The Promise and Practice of Our Faith–Black Lives Matter Service Sunday, March 15, 2020 10:45 am. Tree of Life Social Justice Team and Worship Arts Team

What​​ would ​​it ​​be​​ like​​ if​​ our​​ Tree of Life worship​​ service​​ centered ​​entirely​​ around the ​​voices ​​and​​ the​​ experiences ​​of ​​Black​​ Unitarian​​ Universalists?​​ What truths ​​might ​​we​​ hear, ​​however​​ difficult?​​ What​​ might​​ we​​ learn? ​​How​​ might these Black ​​UU​​ leaders ​​teach​​ us ​​to​​ be ​​better​​ allies,​​ better​​ siblings ​​in ​​faith, and ​​even​​ better ​​citizens​​ in​​ our​​ community?  Join us in a service led by the Social Justice Team and Worship Arts Team.

Poets in Resistance II

a public reading and rally. Friday March 13th 7-10. 

Tree of Life Sanctuary

Mark your calendars now!

Ten to twelve poets will be selected representing the widest possible range of voices—all ages, gender identification, races, ethnicities, and spiritualties—and of style—poetry slam, hip-hop, performance art, observational, personal reflection, traditional, rhymed, unrhymed, even academic.

The event will be free and open to the public but those in attendance are urged to “vote” by making voluntary donations of $10 or more to any or four organizations representing grass roots resistance.

Contact Patrick Murfin pmurfin@sbcglobal.net

Climate Change/Climate Justice comes to Religious Education in 2020

Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry, IL is pleased to announce that our 4-12th grade students will be studying Climate Change/Climate justice in 2020. Topics will include: Food Supply, Human Health, Immigration, Energy, Transportation, and much, much more. Using curricula from the Unitarian Universalist Association and Alliance for Climate Education in combination with many guest speakers to share their experience with local climate concerns in McHenry County the congregation hopes to increase awareness and empower youth to take action. Classes will be held on Sunday mornings from 10:45 to 12:15. Parents may register their new students at https://forms.gle/A3YZEjHpRRjixuSL6

Please email dre@treeoflifeuu.org with any questions!

Please share widely! Climate Change and Climate Justice impacts the world!

Seeds of Hope

“ …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.  

          The 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  Laura McLuckie-Khandan   224.339.4739

Our Story

Saturday, June 22, 2019 10-11am at the Woodstock Library

We are holding a special Story Time and Craft event to speak directly to the experience of  those with incarcerated loved ones. 

Hope you will join us in sharing this special event with youth and families coping with having a loved one in prison or jail.

There is a great need for a safe and supportive space to share and connect with others who are dealing with the unique challenges of experiencing familial incarceration.

Drop-ins are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

With gratitude,

Cheryl Niemo, Director, Jail Brakers Ministry

Tree of Life Church

5603 Bull Valley Rd., Mc Henry Il., 60050

Director- 224-422-7431

Church office 815-322-2464

Farm Tour

FARM TOUR ON June 30, 2019

Please join your Green Sanctuary Team for an Afternoon at the Natural Farm Stand in Richmond.  We will tour the farm and talk about organic farming, soil conservation,and small farm challenges.

We will meet at Ginger Blossom, 3016 Illinois Rt 173, Richmond, Ill. on June 30, 2019, at 2PM.  Dress for walking through the fields. There will be a sign up sheet in the social room.

Green Sanctuary and Something Different

Sunday, April 28, 2019 10:45am

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.

Something Different

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.

Website:

www.somethingdifferent4u2.com

Music Links:

www.somethingdifferent4u2.com/music

www.cdbaby.com/c/somethingdifferent – Maiden Voyage CD © 2014.

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/somethingdifferent2 – Spirits Rising CD © 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyiu4bA42AM – Soul to Soul Interview with the band “Something Different”

Who are we?

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.

Endorsements:

Adam Reviere, NAF style flute, didgeridoo, world percussionist, recording artist and engineer
www.playgroundproductionsstudio.com

“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.”

Let’s Talk About: Medicare for All

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation

A panel discussion and Q&A session

Wednesday, March 6, 2019  7-9pm

Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation

5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050

Panel featuring:

Dr. John Perryman

A 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.” Wett

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 – Northern Illinois.

For more information :

Phone (815)322-2464

Fax (815)322-2739

Email: office@treeoflifeuu.org

FaithBridge’s 12th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration

Sunday, November 18th at 7:00 PM

Hosted by Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Join your Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Baha’i, Muslim, and UU neighbors for FaithBridge’s 12th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Living in Unity; Within Diversity All are One. This evening of song, drumming, and unifying words, to give thanks, enjoy fellowship and make an offering for the benefit of others, will be held at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, at 7:00 pm, Sunday, November 18.

A drum circle will be led by Greg Rajsky; bring your percussion instruments! The choir of Tree of Life will participate, and an offering will be requested for area food pantries, and for FaithBridge’s future programming.

FaithBridge Interfaith promotes mutual understanding and respectful relationships among diverse religious communities in McHenry County and surrounding areas.

For more information, contact M.E. Tanabe at  m.e.tanabe@comcast.net, or Rabbi Maralee Gordon at maraleegordon@gmail.com.