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May 31

Love in the Time of Corona

Rev. Dr. Nicole C. Kirk

We are living in extraordinary times. Over the last few weeks in response to a dangerous virus, our lives have been disrupted in numerous and unimaginable ways and touched by loss. This Sunday, we will reflect on the theme of love—its gift and its challenge.

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.

June 7th - 9am

Congregational Meeting - Principle 5

There is no Sunday Speaker.

Today, PCUUC's members will meet and vote on three matters of governance:

  1. Proposed Budget for 2020-2021

  2. Proposed Incoming Board Members for 2020-2021

  3. Proposed Incoming Nominating Members for 2020-2021

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May 24th

Preslin Isaac

Many people are struggling more than usual during the pandemic. This sermon will look at how struggles can be self-inflicted and struggles can be put upon us by others and finally what can be done about it.

Preslin Isaac is 1st generation Haitian American from Florida. Mr. Isaac has a background in Addictions and Mental Health Counseling and he recently completed a year-long residency program as a hospital chaplain at the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital where he resides in North Barrington, IL. Currently Mr. Isaac is working as a therapist with Nicasa Behavioral Health Services and is an advocate for those victimized by the human trafficking industry.

May 17th

Amy Dickinson

What are ways we can know God? We can read the scriptures and the writings describing the life of the Manifestations. We may get a glimpse of God through God's attributes: Compassion, Omnipotence, Mercy, Grace, All-Knowing, etc., but these do not define or limit God. It is up to us to do the work to know our true selves and wipe the dross off our mirrors so we can reflect the light of God into His creation.

Amy Dickinson became a Báha’í in 1998. Amy is a layperson as that term is used in the Christian Faith. There is no clergy or priesthood in the Báha’í Faith. Each person is responsible for his or her own relationship with God and spiritual development. Each Báha’í takes time every day to pray, read from scripture, meditate and reflect on how to translate Báha’í teachings into action. Amy and her husband are retired and currently hunkered down in unincorporated Libertyville Township living the COVID-19 life. Amy’s interests are in pursuing racial justice and in music -singing in a choir and playing handbells.

May 10th

Images of God

David Bates

How has our Image of God changed over time and what is our Image of God now ? Is this change a sign of our times ? Is this change a result of our increased knowledge or our life experience ?

Dave and his wife, Fran, have been coming to PCUUC since May of 2017. They became members in November, 2017. Both Fran & Dave were drawn to PCUUC based on the 7 Principles and the congregations commitment to Social Justice. Dave is an engineer with 40 years experience developing medical products. After many years working alone as a contractor/consultant, he came to realize that his solitude working environment missed the value and richness of community. In retirement he also realized it was time to give back to society by involvement in Social Justice and is very grateful to PCUUC for the opportunity to give accordingly. Dave is also grateful for the positive aspects of his Catholic background, including 16 years of Catholic education. His spiritual, faith journey has now taken him to the point in his life where his image and definition of God is rooted in the people and world he sees around him. Fran and Dave live in Libertyville and are empty nesters with 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

Fran Bates will be the Service Leader.  Service Access details will go out Friday morning.  If you are new to PCUUC, send an email to the office@prairiecircleuuc.org to seek service access.

May 3rd

Rev. Denise Tracy

Each of us seeks meaning in our lives. a sense of making a difference, a larger mission.
This sermon is a reflection on the path to discovering our personal purpose.

"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."

April 26th

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey 

What does it mean to be a community that creates such a warm welcome that the flourishing of all who enter becomes central to our deepest sense of community identity? not just an add-on, never an afterthought? How does our sense of who we are change if we recognize that the welcome we long to create is about more than an embrace of radical diversity, and includes the call to create safe harbor for those living in a world where exclusion abounds? What happens when community isn’t a noun, but is instead a verb? Let us live into these questions together!

 

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is Professor of Religion at Drake University. Her teaching, writing and public speaking focus on encounters of religion with race, gender, activism, politics, and any other aspect of social life in which religion decides to show up. Her greatest passion and longtime work, however, continually return to racial justice and white anti-racism. Her most recent book is Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America (Abingdon Press). She is also the author of Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation and Whiteness and Morality: Pursuing Racial Justice through Reparations and Sovereignty. She is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (USA).

Meeting details will be sent by email on Friday morning and by text Friday afternoon.

April 19th

Rev. Tony Larsen

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the First Earth Day (actual date April 22, 1970), Tony's sermon will focus on what our 7th UU Principle calls "the interdependent web of all existence"--including how our contemporary situation with the corona virus ties in. Tony will also premier a song he has written called "50 Ways to Love Your Mother" (with apologies to Paul Simon and his "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover").

April 12th

Fran Bates

Who will we become as human beings when fear dominates our existence?  Does Easter offer us hope for a new life?

Fran is a retired minister in the United Church of Christ who chose chaplaincy as her preferred ministry. For thirty years she provided pastoral care in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice. She also enjoyed the occasional opportunity to supply preach at several Lake County churches when pastors went on vacation. Fran and her husband Dave have four children and eight grandchildren and are now enjoying the opportunity to travel and do volunteer work in the community.

April 5th

Bhante Sujatha

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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

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