Lifespan Religious Exploration (LRE)
Update for October 28, 2022
This Week:
  • Celebration of the Life of Austin Chang
This Sunday:
  • Open Forum Discussion
  • All-Church Worship: Remembering Our Ancestors
  • Faith in Action Food Offering
  • Children & Youth Choir
Next Week:  Mark Your Calendar:
and Don't Forget to Vote!

Celebration of the Life of Austin Chang

Sat, Oct 29 at 1 pm at CCUU

The Scoggin-Chang Family invites you to celebrate the life of Austin (10) and also pray for healing for the family, including Jeslyn (6) who continues to recover from her exposure to carbon monoxide. Austin’s celebration will include a healing story for children, a ritual for the family, and eulogy. There will be a reception to follow. Trauma care service dogs as well as extra chaplains will be on hand.

Or join us remotely on Zoom: 
Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 992 5377 0409 and Passcode: 626247

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.

Worship: Sun Oct 30,10 am

Remembering Our Ancestors:
All Souls & Halloween

Rev. Denise & Dr. Mary

This is an All-Church Service; young people attend worship with their family and do not have religious exploration classes. 

For this special celebration of our Ancestors, please plan to bring small photo(s) and/or memento(s) of departed beloveds (people or pets) to place on our shared altar - contributions from children and youth especially welcome. If you are attending online, you can submit a name here and we will read it if we get it by end of today (Friday). Our message for all ages will be A Shelter for Sadness.

Please remember to bring high-protein, non-perishable food for our offering for the mobile food pantry for Partners for Our Community (POC). This special collection will be taken up with our regular offering during worship for this special Fifth Sunday Faith in Action Day.

Please dress for Halloween this Sunday -- fun for all ages! Then immediately following worship, we will hold a costume parade for all our young people in costume -- with a special Halloween treat at parade's end! Join us to catch your share of Halloween joy.

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. 

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,
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

  • Oct 30: Fifth Sunday Faith in Action Day; High Protein Food Offering to benefit POC Mobile Food Pantry – during Worship 
  • 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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