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This Week,
The Upcoming Month,
July 15: Upcoming Events & Info at UUSG
Food Bank Group - Help Needed!

Summer is a time when people want to kick back, relax, and not worry about the problems of the world. Unfortunately for those who go hungry, they do not have the luxury to do so. Please look at your schedules and see if you are free to join us. Last month our tiny group of volunteers packed 10,000 lbs of food for needy children.

We need 20 volunteers to honor our requested slots. Please sign up for the July volunteer shift. Invite a friend to join you. Show someone who has never volunteered before the impact that sacrificing 3 hours can make on the lives of literally thousands of people.
Our next volunteer shift is this Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to noon - at: 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL 60134

Please sign up here!
Bible Study for UUs

For UUs who simply want to learn more about the Bible as literature, "Bible Study for UUs" is on the third Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30pm. Our next meeting will be on tomorrow evening. We'll be continuing our discussion of "The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World" by Bart Ehrman. Need more info? Please contact Jim Frazier at
July 22 Service 

Rev. Linda Slabon, Minister Emerita, UU Fellowship of DeKalb – “Transformed by the Music” Music has power to change us - emotionally, professionally, and physically – through internal ruminations to communal song. Unitarian Universalist Ysaye Barnwell, former bass singer with Sweet Honey in the Rock, said, “Music has the power to send out your message. It can be your shield and your sword.”  We will sing songs of UU composers and consider how music soothes and shapes our lives.      
July BOW

The beyond our walls cause for July is aid to kids and immigrant families on the southern border.  Our donations will be split between the RAICES and the ACLU. 
RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas. Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. RAICES combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy. RAICES is unique among immigration organizations with a diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff who provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. For more information on RAICES see
The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them. Using targeted impact litigation, advocacy, and public outreach, the ACLU protects the rights and liberties of immigrants. For more than 25 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of almost every major legal struggle on behalf of immigrants’ rights, focusing on challenging laws that deny immigrants access to the courts, impose indefinite and mandatory detention, and discriminate on the basis of nationality. The ACLU funds immediate aid to “Kids on the Border” with a fund that is divided evenly between La Union Del Pueblo Entero, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and 12 other local groups in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California working to protect kids separated from their families by ICE. For more information see

Pathway to Membership

Are you new around here? Have you been wondering what UUSG is all about? Are you looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon? Would you like a free lunch?

The UUSG Welcoming Team invites interested newcomers to attend our next Pathway to Membership (P2M) session on Sunday, July 22. Gather in the Common Room right after the regular worship service. We'll kick things off around 11am with a light lunch. Please RSVP here.

Since this is a full 4-hour session, participants are encouraged to make their own childcare arrangements at home. If circumstances require that your small children accompany you, we will attempt to provide nursery care at church for those aged 6 or younger. A minimum of two weeks’ notice is needed to find available caregivers.

Watch for more details in the next Pioneer and listen for pulpit announcements as the date approaches. Questions? Please stop by the Welcome Center in the Common Room. For further information, please contact Jim or Kate Frazier at

We Need Your Help

We need greeters! it's a vital part of the Worship Ministry and the Hospitality Ministry, to welcome people into the Sanctuary, count attendance, and answer questions about the locations of washrooms and the Nursery. Sign up at
Summer Social Hours

While scheduled Social Hour has ended until fall, we welcome volunteers who will share treats, coffee or cold drinks thru our Summer Sundays. Giving each other a place to gather and enjoy time together is a valued part of our Sunday mornings. Questions?

Summer is in full swing —let’s enjoy our sunny weather! Take a break with our Luncheonettes group. Warm friends, warm food...Andres Restaurant, Wednesday. July 25, 11:30am-1:00pm. RSVP at by noon Tuesday, July 24. I will See you there!

July Friday Flick: Lost in Detention

Once again, immigrants and the government enforcement policies are front page news. However, immigration enforcement policies and actions have been harsh for a number of years dating back to the Obama and Bush administrations. While the separation of children from their families for illegal immigrants is new, the overall system the United States has implemented has been increasingly punitive for years. This month’s film revisits the changes that were made 10 years ago and raises a troubling question. Why do we continue to believe that more draconian actions or a wall will stop people desperate to escape the violence and economic devastation in their countries?

The Obama administration deported or detained more immigrants than any other administration. The 2011 documentary, “Lost in Detention” begins with a closer look at the Secure Communities program, in which Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records are shared with local law enforcement agencies. While the goal has been to target criminals, thousands of non-criminal immigrants have also been deported. Once illegal immigrants are detained they are sent to detention centers, often far from their homes. An investigation uncovered many cases of sexual and physical assault by guards against detainees. The larger issue is that detainees have little, if any, legal rights or recourse to confront abuse. Please plan on joining us on Friday, July 27, at 7:00pm in the Common Room as we begin a new year of Friday Flicks.

Green Sanctuary

Several people have expressed interest in forming a group to work exclusively on water issues. If you would like to be included in this group, please contact Bill Koehl at

NPR's River of Oil Podcast #5: "The Decision" - the last in the series. It's about the decision of the Minnesota Utility commission to OK line 3 in spite of opposition from their own Commerce commission and Governor. It is both touching and profound, and only 23 minutes long.

Not just 2 steps back, but turning around and running the wrong way:

Fall Social Hours

We know everyone is looking forward to summer, but fall is right around the corner. We would appreciate if everyone could sign up for Social Hours coming up starting Sept 9. Sign up here. Questions? Contact Jamie Carroll at
Tutor Volunteers Needed
The Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora will be training new tutor volunteers for its literacy program in August. Female volunteers (with high school diploma) are trained to help women students learn to read, write, and speak English. Tutors meet with students once a week for 90 minutes, from Sept. to May, at 260 Vermont St., Aurora (behind St. Therese Church). Tutors do not need to speak Spanish or have teaching experience, but all volunteers must attend ten hours of training. The training dates are August 14, 16, 21, & 23, 6-8:30pm. Email Alison Brzezinski at to register. If you would like to know more about the tutoring experience, please contact UUSG Member volunteers Jan Miller ( or Linda O'Neill (, who would be happy to speak with you! For further info, visit or call 630-898-4636. The Center is not handicap accessible.
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