“ …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 –
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.