The Green Sanctuary and Music Committees have collaborated on a special service to honor Unitarian Universalist’s seventh principle to maintain and develop a strong connection with mother earth and the web of life. The musical group, Something Different, will play their own nature- inspired compositions, with Pat Smith and Karen Tlusty-Rissman on Native American flute, John Rissman on guitar, and the whole trio on a variety of unique instruments. Their original performances draw from many musical cultures and genres and are enhanced with thought -provoking visuals.
In Music there is Joy and Learning
Throughout history and on every continent, people used
flutes to express experiences, conduct ceremonies, tell stories and unite their
people. The oldest instrument ever found
is a flute. It is estimated to be 40,000
years old and was made from a bird’s bone.
On this continent, Native Americans used the flute mainly for courting,
personal expression and ceremonies. In
recent years, the Native American style flute has evolved to be compatible to play
with other instruments. It is now used by
individuals and groups, with or without accompaniment. Its lovely, soulful sound has been shown to
reduce stress, promote relaxation and encourage healing.
Something Different is comprised of Pat Smith and Karen
Tlusty-Rissman playing NA style flutes and John Rissman, all things with
strings. Together they showcase the
versatility of this exquisite instrument with music of the world. Original compositions draw from blues,
ballads, Latin, Middle Eastern and other musical genres. To further enhance these expressions, unique
instruments such as didgeridoo, tank drum, gong, singing bowls (and more) are
used. Listeners are exposed to new
sounds and new cultures.
Programs have been cultivated for Celebrating Illinois
History, Honoring Native American History Month, Musical Road Trip through the
World of Music, Celebrate the Earth and Something Different in Concert. New songs are always being added making each
performance truly Something Different.
Pat Smith –
Native American flute, clarinet, saxophone.
In addition to teaching Native American Flute classes and participating
in two flute circles, she plays in the Big Ballroom band and the Naperville
Municipal Band. She grew up in a musical
home so playing in band and singing with the Purduettes during her school years
was natural. In 2012, she completed the
Certificate of Musicianship from Clint Goss’ Flute Haven Native American Flute
School. Her soul sings with the
improvisation of the wooden flute.
“You bring a talented group playing a variety of
instruments and you deliver three different voices with two flutes and a string
instrument. Your styles are everywhere from world fusion, classic rock
inspired, jazz, etc. You have an awesome sound that is very welcome and
enjoyable bringing a cornucopia of emotions, imagery, and color.”
Roz Topolski, Community Engagement Program Coordinator, Vernon
Area Public Library
“Thank you for a wonderful performance at our library
yesterday. Everyone really enjoyed learning and enjoying the music. Please pass
along my sincere thanks to all of your band members for preparing and
performing such a great concert.”
Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation
panel discussion and Q&A session
Wednesday, March 6,
Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation
5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050
Dr. John Perryman
board-certified pediatrician living in St. Charles, IL. and practicing in
Roscoe. IL. With a keen interest in
business Dr. Perryman is committed to reaching out to community and political
groups, businesses, farmers, and labor organizations.
Mr. John “J.J.”
Born with spinal muscular
atrophy (SMA) which deteriorates his voluntary muscles, he has had a lifetime
of experience with our healthcare system.
A strong advocate for the disabled, Mr. Wett was awarded the Student
Leadership Excellence medal from the President of Northern Illinois University
because of his work to help students with disabilities integrate into college
and spread disability awareness. He is currently a licensed therapist practicing in Sycamore, IL. From 2009 to 2013 and served as Assistant
Mr. Peter Janko
A lifelong activist/organizer, Mr. Janko,
has held many roles. As a child
immigrant and war refugee, he worked hard to achieve the American dream. Now a small business owner he understands the
economic impact of healthcare costs on our nation’s industry. He is founding member of Medicare for All –
General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. Tree of Life is entitled to 3 voting delegates this year but we encourage you to go even if you cannot vote. The 2019 General Assembly will be June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Spokane Convention Center.
The Power of We
What do we want Unitarian Universalism to be? It is a time
when we are asking big questions in our faith, and GA 2019 will be focused on
digging into those questions together. It is a critical chance for
congregational leaders and passionate UUs to set new goals and aspirations for
our religious community. Help begin to reshape our Association and our
congregations in new and powerful ways.
