Category: News

From our Board President

Beloved community, 

We talk often at Tree of Life about how much we value the community we build here. But we are also part of the wider Unitarian Universalist world, one that shares our core values of spiritual growth, nurturing a diverse community, and acting to … read more.

The Minister’s Musings on Resistance

Addy just turned 2, and she is fully exploring the power of the word “No.” I have been particularly amused by the times when she is offered something and responds with an immediate, adamant “NO!” only to turn around two seconds later and say “YES!” But I … read more.

Can We Talk About This?

Religion, Politics, Sex, and Money. –the topics many of us were taught to avoid in polite company. As I mentioned recently in a sermon, we Unitarian Universalists are working to get more comfortable talking with one another about our religious experiences. And most of us are quite … read more.

News from Board President

Dear friends,

You may be wondering, “What’s going on with the minister search?” I’m excited to tell you that it’s going quite well. Our search team put together a wonderful profile of our congregation that has been posted on the UUA Minister Search Jobs Board, and … read more.

The Path of Love

The Path of Love

In my family of origin, it is tradition to end every phone call with “I love you.”  It took my wife a little time to get used to this.  While she comes from a loving family, they don’t say “I love you” … read more.

Faithify for Compassion for Campers

As temperatures plummet here in McHenry County, IL, the homeless and unhoused are still sleeping outside, in cars, or in unheated spaces like storage lockers, garages, and vacant buildings. Compassion for Campers, a ministry of Tree of Life, will once again be distributing … read more.

Announcing our New Music Director


The Board, Music Search Team (Ron Relic, Jesse Bowen, Sheryl Bass, and Jane Richards), and Rev. Jenn are delighted to announce we have hired a new part-time Music Director for Tree of Life!! Please join us in welcoming our returning Music Director, Lilith Ransburg, who … read more.