For current details about activities still happening during the pandemic, visit the COVID-19 Page.

The Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine suspended all in-person UUCH activities in mid-March 2020.

Some activities have moved on line through Zoom meeting software.  Some activities are still suspended while leaders consider options.


If this is your first visit to our website, please scroll down and learn about all the activities that will return when our church buildings are open and we can safely meet in person again.

On-Going Activities

Book Discussion Group    

Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Donna Catling’s home. The Book Group welcomes all enthusiastic readers. Contact Donna Catling for more information,.


Previous Book Group selections:


January: Cancelled because of weather. 

February: The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David G. McCullough.

March: Clock Dance by Anne Tyler.  

April: Zoom meetingAt Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson.

May: Book Bingo Zoom meeting  

June: Zoom meeting Book Title game  

July: Zoom meeting  “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield  and “Rain” by Somerset Maugham.

August:  Zoom meeting “The Necklace”,  “Misery”, and “A Work of Art” by Anton Chehov:

September:  Zoom meeting  Five Short Stories

October: Zoom meeting Edgar Allen Poe Mysteries

November:  Zoom meetingThe Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See

December: Zoom meeting Holiday Potpourri: short stories, legends, and traditions


2019: January: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. February  cancelled because of snow. March: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. April: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. May: The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. June: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of The FBI by David Gann. July 10: There, There by Tommy Orange. August: The Library Book by Susan Orlean. September: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. October: Varina by Charles Frazier. November: Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan. December: Winter Holiday Books for Children.

2018: January: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng; February: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson;  March: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro; April: A Man Called Ove by Erik Backman; May: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout; June: Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich. July: George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger; August : Purple Hibiscusby Chimamanda Ngozi; September: Commonwealth by Ann Patchet; October: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks. November: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan. December: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn.

2017: January: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.February: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan KielyMarch: The Things They Carried: a Work of Fictionby Tim O’Brien. April: The Phantom Tollboothby Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer. May: Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver. June: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. July: American Nation: A history of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard. August: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. September: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. October: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen; November: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan; December: Winter Holiday Picture Books

2016: January: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.    Feb. : Poetry That Touches Us.  Cancelled because of weather.   March:  Cane River by Lalita Tademy.   April : A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.   May: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  June: Mansfield Park by Jane Austin.   July: Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph Ellis.     August: Poems That Touch Us  (rescheduled from February)   September:  Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen.     October: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.   November: At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier.     December: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.


UUCH Labyrinth Walks will resume after the pandemic

Public Labyrinth Walks are held on the second Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. from May through October. Free and suitable for all ages.  

       Our indoor labyrinth is a Petite Chartres pattern, a smaller version of the 12th century labyrinth on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France. The outdoor labyrinth is the older, Cretan pattern.

The indoor labyrinth is only set up for the public labyrinth walks and other special events.

The outdoor Cretan labyrinth is always open and UUCH members and friends are encouraged to walk it whenever they’re at church. For more information, pick up a labyrinth pamphlet from the rack in the sanctuary foyer.

About labyrinths:

Unlike mazes which are puzzles with many possible choices, a labyrinth is a single path which winds into the center and out again.

Walking this path can help with relaxation, stress relief and even problem solving. People also walk labyrinths for spiritual reasons, as a moving meditation or prayer.

Labyrinth walking has been a Christian spiritual practice since the early Middle Ages; some area churches set up labyrinths during specific seasons like Lent. However, labyrinths are also part of many other cultures, including Native American, with some patterns dating back to prehistoric times.

 Men’s Discussion Group 

meets on the second WEDNESDAY at 7 p.m. in the Martin House (brick building next to the sanctuary)

      The purpose of the men’s group is to give UUCH men an opportunity to meet and share ideas within the context of our Unitarian Universalist scope of interest. For more information, contact Michael Roehm.

Upcoming Men’s Discussion Group topics:


Previous Men’s Group Topics


Jan. 8: Cancelled because of weather. 

Feb. 12: How We Can Protect Truth in the Age of Misinformation by Sinan Aral

March 11: Twelve Truths I Learned from Life and Writing by Anne Lamott

April 8: The New Political Story That Could Change Everything  by George Monbiot.

July 8: Can Prejudice Ever Be a Good Thing? by Paul Bloom

August 12: How to Get Better at the Things You Care About by Eduardo Briceno

Sept. 9: The Beauty and Complexity of Finding Common Ground by Matt Trombly

Oct. 14: The Dream We Haven’t Dared to Dream  by Dan Pallotta.

Nov. 11: The Pursuit of Ignorance  by Stuart Firestein

Dec. 9: Racism Thrives on Silence; Speak Up!  by Dexter Dias




Jan. 14: Ted Talk: J. Marshall Shepherd: 3 Kinds of Bias that Shape Your Worldview.

