This Week at TUC
Love is the Spirit of our church and service is its law.

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This Wednesday 24th – from 7:00-9:00 WINE & CHEESE at the Boulangers with Rev. Colleen

This Sunday – May 28th

Share the Plate – Austin Scholarship Program

9:00am        OJ & Muffins with Rev. Colleen
10:00am      Forum with Rev. Colleen and new Board member candidates
11:00am      Celebration of Life Service: Rev. Lilly Henley
12:15am       Coffee with Rev. Colleen
12:30pm     Your chance to learn about and discuss next year’s budget – with Marty Shalloo, Treasurer, in the sanctuary.

Meet the Rev. Colleen Vahey!
Wednesday, May 24th, 7-9pm, Wine and Cheese event at Boulanger home
207 North Elmwood, Oak Park

Sunday, May 28th, 9-10am Orange Juice and Muffins event in TUC Robeson Room

Sunday, June 4th, Rev. Fahey will preach at the 11am Service.  Immediately following Service, a congregational meeting will be held to affirm the Board and Search Committee’s 3/4 time contractual ministry with Rev. Vahey.


Caring Committee Update
Velna Kolodziej, long-term member of TUC died last Saturday in Grinnell, Iowa, where she had moved in few years ago with her husband, George.  Velna served on many committees and was employed for a number of years as Office Administrator. Memorial Services in Grinnell and Chicago are being arranged. More information will be provided. See her obituary at Legacy.

Rev. Henley is assisting with creation of a schedule of members to visit Bob Simpson at his home in Oak Park during this recovery from a stroke. Please contact her or Dorothy Wilz if you are available for a weekly visit while his wife, Estelle, attends to other obligations.

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Social Action
Opportunities for activism – from Karen Alanis
State Issues:  Fill out witness slips for these House Bills:

See CRS legislative update at
Fill out witness slips for these House Bills:

  • HB 3142 – Tell your Senator to “Ban the Box” in Higher Education
  • HB 2373 – Expand the Eligibility of Felony Records that can be Sealed

If you have never done a Witness slip, go to
If you are not in Senator Harmon’s and Representative Lilly’s districts, along with filling out
Witness Slips, please contact your representative about the bills.

Chicago Issues: Contact your alderman to support the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability (CPCA) and the changes to the police contract that this group wants. Contact Karen for fact sheets on all these issues.

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.

Thank you to all who made the Annual Scholarship Sunday, May 21st, a great success! Especially the committee: TUC members Roberta Wilson, (chair), Karla  Chew, Rita Maniotis, Helen Slivinski, Jerry Parker, and Kathy Jeans; and TUC associates Jacquie  Johnson, Vivian Matthews, Toni Robertson, and Earl Williams.
  Meetings & Events
The Ministerial Search Committee announced that Rev. Colleen Vahey is our candidate for ¾ time minister.   During the week of May 28-June 4, she will meet TUC members at various scheduled events, culminating with a sermon delivered on Sunday, June 4. A congregational vote will follow to support the board appointment of Rev. Vahey as a contracted minister. Unlike the traditional Settled Minister position, she will serve on a three-five year contract with the option of becoming the Settled Minister, if so requested and supported by the congregation in another vote.
Board meeting with Rev. Colleen Vahey

Rev. Vahey was ordained as a UU minister in 2012.  Over the past 20 years she has served as a hospital chaplain, a religious educator, a college lecturer, as Assistant Minister at Countryside Church UU in Palatine, IL and currently as the part-time Faith in Action minister at Unity Temple in Oak Park.  Born and raised in Wisconsin, Colleen has also lived in Australia, Switzerland, France, and Czech Republic.  She and her husband currently live in River Forest with their three children and three animal companions. She enjoys reading, kayaking, and spending time in nature.

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Thursday, May 27th, 10-12am, Austin Coming Together (ACT) quarterly meeting at the Austin Branch Library, 5615 W Race Ave, Chicago. Learn about ACT progress to date in 2017. Graduate students from Dominican University Library Science program will present the results of ACT’s collective impact member survey. TUC contact: David Boulanger

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Rev. Lillie’s schedule: 
Tues-Wed: office hours 10am – 2pm
To schedule an appointment: or call 301-655-3798

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