Child Dedications for some of our children will be held during this service.
Environmental Ethics from a Pluralistic Perspective
By Jason Heap
The Earth Is [STILL] Asking Us For Mercy (Part 2) Genesis 1:28
The earth is pleading with you…crying out to you…begging you to rethink your attitude towards environmental ethics! Can you not hear our planet crying out? Listen to what it's saying:
+ An ordinary incandescent bulb doesn't convert most of the energy into light, but actually heat. An energy efficient bulb can use up to 80% less energy and lasts about 8 times longer.
+ Some types of plastic bottles or ink cartridges may never biodegrade.
+ The CO2 percentage of world total CO2 Emissions (estimated in 2003): USA: 22.27%; China: 17.34%; the combined European Union: 15.43%; Russia: 6.1%; Japan: 4.8%; India: 4.4%; Australia: 1.3%
+ The global bottled water market is growing at 12% per year (in 2005, it was $35bn), and most bottles are made from PET--a petroleum-based plastic (only a small percentage of this kind of plastic is recycled).
+ The Styrofoam cups that we use every year would circle Earth at least five times. They are not biodegradable and are rarely recycled.
Instead of continuing with an ethic of expansionism, we're now clearly seeing the effects of this ethic, why not think of sustainability? The United States Environment Protection Agency says that “Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony that permits fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.”
Consider that the Parliament of the World’s Religions created a Declaration Toward a Global Ethic in September 1993. Many religious groups around the world agreed that “The world is in agony…We condemn the abuses of Earth’s ecosystems. We are interdependent. Each of us depends on the well-being of the whole, and so we have respect for the community of living beings, for people, animals, and plants, and for the preservation of Earth, the air, water and soil.” 37,000 delegates; 80 countries; 50 religious traditions within the Parliament are joining our planet to ask each of us to do what we can to promote a positive global ethic.
Annual Business Meeting
Join us on Sunday, June 5th (@ the church) for the Annual Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. The Annual Business Meeting will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.
Reproductive Choice by Reverend Tom Capo
Reproductive choice is a complicated issue. With many states making it more difficult for women to make a choice, Reverend Tom will consider this issue which is one of DUUC’s Statement of Conscience. A special collection for Family Shelter will be collected during the offering. There will be a time in the service to share Joys and Concerns.
DuPage UU Church Men’s Group will provide a service about mothers. There will be a time in the service to share Joys and Concerns.
DuPage UU Church member Bill Kovacs will present a service on religious concepts of justice.
DuPage UU Church member Caroline Bailey will provide this service. There will be a time in the service to share Joys and Concerns.
Nature, Awe, and Science
Kat Gelder, chair of Sunday Services, and Scott Thompson, a regular contributor for Science Sunday, will explore the role and impact of nature in our direct experience of the transcending mystery and wonder of our universe.
Please join us for a Taize-style service that will provide opportunities to both sing and meditate. This service is provided by DuPage UU Church members Martha Capo and Kelley Trombly-Freytag.
Reflections on Growing Up Unitarian Universalist
DuPage UU Church members who grew up in this church and in other UU churches share their perspective on what it means to be, and how they have been impacted by being born and raised UU. A special collection for Gi Gi Playhouse will be collected during the offering.
The DuPage UU Church Social Justice Committee will provide this service.