Green Sanctuary Movie Night Presents Straws

The Green Sanctuary committee of TOLUUC invites you for a viewing of the currently relevant film “Straws,” by Linda Booker, Friday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. A 32 minute documentary, this acclaimed film highlights the impact our use of plastics, particularly straws, has on our environment.   A discussion and Q&A will follow the viewing with invited guests Cynthia Kanner, Executive Director of the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and board member Joe Starzynski. We will be providing popcorn, water and soft drinks and welcome you to bring adult beverages and snacks.

Cancelled -Pressure Cooking 101

This class was cancelled due to low registration.



Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Tree of Life Social Justice Team is proud to sponsor this event by Food Shed Co-op in the Tree of Life kitchen.

In this class, you will learn why pressure cooking is one of the hottest kitchen trends right now – and why it’s not going away! All skill levels are welcome – from experienced, to those who are thinking about buying a pressure cooker – the class will use both electric (such as Instant Pot) and stove top cookers to cook a complete meal. The meal includes beef short ribs, butternut squash risotto, sweet and sour cabbage, and mini fudge cakes. Recipes and class notes will be provided to all class participants.
If you have a pressure cooker that you’d like to bring to class and learn how to use, please note this with registration. We will try to use your cooker in class, if possible.
This class is taught by Andrea Pracht of My Kitchen Clatter. Andrea lives in Crystal Lake and teaches all sorts of real food cooking classes in the northwest Chicago suburbs. She has been teaching pressure cooking for five years and loves sharing her pressure cooking skills with her students.
Registration is required and is $30 per attendee.

Folk Musician and Activist Jim Scott Returns to Tree of Life UU Congregation

Jim Scott, folk singer, composer and musical activist, returns to the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry, on Saturday June 2 at 7 pm with a new program, “Gather the Spirit—A Raising of Voices.”

Scott, who last performed at Tree of Life in 2016 with his tribute to his inspiration and mentor Pete Seeger, has made it his business for three decades to create and perform music that celebrates the earth. His songs and poetry have inspired and educated audiences around the world. He has developed presentations for every age group and crafted songs that sensitize his listeners to the beauty of the earth, teaching principles of ecology in memorable verses.

“Jim brings a warmth and authenticity that turns any size audience into an intimate gathering,” according to Tree of Life Social Justice Chair Janet Burns.  “His lyrical melodies, well-crafted words, guitar mastery and humorous surprises invite all to get involved with the songs and ideals he raises.  It’s a raising of voices and of spirits as Jim leads songs of earth, peace, community, love and just fun as everyone joins in. A lifelong UU he has visited over 700 UU churches in 3 decades of travels.”

As a member of the Paul Winter Consort and as a solo performer, Scott has recorded 18 albums including the highly acclaimed Missa Gaia/Earth Mass, A Concert for the Earth (Live at the U N), Big and Little Stuff: Songs for Kids, and Body and Soul, a soundtrack for the documentary series on PBS Television.  He is also an active Unitarian Universalist who as co-chair of the Seventh Principle Project helped to create the Green Sanctuary program and accompanying handbook for building an ecological/spiritual awareness in church congregations.

Scott has performed or toured with John Denver, Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez, 10,000 Maniacs, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Holy Near, Dan Fogelberg, Odetta, and Tom Chapin.

His Eco-anthems and modern hymns like Gather in Spirit have been included in the UUA hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition,and a regular part of many Sunday services.

Tickets are $20 but all are welcome for a donation they can afford and are available at the door.

Scott’s CDs will be available for sale after the concert.

For more information call the Tree of Life at 815 322-2464, e-mail

Barn Service 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 10:45am

Our Barn Service will be held on Sunday, June 10, at the Tinklers’ barn – 11314 McConnell Road, Woodstock. The service originated in the 70s at the barn of member Helen Wright, hence the name! The tradition underwent many transformations until the Tinklers’ barn became available. It has always been one of the highlights of the church year. Music will be provided by Ken Johnson. All are welcome. A special collection will be taken to benefit Black Lives UU.

