL. We walk diverse spiritual paths to find meaning and purpose in our lives, but we are united in our belief in the worth and dignity of all people, and the obligation to express our faith through acts of justice and compassion. We meet the second Sunday of every month at Bob’s Bookstore in Charleston, Illinois beginning at 10:30. All are welcome. We hope you'll join us as we create a diverse, spirit-growing, justice-seeking community!

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Bob's Bookstore
Charleston, IL
61920
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