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Caravan to Cuba in Carbondale Monday April 24, 2017

The IFCO*/Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba arrives in Carbondale on Monday April 24.

For the last 27 years the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois has helped organize an event as the Caravan passes through Southern Illinois. Joined by the Program and Social Action Committees of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC we will host a dinner and presentation at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane.

The evening will begin at 5:30 PM with a performance of Latin jazz with HOT! Sauce. Dinner at 6:00 PM will be followed by a presentation from Marilyn McKenna is Education Coordinator for the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN).

She coordinates congregational education programs on ending the U.S. blockade of Cuba, closing the School of the Americas, fair trade not free trade, and ending U.S. funding of the Colombian military. She has worked on CRLN’s education/advocacy initiatives to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba with U.S. and Cuban faith communities since 2001. From 1998–2001, Marilyn worked on humanitarian aid caravans and delegations to Cuba and Chiapas for IFCO/Pastors for Peace. She has served as a co-chair of the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of organizations working to end the U.S. embargo. Since her first trip in 1982, Marilyn has traveled to Latin America more than twenty times.

Donations will be collected to help the Caravan conduct this important campaign to educate the U.S. public about the benefits of normalizing relations and the need to pass legislation to lift the embargo with Cuba.

For more information IFCO website: Pastors for Peace is a special ministry of the *Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), and was created in 1988 to pioneer the delivery of humanitarian aid to Latin America and the Caribbean. Pastors for Peace offers concerned US citizens an opportunity to demonstrate and enact an alternative people-to-people foreign policy based in justice and mutual respect. They have organized dozens of Pastors for Peace Caravans to various countries delivering life-giving aid, and organizing at home for a more just policy toward our neighbors in the hemisphere. 

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Sunday’s talk by Robert DeFilippis – the complete version – is now online. Click HERE.

Click here to access the April 2017 issue of the newsletter

APRIL 6 CUF and other IL UU congregations are members of Faith in Place, an Interfaith Environmental Advocacy Non-Profit. They invite all CUF folks interested in an Advocacy Day for the Environment at the state capitol in Springfield to join in meeting with legislators and presenting the Environmental Justice Platform. Register at

Thursday, April 6, 7 – 8:30pm All who are interested in helping to renew CUF’s LGBTQ+ Welcoming Congregation designation are invited to attend. We will make a plan for assessment, follow-on activities and goals. For background information on CUF’s Welcoming Congregation:, for info on the Renewal process: Contact Rev. Sarah ( or Membership Chair Darl Young ( if you have any questions.

Our next book to read and discuss is It’s the Little Things by Lena Williams. Williams takes an honest look at the interactions that keep us divided. Frank, funny, and smart, It’s the Little Things takes a candid approach to race relations. Williams traverses the color lines to help us understand, and eliminate, the alarmingly common “little things” that anger, annoy, and divide the races. All are invited to join the discussion of this book in the Commons or RE wing on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 on the following dates: April 5th & 19th. There are a few used issues of the book at a cost of $2. For more information contact Linda Linsin, 561-346-0509 or

The next New Humanist Forum, “Unexplained Consciousness Events,” will take place on Sunday, April 16th at 12:15 pm at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N Parrish Lane, Carbondale.

We’ve all had these experiences: a premonition of an event that really does happen, or a sudden awareness of a loved one in crisis. Join Robert De Fillipis for a discussion about his new book, Unexplained Consciousness Events: Exploring the Possibilities. One does not need to have read the book to participate.Robert De Filippis has written Op-Eds for regional newspapers and currently writes for and He has authored five previous books and several dozens of published essays on topics such as science, religion, socio-political events and other idiosyncrasies of human social constructions.

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