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BEACONUnity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation

April 2011

FROM REV. E MILY GAGE leaderisnotsomeone whodoestheworkoftenpeople.Aleaderissome onewhogetstenpeopletodo theworkoftenpeople.Ora hundredpeopletodothe workofahundredpeople.Or athousandpeopletodothe workofathousandpeople.I scribbledthisDaveGallowayquotedownduringawork shopinMinneapolisinMarch.Theworkshop,Discipling LayLeaders,wasjustoneofaseriesofhelpfullectures/ discussionsthatwerepartofthe2011UnitarianUniver salistLargeChurchConference.Eightofusboardmem bersBetsyDavis,DuaneDowellandIanMorrison,Reli giousEducationCochairVeraDowell,incomingMem bershipCommitteeChairMargaretKlemundt,Interim MembershipDirectorTinaLewis,DirectorofAdministra tionDavidWilkeandmyselfspentalongweekendthere, learning,discussing,andgatheringallsortsofgreatideas tobringbacktoourcongregation.ThisparticularclipI wrotedownasaremindertomethatoneofourmain jobsinacongregationisnottobeleadersbydoingall theworkourselves,buttobenurturingnewleaders alongwithus.(Hencethetitleoftheworkshop.) Oneofthethingsthathasbeensowonderfulabout oursabbaticaltimehasbeentheopportunitiesforso manytostepandtakeonnewresponsibilities;newlead ershavedefinitelyemerged.Attheconference,many colleaguesaskedhowthesabbaticaltimewasgoing,and thenhowthecongregationhadcelebratedthearrivalof myson.Iwasproudandhappytosaythatyouhaveall morethanrisentotheoccasion,pitchinginwhenever andwhereverneedshavearisen.Iwaspleasedtosay thatyouhavebeennothingbutsupportiveaboutme takingmaternityleaveaswell.Thestrengthandhealth ofthiscongregationiswonderful. Ofcourse,partofthereasonwehavesuchstrength andhealthisthatweareconstantlylearningandgrow ing.(ThatsoneofthereasonsIalwaysfinditsoreward ingtoparticipateinopportunitiesbeyondourcongrega tion.Anaddedbonusthistimewasthreenightsofunin terruptedsleep!)IgottohearaboutQuest,atwoyear

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intensivespiritualdevelopmentprogramthatFirstUni tarianSocietyinMadisonhasdeveloped.Weconsidered anddiscussedtheimportanceofevaluatinglayleaders involunteerpositions.Wedigestedtheideathatliberal institutionsaremoreresistanttochangethanconserva tiveinstitutions.Thosearejustafewsnapshots. OneofmyfavoriteworkshopswasledbySallyPat ton,whohasbeenaleaderinhelpingcongregationswel comeallyoungpeopleintoourreligiouseducationcom munities.Shepointedoutthatwetendtolookatthe world(andatchildrenwhoareatypicalhertermfor thosewithspecialneeds)throughadisabilityparadigm. Shesuggeststhatweuseagiftednessparadigm,sothat eachpersonknowsthattheirpresenceisagiftandthat ourdifferencesareagift.Inthatworkshop,togetherwe listedlabelsthatkidssometimesgetwild,uncoopera tive,silly,etc.andthenwebrainstormedwaystore framethoselabels,orlookatthemdifferently,sothat wildbecameenergetic,kinestheticallystrong,fulloflife, uncooperativebecameindependent,curious,really smart,sillybecamejoyfulorfunny.Anotherreminderto thinkoutsidethebox,toseethingsdifferently,totruly practicewhatitmeanstoaffirminherentworthanddig nity. Youllbehearingmorefromthoseofuswhowentto theLargeChurchConferenceasthenextweeksand monthsunfold,asweintegrateourlearningsandengage youwithusinthem.Dontforgetthereareopportuni tiesforyou,too,toengagewiththelargerUUcommu nity.ThenextonesareDistrictAssemblyApril2930in Bloomington,Illinois,andGeneralAssemblyinCharlotte, NorthCarolinaJune2226.Allarewelcome.Ivesaidit before,butImgoingtokeeponsayingit:Thanksforall youdoandforwhoyouare. Rev.EmilyGagewillbeonmaternityleavefromMarch 28April30.Duringthattime,TinaLewis,ourInterim MembershipDirectorandcochairoftheReligiousEdu cationCommitteeforChildrenandYouthwillbehanding anyFaithDevelopmentqueries.Youmaycontacther directlyattlewis@unitytemple.org,or7088486225ext. 103.Wewillhavemorewonderfulpulpitguests,and ScottLewiswillcontinuetobeavailableasourSabbati calPastoralCareMinister.

