Saturday, October 13, 2018

Tree of Life UU Presents Peter Mayer in Concert at First Congregational Church in Crystal Lake

Spiritual singer/songwriter Peter Mayer.

The Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation is pleased to announce that it will sponsor a unique concert  by spiritual singer/songwriter Peter Mayer on October 20 at 7pm at the First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson Street in Crystal Lake.
Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of folk music, and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.  He will perform many of his signature songs including Blue Boat Home and Holy Now.

Mayer began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. In college he studied theology and music, and then spent two years in seminary. Afterward he took a part-time job as a church music director while performing at clubs and colleges, and writing and recording his music. In 1995, he quit his job and started performing full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has ten albums to his credit, and has sold over 80 thousand of them independently.
Mayer’s work has received kudos from many.  Here is just a sample:
“Peter Mayer is a magician…(his) universe is full of metaphor and meaning, story and symbol — everything contains more than meets the eye.”— Bill Reed, music editor, Colorado Springs Gazette
“His guitar work is breath-taking, his lyrics mind-spinning, his singing soul-soothing and his feet-on-the-ground optimism nothing short of healing.”-–Marilyn Rea-Beyer, music director, WUMB Radio, Boston.
“He is unafraid of complicated topics and always strives to look beyond the easy sentiment…Peter does nothing less than address the very nature of our existence…Trust me, most songwriters can’t pull this off. Peter Mayer does.”-–Dale Connelly, Morning Show Host, Minnesota Public Radio.
“I’m a huge Peter Mayer fan, but only when I don’t feel like killing him for being so good. I love Peter’s work, though it irritates me that he plays so much better than I do. If I rocked half as hard as Peter does, I’d own the world by now.”-–Janis Ian, Singer/Songwriter
Mayer will also be featured at Tree of Life’s Sunday morning worship service, October 21 at 10:45am  at 5603 Bull Valley Rd., McHenry.

The beautiful and historic First Congregational Church in Crystal Lake will host Peter Mayer's concert sponsored by Tree of Life Unitarian Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry.
Tickets in advance are $20 or at the door for $25.  Advance sale tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets at .
For more information call Tree of Life at 815 322-2464, e-mail   or visit .

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tree of Life UU Presents Let’s Talk About Immigration Panel Discussion

Let’s Talk about Immigration, a panel discussion and public forum, will take a close look at the realities and personal costs of the immigration system as it is being aggressively pursued by the current administration at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry on Friday, October 19 from 7 to 9 pm.
The panel, moderated by Dr. Lisa Messinger of the Tree of Life Social Justice Team, each participant brings years of personal experience with various aspects of immigration.

Randy Rapp.
Attorney Randy Rapp is a co-founder of the National Immigrant Justice Center and member of the board of the Immigration Project.  Rapp has experience in organizing representation of and directly representing immigrants on pro bono basis, since first arguing claims for political asylum starting in the 1980’s.

Sue Rekenthaler.
Longtime local community and social justice activist Sue Rekenthaler is a volunteer with the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants.  She has worked tirelessly with providing pastoral care to detained immigrants for many years.  The McHenry County Jail houses an Immigration Detention facility with detainees from all over the world.

Julie Contreras.
Julie Contreras is a United Methodist Minister and the National Immigration Chair of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the nation’s oldest and largest Latino civic and civil rights organization.  She has been an activist on the front lines of many struggles.
The program is the first of a new series of public educational forums on critical social issues presented by the Social Justice Team of Tree of Life.
Questions and discussion will follow the panel discussion.
The program is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Tree of Life at 815 322-2464, e-mail or visit .