The service will begin at 10:45 as usual and we ask you to bring a flower or two for our traditional flower wheel. We suggest you carpool if possible. Lastly, after the service we will have a potluck. Please bring a dish to pass. We will furnish water, iced tea, and lemonade. Help is needed setting up the tables as well as dismantling them.

Rummage Sale 2018 Bargains

Woodstock Manual Typewriting $100

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 9am-2pm

Friday, May 4, 2018, 9am-2pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9am-Noon

Furniture, clothing, tools, electronics, books, records, toys, jewelry, luggage, linens, office, holiday, pet supplies, and much, much more! Clean and organized!

Saturday clothing is $2/bag (we supply bag) and everything else is 1/2 off!

No early birds!

Rolltop Desk – great condition

Glassware and household items galore!

Clothing in all sizes, beautifully organized

Hutch in excellent condition

Solid wood coffee table with storage and built-in tv table

Lots of solid wood furniture

Two couches

Lots of electronics and sporting goods

Pet Supplies

Kitchen for your little one

Lots of puzzles and games!

Pub height table with 8 chairs, solid wood


Mother’s Day Service Filled with Music

Mother Earth

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10:45 am

AMP ensemble is the performing arm of the non-profit Art Music Project, the organization also responsible for the Rattle the Walls fundraising series. AMP ensemble is a flexible instrumentation ensemble comprised of some of the most exciting and compelling performers of new music in and around Chicago today. Dedicated to music on the cutting edge, AMP concerts feature works by some of the most vibrant voices of our generation as well as iconic works of the modernist canon. AMP embraces experimentation and exploration. Come to an AMP concert to discover new music, new friends, and maybe even a new adventure!

The service-based program AMP will present at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Mother’s Day, May 13th is titled “Mother Earth” and will feature works dedicated to the planet and its preservation. These works will range from an intimate setting for alto flute and guitar to experimental electronic work, to a beautiful piece of modernism that has at this point become almost classic! Come out to take this adventure around Mother Earth with us.

From Forrest Ransburg, Music Director at Tree of Life: “AMP ensemble is, I have to say, the project of mine whose future I am most excited about. The chemistry of the players and the magical nature of the rep we’re tackling is honestly the start of something great. We are still in our first season together, and I can’t wait to see where we will go!”



Green Sanctuary Movie Night

Friday, April 27th, 2018, 7:00 pm

‘Chasing Coral’: Documentary Vividly Chronicles A Growing Threat To Oceans


Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”-a sign of mass coral death-has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

Here’s the link to NPR’s review of it:

Movie Night – Gun Violence

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:00 pm

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger.

The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking – and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis. Click Here to view a trailer of the movie.

The film viewing will be followed by a brief group discussion. This event is being sponsored by Tree of Life Social Justice Team. We especially invite everybody who attended the March for Our Lives events and all who had wanted to attend.

Rummage Sale 2018

The Tree of Life Rummage sale is just a month away!

Bring your donations to the church Sunday, April 29, 2018, noon to 5 pm. What can you bring? All your answers are here. Donating Items to Tree of Life Rummage Sale

Please put a size tag on those clothes. You can use this to print out size tags Rummage Sale Size Tags and then pin them on.

Need help getting it to the church? We can arrange to pick up. Call Judy 815-322-2464 or 

We need lots of volunteers to make this event successful. There are jobs for all ages and abilities and we manage to have a good time along the way.  Sign up to help with Carol Alfus or Judy Stettner (Her Royal Rummage Queen).

Here is the schedule:

Sunday, April 29, 2018 Noon to 1 pm- Setup for the sale, lunch will be served to all those staying to help

1 pm to 5 pm – Bring in rummage, pick up crews, and rough sorting

Monday, April 30, 2018, 9 am to 7 pm – We will be sorting and organizing (we are known for our organization)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 9 am to 7 pm – We will be sorting and pricing

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9 am to 3 pm – Last of the sorting and pricing

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 9 am to 2 pm – Sale open to the public.

Friday, May 4, 2018, 9 am to 2 pm – Sale open to the public

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9 am to Noon – Bargain Day. $2/bag for clothing. Everything else is half off.

Noon to finish – cleanup and get the church back in order for Sunday morning.

Get started today cleaning out those closets! Your spring cleaning helps the congregation and declutters! The Queen will be grateful.