Welcome to GUC

Sunday Worship 10 AM  |  Childcare and Christian Education Programs


Welcome to GUC

Sunday Worship 10 AM  |  Childcare and Christian Education Programs

 Stained glass window light falling on the sanctuary wall.

What is the Meaning of Life?

 This year Rev. David Wood will focus his  33 Sunday meditations on  what makes for a meaningful life.

All of us live an answer to that question.  However, most of us have not settled down long enough to put that answer (however unformed it might be) into words. 

The effort to articulate how we are answering that question is essential to our ability to discern meaning and live meaningful lives.  

Join us each Sunday as we take on this question as a community of faith, hope and love.

A Storytelling Workshop

led by Rev. Rebecca Anderson

Saturday, Sept 29

9:00 a.m. -  Noon

Glimpses of More:  Stories About the Meaning of Life

In this active and interactive event, participants will strengthen their skills of crafting and telling stories. Rebecca will help us  think outside our usual stories -- thinking beyond what "counts" as a story worth telling in a faith community. To that end, our storytelling session will help you: 

  • Learn how to better mine experience for, and then craft, personal narratives on a theme

  • Improve your style: presence, tone, pacing, presentation.

  • Use structure intentionally and creatively to strengthen your story

This workshop is OPEN TO ALL (members of GUC or non-member) — whether you have storytelling experience or are new to this medium.   Sign up Sunday mornings, email David Wood ( or call the church office (847-235-1111). 


An Evening with Alan Lightman

Join us at Glencoe Union Church October 25 at 7:00pm

MIT Professor, Astrophysicist, Internationally Acclaimed Science-Writer and Novelist 

New York Times Book Review, Michael Shermer writes about Alan Lightman’s recent book: 

Science needs its poets, and Alan Lightman is the perfect amalgam of scientist (an astrophysicist) and humanist (a novelist who’s also a professor of the practice of humanities at M.I.T.), and his latest book, “Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine,” is an elegant and moving paean to our spiritual quest for meaning in an age of science. 

Mark your calendars now!  The evening will include a presentation by Dr. Lightman on the relationship between religion and science along with time for conversation with him on a range of related topics.  The event will be free and open to everyone.


All Are Welcome

All Are Welcome

What to expect when you join us

Our Sunday Worship Service is at 10 am.

What to expect when you join us on Sunday morning-
Our service tends toward what most folks would consider traditional, with hymns and the accompaniment of our beautiful organ or piano.  We’re a congregation that loves to sing and we are often led in learning new songs by our choir.  Each time we gather, we strive to generate a worship service that honors God, nurtures faith, relates to everyday life — and inspires hope.

Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month. We believe the Communion Table is not ours, but Christ’s, and so it is open to all.

Following worship we always gather for fellowship and refreshments.  We enjoy getting to know visitors, and it’s a great time to find out who we are, what we are all about.

Please, come and join us!


(Click any name for more information)

Rev. David J. Wood
Senior Minister

Colin Knapp
Assistant Minister

AJ Keller
Music Director

Jennifer T. Wood
Director of Children’s Ministries and Communication

Magda Ryan
Office Administrator



Find Us

Find Us


Glencoe Union Church
263 Park Avenue
Glencoe, Illinois 60022
(847) 835-1111