ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (March 4, 2020) — Charlie King and the Prince Myshkins will perform Friday, March 20, at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd Street, Rock Island, at 7PM

The concert will raise money for Progressive Action for the Common Good, with participation from the Native American Coalition of the Quad Cities, Palomares Center for Social Justice and the Centro Maya Project. Donations are requested but not required.

Charlie King brings his songs for social justice to the Quad Cities March 26
Charlie King will present a concert of topical and humorous folk songs in Rock Island Saturday, April 25, at Broadway Presbyterian Church.  It begins at 7 pm.
The concert will be a fundraiser for four organizations, Centro Maya Project, which helps people in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala; Palomares Center for Peace and Justice, helping immigrants in the Quad Cities; Oaks of Mamre Catholic Worker House, and the Coalition of Native Americans of the Quad Cities.
Requested donation is $10 at the door, $8 in advance.  No one will be turned away for lack of a donation.  Call Margaret or Vince Thomas at 309 786 6944 for more information.  Checks may be made to Benefit Fund Concert.
Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist.  His repertoire covers a century and a half and four continents.   He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.
Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century and has been writing songs for the past 40 years.  In recognition of those milestones he released, in the Fall of 2013, a retrospective album, SO FAR, SO GOOD - 40 Songs For 40 Years.  Honors include : an "Indie" award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984; the War Resisters League's 1998 Peacemaker Award given to Charlie and Odetta; the 1999 Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award for which he was nominated by Pete Seeger; the 2009 International Labor Communications Association award for Best Labor History Story; and the 2014 Joe Hill Award from the Labor Heritage foundation, a Lifetime Award for excellence in the field of labor culture.  His songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small.
Charlie has recorded a dozen solo albums since 1976, as well as three albums with the touring ensemble Bright Morning Star, and numerous compilation albums with other artists.  From 2001 to 2014 he recorded with his partner, Karen Brandow.  Titles include : THE DISTANCE REMAINING; HIGHER GROUND; ON THE JOURNEY; SPARKS & TEARS; PUPPET TOWN; BRILLIANT - Songs of Ireland;  REMEMBERING SACCO & VANZETTI; and their premier 2001 Appleseed Recording, I STRUCK GOLD.  In addition to a full time career of concert touring, King has sung in support of numerous groups working for peace, human rights, environmental sanity and alternatives to violence.
His central vision as an entertainer is to leave audiences with a sense of optimism and possibility about the future.  "I try to cover a broad emotional landscape in my concerts.  The stories I collect and the songs I write take the listener on a journey of humor, heartache and hope.  What I most value in a song is the way it helps us see an old reality in a totally new light."
Charlie was born in 1947, and was raised in Brockton, MA.  He cites as musical influences the folk music revival of the 1960's, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War era.
Folk legend Peggy Seeger says, "If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I'd be less worried," and Tom Paxton adds, "Luckily, we have him!"
You can visit Charlie's website:  <>
On March 4 in Rock Island, Charlie King will present a concert marking his 50th year as a folk singer and 40th as a song writer. The Massachusetts-based artist has released more than a dozen solo albums since 1976.  The late Pete Seeger called Charlie King "One of the greatest singers and songwriters of our time."
The Rock Island concert will be Tuesday, March 4, at 7 pm in Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island.  Donations of $10 per person are requested. The concert will raise funds for three local organizations which serve people in need:  Centro Maya Project (, Oaks of Mamre Catholic Worker House (, and Palomares Social Justice Center (
Charlie King has been inspired by the music of the civil rights movements in the U.S., the anti-war movement from the Viet Nam era to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the movements for the rights of working people and the indigenous peoples in Mexico and Central America.
He has received numerous national awards during his career, and his songs have been recorded and sung by some of the leading stars of the folk genre, such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Michell and Judy Small.
For more information, contact Margaret Thomas at 309 786 6944.

UU 101 CLASS Saturday November 2, 2013 Including:

*A brief history of our congregation and the Unitarian and Universalist movements in the United States *How to get involved in activities of the congregation *How the church is governed *What is stewardship and what is expected of members of the congregation *There will be a mini-connection circle.  Lunch and childcare will be provided, but we need to know in advance if you can attend and if you need childcare.

