February 19, 2017

Upcoming Worship Presenters


We will explore Paganism, Islam, Taoism, Baha’i, Judaism, Buddhism, and of course Unitarian Universalism. Our pulpit speakers come from all walks of life, helping us maximize our spiritual growth.

• February 19 — Dennis Fisher

Next Sunday, we will begin our next worship series, “Growing Into Light.” After the often painful and gloomy days of winter, we seek relief from dark and turbulent emotions. We anticipate increasing light, hope, and joy as we segue from the season of darkness to opalescent, to translucent, to luminous — harbingers of the spring and the opening of our hearts to new life, to new chances, to joy. In the five upcoming Sunday services our presenters address these issues.

• February 26 — Robert Hammond, “Darkness”
First Robert Rodriguez Hammond explores the theme of falling into darkness and climbing out of the pit into hope. Mary Oliver recently wrote: “Someone I love once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.”

• March 5 — Via, Scott, Elizabeth, “Hope”
Via Baker, Scott Marshall and Elizabeth Schaefer speak of hope. In 2004, Carl Scoville noted: “…We must wait and hope, and if our waiting seems like madness to a world bent on suicide, nonetheless, that hope, that waiting….is all we need to keep going. Hope is not a luxury. Hope is not a virtue. Hope is essential for those who wish to live with strength, gratitude, and good cheer in a failing world.”

• March 12 — Bev Feldt, “Anticipation”
Bev Feldt brightens our hearts with the theme of Anticipation. According to Albert Camus, “... We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.”

• March 19 — Angela, “Growing Light”
Angela Salvaggione brings the musical theme of Growing Light. In The Legend of the Dragonfly, we are told that “The beauty of light shining through the iridescence of the dragonfly’s wings reminds us to let our own spirits be illuminated. By letting in the light, we welcome transformation and the realization of dreams into our lives.”

• March 26 — Rev. Darrick Jackson, “Joy”
Rev. Darrick Jackson will be bringing smiles of Joy. Babies? Sunshine? Puppies? Family? Nature? Spiritual community? Spring? What brings you Joy?


UUCJ Planning Meeting Has Been Rescheduled
The UUCJ Planning Meeting scheduled for this coming Saturday has been moved to Saturday February 18th. We hope as many members and friends of UUCJ as possible can attend. Our path is in our hands—be a part of it!

The draft agenda is as follows:

  • 8:30 – 9am In-gathering with light refreshments
  • 9:00 Welcome, Opening Words and Chalice Lighting
  • 9:15 Where is Our Church Going and What Part Do You/Can You Play
  • 10:30 Short Break & Activity
  • 11:00 Session Two – What Do You Want For/From Your Church
  • 12:15 Lunch Break - This will be a Potluck, please see the sign up sheet at the Information Table
  • 1:00 Session Three – Budgeting and Finances - How Are We Going to Pay for What We Want and Do
  • 2:45 Closing Words

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
The 14th Annual UUCJ Murder Mystery Dinner will be on Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th. Tickets are on sale now for $35 each.

The entire O’Malley clan has gathered for Seamus's wake. Shocked as they are by the old boy’s sudden and unexpected departure, they’re determined to give him a send off as only an Irish family can. But there’s a mumbling within the clan about the inheritance and rumors are flying. So break out the Guinness, put on your best green, and join us for Mystery Dinner Playhouse’s hilarious production, “Wake Me When I’m Dead.”

For more info visit:

Triskele Trade Craft Show
Saturday, March 11, 10am-5pm

Triskele Trade craft show in Joliet Il. at the Universalist Unitarian Church. This craft show will benefit the church and its pagan chapter, Treibh na Tintean (The clan of the hearth). This is a New Age show, so there will be a wide variety of trade vendors as well as tarot readers, henna artists, and spiritualists. It's something fun and different! 25 vendors and a free raffle!

For more info:

Foster Parent/Family Support Group

If you are a current foster parent or would like insight on becoming a foster parent this is the group for you. The Foster Families Support Network is a group created by foster parents for foster parents to help one another in support of our children. This support group will meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the UUCJ Dickens Room.

