A Topsy Turvy Time

A Topsy Turvy Time

Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Rev. Dave Clements & Amy Popp CRE Overview: How many of you are feeling confused, disarrayed, disheveled, disordered, rumpled, sloppy, tousled, or upside-down? In a short matter of time our world as we knew it has...
No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service… and Other Myths

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service… and Other Myths

Sunday, Mar 22, 2020 @ 10:30 am[Jazz Sunday was Cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns] Speaker(s): Rev. Lynnda White Overview:[Live Streamed]Rev. Lynnda White tells us about her thoughts regarding last week’s missing sound… Share the Plate: UUSC and...
The Abiding Wisdom of the Dude and “The Big Lebowski”

The Abiding Wisdom of the Dude and “The Big Lebowski”

Sunday, March 15, 2020 @ 10:30 AM ********* Corona Update ********************This service was Live-Streamed & the building was closed due to COVID-19 concerns.********* Corona Update ******************** Speaker(s): Rev. Dave Clements Overview:Together we will...

The Price is Right

Sunday, Apr 5, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Rev. Dave Clements Overview:Come and explore the value and just what things cost that we purchase on a weekly basis. This will be an engaging service and the kick-off of our Annual Stewardship Campaign. Share the Plate:...

Still I Rise

Sunday, Apr 12, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Rev. Dave Clements Overview:“You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.” Maya Angelou. Come and worship as we explore Maya’s poem...

Give Me Liberty or Give Me…What?

Sunday, Apr 19, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker(s): Rev. Lynnda White Overview:If liberty is the freedom to live your life the way you want, as it is defined in several dictionaries, we must ask who can truly live the way they want or be free to enjoy the blessings of what we...
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Sunday, March 1, 2020 @ 10:30 AM Speaker: Rev . Dave Clements Overview: Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. If we run a hundred miles an hour to the other end of the continent in order to get away from the obstacle, we find the very...
Are you a Carrot, an Egg, or a Coffee Bean?

Are you a Carrot, an Egg, or a Coffee Bean?

Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker: Rev. Dave Clements Overview:Are you like a carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, you wilt and become soft and lose your strength? Are you  like an egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the...
Great Comebacks

Great Comebacks

Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker: Rev. Lynnda White Sermon Audio Overview:We often think of resilience as a personal attribute, but how does it happen at family, group, national, and global levels? Is it ever too late to struggle for a comeback? What if we...
Busyness and Resilience

Busyness and Resilience

Sunday, February 9, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker: Rev. Meredith Olson Sermon Audio Overview:We welcome Bloomington-Normal’s Intern Minister Meredith Olson to our pulpit. Meredith is a past Peoria church member and is now completing her schooling to be come a UU...
Take a Breath

Take a Breath

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020  @ 10:30 am Speaker: Rev. Dave Clements Overview:Sometimes in band or choir, music requires players or singers to hold a note longer than they can hold a note. In those cases, one is taught to mindfully stagger when each takes a breath, so...
The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity

The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity

Sunday, January 26, 2020 @ 10:30 am Speaker: Rev Dave Clements Sermon Audio It seems to me that the artist’s struggle for his integrity must be considered as a kind of metaphor for the struggle, which is universal and daily, of all human beings.  An artist tries to...
MLK What Lessons Can We Learn

MLK What Lessons Can We Learn

Sunday, January 19, 2020 10:30 am Speaker: Rev. Dave Clements Overview: As we celebrate the life of this visionary leader, what lessons can we learn from what he taught over 30 years ago. Where are we on fulfilling MLK’s dream? The choir will sing. Share the Plate:...

Lunch with the Ministers

First Sunday of Every Other Month, 12:00 pm Newcomers: Do You Have Questions about Our Church? A great way to get your questions answered and find out more about UUs is to attend Lunch with the Ministers This is a time to learn more about……what UUs...
Where is Wisdom to be Found

Where is Wisdom to be Found

Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 10:30 AM Speaker(s): Pastor Charles Eduardo Overview:“The good news is you don’t need to be brilliant to be wise; The bad news is that without wisdom, brilliance isn’t enough…” Pastor Charles will explore with us this concept as to where is...
Integrity: We Know It When We See It

Integrity: We Know It When We See It

Sunday, Jan 12, 2020 @ 10:30am Reverend Lynnda White Overview:We all know what “integrity” means, but if we had to define it for someone, what would we say? Would you stumble over the words that you feel so clearly in your heart? It’s our nature to understand words at...

Free for Friendship

Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14, 5:00 PM Won’t you join us for Paul Hodge’s Annual Free for Friendship Christmas Party? Paul is hosting his annual festive holiday celebration. Lets Eat, Drink & Be Merry, cozying up for holiday celebration with...

Retired Men’s Luncheon

Last Friday of Each Month Friday, December 27, 12:00 Noon Join the Retired Men’s Friday Luncheon Group as it meets at Childers at 3312 N. University St., at Noon, on the last Friday of each month. Contact Ed Murphy at 309-251-0288 with...

UUkulele Fun Strum

Most Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM, Foyer Bring your sense of rhythm and your sense of humor and join the group whose middle name is “Fun.” All levels, including beginning players, are welcome. If you can’t play yet, come and sing with us! We plan to play most Wednesdays...

