UU Church of Stockton
UU Church Elects Rev. Armida Alexander as next minister!
- Created: 29 March 2016
Rev. Alexander served as an interim minister at our church in 2003-2004, and those of us who knew her then are pleased to say she hasn’t lost her touch! The vote to call was preceded by two services over the weekend, the first on Friday celebrating Earth Day and the second on Sunday focused on the theme of Sanctuary.
We are all very excited to start working with Rev. Alexander come fall!
Please make her feel welcome and be sure to thank your Transition Team of Alice Ericksen, Randy Downing, Mark Haman, Rich Mattas and Nancy Schuldt for all their work to bring Rev. Alexander here.
Liberation of Wabi Sabi
- Created: 08 March 2016
Sermon from March 6th, 2016, by Rev. Erik David Carlson on the spiritual lessons of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic and liberating ourselves from the pursuit of perfection.
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The Dot - Peter Reynolds
In Memoriam: Marion Parker
- Created: 29 January 2016
On May 18, 1940, she married Rex Parker in the Grandview Methodist Church in Dubuque Iowa. After several years living in Rockford, the couple spent their entire life in Stockton. Rex preceded her in death on March 7, 1998.
She graduated from Warren High School in the class of 1935 and Platteville Normal School (now the U of W at Platteville.) She taught in Equal Rights, Pucket and Kent Country schools, as well as the Stockton School district, and she retired from the Warren School District. She also was an assistant librarian at Highland Community College.
She was a member of the Stockton Woman’s Club, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and the Stockton Universalist Church (now the Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton,) where she served as a Sunday School Superintendant and sang in the choir.
She is survived by her son, Dennis Parker (Betty Woodburn); daughter, Melody Heidenreich; 5 grandchildren: Todd Heidenreich, Derick Parker, Angela Heidenreich, Leann (Brian) Fischer, and Rachel Wilcox, as well as eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Hugh; and her siblings, Marlow, LeRoy and Helen Scace, and Aileen (Kenneth) Kerlin.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, February 6th at 11:00 am at the Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton with visitation beginning at 9:30 am. Interment will take place at the Morseville Cemetery in Stockton with luncheon at the UU Church of Stockton to follow. A memorial fund has been established.
You Better Watch Out! (Santa is Coming)
- Created: 21 December 2015
Sermon from December 20th, 2015, by Rev. Erik David Carlson on the historical and mythological sources for our modern-day Santa Claus myth.
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Future Saint Nicholas striking Unitarian Arius during the council of Nicaea.
SCOTUS Stands on the Side of Love
- Created: 27 June 2015
The legal and economic implications of marriage are astronomical, and so too is the public affirmation of commitment and love as recognized in a wedding ceremony. We again applaud the Supreme Court for making this most basic of human institutions open to all and we look forward to doing our part to ensure that every couple who wishes to be married in a beautiful sanctuary dedicated to love may continue to do so.
In recognition of this historic moment in the history of our nation, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton will extend our offer of free weddings to any same sex couple who wishes to be married in our sanctuary through the end of June, 2016.