Holiday Choir Concert Service

Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:45am

Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation is happy to announce our upcoming Christmas concert. On Sunday the 23rd at 10:45 am, the TOL Choir, First Notes youth ensemble, and guest musicians from around the Chicago area will present a winter cycle by John Rutter for choir and ensemble alongside beloved carols,songs, and themes of the season under the direction of Music Director, Forrest Ransburg. As always, the concert will feature unique and memorable music, wonder, warmth, and camaraderie! Please come join us for this concert to make your season even more special!

Holiday Services at Tree of Life

This holiday season, Tree of Life will have some special services to mark this holiday filled season.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 10:45am

Season of Lights Holiday Pageant with the Religious Education children and youth. Our students have been learning about many Festivals of Lights from around the world. Please join us on December 16th as they showcase their knowledge and bring to you: Season of Lights.

Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:45am

Choir Concert. Tree of Life’s beloved holiday concert is fast approaching! Mark your calendars now! The concert will take place on December 23rd beginning at our regular service time of 10:45 am and will feature the wonderful TOL Choir and our beloved First Notes, as well as guest instrumentalists and soloists. The concert will be as diverse as it is delightful and is sure to be a holiday treat to be remembered. Be sure to be there and bring a friend or five!

Monday, December 24, 2018 7:00pm

The Mystery of Hope. Come celebrate Christmas Eve at Tree of Life with stories and hymns from the season with the Almost Rev. Kevin DeBeck. The service ends with the congregation singing Silent Night by candlelight.

Meet Our New Music Director

Forrest RansburgHello everyone! First of all, let me just say that I am so excited to come on board as your new Music Director here at Tree of Life. I have already had the pleasure to meet many of you one on one, and I’m eager to get to know each and every member of this lovely community as I continue my work at Tree of Life. To get the boring sentences out of the way, here is a small snippet about me; I was educated at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and the Manhattan School of Music. Active as a composer, improviser, and interpreter, I perform as a flutist, vocalist, keyboardist, and electronic musician specializing in contemporary art music in a variety of musical ensembles and settings. I am excited to bring my diverse experience to the congregation as I help us grow further as a community through music.


I look forward to continuing to bring compelling music to each Sunday service, working with our wonderful Adult Choir (open to any members of the community who would like to participate, please be in touch if this is you), facilitating open mic and jam nights, and working with the administration and committees of the church to coordinate future “Church of…” programs in the coming liturgical year. In addition to carrying on these wonderful traditions, I hope to help increase our greater community involvement through music and begin cultivating a musical program for the youth of the church. These are presently open ended goals and will take shape in these coming months. Involvement from the congregation is more than welcome in these endeavors and anyone with ideas or interest should feel free to contact me at Additionally, if you wish to be involved in the music of this community, but the above options don’t sound like the perfect fit, please be in touch. If you want to share your music with this beautiful group of people, I will work diligently to make sure that comes to pass. I look forward to our future musical endeavors!