Lifespan Religious Exploration (LRE)
Update for November 4, 2022
This Sunday:
  • Open Forum Discussion
  • All-Church Worship: Covenant is the Cornerstone
  • All-Church Fire Drill
  • Children & Youth Choir
  • Intro to CCUU
Next Week:  Mark Your Calendar:
and Don't Forget to Vote!

Daylight Saving Time begins Nov 6 at 2 am

It's the month of change, so don't forget to CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS on Saturday night when you go to bed


Open Forum Discussion ~ Sundays at 9 am

Please join us to discuss “the issues of the day” while respectfully welcoming different perspectives. Our discussion topic on October 9 will be Afghanistan after the withdrawal: what lessons have we learned?
Meeting info can be found in the Focus or in the reminder that will go out on Saturday evening.

Worship Service at 10 am

Nov 6: Covenant is the Cornerstone

Young people begin in the Sanctuary with their families and will be sung out to their Religious Exploration (RE) classes.

Unitarian Universalism is built on the concept that we are a community that makes promises to one another about how we will be in community with one another. Covenant in religion is thousands of years old, and in Unitarian and Universalist faiths, covenant dates back far before we identified the Principles. Being a member of a Unitarian Universalist Church means we try to actively create space where others can thrive in community. We covenant to continually learn to do better and work together to gain new skills. We call one another back into covenant to support the collective creation of the world our Principles challenge us to build. Covenant is the beauty of our UU faith.

326 Treehouse Window Stock Vector Illustration and Royalty ...Our message for all ages on Sunday will be "Treehouse Rules," a story about the power of covenant, by UU authors Lynn Ungar and Michelle Richards, read by Alex Myren.

Join us in the Sanctuary for this service, or to join the live-stream: go to OR to listen via phone, call 1-312-626-6799 and use meeting id 412 124 873, passcode 1025.

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Religious Exploration (RE) for Children & Youth on Sundays

Preschool through Grade 8 classes are offered on Sunday Morning and our Senior High Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings. We offer grade cohorts identical to those offered last year, led by our experienced, caring, and capable coordinators and teachers:
  • Preschool (Chalice Children)
  • Kindergarten-Grade 2 (Spirit Play)
  • Grades 3-5 (Nature & Spirit)
  • Junior High/Grades 6-8 (In the Middle)
  • Senior High Youth Group meets Sunday evenings at 7 pm
If your child or youth would like to participate, please complete an RE registration form.

Evacuation Drill ~ Sunday, Nov 6, at end of Worship/RE

This Sunday, at the end of worship, we will hold a building evacuation drill (aka fire drill) to ensure we know what to do in case of an emergency. While every precaution has been taken to make our facility safe, there is always the possibility that something could happen and we might need to evacuate our building in an orderly and safe way. Instructions will be provided verbally and in writing this Sunday (and were in last Sunday's announcement insert). Following the drill, return to the building for fellowship, children's choir, and Intro to CCUU.

Children's Choir: Sundays following RE Classes

All young people in grades 1 - 8 are invited to sing! Meet in the choir room following RE. Contact Alison Vernon,, with questions or for more information.

Intro to CCUU: 1st Sundays ~ Nov 6 at 11 am

Newcomers are invited to attend a brief orientation to Countryside Church and Unitarian Universalism once/month following worship and is hosted by a longtime CCUU member and lifelong UU. 

Open Forum Discussion

Sundays at 9 am

Please join us to discuss “the issues of the day” while respectfully welcoming different perspectives. Our topic on Oct 30 will be How Society's Best Intentions Could Be Betraying Black America; a gently recommended resource to view in advance of our discussion is available hereJoin us online: go to and click 'Join' OR to listen by phone, call 1-312-626-6799; when prompted, enter meeting id 927 6261 2301 and passcode 1025.

Children & Youth Choir

Sundays following RE Classes

Young people in grades 1 - 8 are invited to meet in the choir room following RE classes to sing! For more info, contact Alison Vernon,

ChanGuest at Your Table - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salemge for Change
This Sunday Nov 6!

The Guest At Your Table program supports the important national and international work of the UU Service Committee (UUSC)Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about critical human rights issues. There will be a box on the Narthex theme table where you can drop your change to help foster the positive change made in the world through Guest At Your Table. We'll also have contribution envelopes available, and some boxes to take home -- or if you'd like to print your own at home, you can find them here:

UUSC is a 79-year-old human rights organization grounded in Unitarian Universalist values and founded to support refugees and political dissidents fleeing Nazi Germany. Donations to Guest at Your Table help UUSC and their partners respond to extraordinary human rights challenges of today, address root causes of injustice, and build capacity to respond to future crises. Through research, advocacy, and partnerships with innovative grassroots organizations, UUSC advances human rights in the United States and around the globe.

