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July 5, 2020 at 10am

JULY THEME : Hope

Acting for Fairness

Rev. Alan Taylor

Join us for our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube here. For information on how to join our virtual fellowship hour on Zoom after the livestream please contact our Director of Membership and Engagement Tina Lewis

Our weekly newsletter, eBeacon can be accessed here.


Each week, the money we receive during our Sunday morning collection is given away to a nonprofit organization that embodies our Unitarian Universalist values. 


During this time of distancing we encourage you to give a donation to our weekly recipient online here, text your donation here, or send a check made payable to UTUUC with the nonprofit's name in the memo line by mail to UTUUC, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301.

 

This Sunday's collection will benefit BUILD Chicago– helping nearly 6,000 young people in the Austin community. BUILD provides afterschool and summer programs for youth including vocal and instrumental music, dance, art, sports, computer and software education, academic support, and much more! To learn more go here.

Please click here to learn more about UTUUC’s charitable contribution.

To link to a recording of the June 21, 2020 service go here.



 

July 1, 2020

Dear Unity Temple Community,

We hope you are all well. Now that our state is in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, all of us are hopefully looking towards the ability to have more in-person gatherings. Our Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation has been able to conduct many of its activities virtually, and we very much miss being together in person. We also are mindful of the need for us to continue to do all that we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community as safe and as healthy as possible. To that end, we have created a Community Transformation Team to help navigate the numerous complexities of how we can begin gathering in person again.

Our Community Transformation team consists of fifteen members and staff, representing the Board of Trustees, RE Committee, Music, Membership, Finance, Worship, Welcoming All, the Administrative Team and our partner organizations. In addition, these members also represent numerous professions: a doctor, a public health professional, a teacher, a principal, a mental health professional and attorneys.

Our team is currently undergoing a full review of safety and cleaning precautions outlined by the Illinois Department of Public Health, conducting outreach to different area religious denominations to learn from the reopening efforts they are taking, and analyzing our past and projected building use to consider what safety precautions can and must be put into place.

In Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, the state has currently noted that groups of 50 people or less, who also maintain a distance of 6ft from others (preferably outdoors) and wear a mask are at a lower risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. We know that many activities like auction dinners and activities, Soul Connection groups, or other committees may have the ability to adhere to these guidelines. At this time, we leave these decisions up to the group leaders and participants, neither encouraging nor discouraging in-person gatherings. We do note, however, we are not able to offer our congregational facilities for those gatherings.

We encourage all of you to follow these rules as you consider gathering together. However, do please also keep in mind that there are many who are immune-compromised or have other mitigating factors, and will not consider any activities with others in person as a safe option for them. We ask that you not leave anyone out and continue to include those who would have participated with you via Zoom or other virtual means.

The Community Transformation Team will continue to keep everyone updated in regards to the decisions they make and the guidelines that we as a congregation we will need to follow within our unique building settings. We will be gathering input from all of you as well: Please keep your eyes out for an upcoming Reopening Survey email blast.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please send them to [email protected]

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding while the team continues to undertake this important work.

Stay safe and be well,

Kimberly Brumirski, Dan Crimmins, Beth Dowell, Rev. Emily Gage, Kim Hefner, Robert Kent, Margaret Klemundt, Tina Lewis, Ed Malone, Jennifer Marling, Elizabeth Plummer, Terri Powell, Valarie Ridenour, Terri Schultz and Rev. Alan Taylor

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