Please call Stephanie at the office 563-359-0816 or Melanie Landa 563-320-6106



For many years I have maintained a personal Vipassana Meditation Practice.  In addition, I have participated in and led meditation groups.  My meditation practice has helped me remain centered and focused throughout my life.


Please join us for the start of a Mindfulness Meditation Group as part of our Spiritual Practices and Program Team.  We will meet every Tuesday night (unless otherwise mutually agreed) starting October 15th from 5:30-6:30 in the Sanctuary.  All are welcome whether you are new to meditation or if you have meditated a long time.  There is no commitment to show up.  Feel free to drop in whenever you can make it.   The format will include a brief instruction, formal seated meditation, (possibly a walking meditation) a reading, short discussion time and checkout. I look forward to being with you. Rev. Jay


If you need childcare, please call the office at least 48 hours in advance at (563) 359-0816.


What Moves Us
Please join Rev. Jay Wolin as he utilizes the Tapestry of Faith curriculum "What Moves Us" to "explore the life experiences of historic Unitarian Universalist theologians, highlighting that which caused in them a change of heart, a new direction, new hope, and a deeper understanding of their own liberal faith. These workshops offer participants a chance to engage with and bring their personal experiences to bear on the very questions explored by each theologian in turn. The program offers a pathway for developing not only one's own personal theology but also one's deep understanding of the threads of our Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist theological heritage."  The classes will be on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm in the Lounge.

October 30th                Hosea Ballou's Theology of Happiness.

November 6th               William Ellery Channing's Theology of Emotional Struggle.

November 13th              Margaret Fuller's Liberal Theology of the Human Heart.

If childcare is needed, please notify us at least 48 hours in advance at 563-359-0816.


Look for signup sheet in the lobby. *PLEASE SIGN UP FOR EACH SERIES YOU WANT TO ATTEND*

Start date is October 24 2013, continuing on the second and fourth Thursday through July, 2014

There are three sessions throughout the year; this means a person can attend session one, two or three or attend all sessions or a combination of them that fits your needs.

  • SESSION I -- IN ANCIENT TIMES -- FIVE SESSIONS - OCTOBER 24 - DECEMBER 26, 2013 [we will work around the holidays]

The material is grounded in feminist thealogy and based on the cakes for the queen of heaven by Shirly Ranck and unraveling the gender knot by Barbara G. Schonborn, PhD, rosemary Matson Ba, and the late Alison Campbell, Ma.

GLBTQIA  Connection Circle

Tuesdays 6:30-8pm November 5 - December 17 Meet others to discuss current topics related to GLBTQIA related issues.

Eight Sessions -  Topics Include

1. Terms/Labels/Definitions/Symbols/Slang

2. Public Figures/History/Authors

3. Legal/Employment/Politics/Crime

4. Dating/Marriage/ Family/Commitments

5. Personal Journey/Coming Out Stories

6. Medical Issues/Mental Health/Suicide/Drugs

7. Support/Resources/Interweave/Religion

What is a Connection Circle?

This is more than a group discussion! Covenant groups are a transformational practice through which we, with others, can discover our own underlying assumptions about reality and examine our ways of being. Participants engage with others in reflection and suspend judgment long enough to hear respectfully the understandings of others, even those vastly different from their own.

Due to the nature of the group, participants are asked to attend all or most of the gatherings. This encourages relationship building, trust, and development of community.

The Connection Circle is based on caring, listening and respect. Group rules allow everyone to talk and ask everyone to listen. The goal is for a balance between total confidentiality and relationship building. Participants should learn something new and gain wider perspectives.

Register Soon!

The group will be limited to 12, so register as soon as you can. A waiting list will be kept with the possibility of additional group formations.

To register or for questions contact:

Christine  Phone: 563.359.0816 or Email

The curriculum explores female religious history in the western tradition, including Jewish, Christian and earth centered traditions.  The gender knot materials include gender, religion, feminism, economics, invisibility and denial and how to challenge the patriarchal system.

