Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Hour is the Best Hour

Join us at the next Happy Hour this Thursday, September 18th as we try the bar at the new Hyatt Place Hotel, located at the corner of Neil and Church in downtown Champaign. Join us anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. to get together, chat, and relax.  For more information contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm. Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Help Us Get To Know One Another Better:

Sign Up to be in our Photo Directory

Please plan to be a part of our photo directory project this fall. We would like photos of everyone who is involved in our church to appear in this book. Three photographers will be here from Tuesday, October 7th through Saturday, October 11th to take the pictures of members and friends of the church. 

To say thanks for participating, you will receive a copy of the finished directory AND a free 8 x 10 photo or set of 9 wallets. You will also have the opportunity to buy additional portraits if you so choose. Lots of folks like to buy holiday cards at this time of year, and you will get your photos in time for the holidays. Others don't like to buy photos, and that's okay, too – but we really want you to be in the directory, so please sign up and get your professional portrait done.

Stop by the Membership Committee’s new Connections Hub in Fellowship Hall after services to sign up or sign up online by clicking here.

Friday, September 5, 2014

September’s Shared Offering: Immigration Forum

This month’s Shared Offering Recipient is the Immigration Forum (IF). Immigration Forum is a local not-for-profit organization open to all residents in our community. Participants include immigrants, students, clergy, service providers, labor union representatives, residents, and community organizations concerned about the progress and plight of immigrants in the Champaign County community. In addition to activities promoting comprehensive and humane immigration reform, the Forum and its Allies of Faith working group has organized an October Immigrant Justice Month for the past three years, a collaborative effort among local faith communities (including the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign) to highlight the plight and promise of immigrant communities in Champaign County.
This summer, the group again had an informational table twice a month at Farmer’s Market in the Square. The Forum also works as direct service providers assisting undocumented immigrants and their children to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, which allows students who qualify to get work permits and drivers licenses. In addition to DACA, we are assisting immigrants in applying for Drivers License for All, a recently passed piece of legislation in Illinois that provides undocumented Illinois residents the opportunity to qualify for a driver’s license and purchase auto insurance.
The IF’s most recent initiative centers around making CU a welcoming, friendly community to immigrants of all ethnic backgrounds and will be holding a forum in Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, September 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the very current issue, “Central American Children at the Border: What Can We in Champaign-Urbana Do?” The UUCUC has actively supported activities of the CU-Immigration Forum/Allies of Faith since the group’s beginnings some three years ago. Indeed, the Allies of Faith often have their monthly meetings at our church and various working groups of the IF are currently meeting at Channing Murray. Our minister, the Rev. Axel Gehrmann, has been an active supporter of immigration reform as a moral issue and, on a national level, the UUA is definitely a supporter of comprehensive, humane immigration reform. In brief, the many and varied activities of the IF provide an opportunity for UUs to continue to be involved locally in immigration justice efforts and our new two-year Immigration Justice and Advocacy Initiative.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Live. Love. Be… In the Pride Parade with UUCUC

Come join others from UUCUC in the C-U Pride Festival Parade on Saturday, September 6th at 5:00 p.m. (Please arrive before 4:45 p.m.) We will be walking as a group on the parade route around downtown Champaign to show our support for our LGBTQ community. Wear your new UUCUC red t-shirt, Standing on the Side of Love apparel, or other colorful clothing with the LGBT* Rainbow colors of Red (light), Orange (healing), Yellow (sun), Green (calmness/nature), Blue (serenity/harmony), and/or Purple (spirit). We will carry our banner and welcome other appropriate signs that complement this year’s theme “Live. Love. Be.” Participants are to gather in the parking lot behind Jos. Kuhn and Company (at the Walnut Street entrance) and between Main and Washington Streets on Walnut Street. Park your car in the large city lot at Walnut and Washington or in the Hill Street Parking Deck. 
For those who would like to participate in this year’s Pride Festival by volunteering at the UUCUC Booth, see Social Action Committee chair Ryan Latvaitis to sign up to cover a shift.
Have questions? Want to get involved? Contact Gail Tittle at gatittle@gmail.com or 309-569-1907.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Two Service Schedule Returning Soon!

Summer lay-led services have come to a close and, starting this Sunday, August 31st, we will return to the Sanctuary for our Sunday services which will again be led for the most part by our minister, Axel Gehrmann. Thank you to all of this summer's leaders for your hard work!

Beginning on Sunday, September 7th, the church will return to its usual two service schedule with an early service at 9:30 a.m. and a later one at 11:15 a.m. We hope to see you there.

Q&A on Unitarian Universalism

On Sunday, September 7th, there will be brief orientations to Unitarian Universalism held in the minister's office after both worship services. The sessions are informal and designed to answer your questions, whatever they may be. Everyone is welcome, whether you are new to the church or have been attending for a while.

Plug In at the New Connections Hub

Stop by the new Membership Committee-sponsored Connections Hub table in Fellowship Hall! It will be available every Sunday so you are always able to get the newest information on church happenings. Visit soon to find out about the many small group opportunities available at our church, sign up for a hospitality team, and schedule your portrait session for the new Photo Directory. Portraits will be taken the week of October 7th through 11th.

Questions? Contact Membership Committee co-chairs Peggy Patten at m-patten@sbcglobal.net or Karen Retzer at karenfooteretzer@yahoo.com