Upcoming Events at UCRP
At the last 2016 General Conference, the delegates authorizes the Council of Bishop and instructed them to create a commission to study how the church can find unity amid growing divisions over homosexuality. They called this “Commission Seeking a Way Forward.” A year later, the Council of Bishops announces a call to a special General Conference to be held this Saturday Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis to act on their report based on their recommendations.
They bought forth 3 plans hoping to keep the United Methodist Church from separating. Those plans are:
The Connectional Conference Plan would replace the 5 jurisdictions and create “three values-based connectional conferences” that overlay all of the United States, and provide for central conferences, like Northern Illinois Conference, to align with one of those connectional conferences or become one of their own. According to the report, the “Connectional Conference Plan addresses the reality of the United Methodist Church as it is now.
The Traditionalist Plan maintains our global United Methodist teaching on human sexuality. Staying in unity in status quo while maintaining prohibitions against self-avowed practicing gay clergy and same-gender weddings and broadens the definition of “self-avowed practicing homosexual” to include persons living in a same-gender marriage or civil union or persons who publicly state that they are practicing homosexuals. It mandates penalties for those clergies and churches that are disobedience to rules. There has not been unity for the past 47 years; it just means this is the way we are doing things. Period. No more disagreements on this subject.
The One Church Plan, endorsed by the Council of Bishops, is built on the belief that it is possible to live with more space while we focus on our common mission. It would allow central conferences, like Northern Illinois Conference, and allow our church to decide which way to go. This plan would remove the anti-gay language, thus neither affirm nor condemn LGBTQ persons. Relies on pastoral discretion and the local church’s wishes on how to view the LGBTQ community. This allows, but not require, clergy to perform same-gender weddings where legal. It also allows, but not require, annual conferences to ordain LGBTQ pastors. This then protects clergy rights to individual conscience on their community.
Other plans that are not part of the Commission’s report have been submitted by others for consideration by the Special Session of General Conference.
No matter the outcome at this special General Conference, UCRP will continue to do what God requires of us. To do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God
Door Repair Fund
On Christmas Eve, our main church door glass was broken by someone throwing a brick. Within two weeks, on Epiphany [12th day of Christmas - 6 January] another person broke the glass on the other door’s panel. Right now the glass door is boarded up.
This makes the church look shuttered and unwelcoming. This is far from our mission of being a beacon to the community. UCRP and its staff has been through so much, trying to keep our doors open to feed, clothe, and help care for our community of Rogers Park. Please help support the repairs and keep our welcoming and inviting spirit alive. Donate securely by pressing the box below.
Inquiring Members Meeting!
If you are interested in joining United Church of Rogers Park and want to find out more information, we will be holding an inquiring members meeting this month, date TBA. Contact Pastor Lindsey for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
During February, we celebrate Black History Month honoring the historic leaders of the Black community. It helps us to be better stewards of the gained privileges in our time. This month’s celebration creates awareness for all people while reminds us all that Black history is OUR history; For we see the face of God in all the people on the earth.
God’s common and special grace even work themselves out in the providential movement of a particular race’s culture and history. We can look back on the brightest and darkest moments of our past and see God at work. God’s weaving an intricate tapestry of events that climax in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
And one day Christ will return. And on that day, we will all look back at the history — not just of a single race but of people from every nation, tribe, and tongue — and see that our Creator had a plan all along. God is writing a story that points to the glory, and in the new creation. God’s people won’t have a month set aside to remember our Creator’s greatness. We’ll have all eternity.
2019 Japanese American Day of Remembrance
Every year, the Japanese American community in Chicago comes together to commemorate EO9066 as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all. Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, Executive Order 9066 called for the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at
Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60614
Day Of Remembrance 2019 features a keynote address from Karen Korematsu, Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and the daughter of the late Fred T. Korematsu. Since her father's passing in 2005, Karen has carried on Fred's legacy as a civil rights advocate, public speaker and public educator.
Ms. Korematsu shares her passion for social justice and education at K-12 public and private schools, colleges and universities, law schools, teachers' conferences and organizations across the country. Karen's work, and her father's legacy, extends to advocating for civil liberties for all communities, and she addresses current issues that draw lessons from the past. Meet the speaker at the reception following the program.
Lay Visit Training
Sunday 3 March after worship service
Pastor Mary Rawlinson will be leading a conversation and some training around lay visitation directly after worship service. UCRP is hoping to build up and commission a lay team who will be paired with those who need visits. All are welcome to attend this training.
PASTOR MARY RAWLINSON JOINS UCRP LEADERSHIP TEAM
Dynamic collaborative leader in ministry with people and communities experiencing economic and social injustice, illness, and addiction. Experienced in substance abuse counseling, pastoral care, community outreach, preaching and teaching, and prophetic engagement with social justice issues. I love engaging others in their own unique vocations for the transformation of society toward greater compassion and justice!
Cold weather is here
Colder weather is upon us and UCRP needs to get a jump on collecting cold weather gear. In the Rogers Park community we distribute gloves, scarves, hats, coats, and socks to people in need, free of charge, without discrimination or obligation.
Please donate gently used cold weather gear. Our office is open to accept donations Monday through Thursday 10 am to 2 pm
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.