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Summer Services

At our church, Sundays take on a slightly different character during the summer months.
  • We still meet at 10:30 each Sunday morning, but summer services tend to be more informal.
  • Our minister is not in the pulpit during the summer. Instead we have lay-led services on a variety of topics.
  • Summer services include many of the same elements as our regular services, such as a greeting and announcements, readings, sharing of joys and sorrows, and an offering.
  • Our choir takes the summer off, but we have a pianist and may sing a hymn or two.
  • Sunday school classes are not offered in the summer. Children may either attend the worship service with their families or enjoy supervised free play in the children’s wing. (Please sign in and introduce your child to the child care attendant.)

Summer Services for 2017

Sunday, June 18, 10:30 AM
Fatherhood: Revisiting Our Great Expectations
Rev. Lynnda White, Our Assistant Minister
It’s Father’s Day! We don’t celebrate in the same way we do for Mother’s Day. What does that say about us? How are our expectations of traditional binary male roles challenging and hurting our society, our families, and ourselves?

Sunday, June 25, 10:30 AM
Wellness Tools for Activists
Katie Jones
Wellness for Advocates: What is most important to your health and well-being? As an activist or an advocate for important causes such as the current healthcare battle or the civil rights movement for immigrants, this is a difficult but important time to be speaking out and standing up. Learn how to self-advocate by developing your own wellness recovery action plan or WRAP (www.copelandcenter.org). Additional resources will be given out to help you continue this journey with your personal wellness, front and center.

Sunday, July 2, 10:30 AM
May You Live in Interesting Times: The life of a UU
Jim Parrish, Our Former Intern Minister will be back with us.
If just existing as a human on this planet isn’t complicated enough, some of us add being Unitarian Universalist to our burden. Is it worth it?

Sunday, July 9, 10:30 AM
The Bible, Your Bedroom, and the Law
Rev. Lynnda White, Our Assistant Minister
Citizens of the United States are viewed around the world as ‘uptight’, square, and unsophisticated when it comes to sex and sexuality. Some American political figures and their constituents believe their job is to legislate what women can do with their own bodies, what men can do with women’s bodies, and what consenting adults can do in their bedrooms. How are ancient biblical texts still affecting modern day private lives?

Sunday, July 16, 10:30 AM
Our UU Trip to Cuba
Members who traveled with us to Cuba will talk about our experiences. We will have a discussion afterward on where we might like to go next, when, and for how long.

Sunday, July 23, 10:30 AM
Buddhism and Change
Jean Sloan
We're living in times of change – with the prospect of more to come. Look at it closely and you’ll be on the road to enlightenment.

Sunday, July 30, 10:30 AM
Liberation Theology
Marcus Fogliano
Examining the beauty of Faiths molded by the struggle for liberation, while digging into what it looks like to find the strength within the Sources of Unitarian Universalism to take on systems of oppression.

Sunday, August 6, 10:30 AM
Space Pirates and Bootleg Gangsters
Brad Keefauver
Our mythology of those living outside the law is far different from the reality of it. Why do we romanticize the law-breaker and what does it give us? Join us for a Sunday of rebels, hooligans, and schemers in a thoughtful UU fashion.

Sunday, August 13, 10:30 AM
Rev Lynnda White, Our Assistant Minister

Sunday, August 20, 10:30 AM
174.3 Years and Counting
Kathy Carter
As our church approaches its 175th anniversary, what can we learn from the past? Kathy Carter will share stories about the history of our congregation, some of which may surprise you.

Sunday, August 27, 10:30 AM
Rev Michael Brown, Our Minister

Sunday, September 3, 10:30 AM
Forced to Live My Worst Nightmare: From Surviving Genocide to Confronting My Own Violence
Nerma Frieda
This is a personal story about living through the Bosnian war (1992-1995), coming to the USA as a “Muslim” refugee, finding a safe haven at the Peoria UU church and the one sermon that changed my life. It led me to the realization that all violence, oppression, and injustice are inextricably interwoven and that I was a part of the problem.