KUC Blog

Boldly Re-imagining Our Future

Posted In: Kenilworth Union Church, | October 17th, 2017

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! —2 Corinthians 5: 17 By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster In Christ, all is new. God is doing (and always has done) new things among us. As we celebrate our 125th anniversary, we […]


What Happens After Death?

Posted In: Adult Education, | October 12th, 2017

By The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest This question vexes us.  It haunts us after a loved one dies.  It scares us.  It often muffles us into silence.  But, it is a question none of us will escape asking at some point or another. Our faith tradition offers answers.  Jesus told us to not let our […]


A Behind the Scenes Look at Chicago Public School Education

Posted In: Public Affairs, | October 11th, 2017

By Ben Armstrong Linda Lutton has been on the Chicago “education beat” for the past decade and, last Tuesday night, she gave a first-hand account of her year embedded in an inner-city 4th grade class. Unlike other experts who might present policy options, Linda came as a seasoned observer with a deep background of education […]


Tackling the Big Questions in Education with WBEZ’s Linda Lutton

Posted In: Adult Education, | October 2nd, 2017

By Diane Rand Can kids who come from impoverished backgrounds use their schools to overcome their circumstances if they just work harder and smarter?  Why do we think negatively about Chicago Public Schools’ achievement, when the data shows a multitude of success?  What paradox is the next one worth exploring when it comes to education?  […]


Cooking Together

Posted In: Congregational Care, | October 2nd, 2017

By Chris Beer When you or your family is going through a time of need, whether it is tied to a happy time (birth of a new baby) or a sad time (loss of a loved one), the gift of a meal is much more than a tasty casserole. The exchange of a meal and […]


Church History for People in a Hurry

Posted In: Adult Education, | September 27th, 2017

By The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg I thought Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry accomplished what the title promised, so I’m stealing Dr. Tyson’s idea.  This is Church History for People in a Hurry. As I prepared to re-educate myself about the Protestant Reformation before the big anniversary on October 31, […]


How About Today?

Posted In: Stewardship, | September 19th, 2017

By Dave Gezon We stand together through the milestones of youth, from baptism to confirmation. We support one another through the milestones of our adult lives—from weddings to learning and growing as Christians. We reach out to serve those who are less fortunate in our community and abroad. We empathize and share a laugh with […]


Trust in the Slow Work of God

Posted In: Worship, | September 13th, 2017

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “Above all, trust in the slow work of God.”  Parenthetically, he was a Jesuit priest, French philosopher, paleontologist, and geologist, so this piece of wisdom comes from a man deeply embedded both in things spiritual and things physical. For me, coming back from maternity […]


The Six-Week Spruce Update, Final

Posted In: Spruce Update, | September 7th, 2017

The “Do Not Enter” signs have been removed, the tarps and plastic that covered the organ and ceilings is gone, and the bathrooms are in service once again. Jose, Victor, and Armando are moving furniture back to the Sanctuary, Centennial and Culbertson Rooms, the contractors are moving out, the painters are washing their brushes, and […]


With Gratitude

Posted In: Outreach, | September 6th, 2017

By Eric Helgemo General Director, Three Angels Children’s Relief Port-au-Prince, Haiti   When I’m driving my truck around Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where I serve as the director of the Three Angels mission, I often keep my GPS handy to help navigate.  Especially when I’m driving out into the more remote areas. But when I visit Kenilworth […]