This Week at TUC
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This Sunday – September 24th

9:45am            Child care provided

The RE class will be welcoming about 24 RE students from Unity Temple for our 10 AM Forum, 11 AM Service, and Noon Potluck – part of their RE journey exploring their beliefs. Members of Unity will also be invited.  Rev. Colleen and Unity leaders are planning a November date for TUC members to enjoy Unity’s newly restored building.

10:00am      Forum: “Austin Coming Together (ACT) and BUILD”ACT is committed to living its core values and increasing collective impact to improve the quality of life in the Austin Community of Chicago. ACT’s work is driven by shared leadership, a commitment to the use of data and rigorous research; and a commitment to creative, strategic thinking. See
BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) has been a pioneer and innovator in youth development, now serving neighborhoods in Chicago’s West (Austin, Humboldt Park, Hermosa, West Town) and South (Fuller Park, Bronzeville) Sides. See

11:00am          “Celebration of Life” Service withRev. Colleen Vahey
Welcoming the Unexpected

Meetings and Events

Singers Wanted for Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
This year, Oak Park’s Unity Temple will host the annual Community of Congregations Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 19 at 7 p.m.  Unity Temple is organizing community choirs for adults and kids for this special event, and TUC members are invited to participate.   Mark your calendars!  More information about repertoire and rehearsals will be available soon.
Caring Committee Update
Betty DiPasquale was admitted to Rush Oak Park Hospital on Monday for treatment of severe lower back pain. She is comfortable in bed on medication and will have an MRI done for further diagnosis. She welcomes cards and visits, but please phone ahead to time your visit to her schedule. She is in room 6162, Bed 2.

Social Action

New opportunities to Take Action!
State Issues:  See CRS legislative update at Take Action
Also See UU Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI) at

UUANI ACTION OF THE WEEK:  Women’s Reproductive Rights in Illinois
HB40 is a bill that safeguards and ensures access to legal and safe abortions in Illinois if Roe v. Wade is overturned. It also would repeal provisions that currently limit healthcare options for women who work for the state government, receive their healthcare insurance through state policies, or receive Medicaid. HB40 passed both houses and awaits Governor Rauner’s signature.  While the Governor promised in writing during his campaign that he would support this exact type of bill, he has wavered in his support of women’s reproductive rights and may not sign the bill.
Click HERE to urge Governor Rauner to sign HB40 today!

Austin Power of Life 5K Walk/Run

September 23, 7:30am check-in;

8:30 am stop-off from intersection of Chicago & Mayfield

Join the Community of Congregations and other local organizations in supporting the Austin Power of Life 5K – a great opportunity to highlight and support the developing Chicago Avenue Business Corridor.  Register with a group or as an individual by Sept. 22 to run or walk:



Sisters of Notre Dame – Soup Kitchen.  Want to help out but don’t have the time – the Sisters Soup Kitchen are looking for donations of paper supplies (plates, bowls, silverware, napkins). If you are interested, please contact Gale Holmlund.



Bulletin Board

A new non-fiction book club is being started by Kathy Jeans.  First meeting to be held at her home on Sunday, September 24th at 3pm.  The first half-hour: discuss suggested books, rules (Must read? Must all members be from TUC? Best time? Where? Etc.)  Suggested first book: “Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in
the American City,” by Matthew Desmond.  Kathy recommends! – selected by the New York Times as one of the “100 Notable Books of 2016.”  Kathy suggests reading before September 24th and discuss it then; but this may be too ambitious for our first meeting. Come prepared to help make this the kind of book club that you want to belong to.  Light refreshments will be served. Contact Kathy for more information.

Leah Shapiro is facilitating a NAMI Support Group at TUC this Saturday, September 16th – please contact her for more information.
 There is a recycling container in the Concourse for recycling your printer ink cartridges.  We are partnering with Funding Factory and will receive cash back for each cartridge we recycle with them.  Thank you for participating!!!

 Meet the Board of Trustees!  And, thank them for their service to TUC.

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Third Unitarian Church
301 N Mayfield
Chicago, IL 60644
773-626-9385Rev. Colleen Vahey’s Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday
from 9:30 – 2:30pm

TUC Office hours:  Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri
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