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Newsletter of 2nd Unitarian Church of Chicago
September 2, 2014
In This Issue
Worship at 2U
Sunday, September 7
Service at 10:30
Preacher: Darrick Jackson
Music by Gail Gallagher

Sunday, September 14
Homecoming &
Gathering of the Waters
Intergen Service at 10:30
Preacher: Rev. Adam Robersmith
Music by the 2U Choir

Sunday, September 21
Service at 10:30
Preacher: Rev. Adam Robersmith
Music by Michael Barrette

Sunday, September 28
Service at 10:30
Worship Leaders: Rev. Adam Robersmith & Green Sanctuary
Music by Katie Johnson
Children & Youth Faith Development Schedule
Child care for infants and toddlers is available every Sunday in the Green Caterpillar room.

Sunday, September 7
Summer Spirit Play

Sunday, September 14
Intergen Service
No classes

Sunday, September 21
First Day of Classes!
Spirit Play
UU Explorers

Sunday, September 28
Spirit Play
UU Explorers
Youth Group
Church Office Information & Staff

773-549-0260, ext. 13
Office Hours:
Wed-Thurs evenings, other days & times by appointment
Dir. of Faith Development
773-549-0260, ext. 12
Office Hours:
Wed 5:00-9:00 pm
Sun 9:00-3:00

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

Adult Faith Dev.


Buddhist Fellowship

Building & Grounds

Committee on Ministry

Covenant of Earth & Sky

Fellowship Committee

Finance Committee

Green Sanctuary



Lifespan Faith Dev.




Night Ministry Outreach

Pastoral Care

Safe Congregations 

Small Group Ministry

Social Justice

Sunday Services

Transylvania Church


Young Adult Group
David Dyer
Stephanie Bens
Board of Trustees 

Classes From the Pastoral Care Team This Fall

The Pastoral Care Team at 2U is hosting a series of classes throughout fall 2014 and spring 2015 to provide information about approaches to planning for many aspects of the end of life. We have designed the series to cover a variety of topics: communication skills, legal considerations, healthcare decisions, and financial planning. The series will comprise of a variety of formats, and you may come to any or all of them. If you have not yet done so, please take our survey to help inform us of your interests for specific topics in the series.


To kick off the series, we are hosting two events in September and October. Click here to RSVP.

  • Homegoings documentary screening on Sunday, Sept. 21, 12:30-2:00pm in the sanctuary. Homegoings is a PBS Point-of View documentary that originally aired on June 24, 2013. Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home."
  • Introductory session on Sunday, Oct. 5, 1:00-3:00pm in the Palmer Room: "Critical Conversations and Planning that Impact the Quality of Life as One Ages" led by Eldercare Coach Susan Hayward. Susan is the owner of Roots and Wings Eldercare Coaching. Her passion for Eldercare Coaching came after her own family struggled (before she knew anything about life coaching) with the care of her aging parents and she realized that by simply being more prepared, the whole experience could have been so different! Susan works with families to navigate the challenges of family caregiving with more grace and ease.

If you are interested in attending one/both of these sessions, please click here to RSVP so we know how many people to expect. More sessions to be announced later this fall. This series is open to everyone, regardless of age, spot in the "planning" process, or being a 2U member or not. To help cover costs of guest speakers, we request each attendee to donate a one-time amount of $10, no matter if you attend one class or all of them. You can bring cash or check (made out to Bonnie Ewald) on the day of the event. Please contact Nanna Cross, Michael Walver, or Bonnie Ewald with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Help Raise the Minimum Wage!

Help UU Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI) work toward a higher minimum wage law in Illinois. Sign a card at the Welcome Table pledging your support for the advisory minimum wage referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot.


Our denomination is a leader in the nationwide work for justice for workers. To read a statement by the Presidents of the UUA and the UUSC on the moral imperative of raising the minimum wage, and to sign their petition if you wish, go here. You can also find many fact sheets and resources here.

