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Sleepy Hollow for UNICEF

Another round of applause for our stars -- Sam and Quinn Kirchner,  Becca, Gwen and John-David May, and Madeline Schwartz. Also appearing were Melissa Schwartz, Joy Grainge, Colin Kirchner and Dan Feldt. They all did a wonderful job in our presentation of Sleepy Hollow for

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Please Wait… Your Life is Loading

So where do we begin in our search for meaning and suffering? For many people the search begins with their religious tradition. Although different religions may have different ways of understanding the meaning and purpose of human suffering every world religion offers strategies for responding

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Caring for the Earth

[caption id="attachment_2625" align="alignleft" width="187"] Jeff Green[/caption] I want to start out by being grateful for the group that I am in, here at the Park Forest Unitarian Universalist Church.  I have been able to inherit the legacy left behind by our late Fenn Taylor of

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Temporary Shelter

This time of year, the lovely crisp fall, is rich in Jewish holidays.  It’s the Jewish New Year, among other things.  I’ve always enjoyed the idea of the year beginning anew at this time – back to the days of new school supplies, stiff new

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Do You Know That Trees Talk?

Sunday, September 8, 2013 Unitarian Universalist Community Church, Park Forest Service created and officiated by Jodi Libretti [caption id="attachment_2626" align="alignright" width="347"] Jodi Libretti[/caption] Good morning, and welcome to our first Sunday service in this new outdoor space. I was honored and touched when I was

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How I was Introduced to Dances of Universal Peace

[caption id="attachment_2631" align="alignright" width="301"] Pat Segner[/caption] 18 years ago I found just the right combination of sound, movement, meditation and prayer for me in the Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) which are meditative circle dances introduced in the San Francisco area by Zen scholar and

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What ‘Community’ Means to Me

[caption id="attachment_2627" align="alignright" width="167"] Joyce Semmler[/caption] Community can be many things to many people—looking at each other eye-to-eye as we sing Spirit of Life in the closing circle; participating in a work day, sharing food we’ve cooked at a potluck, or sharing ideas and philosophies

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Are We Under the Influence?

Do you believe in “Providence,” the idea that a higher power sustains us and influences each of our destinies? It is, of course, one of the great unknowns that we are all faced with in this life. What some people might call “purely coincidental events,”

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Cultivating a Spiritual Presence

[caption id="attachment_2620" align="alignright" width="160"] Colin[/caption] What Wondrous Love  (2nd verse) When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down Beneath my sorrows ground, Friends to me gather’d round O my soul O my soul I recently completed a course on Choice Theory, which was developed

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Thank you to all who donate to Respond Now

Thanks to everyone who continues to bring food and personal items for Respond Now. They are greatly needed. It has been suggested that beginning in August we bring school supplies for Respond Now. They have been having a late summer street fair at which they

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