20/20 Chili Cook-off

20/20 Chili Cook-off

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 6 pm We will have one more large fundraiser for our 2019-2020 budget since we have not met our income goal for this year. Buy a ticket for $20 to enter this event and you will automatically be eligible to enter this ticket towards an...

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

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...
Cheesecake & Chardonnay

Cheesecake & Chardonnay

Saturday, Mar 7th, 6:30 pm Facilitator(s): Rev. Dave Clements & Jerry Davis Location: Fellowship Hall Overview: You are invited to come and create a work of art while drinking wine and eating cheesecake! Sign up at the Connections Table or contact Nancy Taylor. ...

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...

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...

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

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....

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 Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room is the issue(s) which no one seems to address, but you can feel it, and it can paralyze you. Sometimes it is a secret, sometimes it’s a sore spot that no one dares to touch, and it is ignored. How do we name the elephants in the room and...

Beauty and the Beast

Many of us have heard the Disney story or have seen the film version of Beauty and the Beast. What does the story teach us about beauty? What does the story say about us as Universalist Unitarians and how we view the world? Come and explore with me the story within...

Flower Communion Sunday

What does it feel like to be in community? How can each person contribute to our community of faith? The flower communion asks each person who attends to bring one flower. We will combine these together and each person will leave with a different flower than what they...

Mother’s Day / A Curious Ministry

Sometimes the greatest ministry we offer to each other—the way we know, hold and love each other—is through encountering each other’s stories. And what inspires us to offer such a ministry? Curiosity. When we are curious about each other’s stories, we...

Easter and Wholeness

Easter tells us that wholeness won’t come without work. Easter says get busy and make friends with hard, dry earth. Dig in and don’t be afraid of blistering your hands. The pain, sorrow and bloodied soiled is not redeemed by the seeds; it is the seed. So,...

Finding Yourself

‘Finding yourself’ is not how it works. You aren’t a ten-dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right here, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions and inaccurate conclusions...

What Does It Mean to be a People of Wholeness?

We Unitarian Universalists understand the urge to restore what once was. Nothing is more human. Who doesn’t want to reverse the damage? Who doesn’t hold on to the humpty dumpty hope that all can be put back together again? But our faith teaches us that...

The No That Makes Possible Each Yes

Imagination is powerful. It surveys the given world – dysfunctional, dystopian, archaic, constrained – and glimpses possibility. And from resistance – to ill health, to bad practice, oppression – from that sacred no, yes starts taking shape....

Pow Wow Culture in the Modern Era

Today the local Council of Pimiteoui creates the service, and our congregation is invited to take part. Jimmi Roberts is going to talk about Pow Wow culture in the modern era. Western culture has influenced the ways people sing and dance.  This has been met with both...

How Possibilities Become Realities

Being a people of possibility has more to do with being a people of vulnerability and courage than we’ve thought. The work isn’t just about believing in possibility. It’s about being willing to endure a few wounds along the way. So maybe the question...

Think It Possible That You May

As a congregation in transition, what if we considered the limits of our own certitude and pondered what it would take to open ourselves up to new viewpoints and chang- ing wisdom. We move through the patterns, traditions, the habits of things as they are, as if they...

The Possibility of a “Wider We”

Possibility has distinguished Unitarian Uni- versalists from the start. Historically, when others saw depravity and sin at the core of human identity, we saw potential. When many were preaching that this world was fallen, we found ourselves falling in love with the...

Celebrating Journeys of Perseverance

Perseverance is defined as a continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. What are some of the stories of our past and what can they tell us about the concept of persistence? How does celebrating these journeys help us to...

How to Empower Your Mind, an Ancient Wisdom Practice

Buddha says “what you seek is seeking you”… perhaps it’s true. The evidence of the power of our minds undeniable. The ancient texts of the Buddha tell us that no external condition can be the cause of our happiness, only the mind has that ability. When people...