Seeking Hospitality Volunteers

Are you interested in helping 2U welcome new and existing churchgoers?  If yes, please consider volunteering to serve on The Hospitality Team! We'd love your commitment to help just one Sunday a month, joining one of the teams that provides pre, during and post-service duties each week. Please contact Christine H. for more information, or sign up on the Welcome Table.

Second Sunday Socials Return!
With cooler weather drawing nearer it's time to begin Second Sunday Socials, our monthly potluck held on the second Sunday of each month after the service.

The September Second Sunday Social will be held on September 14th. We ask those whose last names begin with A-F to bring drinks; G-L a main dish; M-R salad and/or condiments; S-Z desserts. Please let us know you're coming by signing up on the pink sheet on the Welcome Table in the Palmer Room.


We also need volunteers to help with set up and clean up. If you can help with set up, please be available at 10am. Those volunteering for clean-up can expect to stay until about 12:45pm.  We can't do this without you, so please let us know you're willing to help by signing up.


A free will offering is requested with proceeds to go toward supporting 2U's Night Ministry outreach program. We look forward to your joining us, and thank you in advance for your help and generosity.

Monthly Retirees' Potluck Luncheon

September 10, 2014


Bring a dish to share at the potluck luncheon, and stay for a slide show/travelogue by Linda Groetzinger on her travels in India from 1:30-2:30pm. RSVP to Gary Bondurant and let him know what dish you plan to bring.


Seeing India: "Everything Changes while Everything Stays the Same"

Personal Photos from 1966 to 2012


Linda will share her personal photographs of life in India, covering more than ten trips for fun and work, beginning with Peace Corps service in 1966, up to 2012.  Enjoy scenes and people from north to south, east to west; from city to village; from oceans to mountains and canals, from theater to hospitals, from home based work to retail shops.  


 We look forward to seeing you there!
LGBT Task Force
Mark your calendar! The LGBT Task Force is back from Summer Break! Join us on Sunday, September 14th at 12pm in the Youth Room. If you loved the Pride Parade or are interested in learning more about LGBT activities at 2U and in Chicago, this is the meeting for you! We're also looking for people to help plan an event for Transgender Day of Remembrance. If you have any questions, contact Ashley Boyd.
Strong Women by Still Point Theatre Collective

Saturday, September 20, 2014



A compelling performance piece is coming to 2U's sanctuary on Saturday, September 20th. Strong Women is being performed by Still Point Theatre Collective, a Chicago- based theatre company. 


Currently, Still Point conducts a comprehensive program that provides theatre workshops for women who are incarcerated in two facilities in and around the Chicagoland area: Lake County Jail, and the Cook County Jail. In these workshops, the facilitators initially lead theatre games to help the women release their inhibitions and learn to trust and support each other. Later, the women tell their stories, and create scenes to express insights they have received in the course of their lives; writing exercises are also incorporated which help the women reflect on their experiences. At the end of a three to four month period, the participants present a performance, written by themselves, for invited guests, prison volunteers, and their fellow inmates. This performance gives them a forum to express their views, and an opportunity to share with the larger community the experiences and challenges of incarcerated women. 


Strong Women is built solely around poetry written by women incarcerated at the Cook County jail. The subjects explored include the shock of arrival, the experience of incarceration and abuse, seeking your spirit in the midst of oppression, separation from children, and the quest to grow as a person and eventually release long-held fears. 


Admission is free - a pass-the-hat donation will be taken. For information, please call Erin Rusmi at (773) 888-2829.

From the Director of Faith Development

It's back-to-school time! There are a number of exciting Faith Development events that will be happening this month to celebrate the beginning of the new church year. Happy reading!


Online Registration is Open! Please take a moment to complete the  registration form even if your family has attended in years past. You can complete the registration form online, or print it out and turn it in to Raquel Garcia. Beginning August 31st you will be able to pick registration packets at the Welcome Table.


Faith Development Volunteers Needed: We are always looking for volunteers for our Faith Development programs. Therefore, we are making it easier than ever to volunteer with us. This year we are in greatest need of volunteers for the UU Explorers classroom. This classroom serves grades 4 through 7. If you have questions about how you can help in this classroom, please email the caretaker, Sue Dunmore.


