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October 15, 2017

This Week,
The Upcoming Month,
Upcoming Events & Info at UUSG 

Staff Time Off 

Rev. Lindsay will be on retreat October 16-23 and Christine will be out of the office October 16 & 17. The office will be closed on October 16 & 17. Thank you!

Social Hour

Thank you, Social Justice Team, for our Social Hour this morning. We are grateful that our Finance Team will host next week. We appreciate you!

"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 October 16. We'll be finishing "The Bible: A Biography (Books That Changed the World)" by Karen Armstrong. If you haven’t had a chance to finish the reading, please join us anyway. The conversation frequently wanders beyond the book. For more info, please contact Jim Frazier,

Buddhist Meditation & Study Group

UUSG's Buddhist Meditation and Study Group will soon begin a new book: One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism by Joseph Goldstein. Join us on October 18, for a podcast from the author or on November 1, to discuss chapter 1. The group meets at 7pm, first and third Wednesdays, in the Common Room.

New2U Wants You . . .

. . . to clean out your garage and/or your basement and list all the great stuff with New2U. Proceeds benefit UUSG programs. For more info, click on New2U on UUSG's home page.
Collaboration with St. Charles Episcopal

UUSG is now collaborating with St. Charles Episcopal on our joint mission to feed the needy in Kane County. They have stepped up to help us with monthly Lazarus House dinners and we are helping them with their monthly Soup Kitchen lunches. St. Charles Episcopal does a monthly Soup Kitchen buffet lunch every 4th Thursday/ Friday for 100 plus people and they need help for preparation and serving. They need three volunteers to help with preparation work Wednesday evening, 6:30-9:00pm at St Charles Episcopal, and four volunteers Thursday morning at 9:30am to load up at St. Charles Episcopal and transport the meal to Trinity Episcopal in Aurora and then set up, 10am-2pm. Sign up here. Contact Bill Scown with questions.
Green Sanctuary

Green Sanctuary Team would like you to know about upcoming events for the public:
Harvest Dinner

Save the date for the Green Sanctuary Harvest Dinner Saturday, October 21, at 6pm in the Common Room. Dinner preceded by a presentation by Patrick McVay of Batavia, who will share a presentation about his experience with solar panels.
Green Sanctuary Post Card Writing Event

Please join us Saturday, October 21, 10am-12pm, in the Common Room for the first post card writing event of 2017. No writing skills are required. We will supply cards, pens, stamps, and material to copy or edit, as needed. We just need hands, many hands, to put your name on a card and ask our Representatives to consider Human Rights and the Environment in their deliberations. Learn about the plan to make this a continuous campaign throughout the year, to be spread to all area churches.
October Friday Flick: Immigration Battle

Join us October 27, at 7:00pm, as we return, once again, to an issue which seemed to be making some movement to resolution only to be resurrected in a much darker form in 2017. October’s Friday Flick, Immigration Battle, was produced in 2015 and looked at the legislative process that failed, at that time, to produce a comprehensive reform bill on immigration.

Why has it been so hard for Washington to fix our country’s broken immigration system? In Immigration Battle, a 2-hour film from Frontline and Independent Lens, independent filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini take viewers behind closed doors in Washington’s corridors of power to explore political realities surrounding one of the country’s most pressing and divisive issues.

In Immigration Battle we follow Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) as he works behind the scenes with congressional leaders and the White House to try to create a bill that would be acceptable to both Republicans and Democrats. Interestingly, the film makers conclude that Republicans weren’t the only ones to blame for the failure to pass an immigration bill. 
Women's Circle

Women's Circle Event October 28, 1-4pm: A Stereotype ‘Blast’: Muslim Women and Spirituality, Bringing the World Together. Our country is in some turmoil regarding immigrants from many countries and bans on those from predominately Muslim countries. Many mis-perceptions are being created about Islam, and stereotypes are rampant. Want to learn more about Islam and the lives of Muslim women here and abroad? Have questions about their role in family life, or the limitations and opportunities afforded them? Come share a presentation and discussion on these and related topics with our special guest speaker, Huda Husseini, a chemistry educator and mother originally from Jordan. Her goal is to raise awareness, help combat stereotypes, and bring people together in peace. Huda looks forward to your questions and guiding our discussions! Sign up here
Get Involved With Interweave

Interweave is a local group of LGBTQ members, friends, and allies who meet once a month to have time together for discussions and special events. We will meet at 12:30 after second service on Sunday October 29, to plan our winter activities and discuss current events. For information please contact Lynn Steele at
Women's Retreat

The 5th Annual UUSG Women’s Retreat, “Discover Your Flow…Pause and Bond with the Women of UUSG,” will be held January 19-21, 2018. As in past years, it will be held at Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, Nazareth Retreat House in Batavia. The retreat will be a time for contemplation and reflection. It is also a time to strengthen existing connections and to make new connections with women at UUSG. Registration opens today through December 1. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Harbold at
Lighting the Chalice

If you missed the UUSG Book Release Party, but would still like to purchase a copy of Lighting the Chalice, stop by Christine's office or visit Amazon. Books are $10.
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