The Coffee Hour Launch

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This week is our official launch of The Coffee Hour!  The goal of The Coffee Hour is for people to have experiences that help them become better people and create a better world together – especially people who wouldn’t normally be interested in going to church.

Each week we will have art from Uptown Arts Center on display and acoustic music on the auditorium stage (musicians welcome – bring an instrument), followed by some kind of program such as a creative writing workshop, serving a free lunch, a facilitated discussion, etc.  For example, April 12th will feature a special session of our Interfaith Meditation Group at 1PM, and on April 19th we’ll have the Uptown Writing Group.  Guests at The Coffee Hour will also learn about other events going on throughout the week, both at Preston Bradley Center and throughout Uptown, and Meetup members will get an email with a fresh list of events every week. Opportunities that come up throughout the week will be posted on the facebook page.  Every event listed is free and is something that feeds the soul and builds community in our neighborhood.

So come and check out The Coffee Hour – Caffeine for the soul!

Spring Celebration Fundraiser

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Spring Celebration Fundraiser

Saturday, March 21st

941 W. Lawrence Avenue

10am-noon:

Ludie’s 5th Annual Prayer Breakfast Eggstravaganza!

Don’t miss this annual fundraiser for the pastor’s salary, with delicious breakfast foods, and Ludie’s baked goodies for sale!

Feed your body & your soul

      $15 donation

In Molly’s Café, floor 3 ½

And the same day:

noon-4pm:

Peoples Church/ Preston Bradley Center Treasure Sale!

Bring your donations before March 14, and bring your wallet on the 21st to claim these treasures before we ship them off!

In the Auditorium, main floor

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Ordination

Seth Fisher, Community Development Minister

This is an exciting time for me, and for Peoples Church. I’m at O’Hare right now, waiting for my flight to California for a program called Beyond the Call: Entrepreneurial Ministry. It’s a program for ministers who are working on doing ministry in new and exciting ways, and I’ve been invited because of the work we’re doing at Peoples Church, especially with The Coffee Hour. The Coffee Hour is an opportunity for people to come together in community to become better people and create a better world together through personal growth, art, music, volunteering, discussions, political action. If you haven’t heard about The Coffee Hour yet, you can find more information at meetup.com/

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So I’m excited about my trip and about collaborating with other Unitarian Universalist Ministers, United Church of Christ ministers and progressive Rabbis from all over north America – and I’m not complaining about getting away from the snow and ice for a few days either. But my thoughts are definitely going to be in Chicago on Sunday as the congregation gets together for the annual meeting. Especially because this is the Sunday when the church will vote on whether or not to ordain me at the end of the month. This is a big moment for me. Many years of planning and schoolwork, internships, recommendations, interviews, background checks, psychological evaluations, a lot of borrowed money and countless gallons of coffee have gone into this, and it all comes down to this congregational vote.

This is an important moment for the church too. It’s important because this is where we see that the highest authority in the church is the people, the community, the body of Christ. None of the preparation could make me an ordained minister in our tradition. The degrees, the recognition of the denomination, the internships, etc. don’t mean anything without a congregation that recognizes my call to ministry. In fact, none of the rest of that stuff is even strictly necessary. Our congregation has the authority to ordain anyone that it feels is called to ministry. It’s called congregational polity and it’s exercised most visibly at each ordination.

It’s a great reminder that we ordain ministers to a particular job as leaders – not set apart or set above the community, because the community includes us all and the community is the highest authority.

And this isn’t just the case with ordained professional ministry. We’re all called to some ministry or another. We can’t all be ordained religious professionals (thank God for that. We’d all starve!) but all of us have some special gift to share with the world and it’s a gift that we will only fully realize when we share it with others in community. So, pending the vote of the congregation on February 1st, I invite you to attend my ordination on February 22nd at 4:00. And more importantly, I invite you to think about your own calling. What is it that your heart is calling you to share with the world? As Frederick Beuchner said, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” And I would add that wherever that place is, we’ll get there together.

-Seth

Interfaith Meditation Group – starting Wednesday nights 7pm-8pm

This group is for anyone and everyone interested in meditation, whether long time practitioners that are looking for a friendly group to sit with, or newcomers that just want to give meditation a try. We are open to all faiths, philosophies, etc. We will practice various forms of meditation but always in silence, so that each participant can chose the form of meditation that they wish to practice. We will also give ourselves time for some dialogue so that we can share our experiences and learn from each other. Location: We meet on Wednesday evenings in The Preston Bradley Center, also known as Peoples Church of Chicago. Most often in the 1930’s Mason Hall on the 4th floor – just follow the signs from the lobby.

Parking: There are a few spaces available in the small parking lot adjacent to the building on the east side. Street parking is also available but often difficult to find.

CTA: The Lawrence Red Line stop is 3 blocks west of the building. The Lawrence and Sheridan buses both stop at the nearest corner.

Cost: A $1 donation is suggested.

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