The Structure of the Human Being

Sunday May 28, 2017 10:45am

Mariela Gonzalez

We journey through life in a physical form. We engage the world through the five senses. Our place in the human community is occupied by flesh and bones. Our life begins with a body. So what do we hold with us in these bodies– these structures of the human being? What heritage, expectation, ability, divergence, beauty, strength, weakness, do we know in ourselves, or do others believe about us? Join us to ponder the meaning of being human in a body.

General Assembly and our Next President

Every year the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) hold General Assembly (GA) which is open to all UUs to attend. Click here to learn all about this wonderful, inspirational, and information packed event and consider going. This year is a very important GA because a new President of the Association will be elected there.  As a certified member congregation of the UUA, our congregation is entitled to cast a vote for this new president. To do this, we need input from our members. If you are an official member of Tree of Life, we invite you to learn about the candidates and take the attached survey. This year we have 3 very qualified candidates running for President. Click on their names below to go to their official websites to learn more about them. There will also be campaign materials available to read in the social area.

Susan Frederick-Gray

Alison Miller

Jeanne Pupke

Still have questions? Judy Stettner attended Regional Assembly last month and attended the candidates forum where all three candidates answered questions from the audience.

Ready to vote? Cast your vote using this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T63K3YR

 

Our Joyful Journey

Sunday May 21, 2017 10:45am

Sam Jones, Director of Religious Education

Join us as we embark on a Tree Of Life Tradition called Joyful Journey. After attending classes for 7 weeks, the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders have composed their first Faith Statement to share with the church community. This is a beautiful family oriented milestone in the life of the students. We will also be acknowledging the students who will be graduating out of Religious Education and those who will be bridging out of their classrooms to the next level. Last, but certainly not least, we will acknowledge all the awesome Religious Education volunteer teachers, without which, we would have no programs.

Empowering the Mind

Sunday May 14, 2017 10:45am – Mother’s Day

The evidence of the power of our minds is undeniable. When we understand our mind, we begin to re-shape our behavior and feelings about so many things… it’s the most loving act of service one can do for themselves and the world. Our guest speaker is Bhante Sujatha, the abbot of the Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, and he joins us to celebrate 15 years of friendship with our congregation. Bhante teaches loving-kindness meditation to people around the globe for all those seeking the art of happiness and contentment.

Is Life Awe-some Enough?

Sunday May 7, 2017 10:45am

M.E. Tanabe

Sometimes thrilling moments just sneak up on us and we find ourselves immersed in the awe-some. Research confirms that we are hardwired to find “awe” meaningful, but, are we getting as much awe as we need?

Our Joyful Journey

Sunday May 21, 2017 10:45am

Join us as we embark on a Tree Of Life Tradition called Joyful Journey. After attending classes for 7 weeks, the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders have composed their first Faith Statement to share with the church community. This is a beautiful, family-oriented milestone in the life of the students. We will also be acknowledging the students who will be graduating out of Religious Education and those who will be bridging out of their classrooms to the next level. Last, but certainly not least, we will acknowledge all the awesome Religious Education volunteer teachers, without which, we would have no programs.

Flower Communion

Sunday April 30, 2017 10:45am

Join us as we honor a tradition originated by Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia back in 1923. He believed that each flower represented the beauty that is unique in each of us, like all the different kinds of flowers, no two are alike. This is an All Ages Service. Everyone is asked to bring a flower to the service, and in keeping with the tradition, everyone will leave with a different flower. This is a beautiful and meaningful service not to be missed.

“Their life is short but new flowers will replace the flowers that die and new love can come into our hearts” Norbert Capek

Effective Activism with the ACLU

Illinois ACLU Communications Director, Ed Yonhka, invites the public to join us for a briefing of what is going on as well as a chance to discuss ways people can get involved and support the ACLU’s efforts.

This event will give you all the answers you need for any conversation you might have with Congressman Hultgren when he’s home for recess May 8-12 and May 29-June 2.

Wednesday, April 26, 7:00-8:30 pm
Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation
5603 Bull Valley Rd., McHenry, IL

The briefing will cover key issues on the Federal legislative calendar, including:

  •  Continuing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the impact of those efforts on women’s reproductive health and services to people with disabilities
  • The so-called “Religious Freedom” bills, which would effectively sanction discrimination against the LGBTQ community and minority religions
  • Congressional and independent oversight of the Executive Branch, particularly in relation to investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

Please RSVP the number of people who will attend the briefing. Feel free to share this information with anyone in 14th District who might want to attend.

 

Change Becomes Us

Sunday April 23, 2017 10:45am

M.E. Tanabe

Change is part of Life. It’s happening around us, and to us, all the time. When we embrace change by saying “yes” to Life, we become the authors of transformation — both within us and in the larger world.

Easter Celebration

Sunday April 16, 2017 10:45am

Dr. Timothy Hayes

Easter is a very popular Holiday/Holy Day in America. How did it get started? What meaning did, does, or can it have? How could this day have any special meaning to me if I am not “religious” or even particularly spiritual? How can I use this time to make choices which will improve my life? Dr. Hayes will give a series of ideas about how to understand the origins of, and potential practical use for an Easter Celebration.