Devotion to Each Other

Sunday August 4, 2019 10:45am

M.E. Tanabe

Each week, as part of our worship together,  we repeat words of commitment for how we want to live – how we want to make our journey  —  and a beautiful  part of that pledge  is to be devoted to one another.  What comes to mind as we make this promise?   What is your experience of devotion?   Does such devotion have a place in our larger life?

The Truth About Trust

Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:45am

Rev. Misha Sanders

Trust is easier lost than gained, easier broken than repaired. Who do we trust? Is it possible to trust after we’ve been betrayed? Why even bother? Let’s take the risk of trusting each other just enough to explore the question a little bit this Sunday.

Special Congregational Meeting July 28, 2019

To my beloved community,

It is with great joy that I invite you all to a Special Meeting after service on Sunday, July 28.

At this meeting, we will re-affirm our congregational covenant, vote on Leah Mikkelson’s nomination to the Board, and approve our 2019-2020 budget.

As you all know, Don Metivier recently made a generous gift to the church, and the Board was able to modify the budget accordingly. Approximately 88% of Don’s gift went to the ministerial salary line items. We also increased the salaries of all staff members and increased the RE committee budget.

You will notice that there is a small deficit at the bottom line. However, the budget is built on 91% of pledges, rather than 100%. This is based on the historical pattern of actual monies received, but if all pledges are paid, we will be at a small surplus.

I hope to see all of you after service on the 28th. The 28th also happens to be both Forrest’s and Kevin’s last day with us, so come out to bid farewell to them and hello to our new path forward!

In faith,
Carrie MacDonald
Board President


Sunday, July 28, 2019 10:45am

Commencement addresses talk about hopes for the future. Today is the Almost Rev. Kevin DeBeck’s last day in the pulpit as minister of Tree of Life. Today he will detail what his hopes for Tree of Life are going forward from this day.

Seeds of Hope

“ …I have great faith in a seed.  Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”  — Henry D. Thoreau

On August  11th after  worship, Tree of Life is hosting a community opportunity to create ceramic seeds of hope as a memorial to all those who have died by violence in their places of worship or while practicing their faith.  The Charleston AME Church, the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue and the two mosques (Al Noor and Linwood Islamic Centre) in Christchurch are recent survivors of this kind of wounding.   But even our own faith has been challenged in this way with the 2008 Knoxville UU attack .   We will be joined by  Laura McLuckie-Khandan, a local artist and member of the Baha’i  community, as she leads us in creating these seeds as a gesture of hope and a commitment to promoting understanding.  

          The project is designed for both families and individuals and lasts about 1 ½ hours.  We encourage you to pack a sandwich for after worship and we’ll begin the project a little after 12:00.  Seeds will be created in clay with individual messages of hope written on them and then they’ll be fired.  The intention is for the seeds to be shared as a rotating exhibit to places of worship and then ultimately to be “planted” in a sustainable garden.

As with participation in a vigil, creating these seeds is a visible act of love and of community dedication to overcoming environments of fear and separation.  Projects such as this, support  our own UU commitment to Side of Love.  We hope you can join in.

If you have questions please contact   Janet Burns  847.542 .7678,   M. E. Tanabe  815. 337. 9895,  or  Laura McLuckie-Khandan   224.339.4739

The Right Bad Stuff

Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:45am

At the 2016 General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd gave a sermon about “Fake Fights” that UU congregations sometimes have when there’s deeper social justice issues at stake. The Almost Rev. Kevin DeBeck discusses this phenomenon and what to do to try to avoid them.

We will also share the offering plate with our Second Sunday recipient, Land Conservancy of McHenry County. Their mission is to preserve natural, agricultural and scenic land forever, in and around McHenry County, by working with private landowners, communities and other like-minded partners.