LRE Update
for November 18, 2022
Child & Baby Dedications Offered Nov 27

This Sunday:
  • Open Forum Discussion
  • Worship: Welcome Table
  • Religious Exploration for Children & Youth
  • Children & Youth Choir
  • Haiku Workshop
  • Book Circle
Next Week ~ Nov 21-27:  Mark Your Calendar:
Holiday Giving Opportunities: for local high school students in need, for newly arrived immigrants, and Change for Change

Child & Baby Dedications
Offered on Nov 27

One of the most important things we do as a religious community is to celebrate life transitions. During our Thanksgiving service on Nov. 27, we will offer child dedications for any child (infant-age 12) who has recently joined our congregation or who hasn't yet had the opportunity to be dedicated. If you are interested in being a part of this dedication, please contact Dr. Mary ( or Rev. Denise ( by Nov 20. We look forward to celebrating this special day with you!

Worship on Nov 20 at 10 am

The Welcome Table
Rev. Allison Farnum, guest minister

Young people begin in worship with their family and will be sung out to their religious exploration classes.
As many prepare to welcome friends and family to their home tables, we are invited to take in the challenges and callings of that larger Welcome Table that invites us into radical hospitality and inclusion. This historic imagery of resistance from enslaved Africans through the civil rights movement continues to be a powerful and humbling metaphor for our own inner journeys and outward work in the world.

Our story this Sunday will be No Fair to Tigers/No Es Justo Para los Tigres, by Eric Hoffman, illustr Janice Lee Porter, transl Carmen Sosa Masso -- porciones para ser leidas in Espanol!

This Sunday is also a share-the-plate offering; half of the undesignated donations will be given to Journeys: The Road Home, providing shelter, services, & housing to those who are homeless or​ at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County.

Religious Exploration for Children & Youth

Classes are held on Sundays 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). 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.

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 Nov 20 will be Reflections on the Collapse of the Soviet Union. Following the death of former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, we dip into the archive for a discussion from 2019 when we invited three leading scholars to reflect on the fall of Communism under the watch of Gorbachev, a giant of 20th-century politics; a gently recommended podcast to listen to 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,

Haiku Garden Workshop 

Sunday, Nov 20, 11:30 am

We will hold a monthly Haiku Garden Workshop in preparation for a spring opening of our Haiku Garden. If you would like to learn how to write haiku or get suggestions about a haiku you have already written for the garden, please join us in Classroom 3, the Stokes conference room. 

Book Circle

Nov 20, 6:15 pm

All are warmly welcome to join us to discuss The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson. Doudna and her collaborators "turned a curiosity of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions." We will gather in Classroom 6 at 6:15 pm, discussion begins at 6:30. 
Next Week ~ Nov 21-27

White Lies Discussion Series

continues Mondays, 7 pm, 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. On Nov 21, we will discuss episode 6-The X on the MapYou 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. 

Joy-Filled CCUU Event for All Ages

Thanksgiving Day Tromp, Nov 24 at 10 am

Each year on Thanksgiving Day, Countrysiders gather for a walk in the woods—to celebrate the blessings of another year, commune with nature, and connect with old & new friends. This is a church tradition going back many years and which many would not miss (including the cooks). You’ll be done in plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your holiday festivities. 
The Tromp will begin at 10 am at Deer Grove Forest Preserve, parking lot # 5. Enter Deer Grove off Quentin Rd, 1/2 mile north of Dundee Rd; turn right at the first stop sign, continue past the 2nd stop sign, and find us on the right before the road ends in a big loop. All are invited – large and small, young and old, and especially our 4-legged friends! 
Young Adult Homecoming
and Tree Trimming

Sun Nov 27, Following Worship

Come back to Countryside, see old friends and mentors, and let your home church treat you to holiday goodies! Join us for Thanksgiving worship and a child dedication, and then be part of this traditional gathering afterward -- the Young Adult tree trimming, with cake and treats to follow. This is a stepping stone to the next opportunity to gather (for the annual CCUU YA ReUUnion December 18). Parents, please help spread the word with your YAs (age 18-35)!
~ Mark Your Calendar ~

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

  • Nov 24, 10:00am: Thanksgiving Tromp at Deer Grove Forest Preserve
  • 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

