Green Sanctuary Movie Night

Friday, April 27th, 2018, 7:00 pm

‘Chasing Coral’: Documentary Vividly Chronicles A Growing Threat To Oceans

 

Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”-a sign of mass coral death-has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

Here’s the link to NPR’s review of it:

https://www.npr.org/2017/07/13/536644965/chasing-coral-documentary-vividly-chronicles-a-growing-threat-to-oceans

Movie Night – Gun Violence

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:00 pm

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger.

The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking – and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis. Click Here to view a trailer of the movie.

The film viewing will be followed by a brief group discussion. This event is being sponsored by Tree of Life Social Justice Team. We especially invite everybody who attended the March for Our Lives events and all who had wanted to attend.

Roy Zimmerman in Concert at Tree of Life

ReZist – Funny Songs about Peace and Justice

Friday, May 25, 2018, 7:00pm

Cost: $20 or pay what you can

Tickets will be sold at the door.

ReZist is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the real possibility for change.”

Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views.  He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby.

video links:

“The Shady Bunch” – https://www.facebook.com/39171898761/videos/10155881909508762/

“Joel Osteen” (twelve million views) –   https://www.facebook.com/39171898761/videos/10155713771658762

“Creation Science 101” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIwiPsgRrOs

“My Vote, My Voice, My Right” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-X-uBIqeVM

 

Family Movie Night this Friday

Family Movie Night Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:00 pm! 
Hosted by Green Sanctuary we will be showing WALL-E. Kid-friendly and serving snacks and refreshments. We will be watching on our brand new big screen television in the sanctuary! 
Wall-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter  Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth.   He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time.  But during the 700 years Wall-E has developed a personality, and he’s more than a little lonely.  Then he spots EVE, a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission.  Smitten Wall-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy.

Medicare for All Forum

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:00 pm

Join the Tree of Life Social Justice Team as we screen a 40-minute documentary on our failing health care system and a possible fix. Following the film, we will have a panel of experts present their thoughts and take questions and comments in a moderated format.

Click Here to view a trailer for the movie.

Panel featuring:

 Dr. Peter Orris A founding member of Physicians for a National Health Plan and professor and chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. Dr. Orris has served as an adviser to many labor organizations, corporations, and nonprofit groups.

Dr. John Perryman A board certified pediatrician living in St. Charles, Ill. and practicing in Roscoe. IL.  With a keen interest in business Dr. Perryman is committed to reaching out to community and political groups, businesses, farmers, and labor organizations.

Ms. Donna Griffin-Lego With over 20 years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience in management, Ms. Griffin-Lego understands what it takes to run a business. She has also been a licensed in-Person counselor for the Affordable Care Act and will share stories of how Americans have been suffering because of our healthcare crisis.

Unitarian Universalists believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Equality and dignity in living are necessary toward that goal. The skyrocketing costs of healthcare in the United States have forced many families into bankruptcy and even homelessness. We are, therefore, called to question the viability of our current system and look for solutions.

Turkey Bingo!

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 1pm to 4pm

Here at Tree of Life UU Congregation

$20.00 for every person playing Bingo. Get a 2nd card for $5.00. Kids not playing Bingo, $5.00.

Tons of Turkeys! Silent Auction! Door Prizes! Live Music by NW Highway! Lunch and Beverages! Face Painting!

All proceeds benefit JailBrakers. Jail Brakers is a ministry of Tree of Life UUC and benefits the families of the incarcerated and recently returning citizens to help reduce the stigma of incarceration and end the cycle of incarceration in our community.

Chatting with the Tea Party this Friday

Friday November 10, 7:00 pm

The Tree of Life UU Congregation’s Word Players readers’ theater troupe presents the acclaimed docudrama Chatting with the Tea Party by Rich Orloff.

Chatting With the Tea Party is about one person’s journey across America exploring the question, “Who are these people?” It’s a documentary style play about a New York liberal playwright who decides to travel around the country interviewing leaders of local Tea Party groups, to get to know people whose political beliefs are diametrically opposed to his. For a year playwright Rich Orloff attended Tea Party meetings and events in cities large and small in every region of the country. The play shapes the highlights of over 63 hours of interviews plus notes from the events to go beyond sound bites and stereotypes to show the people behind the politics. In a journey that’s at times disturbing, humorous, moving, and always thought-provoking.

