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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please join us in supporting these two very worthy programs as you practice Generosity. https://conta.cc/3fS9fPs
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.
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.
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.