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Newsletter of 2nd Unitarian Church of Chicago
Feb 16, 2013
In This Issue
Coming Up at 2U
Sunday, February 17
Service at 10:30
Preacher: Rev. Adam Robersmith
Music by Tom Clowes

Wednesday, February 20
Vespers Service at 6:30pm

Sunday, February 24
Intergen Service at 10:30
Preacher: Rev. Adam Robersmith
Music by the 2U Choir

Wednesday, February 27
Vespers Service at 6:30pm

Sunday, March 3
Patchwork Service at 10:30
Preachers: Monica Drane, Jonathan Dunmore, Andrea LeVasseur, Gregory Redfeairn
Music by Jonathan Dunmore & Gregory Redfeairn

Wednesday, March 6
Vespers Service at 6:30pm

Sunday, March 10
Service at 10:30
Preacher: Rev. Adam Robersmith
Music by Kimberly Bares & Mary Sue Barrett
Children & Youth Faith Development Schedule
Child care is available every Sunday in the Green Caterpillar room. 

Sunday, February 17
Spirit Play

Sunday, February 24
Intergen: No Classes

Sunday, March 3
Spirit Play
Roots & Shoots

Sunday, March 10
Spirit Play

Sunday, March 17
Spirit Play
Roots & Shoots
Church Office Information & Staff

773-549-0260, ext. 13
Office Hours:
Wed-Thurs 1:00-9:00 pm
Dir. of Faith Development
773-549-0260, ext. 12
Office Hours:
Wed 1:00-6:00, Sun 9:00-1:00

Office Administrator
773-549-0260, ext. 10
Office Hours: 
Mon-Thurs 10:00-4:00 
Community Minister
Music Director
2U Ministry Leaders

Board of Trustees


Building & Grounds

Committee on Ministry

Finance Committee

Green Sanctuary


Lifespan Faith Dev.




Night Ministry

Pastoral Care

Sunday Services

Safe Congregations 

Small Group Ministry

Social Justice

Transylvania Church


Young Adult Group
Erin Rusmi
Board of Trustees 


2U Folk Fundraiser TONIGHT 
February 16, 2013
Chris Corsale Laura JoyJoin us for an evening of home-grown tunes with two of Chicago's finest strumming singers: Chris Corsale and Laura Joy.
Last year's acoustic event featuring the wonderful trio We're About 9 received almost universal acclaim, and packed Fleishman Hall to overflowing with more than 40 people in attendance. This year, we're spreading out into the sanctuary, and will be plugging in so everyone can hear and enjoy the music.

Lots more information, including performances by both of this year's artists, is available on the 2U website.

Tickets: Special 2U Members and Friends tickets are available for $25 and will come bundled with an exclusive recording of the show. General admission tickets are available for $20, and tickets for kids under 10 are available for $15. Buy your ticket now from Brown Paper Tickets. Use the password anvil to buy the special fundraising combo ticket online.
Don't miss out on this great opportunity to hear outstanding local singer-songwriters while supporting 2U. We hope to see you there!
Winter Orientation
Sundays, February 17, February 24, March 3, 2013

Calling all visitors-- who want to become members!


The 2U winter orientation will be held Sunday, February 17; Sunday, February 24; and Sunday, March 3 following services.


Sessions are scheduled to begin at noon in Fleischman Hall and will end at 2 pm or before.


If you are interested in attending and have not already signed up, please reserve your place with Jen Duston, church office administrator; you can contact her via email, or by phone at (773) 549-0260 ext. 10.


Child care will be available for those who request it in advance.


While attending any one of these three orientations will meet the by-law requirement for membership, attending all three will provide a greater breadth and depth of understanding for the theological roots of our community, ways to engage with the 2U community, how 2U is organized, and what membership really means.


If you have questions about attending, please e-mail membership committee chair John Broome.

Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Sunday Services Committee (SSC) invites your input  on how to best fill the pulpit when our minister is not preaching. We do not currently have a sufficient number of lay preachers for the 12 services that are typically open every  year.

The SSC has extensively explored this concern among ourselves, with the Board of Trustees, and the Committee on Ministry chair, and has developed several suggestions. We would like to have a conversation with you, the congregation, and bring your ideas into the discussion so that we can make the best choice among the options available. We are committed to having lay services continue and to adding to these to have meaningful worship .

