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March Worship Theme - Faith

Our seven principles are grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions. Rev. Peter Morales asks us to think about religion as the practice of being faithful to what you love. In order to do this, you must decide what you love and do your best to live that love faithfully every day. Some examples of things UUs might love include a quest for knowledge, reverence for life and supporting one another on our faith journeys. One way we can live our faith is by showing up for our fellow human beings, and believing that they, in turn, will show up for us.

March 15th - Service has been canceled

Confidence comes through practice

Bhante Sujatha

So many people ask me about faith. In Buddhism, faith refers to a serene commitment to the practice of the Buddha's teachings, and trust in enlightenment. These should be based on experience and understand, and if one has these, they have faith in their practice. The Pali word for this is Sadda, or Sraddha in Sanskrit. Confidence comes through practice and the willingness to try.

Bhante Sujatha, 40 year Buddhist Monk, is singularly focuses on adding more love in the world. Bhante teaches loving-kindness meditation to people around the globe for all those seeking the art of happiness and contentment. His approach to meditation is deep and simple, bringing core Buddhist teachings to everyone in a way that is practical and easy to understand. A joyful, radiant, funny and wildly energetic monk, Bhante will help you obtain peace that can only be found in deep silence. He is originally from Sri Lanka and is the head monk / abbot of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center in Woodstock, IL

Service Leader: Tamara Wanshek

March 22nd - Service has been canceled

Some Shared Principles

Tom Nowak

In accordance with the monthly theme, Faith, our guest speaker will discuss his perspectives on two Unitarian Universalist principles which align well with those of the Baha'i Faith. The principles of the presentation and discussion will be "a free and responsible search for truth and meaning" and "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part".

Tom Nowak has been a member of the Baha'i Faith most of his adult life. Since Baha'is do not have a clergy, individual members often share information about their Faith. As a scientist, Tom welcomes the opportunity to present on, and discuss, these important principles.

Service Leader: Mary Honegger

March 29th - Service has been canceled

The 3-Step Formula in Religion

Rev. Tony Larsen

In his sermon on the first Sunday of March, Tony spoke about the theological problems with the traditional atonement theory/faith in Christianity. (This is the idea that God needed a human sacrifice before S/He could take back a sinful humanity.) This Sundays sermon will look at the psycho-spiritual consequences of this kind of faith--and why it became a 3-step success formula for conversion.

Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen recently retired from ministering at Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine, Wisconsin (after 42 years--a record!). Tony studied to be a Catholic priest before he switched to the UU ministry and has written a book entitled "Trust Yourself: You Have the Power" (Impact Publishers, 1979); authored a UUA curriculum called "A Catechism for Unitarian Universalists" (1988); and contributed chapters to 2 Skinner House books, "Salted With Fire" and "Everyday Spiritual Practice."

Service Leader: Candice Lutz

April 5th

We tentatively plan to resume services effective April 5th

Andrew Shults

The Board will be considering the best action plan for PCUUC in the preceding weeks, but tentatively the plan is to resume services April 5th.

April 12th

The Importance of Tolerance, Easter as a Christian Holiday

Mike Merritt

What does the bible say of the Easter holiday (nothing)? How we as a community should practice tolerance on ideas that are different than ours and is there a model in the Jefferson Bible to discuss the morality of the message underlying the resurrection message in the bible. Easter is a classically a religious holiday, as it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even non-Christian traditions practice the celebrating of Easter through the Easter bunny and the use of eggs all which have pagan origins. But, can you still celebrate Easter if you aren't religious at all? Of course — luckily, since Christian holidays have dominated the consumer market, there are plenty of ways to eat all the Peeps and welcome the arrival of spring without incorporating religion.

Service Leader: Tamara Wanshek

April 19th

The Golden Rule

Children Led Service

Many religions teach a version of the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In this very special service led by the children of PCUUC, we will learn more about this important rule and how we can incorporate it into our everyday lives.

