Identity: Whole and Holy

Sunday February 5, 2017 10:45am

We welcome the Rabbi Maralee Gordon, Rabbi Emerita of the McHenry County Jewish Congregation

She will base her message on the teaching of Rabbi Hillel the Elder[1st cent. B.C.E.] found in the section of the Mishnah known as  Pirke Avot/ Ethics of the Sages:

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

If I am not for myself, what am I?

If not now, when?


Poets in Resistance

The Social Justice Team is sponsoring Poets in Resistance, a public reading and rally on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7 pm.  Patrick Murfin will host an evening with accomplished poets from around the region, including members of Tree of Life.  A variety of voices will share original work in a range of genres and styles in response to the many threats to civil liberties, social justice, women’s rights, marriage equality, voting rights, the ecology, and the basic economic security and medical care of millions of Americans are now facing.  Poets have historically been prophetic voices.  Now they are lending themselves to Resistance.  The program will be free and open to the public but a free will collection will be taken to support the Social Justice ministry of the church.  Light refreshments and snacks will be available.  Poets will be able to offer their books or CDs for sale.  If you are interested in participating, contact Patrick by e-mail at or phone 815 814-5645 to reserve a spot on the program.

Justice for All Ball

Are you as excited at these two for our next President? Are you concerned about the hateful rhetoric and resulting violence against Muslims, Latinos, and the LGBTQ community? Let’s take that concern and begin the work of healing our world.

Join us Saturday January 28, 2017 at 7:00pm for the Justice for All Ball!!!!

Family Friendly. Come in glitter, boas, tutus, costume or whatever your heart desires. Celebrate diversity and express yourself!

Featuring The Red Garage a blues, rock, and soul band with a touch of jazz

What is the price of admission? An at-the-door donation to a social justice organization of your choice.

Suggested donations: Non-perishable food pantry donations, diapers for all ages for Diaper Bank, monetary donation to PADS, Environmental Defenders, ACLU, Amnesty International, McHenry County Citizens for Choice, ICDI, Habitat for Humanity, etc.

For more information call 815-322-2464 or


The Road Not Taken

Sunday January 29, 2017 10:45am

George “Kaz” Kazlusky and friends

Using Robert Frost’s timeless poem as a theme and a reader’s theatre format, The Tree of Life Players enact the lives of six famous Unitarian Universalists who chose paths that were not only life-changing, but also life-defining. You will be surprised as their identities are revealed! The Adult Choir’s special music will be James Taylor’s That Lonesome Road.

Keeping the Dream Alive

Sunday January 22, 2017 10:45am

Sam Jones and the Religious Education Committee

What was it like to live through the civil rights era?  What was it like to witness prejudice and injustice?  How far have we come from that time in history? Join The Religious Education Committee as we honor the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and share stories from a book which tells of the Civil Rights experiences from people who lived through it. We will also all share in making a sand mandala together. There will be of songs by members of our committee, as well as congregational songs that will specifically add to the experience.

Prophetic Voices

Sunday January 15, 2017 10:45am

Green Sanctuary and the Social Justice Team

Prophetic voices arise in honoring our humanity as a sacred quality. Our care for each other and the earth is an extension of that.

Simply a Prophet

Sunday January 8, 2017 10:45am
Dr. Gina Swinney

As individuals we often seem prostrated and unable to move in any direction when overwhelmed by injustice. This becomes intensified when we compare the sacrifices of our lives to those made by prophetic legends. The majority of us have to find the courage to navigate life as a simple prophet in order to make change. Our speaker, Dr. Gina Swinney, is a member of the First United Methodist Church in McHenry and is a Certified Lay Speaker in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.