Feb. 11: Cancelled because of snow.

March 11:  Book: Justice on Earth (UUA Common Read)

April 8: Ted Talk: topic to be announced.

May 8: Ted Talk: Casey Gerald: Embrace your raw, strange magic.

June 12: Ted Talk: Julia Dhar: How to disagree productively and find common ground.

July 10:  Barry Schwartz. On Our Loss of Wisdom 

August 14:  Kwame Anthony Appiah. Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question)

Sept. 11: Steven Petrow. Three Ways to Practice Civility.

Oct. 8: Anjali Kumar. My Failed Mission to Find God…and What I Found Instead. 

Nov. 13: A climate change solution that’s right under our feet.  By Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Soil Scientist

Dec. 11: The risky politics of progress. By Jonathan Tupperman


Jan. (cancelled because of snow)

Feb. 12: How do we deal with loss?  How has the experience changed us?

March 12: How do we control our Wildman? When do we let him  out and when do we restrain him?  (rescheduled from January)

April 9: Procrastination

May 14:  What should be news?

June, July & August:  Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen. (Unitarian Universalist Association 2017-18 common read)

September 19: Ted Talk: Dissecting Cultures of Hate

October 8:  Ted Talk: A Look into American Politics

Nov. 12: Ted Talk: There’s more to life than being happy.

Dec. 10:  Ted Talk: A life of purpose.


Jan. Scotty McLennan’s book  Christ for UUs: a New Dialogue with Traditional Christianity.

Feb.- March: Stephen Greenblatt’s book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern  

April through June: Paul Rasor’s book Faith Without Certainty.

July – What does our choice of hobbies tell us about ourselves?

August: the Zenith in our lives

September: What were you doing on 9/11 and how did 9/11 affect your life?

October: What did you learn from your father?

November: What does it mean to be a man?

December: Pathways to Spirituality


Jan.  Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.

Feb. – May:  Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.

June – July: Colin Woodard’s American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

August – Sept. Michael Sandel’s Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do

Oct. – Nov: George Lakoff’s The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist’s Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics

Dec. – Jan. 2017: Scotty McLennan’s  Christ for UUs: a New Dialogue with Traditional Christianity. 


Women’s Spirituality Group 

meets on the first Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Martin House (brick building next to the sanctuary)

The mission of the Women’s Spirituality Group is to broaden and deepen friendship among UUCH women, encourage each other’s spiritual and intellectual growth, and provide comfort, aid, and support for life’s challenges and choices.  All  UUCH women are welcome. For more information, contact Dodie Ruskie.

Upcoming Women’s Spirituality Group topics:

Previous topics:
2020 topics:Jan.: No meeting because of holidayFeb. : Planning session for 2020.March —  December  discussion of A Year of Spiritual Companionship by Anne Kertz Kernion.  
2019 based on essays in Erik Walker Wilstrom’s Faithful Practices: Everyday Ways to Feed Your Soul.
January 2: The Bloom of the Present Moment (p. 121)
February 6: The Greatest of These is Love  (p. 31)
March 6: Setting the Altar (p. 41)
April 3: Integral Transformative Practice  (p.19)
May & June meetings: creating a personal cosmala (p. 65)
July 3: Collecting Joy as a Spiritual Practice (page 173)
August 7: Walking as a Spiritual Discipline (page 143)
September 4: Making Art (page 153)
October 2: Playing with My Dolls (page 97)
November 6: Creating Community (page 165)
December 4: Holiday Stress, Holiday Joy
January: Discussion of last section of Simple Abundance
February: Cancelled because of snow
March (cancelled because of snow)
April: Laughter, Good for the Soul.
May 2: Planning for 2018.
June 6: “Labyrinths” in Erik Walker Wilstrom’s Faithful Practices: Everyday Ways to Feed Your Soul.
July 4: “Making Magic Moments & Letting Them Go”
August 1: “On the Days I Eat”
September 5: “Learning to Pray”
October 3: “Meditation on Friendship”
Nov. 7: “The Spiritual Practice of Chop, Chop, Chopping”
Dec. 5: “Enlightenment in the Dressing Room”
January: UU Women: Elizabeth Perkins Gilman & Maria Cook
February: UU Women: Fanny Farmer and Lydia Pinkham
March – December: Discussion of Simple Abundance: a Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
2016: Women’s Wisdom, discussion, based on topics developed by the group, exploring the many aspects of our individual life journeys and sharing the insights gained from those experiences.
April: Spiritual Foremothers
May: Courage and Fear
June: Confidence
July: Confidence (rescheduled from June)
August: Feminine Spirituality and Nature
Sept.: Advice for Our Younger Selves
October: Feminism
November. : UU Women: Frances Moore Lappé, Beatrix Potter, Margaret Sanger
December: UU Women: Susan B. Anthony, Dorthea Dix, Elizabeth Cady Stanton

 Tri-State Drum Circle cancelled until pandemic ends

Second Sunday of each month,  6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary or outside.

