Immigration Justice Team - update from our Compas

As we transition into fall and the “Growing Resilience” program year, the Immigration Justice Team recently reflected on updates from our “compas”. Our compas (friends) are two young women who are seeking asylum in the United States. With the support of our Fellowship, they arrived in the Fox Valley this past spring, amidst the unfolding pandemic. To read more about their experiences and impressions so far of their new home, take a moment to read the recent Scroll article HERE.
This recent update highlighted the past several months. Now, we take a look towards the future and share some of the goals these young women are diligently pursuing. Our compas recently responded to this writing prompt as part of their weekly English class.
Describe some of your goals for the future.
Compa 1: I really have many goals in my future but right now I want to speak English. Later I hope to be able to find a job but I don’t want to neglect my child.
And I want to be a nurse 👩⚕️ in the United States. I love to help people.
I am very grateful to you because everybody is giving me support and that is really important to me. It is very appreciated. Is good to know that there are people who love us ❤️. I have good news, my host family enrolled me at Fox Valley Tech school of nursing but I cannot pass the English test yet. I am at level 3 of English but the school will help me with my English before I take the TEAS entrance exam.
Compa 2: My first goal is to graduate from High School. Then, I want to be a doctor. There are other things I am interested in such as human rights and justice because I don’t like bad people or the harm they do to others. I want to help people without shelter or other types of things. The other thing is to see my family and have them by my side.
We invite you to reflect on their stories and their resilience, as they have adapted to cultivating aspirations despite personal histories of adversity, trauma, and financial limitations.
The Immigration Justice Team would like to extend thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time, donated needed items, and supported monetarily. This is truly an example of how together we "can build a better world”.

Sunday Service

10:00 am CST 

Trusting Seeds by Ali Peters, Intern Minister
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Call in: 312-626-6799
with meeting ID 176 319 484 
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  • Listen to past sermons HERE
  • Watch some of our past sermons on our Youtube channel
  • Click HERE for information on hosting a traveling chalice in your home
  • Pre-K through 1st-grade Children’s Chapel meets via Zoom at 9:00 AM. See our website (here) for more information about all Religious Education classes for children and youth.
  • Click here for Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei, special music performed by members Dan Van Sickle and Mark Urness, for our High Holy Days service on 9/20.

Adult Faith Development

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  • October 1 - How do we live our values through small groups? with Marie Luna, director of congregational life
  • October 8 - What does it mean to join the Fellowship? with Marie Luna, director of congregational life
  • October 15 - Defining Your Spiritual Practice with Marie Luna, director of congregational life
  • October 22 - How Colonialism Sows the Seeds of Racism with Tina Main

October 14: The Stonewall Generation: How To Be More LGBTQ Elder Inclusive by Jane Fleishman
More information HERE.

Religious Education - Children and Youth

Our new program year has begun!

We are very excited about our virtual Sunday programs for our young people this year! All classes have been designed to be fun and engaging with online learning in mind. Don’t miss connecting with our Fellowship friends and family this year!
Program Year Format for Registered Students:
•  Pre-K through 1st grade meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 9:00 am CST
•  2nd through 6th grade meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 am CST
*All of the above students are invited to attend all classes; however the classes will be geared for the target ages
•  7-12th grade meets each Sunday at 11:00 AM CST
Please visit our website for more information about our classes. Contact director of religious education, Kim Hartman, at with questions.

On the Horizon

Virtual Meet & Greet With Our New Intern! 
Thursday, October 1 @ 12:00 pm CST
Zoom link HERE, Passcode UU
Come join us as we get to know Ali, our new Intern Minister, a little bit better! Log in to hear Ali share a bit more about herself and answer some of your questions about her or about the intern minister position. It will also be a chance to share with Ali a bit about you, the Fox Valley, and the Fellowship! We hope to see you there! If this date doesn't work for you, email Ali at with your questions or to schedule another time.

