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Prairie Circle Unitarian celebrates 100th anniversary

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GRAYSLAKE, IL -- The Prairie Circle Unitarian Universalist Congregation (PCUUC) is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Sunday, January 12 during its 9:00 a.m. service at Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake.

The PCUUC welcomes to the 10th anniversary celebration anyone who is curious about the church or seeking a new church home for themselves or their family.

In its 10 years of existence, what remains unique about the PCUUC is that it embraces people whose religious journeys are varied but on a common quest honoring Unitarian Universalist (UU) values that include freedom of conscience, use of reason, and affirmation of diversity. PCUUC is a creedless church that strives to be a warm and welcoming spiritual home committed to encouraging individual spiritual development while nurturing an understanding and respect for all cultures and religious traditions.

The first PCUUC service was held January 14, 2004 at the Byron Colby Barn. The Late Reverend William Metzger delivered a sermon that day about the 46-page Thomas Jefferson "bible." The congregation's official "charter" was created four years later, in 2008.

The 10th anniversary celebration will include recitation of the spoken word and special musical performances by the PCUUC choir, featuring works ranging from Bach, Beethoven and Mozart to John Lennon, Adel and Shakespeare.

Unveiled and presented on January 12 will be the 10th anniversary quilt banner which is a project designed by congregation member Carol Niec. The banner is titled, "Hearts and Hands Together" and is meant to symbolize UU communities whose goals are building community, humanizing our culture, and transforming our world. Niec created the project with help from a local, professional Quiltmaker that allows every congregant to participate and have fun. Colors of the square represent the year each family joined the congregation.

The church offers congregants the opportunity to actively participate in their community through its Social Action Committee which identifies needs within the community. Through the Committee, church members support issues pertaining to economic conservation and social and economic justice on a local, national, and international basis. Activities are centered around UU principles based on the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

The Congregation also offers a religious education program for children from age four through high school during each Sunday service that focuses on the development of ethical and moral behavior based on UU principles.

The PCUUC is sanctioned by the Unitarian Universalist Association based in Boston, Massachusetts. Additional details, directions, and contacts for the PCUUC are available on the web at, or call 847-604-1908.