What Does It Mean to Provide Sanctuary?

Sunday, October 28, 2018 10:45am

The Almost Rev. Kevin DeBeck

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Christian New Testament, Matthew 25, verse 35 and 36.

Providing Sanctuary is more than just putting a roof over a person’s head. The Almost Rev. Kevin DeBeck will talk about other ways that we as Unitarian Universalists provide sanctuary to a hurting world.

The night before, our community will be participating in Camp Compassion and the experience will be integrated into today’s service. Here are the details for Camp Compassion:

Camp Compassion

Please join us for Camp Compassion!
This is a special, one time event co-sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and the Religious Education Committee here at Tree of Life UU. Here’s what you need to know:

-Yes. We will be sleeping outside in tents or cars here at TOL on Saturday, October 27th (6pm start time) to raise funds for Compassion for Campers.

-Yes. This is a family event. Each participating student will need an adult supervisor (parent, guardian, or designated care provider).

-Yes. All members and friends are welcome to join us.

-Yes. We will have a shared campfire available for cooking. Each family will bring their own food and water for dinner and breakfast. Sharing is encouraged; keep in mind that some participants may have food allergies. Please confirm with parents before sharing your food with children!

-Yes. We will watch a movie in the evening (inside to help us warm up!).

-Yes. There will be a prize awarded to the family who raises the most funds!

-Yes. The building will be opened at designated times for bathroom access and will be opened by a key-carrier as needed in-between those times.

-Yes. It is likely to be cold! Come prepared!

-Yes. You can participate if you can not sleep out! Simply let your donors know you are raising funds for the homeless, but not sleeping outside that day.

-Yes. We will have discussions about our homeless neighbors. This is both a fundraiser and a learning experience! (And we may have some fun, too.)

-Yes. The event will culminate with our participation in worship service Sunday Oct. 28; please plan to stay through worship service!

-Yes. You will probably smell like campfire, have bed head, need a toothbrush, and have a desire to curl up to someone warm during the worship service on Sunday. Consider this your badge of honor for making it through the previous evening!

-Yes. This is a fundraiser. Pledge forms will be available after service on Sunday.

Still have questions? Please call Heather Madaus 815-509-7862 or Sue Rekenthaler 815-678-7072 or Janet Burns 847-542-7678.

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