The Green Sanctuary committee of TOLUUC invites you for a viewing of the currently relevant film “Straws,” by Linda Booker, Friday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. A 32 minute documentary, this acclaimed film highlights the impact our use of plastics, particularly straws, has on our environment. A discussion and Q&A will follow the viewing with invited guests Cynthia Kanner, Executive Director of the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and board member Joe Starzynski. We will be providing popcorn, water and soft drinks and welcome you to bring adult beverages and snacks.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Tree of Life Social Justice Team is proud to sponsor this event by Food Shed Co-op in the Tree of Life kitchen.
‘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:
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.