Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign
309 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
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Rev. Florence Caplow, Minister - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Wakeland, Director of Religious Education - email@example.com
Matt Sheppard, Music Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherry Bohlen, Membership Coordinator - email@example.com
Rosalyn Maziarka, Office Administrator - firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Cobb, Assistant for Services - email@example.com
Matthew Gladden, Accompanist
Shornor Vineyard, Custodian
Stephanie Cobb, Kitchen Help
Mary Foltz, Childcare Coordinator
If you have missed a past worship service, you can always listen with our Sunday Worship Service podcasts.
Sunday, September 24 "Why Would I Harbor You?", led by the Worship Committee In this service we will continue our exploration of the roles of host and guest through the personal stories of refugees and hosts. Whether in acting to address global humanitarian crises or taking in a single person, helping refugees is an intensely personal experience of living and growing our UU values.
Sunday, October 1 "Less: In Praise of Slowing Down" Rev. Florence Caplow We spend our days on the run, in thrall to our phones, our calendars, and the relentless pace of modern life. In this experiential service, we will slow down and celebrate the spiritual gifts of “less is more.” The UUCUC adult and children’s choirs will be singing.
Sunday, October 8 "The Sacred Hoop of Covenant" Rev. Florence Caplow The practice of “covenant” is at the heart of the history and shared life of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. What do we mean by this word? How do we practice covenant with one another? We also recognize the shared meanings of “covenant” and “treaty” on the day before Indigenous Peoples Day (honored in many cities instead of Columbus Day), and the shameful history of broken covenant with indigenous nations across the Americas.
Sunday, October 15 "Inherent Worth: The First Principle and Systemic Racism " Rev. Florence Caplow Our UU First Principle affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and yet we are all part of a nation and culture founded upon racism, slavery, and genocide, where the color of one’s skin has profound implications for the “worth” of a human life, even within our own faith. In this service, we will look deeply at this difficult truth, with an understanding that this work is essential to the wholeness of each of us, and to the moral wholeness of our nation. With the Racial Justice Initiative Committee.
Sunday, October 22 “Planting Ourselves at the Gate of Hope” Janet Revell Barrett Hope springs from deeply generous impulses in the human spirit, lifting us up, sustaining us, providing reassurance in times of greatest need. Hope can also feel elusive when the circumstances of our personal lives—or the enormity of societal challenges—test our values and visions. In this service, we will consider how we safeguard and replenish our commitment to possibility in these troubled times. The UUCUC adult and children’s choirs will be singing.
Sunday, October 29 “Trickster!” Rev. Florence Caplow All over the world the trickster is an important mythological figure of mayhem, playfulness, reversal, transformation, and dark humor. The trickster can be seen in our own celebration of Halloween. Today we will play with the trickster. Come prepared for surprises! “Trunk or Treat” will be happening after the service.
A typical service includes thoughtful readings, musical performances, singing together and a sermon by our minister. Our services are respectful of our Christian and Jewish heritage, but also cherish the inclusion of eastern, earth-centered and humanist traditions. Every Sunday after church, we gather for coffee and snacks in the fellowship hall.
Our minister and others in our pulpit celebrate our diversity of theology, as well as our common values and principles. You won’t hear talk about creeds or doctrines. Instead you’ll hear messages that provoke thought, give hope, and encourage compassion and inclusiveness. You’ll hear that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves. Check out our podcasts to listen to some of our services online.
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Enter the doors in the center of the building from either the north (Green Street) or south (parking lot). Look for our greeters at the visitors table in the lobby. They’ll welcome you, give you a packet of materials and provide a visitor nametag, if you want to wear one. The church sanctuary is to the west of the lobby.
Approximately 90 children and youth, preschool through high school, participate in our religious education (RE) programs during worship service. The Sunday morning RE program offers classes designed to help children develop spiritual values, ethical sensitivity and an understanding of our Judeo-Christian heritage as well as other world religions. Children sit with their parents for the first 15 minutes of the service two Sundays a month, and leave to go to their religious education (RE) classes after hearing a children’s story. Occasionally, classes participate in a Children’s Chapel Service. If you have more questions , please email the RE director, Cindy Wakeland.
The Sunday Morning Discussion Group meets every Sunday morning after worship service in the church library to explore a wide variety of topics.
An Orientation to UUism Class helps participants learn about Unitarian Universalism and about the church by focusing on individuals’ religious journeys, UU history and beliefs and groups and activities at the church.
Chalice Circles are small groups that meet regularly for discussion, personal sharing, and service to the church or community.
Give us a call at (217) 384-8862 or send us an email. Someone should be available to take your call Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.