Welcome military members, family and friends!
Thank you for visiting our website. The Unitarian Universalist Military Ministry Great Lakes (UUMMGL) conducts weekly worship services for Navy Boot Camp recruits at the Naval Recruit Training Command’s Memorial Chapel in Great Lakes, IL (about 40 miles north of downtown Chicago and 60 miles south of downtown Milwaukee). The ministry serves more than 600 recruits annually, with weekly attendance ranging from 5-25.
The recruits we see are a national cross-section of young adults age 18 – 34 years of age. They are a far more diverse group than most potential newcomers to our faith. They have chosen us from many other services going on simultaneously in the chapel. Some come from a UU background, but for most, this is their first exposure to Unitarian Universalism. Some day they may find that their spiritual needs can be satisfied by the UU faith they were introduced to in our service.
On a personal level, our one hour UU service provides an island of spiritual support in the recruit’s physically and mentally rigorous training. Joys & Concerns, where they are encouraged to give their first name, is the emotional and often tearful highlight of each service.
Our live services are currently on hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, however our team produced five full worship services on DVD that are available from the chaplain’s office. Free copies of the UUA booklet “Bless All Who Serve” offers prayers, poems, readings, reflections and hymns for recruits seeking Unitarian Universalist spiritual values. We are in close contact with the chaplain’s office and expect to resume live services as soon as possible.
If you would like to learn more, email Roger Baron, UUMMGL Board Chair, at info@with a cc: to rbbaron@ or mail hard copy to Unitarian Universalist Military Ministry, c/o North Shore Unitarian Church, 2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015.