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Unitarian church to rededicate windows

Special service will be at 10 a.m. Sunday

The faith tradition windows will be displayed in this gazebo structure in the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation fellowship room.
The faith tradition windows will be displayed in this gazebo structure in the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation fellowship room.

The Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry, will rededicate nine windows representing the faith traditions that inspire the congregation at a special service at 10 a.m. Sunday.

In 2012, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Woodstock moved to the current location in McHenry and became Tree of Life.

The church brought along its interfaith stained glass windows, originally installed in the old church and dedicated at the centennial celebration for that building in 2006.

“From the time of the move, the congregation has looked forward to having the windows installed in the new facility. Now, that dream has finally been realized,” congregation board President Carrie MacDonald said. “The windows are now displayed in the fellowship area and prominently visible as people enter the building. Representing the religions which are sources of our faith, the windows have been a meaningful part of Tree of Life’s identity ever since they were created.”

Representatives of the eight faith traditions will be welcomed by minister Kevin DeBeck and will participate in the service.

They include the Rev. Emily Davis of First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake; Jack Lazzara of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, representing humanism and science; Vimala Bhikkuni and Tod Nielson from the Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, representing Buddhism; and Debbie Vigor of Congregation Tikun Olam, representing Judaism.  

Also being honored are Islam, Hinduism, paganism and earth-centered spirituality and Native American traditions.

The ninth window is a Tree of Life nestling a Unitarian Universalist flaming chalice in its branches. The leaves of the tree are from the glass used in all of the other windows.

Pam Lopatin, who was co-religious education director in 2006, designed and created the unique windows and will be part of the rededication.

There will be special music by the adult choir under the leadership of music director Forrest Ransberg.

After the service, the church membership and guests are invited to a picnic lunch in tents on the grounds.

For information, contact the church at 815-322-2464 or office@treefolifeuu.org, or visit www.treeoflifeuu.org.

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