This Week at TUC
Love is the Spirit of our church and service is its law.
Rev. Colleen Vahey is TUC’s new ¾-time minister, beginning August 15th.
This is a contractual ministry for three to five years with an annual renewal.
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.



This Sunday – July 23rd

10:00am        Forum – Introduction to the Fifth UU Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Eric Davis will lead a discussion on the state of democracy and party politics in reference to the Fifth Principle. Interim Minister Rev. Lillie Henley will conduct an introductory ceremony.

Coming Forums …

Sunday, July 30th

10:00am        Forum – “Good Bye” to Interim Minister Rev. Lillie Mae Henley with a Community Garden update and potluck lunch! Gale Holmlund, chair of our Worship Arts committee, will lead a “Thank You” to Rev. Lillie.  Garden leader Roger Masson will update us on the gardens, a focus of the church’s work in the Austin Community. Jeanne Calabrese of City Orchards Cooperative will show how a “micro orchard” could be planted in the Mayfield West Community Garden. A potluck follows the Forum.

Sunday, August 6th

10am             Forum – Book Club Three. Johanna Ryan leads a very timely discussion of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea – see Also: Introduction to the Sixth UU Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.

See Full Summer Forum schedule at TUC

No Services, Religious Education, during the summer season.
If childcare is needed, contact the church office by Friday morning (8-10am) before the Sunday Forum.

Meetings & Events

Mayfield East Garden Event (TUC backyard):  Sunday, July 30 at 8:30-9:50am. Enjoy the outdoor rewards of helping to weed three beds in preparation for a late summer planting of greens. Then we’ll attend the 10am Forum on the mini-orchard proposal for Mayfield West


Sign up for the Beloved Conversation program, fall, 2017, an “experiential curriculum that provides a space to re-form/fuse the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior…” Details below.

Caring Committee

Velna and George Kolodziej’s Memorial Service is 2pm, Saturday, August 19th at TUC.
More details will be provided.  See her obituary at Legacy.

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Social Action

Please oppose Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission, renamed the Voter Suppression Commission by the ACLU. Everyone who completes this Action will be invited to a garden party 6 pm on July 15th at a home in Oak Park! The link for the action to oppose the commission is: Action For A Better Tomorrow.
Contact TUC member Karen Ahmed about the Garden Party.


New opportunities to Take Action!:
State Issues:  See CRS legislative update at  Take Action to:
Support reproductive choice – HB 40
Tell your Senator to “Ban the Box” in Higher Education

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.


Bulletin Board

Fall, 2017, The Beloved Conversations program is an experiential curriculum that provides a space to re-form/fuse the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior ushering in social and spiritual healing. New ways of being are learned through the actions of conversation and probing dialogue.

The program consists of a 1.5 day weekend retreat that launches the curriculum, followed by 8 weeks of guided dialogue/experiential exercises.  Dates TBD.  Each session in the 8 week curriculum is two hours, and highly structured. The retreat is facilitated by a trained Fahs Collaborative staff person, the following eight sessions are facilitated by members of the congregation running the program. The work is done in small groups of 10-12 participants. See For more information, contact Mena 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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