Compassion for Campers Rescheduled

After discussions with our great volunteers and in recognition of the difficulties we have in reaching the homeless population we aim to serve, Compassion for Campers has re-imagined our distribution programs for the balance of the cold weather season—February, March, and April.  We are going … read more.

Tree of Life:Rooted in love, extending that love to all of humanity

Our lives now face great challenges as isolation, uncertainty, anger, and pain surround us with brokenness.  Our faith calls us to serve and offer love to neighbors that we often can’t even begin to understand  — we are called to be present with a welcoming, radical hospitality (love) that is hard to even imagine.  Beyond recognition, we need a lot holding us up to … read more.

Regarding the events of January 6, 2021

January 7, 2021

Dear Tree of Life Community,

How are you doing? Earlier this week, many of us were watching with anticipation and perhaps anxiety as the long-awaited special election in Georgia concluded. Yesterday we woke to the news that Congress had started the (usually boring) process … read more.

Minister’s Musings on Imagination

As some of you have discovered through our online Tree of Life game
nights over the past few months, I love playing games.  I am especially
fond of games that involve group storytelling.  When this COVID-19
pandemic began, I put out a call to my clergy colleagues to … read more.

Minister’s Musings on Stillness

This past spring, much of our world came to a halt. Concerts and plays and sporting events were called off. Restaurants and stores closed their doors. Traffic dropped to nearly half its usual levels. Thousands of airline flights were canceled. In the face of a new virus, we were asked … read more.

Staff Changes in Works

Considering the religious education needs of the children and families
of our congregation as we move forward through both the transition
process of an interim ministry and the uncertainties of the pandemic,
and in recognition of the outstanding service Heather Madaus has
provided to our religious education program over … read more.

Compassion for Campers Indoor Winter Distribution

Indoor winter Compassion for Campers distribution will have three locations—

First United Methodist Church, 3717 Main Street, McHenry (enter basement from rear parking lot) Warp Corps, 114 North Benton Street, Woodstock (enter marked door on Jackson Street side)First Church, 236 West Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake … read more.

Minister Musings on Healing

For our theme of “healing” this month, I thought I’d invite my wife, Virginia, to share her thoughts as a health educator:

Unitarian Universalists and other liberal religious traditions don’t practice the “faith healings” found in some churches.  Most of us don’t believe that church rituals … read more.