The following programs are open to members and, in most cases, the public, and hosted at or sponsored by Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist (CCUU).

Spiritual Growth

Second Tuesdays at 7PM; Contact:
We discuss and delve into a number of topics, view various movies and review articles that are relevant to atheism, humanism and agnosticism.

offered 2013; Contact
Howard Thurmann said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”  The workshops are designed to help ground members in our living faith tradition, clarify talents, and discover ways that your gifts may be shared in the congregation and community. We’ll meet for 10 Sunday afternoons starting January 20, 2013.  Click here to learn more about or register for Coming Alive.

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of each month here at Countryside to explore, discover, learn about metaphysics, spirituality, alternative healing modalities and more. For more info, contact Erv Toth and Bridget Bryan-Toth or visit

1st Sunday of the month following worship service; contact:
Visitors and newcomers with questions about Countryside Church and Unitarian Universalism are invited to join us for a brief, informal, non-binding information session.

Various times; contact:
A program offered twice a year to immerse visitors in the history of Unitarian Universalism, the unique history of Countryside and what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. Class participants also explore their own spiritual history and begin to write their spiritual present and future.

Sunday at 7 PM; visit:
The Great Plains Zen Center offers regular meditation (zazen, or “sitting”) periods, walking meditations and various workshops at Countryside Church. All are welcome. Beginner’s instruction is available.

7-8:30 pm on March 26, April 30, May 28, 2014

Enjoy waves of rejuvenating vibrations from sedereal, earth sound creation, and symphonic gongs played by Rev. Hilary Krivchenia and Elizabeth Vesto. Bring a mat or blanket if you would like to stretch out, or you can sit in chairs for support. Wear clothing which is relaxed and comfortable and bring a blanket in case you get cool as you relax.

To receive notification of future events, join the meetup group: Primal Wave Sound Meditation.

Schedule varies – next one scheduled for March 21, 2014; contact:
Find a stillness at the end of your hectic workweek. In our meditation, facilitated singing and silence combine to create a calming and powerful spiritual experience.

Personal Development/Fellowship

Book Circle (primarily non-fiction), Periodic Sundays, times vary Last Mondays Book Group (primarily fiction), Last Mondays of the month, 7PM
Read and discuss with us!

As a vibrant small group ministry, Chalice Circles offer a home base within our growing church community, a place to build relationships with other adults and opportunities to gain greater clarity, meaning and connection.

Four-month sessions annually; Contact:
Meet Countryside members and further strengthen existing relationships through organized cooperative suppers where participants dine with four different groups and host once.

Sunday, 8:45am; Summer (3rd Sunday in May through Labor Day), 8:30am; contact:
We endeavor to discuss the issues of the day while respectfully welcoming diverse perspectives.


Not currently meeting. If interested, contact:
Rev. Hilary leads this group for individuals who are providing long term care for a family member or beloved friend who has a serious illness or physical challenges.

Not currently meeting. If interested in being part of a re-formation of the group, contact the church office:
The MenzGroup is a gathering of men, in covenant, that meets monthly to share ideas and experiences of all things related to the male gender. Our meetings are based on mutually agreed topics that have included male violence, the four archetypes of men, male communication and men’s virtues.

Social Action

To further strengthen the connection between our spiritual practices, the earth, our green sanctuary effort and our social action commitment, CCUU gardeners plant and tend garden plots located on the church campus. Among other uses, the fruits (and vegetables!) of our labors are donated to the Palatine Township Food Pantry.

Quarterly on the 3rd Sundays of January, April, July and October at 12:30 in Rm 4; Visit our blog at
Countryside Animal Friends is the local chapter of the UU Animal Ministry which seeks to promote awareness of all non-human animals and the issues they face on an increasingly human-dominated planet.

The last Sunday of the month; contact:
This monthly workshop helps young people, grades 2 through 7, engage in social action learning, experience their power in making a positive difference and grow in their awareness of connections with one another and the planet.

Second Sundays, 12:15 in Rm. 6; Contact:
The Green Sanctuary Committee encourages awareness, appreciation and action in support of the environment on which we all depend. We promote worship that deepens our connection to the natural world, educational programs for all ages and service projects that benefit our local area and beyond.

Various times; contact:
Living the Welcoming Congregation welcomes everyone and celebrates the fullness of lives of people of every sexual orientation and gender identity. We hold monthly meetings, host social events, provide educational seminars and participate in activities that promote equality.

Making the Most of Our Money is a nine-session program that teaches money management skills to low-income individuals and food pantry recipients in Palatine Township.

Second Fridays, 7PM; contact:
This series shows short-subject and feature-length documentary films on the big screen in Atherton Hall, followed by group discussion. The films deal with a variety of different topics, including environmental, economic and social justice issues.

Third Sundays, 12:15 in Rm. 1; Contact:
The Social Action Committee strives for social, environmental and economic justice at the church, community and international levels. Members of the Social Action Committee are committed to improving our world and the quality of life of all persons. We have many ongoing programs. Join us on a specific project or come join us at our meetings.

5th Fridays of every month with a fifth Friday; contact:
The CCUU Social Action Coffee House is your chance to meet and discuss social action and justice issues and opportunities and enjoy coffee, music and conversation in an informal environment.

Quarterly meetings and various activities throughout the year; Contact:
With immigration as our organizing focus, we are working on building relationships in the congregation and in the community. Our activities include outreach, inward focus, education, spiritual growth, cultural outings, awareness raising and advocacy.