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IN OUR PULPITRev.Dr.LaurelHallman::April3 Rev.Dr.LaurelHallmanwastheSeniorMinisterofthe FirstUnitarianChurchofDallasfor22years,retiringin June2009.SheiscurrentlyPresidentofPrairieGroup,a UnitarianUniversalistministersstudygroupwhichhas metforover60years.SheisagraduateoftheUniversity ofChicagoDivinitySchoolandMeadvilleLombardTheo logicalSchool.In2009,Rev.HallmanranforPresidentof theUUA,towhichshebroughtacallforgreaterspiri tual,theological,andinstitutionaldepththat,despite herloss,hasresonatedthroughoutthedenomination.

INSIDE THIS ISSUEMembershipOpportunities BoardofTrustees AnnualFundDrive CommunityMinister Music AdultReligiousEnrichment ReligiousEducationNews ChaliceCircles SocialMission GreenSanctuary UTRestorationFoundationEvents AprilEventsNotToMiss 3 3 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 9 10 11

Rev.Dr.ClareButterfield::April10 Rev.Dr.ClareButterfieldistheDirectorofFaithinPlace, aninterfaithenvironmentalministryinChicagothat givesreligiouspeopletoolstobecomebetterstewards ofCreation.FaithinPlacecongregationsworktogether tosupportrenewableenergy,conserveenergy,build marketsforlocalsustainableagricultureandfairtrade products,andtrainthenextgenerationofstewardsof theearththroughurbanagriculturewithyouth.Rev.Dr. ButterfieldisanordainedUnitarianUniversalistcommu nityminister.ShehasaD.Min.fromChicagoTheological Seminary(2008);anM.Div.fromMeadvilleLombard TheologicalSchool(2000);aJ.D.FromtheUniversityof IllinoisCollegeofLaw(1983);andaB.A.inHistoryfrom theUniversityofIllinois(1980).

LIVE YOUR VALUES GIVE YOUR VALUESAnnual Fund Drive 20112012 UpdateStill Need to Make Your Commitment? Do It On-Line Today! Ourcongregationhasshown incrediblegenerositythisyearduringtheAnnualFund Drivetrulygivingyourvaluesatanimportanttimefor UTUUC.AsofMarch24,wehavereceivedfinancial commitmentstotaling$564,662from273households. Thesecommitmentsreflectayearoveryearincreaseof 12percent.However,therearestill42householdsthat havenotyetreturnedtheircommitmentforms.These outstandingcommitmentsarecriticaltomeetingthe FY1112operatingbudgetthatisbeingpreparedfor presentationattheAnnualMeetingonMay15.We havemadeiteasyforyouthisyearbypostingallofthe componentsoftheAnnualFundDrivepacketonthe AnnualFundDrivepageonourwebsite:http:// www.unitytemple.org.Newthisyear:youcanmakeyour commitmentonlineusingoursecureform.Questions? EmailAFD@unitytemple.orgorcallDavidWilkeat708 8486225ext100.Thankyou! DianeRatekin Chair,AnnualFundDrive20112012

Rev.ScottLewis::April17 ScottTalbotLewisisamemberofUTUUC.Hereceived hisMasterofDivinityfromMeadvilleLombardTheologi calSchoolinMayof2009,andreceivedpreliminary ministerialfellowshipfromtheUUAthefollowing June.HeiscurrentlyservingasourSabbaticalMinister forPastoralCareaswellashisfourthyearasMinisterof theRockValleyUnitarianUniversalistChurchinRockton, IL.ScottwillbeordainedonMayfirst.Youcanreadhis columnonpage7ofthisissueoftheBeacon.

