We’re back!! Tree of Life UUC Open Mic will be live on November 2, 2019 from 7-10 pm. We would love for you to be with us and share your talent. Musicians, tellers of funny stories, and poets are all welcome to take the stage. We have a grand piano, a PA, and 3 microphones available; guitarists should bring their own amps. Sorry, out space cannot accommodate bands with multiple electronic instruments. Bring your friends to see you perform, and to enjoy the camaraderie of coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
We have a limited
number of 10 minute time slots. Please
sign up by October 27 at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a
spot. We ask performers to time their acts,
including introductions and commentary.
Please arrive by 6:45. For
information, email email@example.com
or call Tree of Life UUC at 815-322-2464.
As all rivers run to the sea, water is our great connector. In this service you are invited to share water in one of four ways: in awareness of scarcity; in recognition of change; as a symbol of the “storms” in our lives; in thanks for the “wellsprings” that bring us joy.
This year Water
communion will be conducted differently than it has in the past. This all-ages
service will consider water as a symbol that connects us to each
other, and our sharing will serve as the day’s sermon. There will be 4
periods of sharing water:
First we will have a chance to share water that reminds us
that while some have abundance, others struggle in scarcity.
Second we will share water that symbolizes travel, movement and change.
Third we will share water that reminds us of life’s storms: our concerns, worries,
frustrations and losses.
Finally, we’ll share water that reminds us of the wellsprings of our lives.
No need to bring water with you this year.
Please join us for this special service, which also features our choir’s first performance under our new Music Director, Cassandra Vohs-Demann!
Following our Water Communion service
on September 15th, we will be having our annual church picnic on the lawn. We will be serving pulled pork sandwiches (hot
dogs will also be available). The rest of
the meal will be potluck — please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Once again, our Green Sanctuary Team is
requesting that everyone bring their own tableware so as to cut down on paper
and plastic being used. Let’s go
GREEN!! Please make sure the items you bring have been prepared ahead of time
and are ready to set out. All food
dishes should be brought to the kitchen before the service. There will be a bounce house, games and
activities for all to enjoy. If you know
of someone who has expressed an interest in coming to Tree of Life, this would
be a fun way to introduce them to the congregation. The festivities will begin
after the service and continue until 3:00 p.m.
We will need help with various tasks — there are sign-up sheets in the
social room so please help us put together (and take down) a fun-filled event!
Our new Music Director, Cassandra Vohs-Demann, and Accompanist, Billy Seger, hope you will come for a fun meet and greet. Come get to know us and sit in on the first rehearsal. Bring a dish or beverage to share. Anybody 16 and older is welcome to join.
“ …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.
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
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).