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   A warm and welcoming spiritual home to thinkers, doers
and all citizens seeking a deep understanding of the good.

 "Growing our Spirit
  Supporting Community
  Nurturing our Environment"


for Job Posting

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On the second Sunday of each month,

PCUUC services are available via Zoom only. All other services are held in-person

and via Zoom.

In accordance with Section 3.03 of the PCUUC Bylaws, this list contains
all PCUUC members who are eligible to vote at the 2023 Annual Meeting
on June 11, 2023.

The Annual Meeting packets can be found 

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Read the eWeekly
newsletter here!

SJC Shared Plate
Midwest Veterans Closet

Midwest Veterans Closet is a super spreader of food, goods, and dignity for our military heroes--those who serve and have served. Many are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.




All of your donations of goods are available at no charge to current and once-proud soldiers and their families. 

We rely solely on donations to keep our doors open. Please give what you can, so together, we can continue to serve those who serve(d) us by providing a hand-up and dignity because they do the most for us--provide for our freedoms.


There are several ways to contribute:

By check: Please write "Split" or "MVC" in the Memo line of your check. (A split donation means half to PCUUC and half to Midwest Veterans Closet.)

Mail checks to: PCUUC

                      P.O. Box 858
                      Grayslake, IL 60030
Give online:

Be sure to use the drop-down menus to select the fund(s) you wish to support and the payment method (credit/debit card or ACH transfer).

Give by text:

847-999-7060 and enter the amount you'd like

to give. Your donation will automatically be

split between PCUUC and Midwest Veterans Closet.


June 11

Thad Smith
"Freedom and Cages"

9:00am on Zoom
Virtual service


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Followed by the PCUUC Annual Meeting

at approximately 9:35am on Zoom

Since retiring from his corporate career, Thad has been contemplating the challenge of his newly acquired freedom. He will share some thoughts from experience and reading, while suggesting that we think about the cages in which we live and the possibility and promise of escape.

Thad (he/him) was raised in suburban New Jersey with his college professor mother and in rural Eastern Oregon with his cattle rancher father. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy and serving in the Marine Corps, he and his family settled in Grayslake where they have lived for more than 25 years. Thad retired from AbbVie and now works on part time projects with a healthcare company and a non-profit humanitarian organization. He occasionally blogs on life and politics at

Click here for information about upcoming services.

Here's how SJC organizations have benefited from

your Shared Plate donations in the past year:

Midwest Veterans Closet (May/June 2022)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $649.06

Round Lake Elementary District 116 (July/August 2022) . . . . . . . . .  $941.47

Northern Illinois Food Bank (September/October 2022). . . . . . . . . . $637.95

Midwest Veterans Closet (November 2022) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $268.85

PADS Lake County (December 2022) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $440.75

Northern Illinois Food Bank (January/February 2023) . . . . . . . . . . . $708.75

Home of the Sparrow (March/April 2023) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $819.56

Midwest Veterans Closet (May/June 2023)

PCUUC Statement in Response to the Black Lives Matter Movement

As people of faith dedicated to justice and liberation, we stand in grief, outrage, and solidarity with those who are protesting the use of excessive force by the police, which has resulted in the deaths of far too many people from Native, Black, Latinx and other marginalized groups in the United States. Our stance is based on the Unitarian Universalist Principles that serve us as moral guides, specifically the 1st Principle, “The inherent worth and dignity of every person,” 2nd Principle, “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations,” and 6th Principle, “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.”

Further, we recognize our individual and collective responsibility to name the ways anti-Blackness and white supremacy show up in our families, work environments, social networks, and communities, and in the local, national, and transnational systems and institutions in which we participate, including in our own Unitarian Universalist denomination and our church community. We are committed to working in consultation with Black churches and Black-led organizations to bring our UU principles into meaningful action, and in doing so to fight for an end to systemic racism.

Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) and the PCUUC Board

ARWG Report 2/3/21

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