Questions please contact Jesse or Robert Hammond 815-704-3688 or at

Social Justice Ad Hoc Group
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7PM

This ad hoc group is coming together to coordinate our efforts and explore the possibilities of forming a social justice/action committee at the church. All people and ideas are welcome. Please join us!

Kids Game Night & Potluck
Friday, February 17th, 5:30-9:30pm

All kids of the church are invited to our upcoming game night, sponsored by the Religious Education Committee. Kids can bring any games they want and invite friends. We are also going to have a potluck dinner, so please bring something to share.

Religious Education
We offer R.E. each Sunday during worship service, from 10:30—11:30am. R.E. for grades 1—5 meet in the Clara Barton Room. RE Juniors (grades 6—8) meet in the John Murray Room (across from the restrooms) every second and fourth Sundays of every month.

Social Hour Needs Your Help!
Would you be able to donate some time after worship service on Sundays to help Social Hour? We are only successful thanks to the hard work and kindness of our volunteers! There will be a signup sheet by the Social Hour table for those interested in assisting. Thank you!


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Muslim Association of Bolingbrook Presents Mosque Open House
351 Veterans Parkway, Bolingbrook IL 60490
Saturday, February 18th, 12:00pm-2:00pm

This event is free of charge and catered to our friends and neighbors of other faiths. This event will include a delicious ethnic lunch. For further information, 312-420-1876 /


If you are having an outing, going to the movies, having a get together for dinner, etc., and would like to invite your friends here at UUCJ, you can!! Let the office know at least a week in advance of the date, time, and the type of event/gathering.
We will run it in the announcements the Sunday or two before to let everyone know they’re invited. The office at 815-744-9020 or email at

Thursday, February 16

6:30pm Board of Trustees Meeting — Dickens Room

Friday, February 17
5:30—9:30pm Kids Game Night and Potluck Dinner! — UUCJ Building

Sunday, February 19 — Dennis Fisher
9:00am Adult Discussion Group — Dickens

10:30am Worship Service—Sanctuary
11:30am Music & Worship Committee Meeting
11:30am Social Hour
12:30pm God Is Able Church Space Reservation

Tuesday, February 21
7:00pm Murder Mystery Dinner Rehearsal

Thursday, February 23
7:00pm Social Justice Ad Hoc Group — Murray Room
7:00pm Murder Mystery Dinner Rehearsal — Sanctuary
7:00pm Life Issues Support Group — Dickens Room

Friday, February 24
6:00pm God Is Able Space Reservation

Saturday, February 25
1:00pm Religious Education Committee Meeting
6:00pm New Moon Private Study Group

Sunday, February 26 — Robert Hammond
9:00am Adult Discussion Group — Dickens

10:30am Worship Service—Sanctuary
11:30am Social Hour
12:30pm God Is Able Church Space Reservation

Tuesday, February 28
7:00pm Murder Mystery Dinner Rehearsal

Wednesday, March 1
7:00pm Foster Families Support Group — Dickens Room

Thursday, March 2
10:30am Supporting Black Lives Matter — Dickens Room

7:00pm First Thursday Films — Dickens Room
7:00pm Murder Mystery Dinner Rehearsal — Sanctuary

Friday, March 3
6:00pm GIACC Space Reservation

For a complete list of events, visit our web calendar at

Board of Trustees
President: Linda Kremsner 2019
Vice-President: Jesse Rodriguez Hammond 2017
Board Secretary: Cathy Coss 2018
Trustee: Denise Curry 2019
Trustee: Scott Marshall 2019
Trustee: Mark Daimid 2018
Trustee: Jean Batson-Turner 2017

Additional Contacts
Musician: Angela Salvaggione
Lay Community Minister: Charlotte Droogan
Treasurer: Margaret Juraco

Gender Explorers is a free, peer-run support group for transgender adults in and around Joliet. Our mission is to provide a safe and confidential space for individuals to share their personal experiences and explore questions of identity, transition, and/or coming out with people on similar paths.

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