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What's Happening On Sunday?

 

Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

Healing in the Age of Trump
How to Fight for – and Win – an Inclusive Vision for America
Guest, Andrew Hanauer
In the aftermath of the divisive 2016 election, faith leaders from across the religious spectrum came together to form the One America Movement and fight for a bold, inclusive vision for our country. The One America Movement will bring people together across religious, political, racial and cultural divides to participate in community service projects together – to rebuild our country physically and spiritually and to build authentic human relationships that can challenge and resist bigotry, social media bubbles, divisiveness and even fake news.

Speaker:  Andrew Hanauer is the founder and director of the One America Movement. Andrew is a frequent guest speaker at houses of worship of all kind, and his views on politics, poverty and interfaith advocacy have appeared on Al Jazeera, Pacifica Radio, Common Dreams and more. He serves on steering committees at the United Nations and for the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition.
For more information: www.oneamericamovement.org

YOUTH RE
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30 & 11:15

Sunday Morning Forum—9:30am, Learning Center
Spiritual Formation:  The Concept of Divine Wisdom as a Feminine Principle. 
We will discuss the contrast between this idea and the view that men are more wise/intelligent.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

Freeing the Cycle of Forgiveness
By Rev. Karen Mooney and Reverend Tom Capo

Separated from community there is little opportunity for reparation. Our ministry in prisons and jails is based on the radical notion that every person is worthy of respect and has the capability of completing this cycle for themselves. Come and learn how all of us are affected and how together we can offer hope and help. Forgiveness, redemption, and atonement are not ethereal ideas;they live and transform with us.   Reverend Mooney works within some of the Illinois Prisons as part of the Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministry of Illinois.  There will a time in the service to share Joys and Concerns.

YOUTH RE
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30 & 11:15

Sunday Morning Forum, 9:30am—Learning Center. 
Science Sunday welcomes Rick Knight from the Citizens' Climate Education Corps to discuss Climate Change for People.  Rick is a chemist and chemical engineer who worked in energy R&D for 40 years before retiring in 2016. He has also been a volunteer with the Citizens' Climate Education Corp for the last 5 years.
The science of earth's climate is exceedingly complex. It encompasses physics, chemistry, geology, biology, meteorology, statistics ... you name it, it's in there. But like most science, the essentials can really be boiled down to a few basics that are not really that abstract. Mr. Knight has a passion for unraveling these complexities before general audiences, because this is such an important topic in today's world.   Climate Science for People will start with an explanation of the earth's energy balance, how it works, and how it is being changed by man's activities. Mr. Knight will then describe how those changes affect our climate, our weather, and even the chemistry of the oceans. He will then dive more deeply into three concepts -- feedbacks, tipping points, and triggers -- that are key to understanding what is happening and how they impact future risks. And finally, Mr. Knight will explore oft-heard misperceptions and deliberate misinformation about climate change and how to respond to them.

Sunday, March 12, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

Gender Fluid in Today’s World
By Reverend Tom Capo and members of Youth Outlook
Members of Youth Outlook, a support system for GLBTQ and gender fluid youth, will share some of their experiences in today’s world.  And Reverend Tom will explore how we can show radical hospitality to GLBTQ youth.  There will be a special collection for Youth Outlook. 

YOUTH RE
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30 & 11:15

Sunday Morning Forum, 9:30am—Learning Center. 
DUUC Social Justice Committee
will be welcoming Illinois State Representative Emmanuel Chris Welch (D) for the 7th district. Before running for State Representative he served on the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education in November 2001 and became president of the board in April 2003.  As an Illinois Representative he is now the chairperson of the Higher Education Committee. Rep Chris Welch recently introduced HB426, the Immigration Safe Zones Act.  HB426 would provide “safe zone” locations to immigrants by extending protections to immigrants’ families when they visit schools, churches, or hospitals across the state, possibly making Illinois essentially a sanctuary state.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

Step Up!
By Reverend Tom Capo and Steve Cooper, DRE
Have you ever been concerned about a situation and wanted to help... but didn't? YOU'RE NOT ALONE This situation is more common than you might think, and is known as the bystander effect. During the month of March the youth in the religious education program will be learning about how to identify inequality, oppression and bullying and how they can help by intervening or becoming an ally. This service for all ages will continue the discussion from the classrooms.

YOUTH RE
Service for All Ages

Sunday Morning Forum, 9:30am—Learning Center.
SCIENCE SUNDAY

Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

Music as Social Justice
By Joe Jencks, Song Writer, Musician, & Social Justice Activist
Social justice is a theme that permeates folk singer-songwriter Joe Jencks's music, from immigration to veterans' justice. Pete Seeger said of his work, "The key to the future is people joining in. The music of Joe Jencks captures this essential spirit." Come listen to Joe speak--and sing--truth to power and leave inspired to continue the important work of healing our world.

YOUTH RE
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30 & 11:15

Sunday Morning Forum, 9:30am—Learning Center.
Spiritual Formation presented by Rev. Myriam Renaud