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Who we are:

Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation (PCUUC) is a community full of involved, engaged citizens. We were founded in January 2004 in Grayslake, Illinois.

PCUUC, until recently a lay-led congregation, provides services offered by members, academics, guest ministers from various Unitarian Universalist churches, the local UU seminary and theological professionals from other faiths. They utilize their skills and viewpoints to speak to social, spiritual and religious topics.

Our Mission:

As members of the Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation, we agree to encourage individual spiritual development. We agree that we will help each other apply spiritual values to everyday life. We come to nurture our understanding and respect for all the people of the world, their cultures, and their religious traditions. We will participate actively in the communities we serve, and we will nurture a healthy relationship with the environment.

What We Believe:

PCUUC is one of over 1,100 Unitarian Universalist Congregations in the United States. Unitarian Universalists adhere to no set creed or doctrine as absolute. Rather, they are united in their values.

There are seven principles that all Unitarian Universalists affirm:


  • 1st Principle:   The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  • 2nd Principle:  Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;

  • 3rd Principle:  Acceptance of one another, and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  • 4th Principle:  A free and responsible search for truth an meaning;

  • 5th Principle:  The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large;

  • 6th Principle:  The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  • 7th Principle:  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Copyright Unitarian Universalist Association

Board Members

Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation (PCUUC) is proud of its current Church Board. The following excerpt from the PCUUC bylaws provides an overview of the role of the Board in the overall congregation.


The management of the affairs of the church, unless otherwise addressed in these bylaws, shall be vested in the Church Board. The Church Board shall provide support to the minister(s) and staff, and will provide assistance and direction for the ministry of the church.

The Church Board shall create standing committees to include but not be limited to: Religious Education, Membership, Social Action, Worship, Finance, and Committee on Ministry. The Church Board will affirm chairpersons for these committees upon recommendations from each committee. The Church Board must reaffirm these chairpersons annually.

The Church Board shall recommend to the church membership what it believes to be appropriate positions on matters reserved to the membership for decision.

The Church Board shall guarantee freedom of the pulpit.

The Church Board shall strive to manage the finances of the church consistently with the budget approved by the membership.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors
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Trisha Steele

Term: July 1, 2024 -June 30, 2025

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Thad Smith

Term: July 1, 2024 -June 30, 2025


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Dave Bates

Term: July 1, 2024 -June 30, 2026

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Christine Tyll


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Chris Krohn


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Ginny Krueger


Term: July 1, 2023 -June 30, 2025

Term: July 1, 2023 -June 30, 2025

Term:  July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2026

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Part-time Minister

Our Staff


Our Staff
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Worship Coordinator

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Nursery Coordinator

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Choir Director

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Karen Schachtschneider

Church Administrator

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Primary RE Teacher

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Director of Religious Education

Information for Employees

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