In-Person Tech-Support, Video & Picture Event!  Sunday, Oct. 4, 5:00-7:00 pm

If you have been hoping to submit a video or picture, but are finding the technology a little daunting or struggling to find the time, or if you have been having issues connecting online to our Fellowship offerings… Join us this Sunday, October 4 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Fellowship parking lot, and Rev. Christina or Music Director Steve Sieck will help you! We will record videos or take pictures for you, have paper copies of permission forms, and offer tech support! We ask that if people are already being helped that you wait in your car to allow physical distancing. We’ll do our best to maintain six feet of distance but tech-support might warrant closer contact if you feel comfortable. We will wear masks and ask that you do so, too. If you need tech help, please bring your device.

UU Parent Support Group

Monday, October 5th, 6:00-7:30 pm
We are excited to be resuming next week after a brief summer hiatus. We meet on the first Monday of the month and all parents and caregivers are welcome!
Zoom link HERE.
Meeting ID: 375 437 8082, Passcode: UxG80Q

Do you wish there was someone, anyone, who would deliver cookies to your house every month? Or could fix that darn broken step? Or watch your cat while you take a mini-vacation? Tell us your dreams, and maybe we can help. We're bringing back the Fellowship Service (and Goods) Auction! Read more...

Justice Action Ministry

The Justice Hub webpage is now live!

Information about our JAMs, justice groups, and justice events and opportunities here at our fellowship and out in the community is right there at your fingertips any time you need it. 
This week: Read more about each of these on the Justice Hub webpage!
•  Express interest in two opportunities with our Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Team: an environmental and racial justice book-read, and participate in a fun rock-painting project.
•  UU the Vote information including phone-banking alongside UUs from around the country. Save the date for our Fellowship’s big phone-banking event on October 21 from 6-8:00 pm.
•  Local election information including online candidate forums and absentee or early voting processes.
•  ESTHER (interfaith organizing) information: Training, task force meetings, and register now for their upcoming virtual “banquet” on November 1.

If you want to share something on the Justice Hub webpage, please do so by completing this form by Thursday to be posted when the page is updated each weekend. Submissions may be subject to staff approval and editing.


Why Do You Come to the Fellowship? A Word Cloud!

Last Sunday Rev. Christina invited people to type into the Zoom chat box the reasons they come to the Fellowship, and particularly to Sunday services—even though we can’t meet in person. Here is a word cloud depicting those responses. Words that appear bigger were listed more often.

The MidAmerica Nominating Committee Needs Your Help!

We are seeking fresh voices for leadership positions to strengthen the future of the MidAmerica Region! We have open positions for the Board of Trustees, Camp Unistar Foundation Board of Directors, Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference (MUUC), and the MidAmerica Nominating Committee itself. Our region needs energetic people with diverse perspectives to fill these leadership positions. We are working to dismantle the legacy of white supremacy in our faith in order to create a collaborative environment with people from historically marginalized communities. Read More

Notable Extras

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  • Black Lives Matter Lending Library
  • Zoom Guidance
  • Masks Available at the Little Free Library

Small Groups

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  • Anti Racism Fellowship Facebook Group
    A group for people affiliated with our Fellowship who want to learn about racism, anti-racism, and how to be better allies in the struggle for racial justice ongoing, find the group and ask to join by clicking HERE

  • Fellowship Community Journal
    Ongoing, submit your work to

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  • Fellowship Pen Pals - Click HERE for information.
  • Journey Group Facebook Group - Click the small groups link for information
  • Joyful Mind Zen Sangha; Saturdays, 7:00 am CST
  • Men's Group, First Wednesdays & Third Tuesdays, 7-9:00 pm CST
  • Music-Making Online - Click the small groups link for information
  • Pollinate (BIPoC), Email for meeting information
  • Smiling Dandelion Sangha, Sundays, 6-7:30 pm CST
  • Spill it Sister, Second Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm CST
  • Third Thursday Book Club, Third Thursday of the month, 2:00 pm CST. Click the link above for the reading list.
  • UU Parenting Support Group, First Monday of the month, 6-7:30 pm
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