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Chalice Circles


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Chalice Circles


Chalice Circles are an opportunity for friends and members of the church to develop deeper connections and wider service within our community through small-group involvement. They organize themselves around a particular activity/issue as their point of departure, or have changing topics of discussion. Join one of our ongoing Circles, or consider starting your own. Contact the leaders of the groups below for more information.  Or contact the Minister or the Membership Coordinator at (217) 384-8862 to discuss starting a new Circle.

Caregiver’s Chalice Circle

All members are involved in some way with the care of another adult and we welcome newcomers at any time. We meet the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Sylvia McDermott at evdrew@aol.com.

Reflective Writing Chalice Circle

We all seek personal and spiritual growth by sharing our stories by way of the written word. We experiment with fiction, poetry, quick writes, and personal observation. Meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Pat Nolan at pnolan96@aol.com and grow your writing circle today!

 

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Groups


Groups


One of the first steps to make UUCUC your church home is to build your church family, and our varied small groups are one way to establish those deeper, more personal connections. Some, such as our Bridge Group, are based on a common interest, and others, like the Young Adults, are based on demographics, but they are all active, friendly, and eager to welcome a new member!

Adult Choir

Make music and make your voice heard! Build community through the power of song during church services. Led by Music Director Matthew Sheppard: mgs5055@gmail.com

Adult Discussion Group

Join members openly and informally discussing a wide range of topics of mutual interest as part of our religious experience. Newcomers are always welcome. Led by Chuck Cooper at lcooper@parkland.edu.

Bridge Group

Any one is welcome from “beginner” to “gee whiz, you're good!” We play to get the maximum fun out of the game. Contact Barbara Mann at barber_mann@yahoo.com.

Children’s Choir

Join fellow 5th graders and younger to make music for the church! All boys and girls are welcome to participate. Led by Dana Antonelli: dana.antonelli@gmail.com.

CommUnity knitting Group

Let’s get together and knit! Come with ideas and explore the possibilities For more information, contact Brigitte Pieke at brigittepieke@hotmail.com.

Conscious Foodies:  Environmental Stewardship through Eating Well!

Herbivores, omnivores, and betweeners, explore environmental consequences of our food choices. Share information resources, recipes, and ideas through the “Conscious Foodie” facebook page, and enjoy occasional “meet-up” meals at local restaurants.  Led by Jean Peters: jeangpeters@gmail.com 

Feminist Book Group   

Do you like to discuss books featuring strong women characters or addressing issues of importance to women? Then please drop by for a meeting of the FBG! Contact Karen Folk at foxandfolk@gmail.com for more information.

END-OF-LIFE STUDY GROUP

This new study group will discuss the many issues that confront us at the end of life. For more info, contact Karen Retzer at karenfooteretzer@yahoo.com

Gastronomical (Gastro) Society  

Gastro meets according to the needs of its group members to enjoy gourmet, potluck style dinners which cover every theme imaginable. Contact leader Terry England at gastro-society@uucuc.org to join.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Gather in the Children's Chapel on every Sunday morning for a time of quite meditation led by Marie McEnroe. This group gathers for quiet meditation using the practices of Mindfulness as a way to focus on the now and everyday.

Recorder GROUP

Grab your recorder and come make music every Tuesday morning! This group is open to anyone with a recorder – and desire – to play. We usually play trio and quartet music at a beginning and intermediate level, but all skill levels are welcome. Contact Carol Veit at carol_veit@yahoo.com or Pamela Van Wyk at pcvw811@gmail.com for more information.  

UU Play Group

Come and let your children play and socialize, as you meet other UU parents. The UU Play Group is ideal for children ages birth to 5 years old. Contact Laura Davis at lkdavis2@gmail.com for more information. 

Young Adults Group

Socialize and participate in discussions with those between ages 18 to 35. Discussion topics range from addiction to coping with holiday stress, while past activities include a Japanese Tea Ceremony and a kayaking trip. To join, contact leader Amanda Owings at amandaowings@gmail.com.

Youth Choir

No previous experience is required, and all youth from 6th through 12th grade are invited to participate. Contact Ryan Thomas at youth-choir-director@uucuc.org.

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Committees


Committees


As a committee member, you have a direct hand in shaping the future of this church. From maintaining the building and managing the budget, to coordinating worship services and communicating with fellow UU churches overseas, our committee volunteers support UUCUC in its mission.

CARE CORE COMMITTEE

Care Core works with the minister to support and assist in meeting pastoral care concerns and coordinates our "Caring Congregation" network of volunteers to help in that endeavor. If you need help or you'd like to volunteer, email carecore@uucuc.org or call the curch office (217) 384-8862. 

SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE

Support our "deeds not creeds" philosophy as you join other UUCUC members in taking action on timely social justice issues and in supporting community service activities. Support UUCUC outreach into our community to carry the message of who we are and what we stand for. Check out our Upcoming Major Events page! Contact Pamela Richart at prichart@ecojusticecollaborative.org

GREEN UUS

Seek to inspire action and spiritual renewal as we work to respect the interdependent web of existence on our plant. Let by Andy Robinson greenuus@uucuc.org.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Welcome visitors and new members and provide ways for newcomers and ongoing members to deepen connections and develop a sense of community with the congregation! Contact Peggy Patten at m-patten@sbcglobal.net

MUSIC COMMITTEE

Help facilitate the various music related activities with the Church. Contact Sarah Wisseman at suwissem@gmail.com.

PARTNER CHURCH COMMITTEE

Check out our Partner Church page for additional information, or contact Brigitte Pieke at brigitepieke@hotmail.com

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Support the church's efforts to communicate effectively with members, friends and the Urbana-Champaign community at large via our website, social media, podcasts, print media, and other print and electronic communication modalities. Contact Committee Chair, Erich Adickes at erichadickes@mac.com

DENOMINATIONAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Learn about the wider world of UU congregations! Contact David Gross at DLGgeology@aol.com or Claudia Gross at Claudia44@aol.com

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Serve the church through monitoring our financial resources. Chaired by Tanja Hodges thodg01s@gmail.com.

MEDIATION COMMITTEE

Help resolve issues of congregational safety and behavior. Contact Kathleen Robbins at krobbins513@hotmail.com