Tickets are $10 available at the door. Proceeds benefit the Social Justice Ministry of the Tree of Life Congregation.

Share the Warmth

The annual WACM coat drive is here and Tree of Life is a collection point. Bring your GENTLY USED  cold weather gear to those who need some warmth this winter. Bring all donations to church by Sunday November 5th for the Annual Coat Drive.

Children * Men * Women

Coats, Jackets, Vests, Thermal Underwear, Boots, Gloves & Mittens, Hats, Scarves, Ski Pants, Insulated Overalls, Heavy Sweaters

The doors open at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wednesday night, 11/8 for PADS clients, and then on 11/9-10 from 4-8pm and Saturday 11/11 from 9am-12pm, for people in McHenry County needing warm clothes for the winter.

You can also drop off clothing at Redeemer Lutheran (on Dean Street in Woodstock) on Monday & Tuesday (11/6 &7) during the day.

Cast Announced for the Word Players Reader’s Theater Chatting With the Tea Party

The Word Players, the new Reader’s theater company at the  Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry has announced the cast for its upcoming presentation of the acclaimed play Chatting With the Tea Party by Rich Orloff on Friday, November 10, at 7 pm at the church, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry.

Sue and George “Kaz” Kazlusky are retired educators with many years of performing and theater experience in McHenry County.  They both appeared in several editions of the Paradise People and Dille’s Follies revues and are longtime members of those seasonal favorites the Dickens Carolers.  Sue directed the annual Woodstock Children’s Theater production at the Opera House for nearly 30 years.  She also participated in a Reader’s theater production of 400 Years of Unitarian and Universalist Poetry conceived and directed by Patrick Murfin. Kaz is well remembered as the P.A. announcer of Woodstock High School games. They are also long time members of the Tree of Life Adult choir.

Daniel Pegarsch is a veteran of community theater productions including performances at the Raue Center in Crystal Lake.

Ron Relic has been a professional actor with stage credits in summer stock and regional theater as well as community theater productions.  He sings with Kaz in the Frothy Boys a cappella group with which his turn as Elvis Presley’s lesser known brother stops every show the ensemble does.

Director Patrick Murfin is returning to theater roots stretching back to his high school and college days when had leading in such productions as Damn Yankees, Pygmalion, Inherit the Wind, Oliver!, A Man for All Seasons, Little Murders, and The Rivals.  He also directed John Millington Synge’s Riders to the Sea, and Dylan Thomas’s Under Milkwood.  More recently he created and directed two reader’s theater plays including Thomas Jefferson Still Survives.  Murfin is also an amateur historian, blogger, and published poet in addition to being a well known local social justice activist.

Chatting With the Tea Party is about one person’s journey across America exploring the question, “Who are these people?” It’s a documentary style play about a New York liberal playwright who decides to travel around the country interviewing leaders of local Tea Party groups, to get to know people whose political beliefs are diametrically opposed to his.  For a year playwright Rich Orloff attended Tea Party meetings and events in cities large and small in every region of the country. The play shapes the highlights of over 63 hours of interviews plus notes from the events to go beyond sound bites and stereotypes to show the people behind the politics. In a journey that’s at times disturbing, humorous, moving, and always thought-provoking.

The program is part of an on-going series highlighting the arts in Resistance.

Tickets will soon be on sale for the program $10.  Proceeds will support the social justice ministry of the Tree of Life Congregation.

For more information call Murfin at 815 814-5645 or e-mail pmurfin@sbcglobal.net.

Come Join Us on an Uncomfortable Journey

Sunday September 17, 2017 10:45am

Led by the Tree of Life Social Justice Team

This spring, the Unitarian Universalist Association was rocked by the realization that white supremacy is seen even within our liberal religion. Join us as we tackle this uncomfortable reality and look forward to change within each of us. If you want to gain some insight ahead of the service, we suggest starting here . On this third Sunday of the month, we will take our Second Sunday offering for Black Lives UU.