UUCL Welcomes New Minister!

After a lengthy search, we are very happy to announce that UUCL has a new Minister!

The Reverend Lynne Garner will join us as our new Developmental Minister on August 15th, 2015.

Lynne Garner

She comes to us having previously ministered at Unitarian Universalists of Coastal Georgia, where she began in September, 2011. Prior to that, the Rev. Ms. Garner was affiliated with the Third Unitarian Church of Chicago, where she assisted the pastor and gave occasional sermons. She is a native of Syracuse, NY, with a bachelor of arts in music from Syracuse University. She has a master’s in linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University and a master’s in divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, one of two Unitarian seminaries.

Ms. Garner has taught at four colleges in the Chicago area, has been a substitute middle school teacher and has given private piano lessons. She was certified in Illinois to teach music, French, Spanish and English as a second language.

We look forward to getting to know her better!

Annual Meeting Set for June 7th, 2015

Annual Meeting – June 7th
The presence of all members of the congregation is requested by the Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, which will be held on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at 12:45 pm.  If you wish to vote but cannot be at the meeting, please make sure you have selected someone to represent you via proxy.A meeting agenda and packet will be distributed in advance of the meeting.

Special Mother’s Day Service

“You are invited to join us on Sunday May 10, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. for a special Mother’s Day service:
FINDING THE WAY HOME: Finally Becoming Ourselves, 
By Dr. Jean Reynolds, PSC Professor Emeritus, local author, popular writing instructor, and author of Gretel’s StoryDr. Reynolds will use the story of Hansel and Gretel as a framework for an exploration of the archetypal forces hidden within our fears and fantasies about coming home.   She explains, “The parts of ourselves that we fear the most may be the hiding places of our deepest truths and greatest strengths.”

From Gretel’s Story by Dr. Jean Reynolds:

“We can identify with Gretel’s yearning to come home.  Like her, we may feel that we are restlessly searching for the special place where we can settle in and finally become ourselves.”


Dr. Reynolds will be available after the service to sign copies of her book “Gretel’s Story”.