The Tri-State Drum Circle welcomes all ages and skill levels. Bring your drums, flutes, tambourines, bells and other percussion instruments. A  few extra drums are available for new drummers to use. For more information about the drum circle, contact Ed Poling.

UUCH Book Store will resume after the pandemic


Open on the third Sunday of each month  in the sanctuary after the service.

Discover the many excellent books published by the UU publishing houses, Beacon Press and Skinner House, at our UUCH bookstore. You pay list price but no postage. Credit cards, cash or checks accepted.

A variety of popular titles for all ages on both UU and general interest topics are available.

Bookstore managers also order books related to upcoming Sunday services and you can request additional titles.

UUCH Choir Practice is reorganizing.


Munch & Gab Potluck will resume after the pandemic


on the third Sunday of each month after the service  in the sanctuary

Bring food to share and stay after the service to discuss the sermon, explore the topic of the day, or just socialize. To help those with allergies and special diets, please label your food, especially if it contains animal products, gluten, shellfish, nuts, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, or eggplant.

 Stories in the Round will resume after the pandemic

On the Fourth Monday (March – December), 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Professional storytellers share their tales.

Doors open at 6:30 a.m.  

Admission: $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

These are not children’s programs, but children 12 years and older are welcome when accompanied by a parent or adult group leader.

Season tickets are available through Monday, March 23.


March 23: Donald Davis, the maestro of American storytelling, annual headliner at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough TN, Southern Appalachian raconteur and story wizard, is back to open Season 7. Count on this session of SITR to sell out quickly.

April 20 (Note date change): Jim May, bilingual storyteller, author, Illinois prairie lover and grown-up farm boy returns after  ongoing projects in Mexico and the U.S., regular appearances with Chicago media, Illinois open mic venues, and regional, national and international festivals.


For more information or advance registration, contact Fanny Crawford (301-730-1638 or

2019 Storytellers:

March 25: Anokwale Anansesemfo will be portraying several different enslaved and free women from Maryland plantations before, during and after the Civil War.
April 22: Janice Curtis Greene has delighted audiences for more than 25 years, telling African, African American and multicultural stories including folktales, original and Bible stories told in syncopated Rap rhythms.
May 27: Elaine Murray integrates movement and narration in stories from around the world, folk tales, and personal stories. 
June 24: Noah Baum will perform her one-woman show, “A Land Twice Promised,” based on her dialogue with a Palestinian neighbor in the U.S., a moving testimony on the complex and contradictory emotional history surrounding Jerusalem, for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
July 22: Donald Davis brings forth his family and Southern Appalachian traditions in iconic, personal and original tales that lay bare the great human mysteries 
August 19: Andy Offutt Irwin, a master raconteur, humorist, singer-songwriter, symphonic whistler, and impresario of mouth noises of all types. 

September 23: Jim May uses personal and traditional storytelling for the grounding and healing needed in our complex modern world.

October 21: Dovie Thomason honors her Lakota Sioux, Kiowa Apache and Scots ancestors with stories that teach, entertain and engage audiences.

Nov. 24: Mitch Capel, a.k.a. “Gran’daddy Junebug”, actor, author, art collector, poet, stand-up comic and Master Storyteller.

Dec. 23: Storyteller Fanny Crawford spent her childhood absorbing family stories, political history and cross-cultural perspectives from an extended circle of loquacious urban, rural and multi-lingual relatives and friends.


UUCH Sunday services and other activities may be cancelled because of inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions.

Please check that UUCH events have not been cancelled before you drive to an activity. 
• For Sunday services & activities
the board will decide about canceling as early as possible and inform people through
      • email to UUCH UPDATES list*
      • website:
      • also area radio stations:  MIX95.1, BigDawg95.9, WAYZ104.7.
Note: we send information to radio stations but can not guarantee the information will be broadcast.  
      The church website and the UUCH Updates email list may be more reliable sources about cancellations.
* to join the UUCH Updates list, contact Tara Petite (  If you receive a weekly email about upcoming Sunday services, you are already on the UUCH Updates list.  

• For non-Sunday church activities

the group’s leader will decide and contact regular attendees directly.  Please be sure that the membership chair and the leaders of any activities you attend regularly (women’s group, etc.) have the phone number and email address you use most.