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What's Happening On Sunday?

November 23, 2014

Bread Sharing—Religious Traditions and Food  @ 9:30am & 11:15am
Reverend Tom Capo
Food is used in many religious traditions to celebrate, to remember, to bring attention to values.  How does food fit into Unitarian Universalist ritual and tradition?  We will break bread together in this service and consider its meaning.  This will be a multi-generational service—all ages are invited to attend the service.

YOUTH RE
Thanksgiving service for all ages.  No religious education classes. Everyone attends the service.

Sunday Morning Forum - 9:30am in the Learning Center
Worship Associate forum. Who are those people helping Rev. Tom during the services? How did they get to do that?  Worship associates are lay members of a church who work with the minister to plan and put on Sunday morning service. Currently, the worship associates at DUUC are members of the Sunday Services committee, but around January we will be asking for volunteers from our congregation who would like to join the team. If you would like to know more about what a worship associate does or have other questions, please come to the forum at 9:30am on November 23. We hope to see you there!

November 30, 2014

What is your Spiritual Practice? @ 9:30am & 11:15am
This service will be presented by the Sunday Services Committee.

YOUTH RE
Classes meet in designated classrooms.

Sunday Morning Forum - 9:30am in the Learning Center 
Free screening of  STONE COLD JUSTICE (45 minutes), the Australian Broadcast Corporation’s groundbreaking investigative documentary about the Israeli government’s systematic strategy of threats, arrests, and detention of Palestinian youth in the West Bank, occupied territory.  Is this, as many Israelis suggest, simply part of the drive to maintain security? Or is it, as Palestinians claim, part of a much wider plan to make life in the West Bank intolerable for them? There will be a question and answer period afterwards with Virginia Wisdom, who traveled to Israel and Palestine several years ago as part of a fact-finding team.  This program is presented in conjunction with our UU's for Justice in the Middle East.  

December 7, 2014     

Irrational Hope @ 9:30am & 11:15am
Reverend Tom Capo
We human creatures seem to need hope to get from one day to the next.  We need to believe that our lives will turn around, even if there is no rational reason to suggest that they might.  And so the question is:  “Is hope inherently irrational?”  There will be time during the service to share our joys and concerns and we will recognize our newest members.

YOUTH RE
Classes meet in designated classrooms.

Sunday Morning Forum - 9:30am in the Learning Center
SCIENCE SUNDAY

December 14, 2014

All Music Service @ 9:30am & 11:15am
Vickie Hellyer and the musicians of our church
A tradition at our church, this service of music and readings is a delight that lifts the heart and pleases the ears. A special collection will be taken to support our Bridge Community project.  We are mentoring a family that was homeless through the process of becoming self-supporting. It is a wonderful way to support those who need us and actually make a difference in their lives.

YOUTH RE

Classes meet in designated classrooms.

Sunday Morning Forum - 9:30am in the Learning Center
Unfinished Business: Constitutional Rights for Women & Associates.  The national Equal Rights Amendment was passed by the USA House and Senate, but has not been ratified by the states. Did you know that?  Though unequal treatment of people under the law is now not defensible due to race, religion and nationality, not so for gender.  Women still face discrimination, for example in pay:  Females earn only $.77 to the male $1.00 for comparable work.  This also drags down men's compensation.  At this forum we will review the history and its effects on both women and men.  And, most importantly, we will study the movement afoot around the USA and specifically here in Illinois to finish ratification of the USA ERA.  Come to learn, question and debate! Men, women and teens are cordially invited.  Presenter:  Stephanie Hughes & ERA Activists

December 21, 2014

Holiday Pageant (Multi-generational) @ 9:30am & 11:15am
Steve Cooper, Director of Religious Education
 
Winter Solstice Service @ 7:00pm
We will honor the darkness and celebrate the return of the light. Families are welcome. Child care is also available. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early and bring a plate of cookies to share for our celebration following the service. (Vegan and gluten free options are welcome.)  After the Solstice Service, we will place a collection basket in our social hall to accept donations for our Minister's Discretionary Fund. This fund is used by our minister to confidentially assist people in need, both inside and outside our church community. We also have a collection for this fund during Christmas Eve services.

YOUTH RE
Holiday Pageant @ 9:30am & 11:15 - Children attend the service.

Sunday Morning Forum - 9:30am in the Learning Center
SCIENCE SUNDAY

December 24, 2014 Christmas Eve Services

5:30pm  - Children/Family Service led by Steve Cooper, DRE
6:30pm - Soup and bread dinner for anyone who wants to come and join the staff and their families between the services.
8:00pm  - Candlelight Service led by Reverend Tom Capo
With beautiful music and the singing of traditional hymns, the mood is set for us to reflect on a Christmas Story, just not from the perspective of those whom we classically think the story is about.  During the service, there will be the traditional singing of “Silent Night” while passing candle light to one another in the darkened sanctuary.  The offering at this service will replenish the Minister’s Discretionary fund which is used to confidentially aid members of our church community.

December 28, 2014       

Single service at 11:15am only
Fire Communion led by our Sunday Services Committee
The turning of the year is a time of remembrance and resolution. As the daylight increases and the new year beckons, we feel a renewed drive to "clean house" both physically and mentally. Join us at this service as we release our burdens and kindle our own personal fires of commitment. There will be time during the service to share our joys and concerns.

YOUTH RE
No classes – structured activities

Sunday Morning Forum - A forum will not be held this day.