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PCUUC Services take place online each Sunday at 9am followed by Religious Education at 11am.  Join us for an upcoming service.

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One Hope United

One Hope United began as a home for children 125 years ago and has been investing in children and families ever since. A team of nearly 800 talented professionals serves over 10,000 children and families each year through education centers, child and family services, behavioral health, and residential programs in Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Our Mission

One Hope United increases opportunities for children and families by providing quality solutions that enhance lives, communities and futures.

 

Our Vision

For Every Child and Family, Life Without Limits

There are several ways to contribute:

By check: Please indicate on the memo line your intent for your donation: "Full to OHU" or "Split between PCUUC and OHU."

Mail checks to: PCUUC
                      P.O. Box 858
                      Grayslake, IL 60030
Give online:

https://pcuuc.breezechms.com/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 One Hope United.

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Guest Speaker

Rev. Jackie Ziegler

January 30, 2022
9:00am on Zoom

Living with intention means living a life that’s full of meaning and purpose. It is said that in order to live with intention, we have to be present to life; we have to pay attention. The poet Mary Oliver said, attention is the beginning of devotion. What are you paying attention to these days? Are you ensuring your life is based on your own conscious choice of what you want to devote your life to or are you living on autopilot?

Our speaker, The Rev. Jacqueline Ziegler, served as Prairie Circle’s Contract Minister from August 2011 through July, 2013. After serving UU congregations in various capacities for 23 years, Rev. Ziegler retired as of September 2020. Rev. Ziegler graduated in 1994 with a joint Masters of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard School of Theology and the University of Chicago’s Divinity School with an emphasis on ecological theology, process theology and democracy. Although retired, Rev. Ziegler is still very engaged in the climate change movement as she considers it to be THE MORAL ISSUE of the 21st century and most likely the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.

Service Leader is TBA
Religious Education (RE) at 11am & 7pm (held virtually). For more information, contact Director of RE Jennifer Weigand at Dre@prairiecircleuuc.org

If you are new to PCUUC and would like to join us, register here: https://pcuuc.breezechms.com/form/a4e5c5

For information about upcoming services, click here.

Coming in 2022 . . . Anti-Racism Working Group spring workshop series

Claudia Ramirez Islas, the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Intercultural Relations at Lake Forest College, will be providing a three-part workshop series at PCUUC this spring. The workshops will take place February 6, April 3, and May 1 at 10:30 am, following our in-person worship services. Please mark your calendars!

 

Claudia has provided this workshop series description:

While many of us have some level of awareness of diversity, equity, inclusion, racial inequity and how systemic barriers manifest in our everyday interactions, most of us would benefit from deeper reflection on our own biases and experiences as targets of biased behavior. We could also learn how to best respond when confronted with everyday injustices, become better allies, and influence positive change.

 

These workshops will provide an overview of the concepts of equity, inclusion, unconscious bias, and related research. We will focus on strategies for recognizing and addressing our own biases, managing biases we experience in our communities, and influencing change within our organizations, congregation, and friend and family units. For those of us with multiple intersecting and marginalized identities, we must continue to grow and enhance our advocacy skills on behalf of ourselves and others when unconscious biases are present in our everyday experiences.

 

These sessions will incorporate a combination of presentation, discussion, and interactive activities with the goal of empowering participants with skills and tools to be resilient, active bystanders, and agents of change on individual, group, and organizational levels.

Due to pandemic related disruptions to in-person PCUUC worship services and programs, we are sorry to say that the "Choose Antiracism" workshop series has been postponed. We hope that the spring and summer months will enable us to return to some in-person activities and thereby rebuild as a church community. The rescheduled workshop series is tentatively planned for the fall of 2022. 

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