This year’s theme is about collective power, “The Power of We,” as well as the possibility, the purpose, the struggle and the joy of what it means to be together in faithful community. In the past two years, Unitarian Universalism has recommitted to the work of liberation inside and outside our faith community. The antidote to a time of dangerous dehumanization is a love that connects us to our deeper humanity. Come to Spokane to experience what our shared faith can become when we embrace the Power of We. Here is a great video to get you excited. Click Here.
Registration and Housing Open March 1
GA Registration and the GA Housing Reservation System open at 9 a.m. PST at www.uua.org/ga
The Spokane region is the gateway for adventure and exploration in the Intermountain Northwest. Located driving distance from Glacier National Park and Yellowstone, Spokane is nestled in natural beauty. Check out this Spokane promotional video. Click Here.
Spokane is located on interstate I-90, 110 miles from the
Canadian border and 18 miles from Idaho. It is the largest city between Seattle
Spokane International Airport (GEG) is serviced by Alaska,
American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United Airlines. Nonstop service is
offered to 17 destinations, including Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix,
Spokane is accessible by rail via Amtrak’s Empire Builder
route (Chicago – St. Paul/Minneapolis – Spokane – Portland/Seattle). It is also
reachable by Greyhound Bus.
GA will offer more than 100 programming selections over the course of five days. This year, in addition to Theme-Based Programming, the schedule will feature Role-Based Track Programming, including time for discussion among attendees, sharing inspiring models and stories, and concrete suggestions for how to further the work or “take it home.” More programming details are available at www.uua.org/ga.
Financial Aid Available
The UUA is committed to the goal of making GA accessible to as many attendees as possible. Go to uua.org/ga in the month of March to learn about scholarships to support delegates – particularly those from marginalized groups – and volunteer opportunities (work in exchange for registration).
Come celebrate Christmas Eve at Tree of Life with stories and hymns from the season. The service ends by candlelight. A special offering will be taken to support our minister’s discretionary fund. This fund allows our minister to provide private financial assistance to our community when financial needs become a pastoral issue.
Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation is happy to announce our upcoming Christmas concert. On Sunday the 23rd at 10:45 am, the TOL Choir, First Notes youth ensemble, and guest musicians from around the Chicago area will present a winter cycle by John Rutter for choir and ensemble alongside beloved carols,songs, and themes of the season under the direction of Music Director, Forrest Ransburg. As always, the concert will feature unique and memorable music, wonder, warmth, and camaraderie! Please come join us for this concert to make your season even more special!
This holiday season, Tree of Life will have some special services to mark this holiday filled season.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 10:45am
Season of Lights Holiday Pageant with the Religious Education children and youth. Our students have been learning about many Festivals of Lights from around the world. Please join us on December 16th as they showcase their knowledge and bring to you: Season of Lights.
Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:45am
Choir Concert. Tree of Life’s beloved holiday concert is fast approaching! Mark your calendars now! The concert will take place on December 23rd beginning at our regular service time of 10:45 am and will feature the wonderful TOL Choir and our beloved First Notes, as well as guest instrumentalists and soloists. The concert will be as diverse as it is delightful and is sure to be a holiday treat to be remembered. Be sure to be there and bring a friend or five!
Monday, December 24, 2018 7:00pm
The Mystery of Hope. Come celebrate Christmas Eve at Tree of Life with stories and hymns from the season with the Almost Rev. Kevin DeBeck. The service ends with the congregation singing Silent Night by candlelight.
Haystacks Open Mic is now Tree of Life Coffee House
Tree of Life UUC Open Mic is back, and will be live on January 12th, from 7-10! Musicians, tellers of funny stories, and poets are all welcome to take the stage. We have a grand piano, a PA, amps, and 3 microphones available, or you can bring your own. Our music director, Forrest Ransburg, will be running sound.
Of course, there will be free coffee, tea, and soft drinks, and we hope you will bring your friends!
We have a limited number of 10 minute slots. Sign up by January 1st at firstname.lastname@example.org to get yours! Please arrive by 6:45 to check in. Update: We are completely booked. Now we just need a big audience for these fine performers. There is never a cover charge for our coffee house although we do take a free will offering to help cover the costs.