Do not fear; the classroom is not the only way to volunteer! Let us know how you would like to help by completing our online Faith Development Volunteer Questionnaire! This link is completely secure; the only people receiving the information will be the Lifespan Faith Development council and myself. If you would prefer to fill out a hard copy of the form, please email DFD Raquel Garcia.


Spirit Play Volunteer Teacher Training on Sunday, September 7th, beginning at noon. Please join us for an afternoon of learning in community. Lunch will be provided. There is always something new to learn! Please RSVP here.


Faith Development Open House on Sunday, September 7th at 9:30am. As the new church year begins we want to hold an information session about the Lifespan Faith Development program and Council. We invite volunteers, parents, and members who are curious to come and join us for a potluck breakfast before the service on September 7th. This will be the perfect opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and learn about ways to be involved before the new church year begins. We will be meeting in the Palmer Room, and will provide some light breakfast snacks and coffee. If you are attending and/or would like to bring something to share, please email Raquel Garcia.

Second Annual Back-to-Church Supply Drive: It's that time of the year, when you get that sentimental urge to buy pencils! Please check out our back-to-church supply list to see what materials are needed in the classrooms. The list is also available at the Welcome Table. Drop off any supplies you bring in the basket in the Palmer Room. If you'd prefer to avoid the Back-to-School aisle, and that mad dash for a shiny new pencil case, then we would welcome your cash donations!
Help Make Our Church More Beautiful!
Please join the Building, Infrastructure, and Grounds Committee on the afternoon of Saturday, September 27th (weather permitting) in working on the church grounds. We will meet at 12:30pm to weed the front yard and trim the hedges along the walkway. Please contact Tyler Duston, BIG Committee chair, if you are interested in joining us.


For anyone more ambitious, we would also like to clean the gutters, refinish the front doors, level a part of the concrete sidewalk, and replace some interior doors. (Some or all of these more ambitious jobs might turn out to be the job of experts, but let me know if you have interest or experience with them.)

Sunday Parking Restrictions

We have received word from our alderman's office that free Sunday parking at metered spaces ENDS as of Sunday, September 28th! Beginning the week of September 22nd, LAZ Parking will begin changing all of the signs which delineate the area in which the paybox spaces are defined as well as the "pay here" signs to indicate 7-day paid parking. On Sunday, September 28th, parking on commercial streets will no longer be free on Sunday between the hours of 10am and 8pm.

Fall Orientation

Calling all visitors-- who want to become members!


The 2U fall orientation will be held Sunday, September 28; Sunday, October 5; and Sunday, October 19 following services. Sessions are scheduled to begin at noon in Fleishman Hall and will end at 2pm or before. If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the Welcome Table in the Palmer Room. Child care will be available for those who request it in advance.


While attending any one of these three orientation sessions will meet the by-law requirements 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.


Please contact Membership Chair Judy Corbeille with any questions, or for more information.
Choir Corner
The 2U Choir is back! Ready for new voices! Old voices! All voices are welcome. The choir rehearses in the sanctuary on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:30. For more information, contact music director Marianne Parker, or just come to a rehearsal.
Money Matters
The weekly cost of running 2U is $5,890!

2U's annual budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 is $306,403.

For the Year to Date period July 1 to July 31, 2014:
Actual Pledges + Collection Plate =
$ 13,647
Budgeted Pledges + Collection Plate =
$ 19,605
     Surplus or (Deficit)
$  (5,958)

Total Revenues Year-to-Date =$ 15,509$ 21,809
Total Expenses Year-to-Date =$ 24,747$ 27,070
     Total Surplus or (Deficit)$  (9,238)$  (5,261)

In July, we raised $504.25 for the collection plate sharing recipient, Chicago House.

Thank you so much for helping to make 2U possible!
Anvil Deadlines
Have a message to put in the Anvil? Plan ahead!  Please have all submissions for the next newsletter in to Jen Duston at by noon on Wednesday, Sept.10.