Third Thursday Ladies Lunch

Thursday, December 19, 11:30 AM We will dine at Johnny’s Italian Steak-house (East Peoria). This has been our favorite holiday restaurant for several years! Haven’t joined us before? We would love to have you! For reservations or cancellations, please call Yvonne at...

Bishop Hill Fiber Guild

Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month. Doors open at 10:00 AM Saturday, December 14, 10:00 AM The business meeting starts at 11:00, followed by time for lunch, and then an educational program and social time. Please bring your own lunch. Anyone...

Value the Vote in 2020

Location: Conference Room Sunday, January 12 – UU the Vote / Nation-wide Video Conference Call Watch PartyGathering locally to engage nationally: We will gather for a national video/conference call as UUs across our country are called to work on issue-based...

Humanist Perspectives

First Sundays, 12-2 PM Facilitators: Harry Elger Location: Conference Room Overview: What differences and compatibilities do humanists share with theists, free thinkers, skeptics, agnostics, atheists, secularists, rationalists, relativists, scriptural literalists,...

Grief Support

Time: Contact the office Facilitators: Ministers Location: To be arranged Overview: When we have a loss in our lives, grief is not optional; it is natural and inevitable. As we go through grief, there are ways to make the process more meaningful and perhaps a little...

Conscious Aging

 Third Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 PM (will not meet in December) Facilitators: Various Location: Conference Room Overview: In these gatherings, we explore the new purposes and meanings that arise in all our lives as we age. Our meetings include learning, listening,...

A Course in Miracles

Sundays, 8:45-10:00 AM Facilitators: Suzette Boulais Location: Conference Room Overview: The Course states that a universal theology is not possible; there exists different, yet valid, pathways to the Truth. The Course is one of those pathways. Maybe you’ve...

Loaves & Fish

Every second Saturday at 9:30 AM Contact: Shelly Thomas Loaves and Fish is a program offered by the First United Methodist Church downtown at 116 NE Perry. Volunteers serve a noon meal; also food for the guests to take home is available, clothing, if needed, and a...
The Awe Within

The Awe Within

Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 @ 10:30am We stop. We pause…We journey deep down into that quiet center where no voice is heard…Here is the center of the world. In this instant are centered the whirling orbs, the movement of earth and sky. In this fragile moment of...

Pause

The work ahead demands much. Persistence is a must. But don’t forget to pause, friends. From our quiet and still centers come, the vision to see clearly and the strength to repair the world. This time of year, with celebrations, family time and pressure to do it...

Pay Attention

In a world with exponential information growth, we need new filters, new ways to discern and pay attention to what matters, and the best spam filters the internet has to offer will not suffice. We need soul filters…the problem is not the quality of the...

Paying Attention to the Losses in Our Lives

Sooner or later in each of our lives we will experience some type of loss. It is important for each of us to pay attention to them. I invite you to come and explore with me grief, self-care and ways to deal with loss in our lives.

Sometimes It Takes A Little Craziness

Sometimes it takes a little craziness to get your attention. In the Old Testament the prophet Elijah fled from a hundred pursuers. He hunkered down in a cave on the wind-whipped mountainside, his heart pounding in his ears. Then he finally noticed the still small...
Beyond Categorical Thinking

Beyond Categorical Thinking

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 @ 10:30am Rev. Keith Kron is Director of the Transitions Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association, helping congregations with the ministerial search...
Silence and the Discovery of Belonging

Silence and the Discovery of Belonging

Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 @ 10:30am Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us. Not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of...

We’re All in This Together

It is our nature to be in this together and to know it – somewhere in the back of our minds – in spite of what we might be told or sold – or even believe consciously. Unconnected, we are really only partly alive – connected we are whole. We are like aspen trees – who...
The Future Is In Our Hands

The Future Is In Our Hands

Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 @ 10:30am Rev. Dave Clements talks about the role of the Interim Minister, as the congregation continues the process of looking for a Settled...

The Future is In Our Hands

Once there was a king and a wise old man. “O wise man tell me this, the King asked. I have the tiniest of birds cupped between my hands. I command you to tell me if the bird is alive or dead.” The old man ponders his decision. The king grows impatient....
When Children Lead The Way

When Children Lead The Way

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 @ 10:30am If you’ve been watching the news, you know that school children around the world have been urging action on climate change. Rev. Lynnda White speaks about children leading the way, from the Doctrine of Discovery to gun laws to...
I Know This Rose Will Open

I Know This Rose Will Open

Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 @ 10:30am After the congregation sang “I know this rose will open”, Rev. Dave Clements invited them to explore their expectations and how something within us all can and will...

I Know This Rose Will Open

On the “faith-full” expectation that there is something in us that can and will blossom, even during storms…”I know this rose will open. I know my fear will burn away. I know my soul will unfurl its wings. I know this rose will open.” I...
The Water Service

The Water Service

Sunday, Sep 8, 2019 @ 10:30 am Rev. Lynnda White delivers the homily in the UU Church of Peoria’s annual “Water Service”, the first service of the fall...