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Groups


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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!


COVENANT GROUPS / CHALICE CIRCLE

Caregivers Chalice Circle  Connect with and support fellow caregivers for aging or ailing people of significance.  Contact Tim Temple:  templetim@hotmail.com.

New Member Covenant Group  New members gather to reflect on and discuss issues relevant to newcomers to our church community.  For information, email Sherry Bohlen at MembershipCoordinator@uucuc.org.

Reflective Writing Chalice Circle  Create and share with other writers in our congregation. Led by Pat Nolan: pnolan96@aol.com.


AFFINITY GROUPS

Adult Discussion Group Join members openly and informally discussing a wide range of topics of mutual interest as part of our religious experience. Led by Stu Foltz: sfoltz1@jhu.edu.

Bridge Group Learn, play, and enjoy with others of every skill level! Led by Barbara Mann: barber_mann@yahoo.com.

Death with Dignity Study Group  Join this group to explore issues related to death and dying. Led by Karen Retzer: karenfooteretzer@yahoo.com.

Feminist Book Group Join other women of all ages and backgrounds to read and discuss works by female authors whose writings are particularly relevant to women's lives. Led by Karen Folk: foxandfolk@gmail.com.

Gastronomical Society Gather with members of the congregation for monthly potluck dinners and fellowship. Contact Terry England englandba@comcast.net.

Green UU’s Seek to inspire action and spiritual renewal as we work to respect the interdependent web of existence on our planet. Led by Andy Robinson: greenuus@uucuc.org.

Happy Hour  Make friends and enjoy an age-appropriate beverage at different locations around C-U! Contact Russ Rybicki: russadr@fastmail.fm.

Mindfulness Meditation Group  Join us in a morning meditation every Sunday before worship. All are welcome. Contact Marie McEnroe: reezlebee@gmail.com.

Moving Forward   If you are divorced or separated, join this group to discuss issues common to this group and to provide support.  For questions, contact Snaps Ginger at rmhouse1@gmail.com.

Retirement Group  Retirees or those contemplating retirement gather together to share ideas and concerns relevant to retirement.  Contact David Gross: DLGgeology@aol.com and Claudia Gross: Claudia44@aol.com.

Thursday Meditation, 4:30-5:30 pm at Channing Murray. Join Rev. Florence Caplow as she leads a weekly meditation.  All are welcome and no registration is necessary. For more information, contact Rev. Caplow at minister@uucuc.org.

Young Adult Group  Are you ages 18-35?! Join fellow young adult UU's during fellowship hour on Sundays for conversations important to young adults or young adults at heart. To join the listserv, email: amandaowings@gmail.com.


MUSIC GROUPS

Adult Choir Make music and make your voice heard! Build community through the power of song during church services. Led by Matthew Sheppard, Choir Director: music-director@uucuc.org.

Children’s Choir  Join fellow grade school-aged children to make music for the church! All boys and girls are welcome to participate. Led by Dana Antonelli: dana.antonelli@gmail.com.

Youth Choir  No previous experience is required, and all youth from 6th through 12th grade are invited to participate. Contact Matthew Gladden: matt.gladden@gmail.com

 

 

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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.

Denominational Affairs Committee  

Join the Denominational Affairs Committee and learn about the wider world of UU congregations.   Contact David Gross: DLGgeology@aol.com and Claudia Gross: claudia44@aol.com.

Finance Committee  

The Finance Committee serves the church through monitoring our financial resources. Chaired by Tanja Hodges: thodg01s@gmail.com.

Mediation Committee  

Join this committee and help resolve issues of congregational safety and behavior. Contact: krobbins513@hotmail.com.

Membership Committee  

Become a part of this vital committee and help assure our church community welcomes our visitors and new members and provides ways for newcomers and ongoing members to deepen connections and develop a sense of community within the congregation! Contact Peggy Patten: mspeggypatten@gmail.com.

Music Committee  

The Music Committee would welcome you to help facilitate music-related activities within the Church. Chaired by Tanja Hodges: thodg01s@gmail.com.

Partner Church Committee  

The mission of the Partner Church Committee is to develop long term mutually supportive relationships with our fellow UUs in Transylvania, Romania and the Khasi Hills of India. To join the work of this committee, contact Chair Brigitte Pieke: brigittepieke@hotmail.com.

Personnel Committee  

The Personnel Committee recommends policies to the Board of Trustees in accordance with UUA standards and guidelines. Chaired by Dave Sharpe: dmsharpe13@gmail.com.

Property Committee  

Join this committee and become a part of managing the upkeep of the church building, furnishings, equipment, and grounds. Led by Andy Robinson: andrew.robinson.1980@gmail.com.

Religious Education (RE) Committee  

Support the Religious Education programs of the church by joining the RE Committee. Committee Chair position is open. For information, Contact: re-director@uucuc.org.

Social Action Committee  

Take action on timely social justice issues and support community service activities for the church by joining this and ongoing members to deepen connections and develop a sense of community within the congregation! Contact Pam Richart prichart@ecojusticecollaborative.org or Kate Mayer: kate.mayer42@gmail.com.

Stewardship Committee  

Join this committee and help to manage development and congregational giving.  Contact Emily Laugeson: emilyslaugesen@yahoo.com.

Worship Committee  

Arrange a Sunday worship service once a month from September to June and work collectively to arrange summer worship services. Contact: Sam Besher at beshers@life.illinois.edu.