Upcoming Adult Faith Development

See the Focus newsletter for more details
  • Last Mondays Book Discussion on Nov 28, 7 pm ~ West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
  • Online Journaling Circle: Dec 1, 10 am ~ We 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 & use meeting id 950 6607 5339 and passcode 937911
  • Reading Roundtable: Dec 14, 10 am ~ Join us in Atherton Hall to discuss Dry Dock (pp. 100–103 of The Civically Engaged Reader); details here

Spirit of Life Series:
Deepen Connections AND
Your Spiritual Life in the New Year

Our series, to begin January 8, will offer opportunities for aspiring, new, and experienced members to reflect together on aspects of their life journeys:

•   Experiences or moments of 'wow';
•   Feelings of oneness with the cosmos, the great mysteries, or the divine;
•   Life celebrations and rituals;
•   What calls out for your care and compassion;
•   Connection to and relationship with the earth and our natural environment;
•   The ways you show care, love, and respect – to yourself and others; 
•   The roots that 'hold you close' and the wings that 'set you free'; 
•   The possibilities for expressing your life purpose.

This program creates a series of gatherings that will offer you opportunity and community to explore your Unitarian Universalist spirituality. Each session, drawing on the words of our beloved hymn, focuses on a different aspect of your spiritual life and gives you space to listen to the still small voice within you and to share your reflections with others. Activities invite you to give attention to your life and your choices so that you might live with mindfulness and intention. Just as each of us is responsible for discerning our beliefs, we are each responsible for practices that help us to live them. 

In our Spirit of Life program you will:

•   Become familiar with a broad and inclusive definition of spirituality—one that includes those who do and do not affirm the existence of a supernatural spirit or deity; 
•   Evaluate your experiences of the spiritual during turning points in your life and during day-to-day living; 
•   Learn methods for being attentive to your spirituality;
•   Discover the variety and value of spiritual practices as means of deepening faith and enhancing quality of life; 
•   Practice in speaking and listening with respect and authenticity;
•   Deepen your ties with other congregants as you learn more about one another and yourself.

The nine sessions will be held weekly on Sundays, 11:30-1:30, in-person, beginning January 8. While we hope you will want to join all of them, you can attend just as many as you like - there are a total of 9 sessions in the program. We will make arrangements for lunch week to week; childcare can also be arranged by letting us know your needs.  

Register here: -- or reach out to Mary Shelden ( with questions. Please register on or before January 1.

~Holiday Giving Opportunities~

Boots Needed by Nov 21

Partners for Our Communities is helping dozens of families recently bussed to Chicago from the Mexico border. These families are seeking asylum in the U.S. and are currently being housed at a hotel in Wheeling, IL.  POC is helping them gain independence and stability – the kids started school within days of arrival; many of the parents are working cash jobs; and they are learning how to get around via bicycle and public transportation. Walking, too, is key, and as we near winter POC would like to equip them with winter boots. IF YOU HAVE ANY GENTLY USED, CLEAN BOOTS, PLEASE DROP THEM IN THE BIN OUTSIDE THE NORTH ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH (the RE wing) or contact Janet McDonnell or Laura Mandell for an alternative delivery site.  All sizes needed, from toddler through adult. Deadline for drop off is Monday, November 21.

Gift Card Collection for Local High School Students in Need through Mon, Nov 28

We are again partnering with other local churches to provide gift cards for food, clothing, and other necessaries for District 211 students in need. Combined giving last year provided for 135 Palatine High School and Fremd High School students in housing crisis situations as defined within the McKinney-Vento Law. In addition, we helped 25 students in need at District 211’s North Academy, an alternative learning high school in Palatine. Purchase gift cards to area stores and restaurants:
  • $25 cards to Walmart or Target (*please note that the students prefer Walmart to Target)
  • $10-$25 cards to Walgreens, Aldi, Subway, McDonalds, Culvers, or other fast-food chain restaurants
Gift cards are easily purchased online; no need to shop in-person. Each student will receive donated gift cards in gift bags put together by the volunteers at PATH (Palatine Assisting Through Hope.) Please write the $ amount on the card or its envelope. Gift cards must be received in the church office by Mon, Nov 28. Please don’t delay.

Change for Change

In honor of our monthly theme for November - CHANGE, please help us change lives by donating your pocket change to Guest at Your Table, the UU Service Committee's annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. Throughout the month of November, there will be a box on the Narthex theme table where you can drop your loose change to help foster the positive change made in the world through Guest At Your Table, the UU Service Committee's annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about critical human rights issues. Contribution envelopes will also be available -- or if you'd like to create your own donation box to use at home, you can find them hereContributions 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. 
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