Upcoming Events at UCRP
UCRP Summer of Hope Program
will run Tuesday July 9th through Thursday August 1st
10 AM to 2 PM
Wednesday nights in June and July
On Wednesday nights from 7 pm to 8 pm, there is a book study on "Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again" by Rachel Held Evans.
Have you ever had questions about Bible stories you heard as a child? Have you ever wanted to better understand this sacred book? Have you struggled to know how the Bible relates to your day to day faith journey? Join us this summer as we explore the stories of our faith and rediscover the beauty and mystery of the Bible. Contact the church office if you would like to participate. Books are $14.00. Please let us know if you would like us to order your book for you, or you find out more information and order your book follow this link. This link has order options like MP3 CD and Kindle.
This 10 week Book Study will be led by our new Student Intern Lesley. Since each week is a new chapter, you can come for all chapters, some, or drop in one week. [even if you aren't reading along, you can join in discussion]. This is Rachel Held Evans her most recent book published just before her passing on May 4, 2019. She wrote about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt.
Outline of Small Group on Rachel Held Evans' Book Inspired:
Week Chapter Title Wednesday Dates
1 Introductions June 5
2 "The Temple" and Origin Stories June 12
3 "The Well" and Deliverance Stories" June 19
4 "The Walls" and War Stories June 26
5 "The Debate" and Wisdom Stories July 3
6 "The Beast" and Resistance Stories July 10
7 "The Water" and Gospel Stories July 17
8 "The Sea" and Fish Stories July 24
9 "The Letter" and Church Stories July 31
10 "And Then...", Closing Reflections August 7
After work on the water main the City of Chicago informed United Church of Rogers Park that we need to upgrade our plumbing connection to be in compliance. Unfortunately this work is fairly extensive and expensive and needs to be done quickly so that our water is not shut off.
United Church of Rogers Park has always been a safe place for the most vulnerable, from our free after school and summer kids programs, the restorative justice work of Circles and Ciphers, our work for LGBTQIA justice and the many, many community organizations that come through our doors, this building has played a part in making our community healthier and safer for decades.
But we can’t be a safe space without safe, drinkable water so we are asking the community to help us, please donate whatever you can so that we can continue the important work of love and justice on the corner of Morse and Ashland.
This water work project is $10,000. Every cent helps. Click here to donate
Tell Congress and President Trump: End child detention and family separation.
Across the United States, news headlines are laying bare the horrific and fatal conditions migrant children, families, and adults are facing in detention centers, at the border, and on their way to the border. Many families have fled violence and poverty in their countries of origin to seek asylum in the United States, only to have U.S. immigration officials tear them apart.
Children are spending weeks or months in inhumane detention, lacking access to basic necessities and facing abuse, sleep deprivation, illness, and moare.
These policies are immoral and contrary to our Gospel mandate.
The United Methodist Church opposes “immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children” (Social Principles, ¶162.H). For years, the Church has called on the government to eliminate “indefinite detention, [and the] incarceration of children” and to establish “an immigration system that is rooted in the inherent worth, dignity, value and human rights of migrants.” (Book of Resolutions, 3281)
Today, we call on you — United Methodists.
The United Methodist Church directs its local churches, congregations, and members to: “call the United States government to immediately cease all arrests, detainment, and deportations of undocumented immigrants, including children, solely based upon their immigration status until a fair and comprehensive immigration reform is passed.” (Book of Resolutions, 3281)
Church and Society, in partnership with other faith-based organizations and community groups, is calling for an immediate end to child detention and family separation. Join us. Help young people send letters and drawings to Congress and President Trump, and send your own.
Now is the time to lift up your voice. Now is the time to take action.
Have children and youth write letters to Congress and President Trump, urging these leaders to do everything they can to immediately end child detention, unite immigrant children with their families, and prevent other detention centers from opening.
Let your members of Congress and President Trump know that you’re a United Methodist, a follower of Christ, and that separating and detaining children is bizarre, cruel and immoral. You can use our website to send an email right now to your representative and senators.
Dick Tholin 1929-2019
On Tuesday 12 March, the world lost the strongest, most gentle man of peace and spirit at UCRP - Dick Tholin.
At 90 years, he led a full life dedicated to others through his work in peace and social justice, on the streets and in the church, touching many lives. He led by example and with compassion and powerful words, following footsteps greater than his own on a path of peace.
His many examples of fighting for justice. One was as a Freedom Riders who were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in 1960s to challenge the non-enforcement of the voting and other rights of African-Americans.
He stood by Affirmation: United Methodist for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns from the beginning of this support group. He and his wife, Phyllis, have supported the Queer community, along with women and people of color’s rights.
Dick is the reason why many are Methodist today.
He was also an athlete and loved the competition in a good game especially tennis and handball. And he loved Chicago! -its history and its struggles, along with the Bulls and the Cubs – Afterall, he was a north-sider.
He also loved opera; and with that, we say, “Con te partiro’ “ [Italian for “With you I shall leave”].
He will be missed.
A memorial Service will be held on
Saturday 11 May at UCRP at 10:30 am.
After the memorial, the reception will be a pot lucking desserts. Please bring a dessert to share.
We need you!
Do you have a car? Would you be willing to give rides to those who need assistance getting to worship on Sundays? Would you be able to pick up before service or give rides home after? Even if you can only commit to helping every once in a while, please let Pastor Hope know.