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March 8th

The Faithful Humanist

Judy Stettner

Join us Sunday, March 8th as our guest speaker, Judy Stettner, reflects on her lifelong journey as a Unitarian Universalist Humanist and embracing faithful community through which ever lenses we see life.

Judy is a fourth generation UU and currently is a member of Tree of Life UU Congregation in McHenry, IL and is employed as their Congregational Administrator. She looks forward to spending this morning and getting to know us.

Service Leader: Lynn Hepler

March 1st

The Problem With Atonement

Rev. Tony Larsen

Many forms of Christianity today rely on an atonement faith that espouses the idea: "Christ died for our sins." Usually it takes the form of God the Father sacrificing his son to save humanity. Is there a better way to understand Jesus' life and death? Tony's sermon will argue that there is, and that it is present in our own Unitarian and Universalist faith and history.

Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen recently retired from ministering at Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine, Wisconsin (after 42 years--a record!). Tony studied to be a Catholic priest before he switched to the UU ministry and has written a book entitled "Trust Yourself: You Have the Power" (Impact Publishers, 1979); authored a UUA curriculum called "A Catechism for Unitarian Universalists" (1988); and contributed chapters to 2 Skinner House books, "Salted With Fire" and "Everyday Spiritual Practice."

Service Leader: PennySue McKenzie

February 23rd

Emerson on Life and Death

Dr. Rev. Nicole C. Kirk

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a writer, thinker, Unitarian, and Transcendentalist. This Sunday we will explore his enthusiastic spirituality as a resource for our spiritual formation in these challenging times.

 

Nicole Kirk is the Schulman Professor of Unitarian Universalist History at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and a Unitarian Universalist minister. Prior to her doctoral studies she served congregations in Ohio and New Jersey. Nicole grew up as a Unitarian Universalist in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has a Doctor of Ministry, and a Ph.D. in American Religious History from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her book “Wanamaker’s Temple: Business and Religion in the Wanamaker Department Store” published from NYU Press in 2018.

Service Leader: Fran Bates

February 16th

Be the One

Rev. Denise Tracy

At this service, Rev. Tracy will address the questions: Who noticed your uniqueness? Who nourished you? Who have you passed this on to? During this sermon, Reverend Tracy will discuss how being there for others is how you can ’be the one’.

 

"Our guest minister, Rev. Denise Tracy, lives in Elgin, IL with her husband, Bill Decker and son, Kyle. She was ordained in 1974 and has had ministries on a college campus, in a parish, as a UUA executive, as a consultant, and as an interim minister. She is a chaplain with the Elgin Police Department. She won the 2014 MLK Humanitarian Award from the City of Elgin’s Human Relations Commission for her work on the Elgin, City of Peace. She is a tutor at a middle school and part of The Alignment Collaborative for Education, a new way of harnessing resources to give every child a fair chance at a bright future."

February 9th

When the Silver Horn Spills: Selflessness and the Virtue of Grace

Ted Hazelgrove

Grace is the virtue that enables the consistent practice of kindness, generosity, and gratitude. To experience a state of grace is to conduct the daily business of living through selfless action. Grace is the choice of freedom.
 

Ted Hazelgrove has been teaching literature and writing at McHenry County College for the last twenty years. He prefers cloudy days, tragedies, and the company of a good hound dog.

Service Leader: Tamara Wanshek

February 2nd

Language of the Spirit—Grace

Dr. Rev. Nicole C. Kirk

For a growing number of people, they describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” Unitarian Universalism has been a home for many who find this description a good fit. But what makes up the vocabulary of spirituality? This sermon will explore our monthly theme of “grace.” What is grace and does it have a place in the vocabulary of spirituality?

 

Nicole Kirk is the Schulman Professor of Unitarian Universalist History at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and a Unitarian Universalist minister. Prior to her doctoral studies she served congregations in Ohio and New Jersey. Nicole grew up as a Unitarian Universalist in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has a Doctor of Ministry, and a Ph.D. in American Religious History from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her book “Wanamaker’s Temple: Business and Religion in the Wanamaker Department Store” published from NYU Press in 2018.

Service Leader: PennySue McKenzie

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