Peter Rollins Presentation

Jana Chwalisz  the pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Barrington, IL invites us to an event they are having with philosopher/theologian Peter Rollins on March 20-21. Rollins is a well known and highly respected leader in the field of radical theology. His works are provocative and challenging, and he offers a breath of fresh air to theological world. Attached is a flyer that explains all of the details. Click here to see the flyer. It is a 2-day event, beginning on a Friday evening and continuing on Saturday morning with lunch.   If you  are interested in participating, it’s easy to register on our website at www.stpauluccbarrington.org .

A Chair for My Mother

Sunday March 22, 2015 10:45am

All-Ages Service with Sam Jones, DRE and Rev. Sean Parker Dennison

Based on the award-winning book by Vera Williams we will learn together about resilience.

After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy.

You Are the One You’ve Been Waiting For

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Everyone hits bad times, but some people bounce back faster and stronger. Join author, life coach, and drummer Kevin Donka as he explores some skills that can help make anyone more resilient.

donkaDr. Kevin Donka is known internationally in the fields of health, wellness, self-development and the connection between spirituality and health. He is also a writer published stories, articles, and a newsletter that goes out to more than 18,000 chiropractors in 28 countries each week. Hay House will be publishing his first book later this year. He has testified before Congress on the subject of healthcare reform and teaches as a guest lecturer at 9 different colleges and universities. He holds black belts in both Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, plays 22 different musical instruments and is the 2013 World Champion for rudimental drumming. Kevin and his wife Cristine have been together since they were 16 years old and they will have been married for 30 years this year. They also have 5 fabulous kids ages 13-21, 2 dogs named Kenobee and Leia, and a Brazilian sun conure named Santana.

The Storm is Passing Over

Sunday March 1, 2015 10:45am

Rev. Sean Parker Dennison

Conflict, loss, grief–these are some of the storms of life. Sometimes we hope to avoid them, but perhaps we need these storms to truly understand the fullness of life. Rev. Sean, inspired by the spiritual of the same name, explores how we develop resilience by weathering the storms of life and celebrating when they pass.

Office Administrator Job Opening

Office Administrator

We are a medium size, welcoming, liberal church located in McHenry, IL. We are looking for an Office Administrator to work with our minister, staff, and volunteers to ensure our congregation functions smoothly and efficiently.

Part time

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Paid holidays and vacation

Key responsibilities:

  • Maintain administrative and financial records in PowerChurch system.
  • Perform accounting tasks, including payroll, payables, receivables, and reports
  • Perform clerical tasks related to communications, calendar, purchasing, and correspondence.

Candidates should demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, experience in accounting practices,   computer proficiency, attention to detail, and an ability to meet deadlines.

Our working environment is casual, relaxed, and friendly.

WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Email resume to:

office@treeoflifeuu.org

Minister’s Mind: Faith

“Faith” is one of those words that sometimes give Unitarian Universalists trouble. For those who were told again and again to accept things “on faith” or told that their questions were a sign that they did not have enough faith, the word itself may bring back painful memories, especially in a religious or spiritual context.

At the same time, we talk about faith in other contexts with less trouble. We admit to needing to have faith in ourselves, in our children, in our favorite sports team. We even admit (now and then) that we do accept some things on faith. We don’t insist on knowing every detail of medicine before we’ll take medicine that our doctor prescribes. We don’t ask poets to prove that love exists or that their metaphors reflect the exact nature of that love. Every day, for good or ill, we accept on faith that the media tell us the truth about what is happening in the world.

This month we’ll explore together the meanings of “faith.” What is worthy of our faith? How does having faith help us grow and flourish as individuals and as a community? What are the challenges to faith? What happens when our ideas about faith meet someone else’s (that may be very different?)

You can begin thinking about faith by reading through this month’s Soul Matters resources. You’ll find articles and books, movies, questions, and even exercises to try. In that spirit, I start you off with one of my favorite readings about faith. It’s called “Ours is a Story of Faith” and it’s by Elizabeth Tarbox:

I hadn’t walked in the morning for weeks, not since the snow started.  So I walked into the wind and it numbed my cheeks and forehead, and I leaned against it and addressed my questions to the silver winter sun softening the ice on Monponsett Pond.  What happened?  Why am I so often sad and disappointed in myself?  How come love has its dark side and feelings hurt and truth isn’t kind?  Where is hope, and to whom shall I turn, what is faith?  What shall I tell them, I said to the torn clouds, what shall I tell these good people who struggle as I do and fail just as often?

And it seems that the soft silver sun and the sound of the wind said, speak the truth, simply, speak your truth.

And so I say ours is a story of faith and hope and love.  I say it is our need for one another that binds us together, that brings us limping and laughing into relationships and keeps us at it when we otherwise might despair at the fix we are in.  I say it is the Holy we need, the eternal beyond our comprehension, and one place we can find it is here, working and worshipping together.  And I say there is a transcendent value worthy of our loyalty, upon which we may set our hearts, and its divine manifestation is love.