August 24, 2014
"The Inconvenience of Love"
"Neil deGrasse Tyson's The Cosmos series depicts the origin of humankind as developing in the last hours of the last day of the cosmic year. Seen in those terms, humankind is barely an infant. We are just beginning to evolve. In terms of the evolution of all life in the universe, what if we are evolving right on schedule? What if our capacity to love is evolving into something unforeseen and greater than our wildest imaginations? What if our orientation to love is like a magnet's orientation to true north? What if our capacity to love, our desire to love and be known for our truest selves is what living is all about? What if the inconvenience of love, of being true to ourselves even when it hurts, is exactly what we're called to do?"
Polly Hansen has been a member of NSUC since 1991. She is married to Bill Hansen and has two children in their twenties who went through the RE program at NSUC. Polly has held many positions at NSUC, from Council to RE and is our current summer music coordinator. She is a professional freelance flutist and private teacher and producer/writer of the nationally syndicated program Radio Health Journal heard on over 450 commercial radio stations across the United States, including several in the Chicago area.
August 31, 2014
"Finding a Heart at Peace"
What is a heart at peace? And how do we achieve it? My life was filled with many riches, but I was a self-righteous cynic at war with the rest of the world until I stumbled into that unexpected path that I never guessed would lead to peace, a path of bigger commitments. I had always thought peace meant avoiding big commitments, and I never realized how much this avoidance had contributed to my dissatisfaction and to having a heart at war. I share my story in the hope that it will help others find unexpected peace in their lives.
Dan Roller is a lifelong UU who finally figured out he was a UU in 2010. He is married to Lynn and has two daughters, Amy and Julianne. He has been the chair of the NSUC Membership Committee for the past year. Dan is a management consultant and has recently founded a firm to help urban school districts improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged kids. He loves to play classical guitar.
Our Upcoming Sunday Greeters will be:
August 3: Toni Rey, Drew and Jody Katti
August 10: Dan Roller, Drew Katti
August 17: Joyce Bleir, Joe Small
August 24: Betty Horvath, Toni Rey
August 31: Joe small, Toni Rey
After 21 years of service, our congregation said goodbye to Rev. Gary James on June 30, 2013. During the 2013-2014 church year, we welcome several visiting UU ministers, on regular rotating basis who will offer us a variety of perspectives. We will have an interim minister for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 years and a settled minister beginning August 2016. The search process for the settled minister will begin approximately January, 2015.