February 22, 2019  
Here are the latest updates from the February Committee Chairs Cabinet meeting. 

 

Communications
The team committed to publishing a monthly eblast report to congregants (just like this one) about Unity 2020 committees activity.  This committee is still seeking new members to help keep congregants informed; anyone interested in volunteering should let Dan Ray know.
Community Outreach
  • The recent James Bowey event on Refugees was a huge success and very well received.
  • A winter collection campaign for the Night Ministry is now underway. Items sought include new socks and underwear; warm outdoor hats; and wool/wool-blend blankets appropriate for shelter or outdoor use; cash donations are also welcome. For more information, see campaign chair Denise Forte at the table in the Friendship Room on Sunday.
  • A new Soup Kitchen is now open every Tuesday evening at Congregation KINS in West Rogers Park, for anyone in financial need of a hot meal. Entry from 5:45 – 6:15 pm, at 2800 West North Shore Ave.

 

Finance
Work is nearly finalized on the budget for 2019. The committee is holding the high watch for the financial health of Unity Chicago; it continues to seek out ways to manage funds responsibly and create income streams.
Location Search
  • This busy committee continues its diligent search efforts to find Unity Chicago’s next home.
  • Most recently, they looked closely at a couple of “for purchase” properties along with a lease opportunity a vacant land parcel. They also identified and toured a strong temporary “stop-gap” location, should such an option become necessary when we vacate our current home in October.
  • After last week’s Cabinet meeting, hardworking co-chairs Terry Opalek and Gloria Wagner stepped down after a long busy period of dedicated service. Rev. James and Board President John Scothorn remain board liaisons to the committee and will work to help identify new committee leadership.
  • Location suggestions from congregants continue to be welcome. If you know of a property that ought to be considered, send your suggestion to Dan Ray.

 

Marketing

Committee focus is on expanding reach and awareness of Unity Chicago on social media and through events. Congregants are encouraged to:

 

Membership   
  • Chair Jacqueline Didier had to resign her post due to a family illness situation, and Annette Gippe is the new chair.
  • The “We Want You Back” campaign is still in development.
  • The current New Member class series has drawn over 30 attendees. A New Member Installation event will be scheduled in the coming weeks.
  • The New Member class series will be repeated once or twice between now and September.

 

Spiritual Renewal

  • Suellen Tobe is the new Co-Chair. She joins existing Co-chair Diane Haglund.
  • The team created an Affirmation for the Vision Committee, and is available to do so for others.
  • Exploring development of a Book of Prayers containing prayers by congregants and the greater community; possibly host a prayer writing workshop.

 

Vision
  • Congregant survey development is complete, and will be distributed via a stand-alone e-blast.
  • Discussing ways to gather more input from congregants on our way forward and the amazing opportunity that lies ahead for Unity Chicago.
  • The team continues to identify articles/studies/books for reference. Suggestions from others are welcome.

 

Welcome/Retention

This team is working hard to make new visitors feel welcome and eager to come again:
  • The recent “Meet The Rev” event for “new people” was a great success, and several of them were inspired to attend the New Member class.
  • The next “Meet the Rev” event is scheduled for March 10 after the Sunday Service.
  • The team is always seeking new volunteers. Let Dan Ray know if you’re interested.