Monthly Archives: September2016

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Join us on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:15pm at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main Street, Carbondale, IL for “Go, Granny D!” performed by actress Barbara Bates Smith and mountain dulcimer musician Jeff Sebens.

Never underestimate grannies. At age 90, Dorris “Granny D” Haddock blazed a 3200-mile trail across America for campaign finance reform, precipitating the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act. She continued her bipartisan reform efforts in countrywide voter registration drives, issuing her final challenge in 2010 at age 100: “Democracy is a running game. You huddle and you go back in. You keep going.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Jackson County League of Women Voters and the Social Action Committee of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.

Labyrinth Walk – The next monthly community walking meditation will be held on Sunday, October 2nd from 7:30am to 8am at the Labyrinth Peace Park, north of Gaia House, 913 S. Illinois Ave, Carbondale, IL. Many labyrinth users describe feelings of peace, oneness with others, and relaxation after their walk. If you have not yet walked a labyrinth, guides will be available to assist you and answer your questions. The community labyrinth walk will be followed by coffee at neighboring Harbaugh’s Cafe.

The public is invited to the monthly Labyrinth Walks to be held the first Sunday of each month from 7:30am to 8am at the Labyrinth Peace Park. The Buckminster Fuller Dome-covered labyrinth and park is always open for meditation and recreation. See the new website at or contact Bob Swenson at 618.967.3016.

CUF Artist Series: Carol Good, a nationally and locally known artist, will present her work on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Commons. Carol is a winner of several juried shows and has exhibited in galleries in Florida and Illinois. Her watercolors of tropical waterfowl are stunningly realistic and beautifully colorful. Come and join us for a very entertaining and interesting evening with a truly talented local artist.

The event is free and open to the public.

It’s that time of year again!  Click HERE to read our congregation’s policy on political activity which was adopted in October of 2009.

It’s our annual food drive for Good Samaritan Ministries. Please bring in non-perishable foods, especially soups, canned fruits and veggies, pastas, cereals. Items will be collected in the CUF welcome area adjacent to the corner garden.

The September issue of CUFlinks, our monthly newsletter, is available here, resuming publication after a summer hiatus, with changes to both design and content.


This month’s topic is Music and Human Development- “Got a Song for Everything?” How did music evolve in human life, going back maybe 50,000 years? What did music contribute to human survival? Program based largely on the work of Daniel Levitin, neuroscientist, rock musician, and author of This is Your Brain on Music. Many lively examples will show the power of music from before birth to the end of life. JoAnn for many years at SIU taught “Music in early Childhood,” has researched lullabies and children’s songs across cultures, and has sung or played music as often as possible. JoAnn will be joined by Robert De Filippis and Jonathan Springer.


The New Humanist Forum will meet on Sunday, September 18 at 12:15 pm at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane, Carbondale, IL.

The New Humanist Forum is a member-led group devoted to exploring together all the many facets of “what it means to be fully human.” To attend or participate one does not need to be a Fellowship member. The community is invited to this free event.

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Our annual Ingathering Sunday with Water Communion will be Sunday, September 11, 2016