The group is open only to women, in order to better explore the multiple meanings and roles of the female divine in women's lives.


If childcare is needed, please notify us at least 48 hours in advance at 563-359-0816.

The folk singing duo Charlie King and Karen Brandow, based in Massachusetts, will perform in Rock Island Friday, March 8, as part of their midwestern tour.  The event will be at 7 pm at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., and is a fundraiser for Oaks of Mamre Catholic Worker House in Davenport and Palomares Social Justice Center, which has an office in Moline.
During intermission and before and after the performance, beautiful Guatemalan weavings will be shown and offered for sale.  Jeanne Nakamaru, president of the Centro Maya Project to help children and families with disabilities in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala, will be in charge of the sale of these items, made by women and families that she knows and considers friends.
Charlie King is a singer and songwriter who has performed around the country, and in some other countries, since the 1960's.  His songs are about peace and social justice issues, and he has provided the musical sound tracks for many political movements.  Karen Brandow has performed with him for over 10 years, and brings a repertoire of Spanish songs from her years doing human rights work in Guatemala.  She sings and plays the guitar.
Oaks of Mamre Catholic Worker has provided shelter and meals for people who would otherwise be homeless, for the past few years.  Michael Gayman runs it with the help of other volunteers. Palomares Center provides help for immigrants, also on a volunteer basis.  Connie Barrett is chair of the board, Svetlana Schreiber is legal advisor, and the group also welcomes volunteer help.
A donation of $8 in advance or $10 at the door is requested for the concert.  Call 309 786 6944 for more information, or email Margaret Thomas:
For more information on the benefiting organizations, see the websites: and, as well as
The documentary King Corn will be shown free of charge Friday, October 5, at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Ave., Davenport.  It's part of a series of environmental films shown the first Friday of each month at the Congregation's building.  The film is described as follows:

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat–and how we farm.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities

3703 Eastern Ave

Davenport, IA 52807

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities announces a change in its Sunday services schedule.  Beginning September 9, 2012, there will be two services every Sunday to better serve the needs of our Congregation. The first service will begin at 9:00 A.M., followed by coffee and socializing in the Social Hall at 10.00. At 10:15 each week there will be a Forum in the Community Room with a speaker on a topic of interest to the community. Look for the announcement of the topics on our website, The second Service will begin at 11:15 A.M., with the Religious Education program running concurrent with that service.

With these changes, we will be able to offer greater flexibility in using our beautiful worship space surrounded by windows looking over our wooded campus. We have hired a second pianist to provide the music for the early service. Her name is Zoe Pinter, and she will begin on September 16. Sheila Doak, our Music Director, will provide the music for both services on September 9.

All are invited to come join our celebration, with our Minister Jay Wolin, starting his second full year with us, and our choir in our geothermal conditioned worship space and Social Hall.  For more information, call the congregation office at 563 359 0816.

Unitarian Universalist and other ministers from around the midwest participated in an installation ceremony for Rev. Jay Wolin at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities March 18.

The sermon for the ceremony was given by Rev. Kent Hemmen Saleska of the UU Church of Minnetonka in Wayzata, Minnesota, He is the son of former Davenport UU minister Rev. Charlotte Justice Saleska, and a former Youth Group Advisor in the Davenport Congregation.  His topic was "Found in Translation."

A charge from the community was given by Rabbi Henry Karp of Temple Emmanuel and Rev. Katherine Mulhern of Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ, both of Davenport.  The three congregations were neighbors at one time, and since then have offered joint programs together every year for the Quad Cities community.

A charge to the congregation was given by Rev. Eva Cameron of the UU Society of Black Hawk County, Cedar Falls, and a charge to the minister was made by Rev. Tom Capo of People's Church Unitarian Universalist, Cedar Rapids.  Also participating in the service was Nancy Heege, District Executive of the Prairie Star District of the Unitarian Universalist Association, headquartered in Minneapolis.

The installation service was followed by a dinner for the congregation and visiting guests.