Rev.JenniferOwenOQuill::April24(Easter) Rev.OwenOQuillorPastorJen,assheisknownto somepeopleserveswithherhusbandRev.Dr.David OwenO'QuillatMicah'sPorchCommunityChurchin Chicago'sWickerParkneighborhood.Shebeganher10 yearsofministryserviceasaninternministeratFirst UnitarianChurchofPortland,OR,andgraduatedfrom MeadvilleLombardTheologicalSchoolin2001.She servedtheSecondUnitarianChurchofChicagofrom 2002to2009,whenshejoinedherhusbandatMicah's Porch.ShesnowworkingonaprojectthatUnityTemple andMicah'sPorcharesponsoringtogether,calledShare! Share!willdevelopevangelismtoolsforUnitarianUni versalistcongregationstousenationally.

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MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIESAre YOU New? Welcome!IntroductiontoUnitarianUniversalism ThissessionistheprerequisiteforthePathwaysto Membershipcourse,andisopentoanyonewhowould liketolearnmoreaboutUnitarianUniversalist philosophy,identity,history,andtheology.Formore informationandtoregisterforthisclass,contactSue Stockatmembership@unitytemple.orgor708445 0306.InstructorisRev.ClareButterfield.Nextclassdate: Sunday,April10,from1to3p.m.Location:Unity House.Nocharge.Theclasswillbeofferedagainon May15. PathwaystoMembership Thistwosessionclassisforthosewhohavealready takenIntroductiontoUnitarianUniversalism.Partici pantswillreflectonanddiscusstheirpersonalattitudes andbeliefsaboutreligionandspiritualitywithothersin theclass,andlearnmoreaboutourcongregationandits programs.Formoreinformationortoregisterforthis class,contactRobBellmaratrbellmar@gmail.comor 7087630260.Nextclassdates:Sundays,April10and 17,from1to4:30p.m.Location:UnityHouse.Cost:$20. PathwayswillbeofferedagainonMay15and22.

REPORT FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEESFrom the Board President Duane Dowellpresident@unitytemple.org ECHOSECHURCH!Eightofustraveledto MinneapolistoattendtheUUAconferenceon GovernanceandMinistryinLargeCongregationsMarch 1720,andthatwasthethemelineofourSunday morningsermon.Choosingchurchoccursondifferent levelsforeachofus;somechoosetomakeittheirlifes workintheministry,somechoosetoattendaserviceon mostSundaysandmanyofusaresomewherein between. Thepointthatcomeshometomeisthatthe enrichmentincreasesateachlevelofinvolvement.Who hasnottaughtaclassofyoungstersinourReligious Educationprogramandnotfeltenrichedbythe experience?Orwhencajoledintoparticipatingina SocialMissionteamoramarchoraworkteamora protest...howaboutthatfeelingofexhilarationand bondingwiththelikeminded! Andwhenweexpandourhorizonsoutsideour churchwalls,theexperienceisevenmorefulfilling.Try itsometime.Visitanothercongregationinourtown;see howtheygreetnewcomers...seewhattheyaredoing betterthanweareandtakesomeprideinwhatweare doingwell.VisitanotherUUcongregationinthearea andlearnsomethingnew.OurDistrictAssemblyis comingup(April2930)inBloomington,IL,whereRev. MarkMorrisonReedwilltalkaboutthePerversityof Diversity.AndourGeneralAssemblyisJune2226,in Charlotte,NC,wherewewillcelebrate50yearsofthe mergingofUnitariansandUniversalistsin1961. Whenweventureoutsidethewalls,weshouldbring somethingbacktoshare.SoaskBetsyDavis,Ian MorrisonandDuaneDowelliftheylearnedanything abouthowaBoardfunctions...askTinaLewisand MargaretKlemundtwhattheylearnedaboutmember ship...askEmilyGageandVeraDowellwhatnew pointerstheyhaveforFaithDevelopment...