Contributions of any amount qualify for UUSC membership. Contributions of $125 or more are eligible to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the UU Congregation of Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY. You can learn more about Guest at Your Table here:
Side With LoveSide with Love in
District #211
Palatine School District 211 is holding public discussions about SB0818, related to using the National Sex Education Standards as the basis for sexuality education in our district. An anti-sex education group funded by national organizations is giving them grief and spreading misinformation to scare people. Help is needed to support our board members and help them see that many in their district support comprehensive sexuality education. (SB0818 allows parents to opt their student out of Sexuality education.) Please contact Jeannie Scown (630-360-0904, to find out what you can do, or meet with her following worship (and the fire drill) this coming Sunday in Atherton Hall. The board meeting is this coming Thursday, Nov 10, 7:30pm, so time is of the essence. (You can also pick up some Side with Love gear here -- -- in order to show solidarity and create a visible network of support for this and other issues related to our UU values!)
Next Week ~ Oct 31-Nov 7

White Lies Discussion Series

continues on Mondays at 7 pm, on Zoom only

In this “post-Jim Crow” era, what might we learn about the long term effects of systemic racism? Get full details and sign up to attend the series. Participants need not attend all sessions, however, if you drop in, please listen to the episode for that day AS WELL AS all previous episodes. Obviously, the more you participate, the more you get out of this great course. 
You do not need to be a church member to attend this covenantal series; guests are welcome. This Lifespan Religious Exploration course is available for Senior High and Adults. 

Last Mondays Book Discussion

Oct 31, online at 7:30 pm

Please join us to discuss Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki. Note that we are meeting a little later than usual due to trick or treating. We are also meeting online this month; go to and use meeting id 952 6323 3690 and passcode 1025.

Online Journaling Circle

1st Thursdays ~ Nov 3 at 10 am

Each gathering opens with a short meditation. We then free write and write from prompts related to our monthly themes. Have your notebook/journal and a pen ready & join us online for personal exploration and growth. To join us:
  • go to & click on ‘join a meeting’ or call 312-626-6799
  • use meeting i.d. 950 6607 5339 and passcode 937911

Religious Exploration for Children & Youth

While there are no RE classes on Oct 30 (it's an All-Church Service), classes resume as usual on Nov 6 --
At 10 am for:
  • Chalice Children (preschoolers)
  • Spirit Play (Kdgtn-grade 2)
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grade 6-8
and at 7 pm for Senior High Youth Group (9th-12th grade). This Sunday our youth will revisit ideas brainstormed at our first bonfire and begin laying out a schedule and planning toward next things. Newcomers welcome!

Information about our program can be found at If you have not yet registered your kiddos, please do so here: Questions or Concerns? Contact Dr. Mary at or 847-359-8440 ext 4.
Meet our New
Senior High Youth Group
Co-Coordinator, Barb Braje!

We are so pleased to introduce Barb Braje -- though maybe you know and love her already! Barb has just recently retired from 20+ years of teaching 7th-grade math in Northbrook. She has been a member at Countryside since 1995! She has volunteered in the past here with the senior high and junior youth and coming of age, and has even been a coordinator for Adult Faith Development! Barb is skilled and knowledgeable and hilarious -- full of good humor and highjinks! We welcome to round out the team with Mike Penick, who stepped up as a new coordinator last year, along with advisors Steve Black and Lisa Gilley. Thank you, all -- and welcome, Barb!
~ Mark Your Calendar ~

Upcoming Adult Faith Development

See the Focus newsletter for more details
  • Open Forum Discussion on Nov 6, 9 am ~ Afghanistan After the Withdrawal: What Lessons Have We Learned? 
  • Reading Roundtable: Nov 9, 10 am ~ from Democracy in America; details here
  • Path to Membership, Nov 13 & 20, following worship & RE in classroom 1; more info & register here
  • AHA Discussion: Nov 15, 7 pm ~ due to election day, we are meeting the 3rd Tuesday in November and we'll discuss human development after fertilization - what defines personhood and when? 
  • Book Circle: Nov 20, 6:15 pm ~ The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson

Don't Forget to Vote!

Our fifth UU principle—the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large—calls us to the polls!
Election Day is Nov 6, and early voting has already begun. Get the info you need at

IntergenerationalJoy-Filled CCUU Events for All Ages - 2022-23

  • Nov 20: Chalice and Ornament Glazing
  • Dec 18: Christmas Pageant
  • Jan 29: Fifth Sunday Faith in Action with Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants
  • Feb 12:  Souper Bowl
  • March: Women’s History Month Book Drive for Bernie’s Book Bank, Little Free Library, and CCUU RE Library
  • Apr 9: Easter Egg Hunt, 11am-Noon
  • Apr 30: Fifth Sunday in Action Day with Faith in Place
  • Jun 4: Church Picnic and Blessing of the Bikes
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