If you would like further information about the Town Hall meeting or if you would like to send us your ideas, please email us. You are also welcome to talk with any of us on the committee. We look forward to a lively discussion on February 24.

In faith,
SSC: Gary Bondurant, John Broome, Margaret Redlich, Jill Siegel, Jim
Simonis, Shauna  Womeldorff, Rev. Adam Robersmith, and Linda Marquis 
A Service on Service
A Patchwork Service presented by your Board of Trustees
Sunday, March 3, 2013

At 2U, each of us has something to give. Giving of our time and talent is our gift to the church, others, and ourselves. Service can be our actions for justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. Our willingness to serve can stand as proof of our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Please join us for this patchwork service with mini-homilies from board members Jonathan Dunmore, Andrea LeVasseur, Gregory Redfeairn, and Monica Drane. We will explore what it means to serve and how we can find ways to serve in our lives. 
From the 2U Social Justice Council
Second Unitarian Social Justice Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, March 10, 2013

After the Social Justice service on March 10th, attend the town hall to: 
  • Learn about the social justice work of the congregation, from local and statewide campaigns and community partners to plate-sharing and political education
  • Get involved in one of our 11 action groups
  • Engage the congregation in issues you're passionate about
  • Eat free snacks
Community Renewal Society 2-Part Organizing Training
Saturdays, March 23 & April 13, 2013
To live our faith most authentically, we need to be effective practitioners of justice. In this two-part training, we will learn how to build relationships, power, and new justice ministries in our congregation. This training is for people who want to learn how to make change to build a more just community, and for any lay leaders who want some free leadership development. Breakfast provided.
Creating Connection: A UU Exploration of Prayer
February 21, February 28, March 7 2013

Is UUism compatible with prayer? How? I don't believe in God, so how would I pray? Isn't prayer just wishful thinking? To whom do I pray? Can I pray? I believe in some form of Divinity, but I don't believe in something that listens to each of my concerns. Should I pray? How would I do it?


On Thursdays at 7pm from Feb 21 to Mar 7, Rev. Adam will be leading a class exploring what prayer is, how people pray, and what it means for UUs to pray. This class is appropriate for atheists, agnostics, and theists; Buddhists, Christians, or Pagans; new UUs or long time UUs; people with strong spiritual practices or none at all.


If you've ever wondered why someone would pray or wanted to start a practice of prayer, please sign up on the Welcome Table or contact Rev. Adam to let him know you'll be participating.

Share Stories, Mold Character:
Our Children's and Your Own
Did you know Susan B. Anthony was a Unitarian?   
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No? Then we need YOU to volunteer in our Children and Youth Faith Development program (CYFD)!  


Have you heard the story of Buddha's Birthday? Do you know all 7 UU Promises and what colors of the rainbow each represents?


No? Then we need YOU to volunteer in our Spirit Play classrooms (preschool through 2nd grade)!


We are in GREAT need of Spirit Play storytellers and doorkeepers.  No experience is required-- just a willingness to spend some time with our young ones. We're looking for folks to volunteer one Sunday a month (classes take place during the normal Sunday services). We have wonderful and experienced teachers who started out just like you.


Depending on your interest, you can tell our UU stories using prepared story baskets or you can assist the storyteller with attendance, individual "work" time (aka individual play), and Feast (no cooking required either, hehe). 


If you are interested or just curious, please contact Kellie Kelly for more information (a background check is required).

Choir Corner
sheet music The choir rehearses around the piano in the sanctuary on Tuesday evenings at 7:30. Enjoy the warmth of musical community in the cold of winter. For more information, email music director Marianne Parker, or just come to a rehearsal. All voices are welcome!
Money Matters
Fiscal Year 2012-13: YTD Through January

Pledges & Collection Plate $   111,212
Other Income $     49,579
Total (YTD) $   160,791
Budget Projection 2012-13 $   244,725
Collection Plate Sharing $       3,708
All other Expenses $    133,969
Total (YTD) $    137,677
Budget Projection 2012-13 $    254,958
Debt and Deficit
Projected Deficit 2012-13 $     10,233
Long Term Debt $   234,826

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