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Mar 19, 2017

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on March 19, 2017. What do you do when your wider community, your nation, and your mental health are all in a precarious position? Rev. Taylor reflects on the prevalence of mental disorders and the need to cultivate a community of understanding and compassion. 

The theme for March is what it means to be a community of risk. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Mar 12, 2017

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on March 12, 2017. What is the difference between a tourist and a traveler when it comes to a spiritual community? What journeys do conscience and spirit call us to? Rev. Alan Taylor reflects on that crucial role of the church: providing spiritual grounding for engaging the world.

The theme for March is what it means to be a community of risk. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Mar 5, 2017

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on March 5, 2017. And here is the thing: sometimes the ideas you have and the things you do seem dangerous to other people. And so sometimes they try and stop you from sharing those ideas or living those actions. Sometimes--depending on the time and the place--you become a risk taker because of who you are and what you believe and how you act on that.

The theme for March is what it means to be a community of risk. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Feb 19, 2017

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on February 19, 2017. Albert Einstein said, “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” What kind of religion is Einstein talking about? One similar to that of his contemporary, Unitarian minister A. Powell Davies who said, “The world is now too dangerous for anything but the truth and too small for anything but [love].”

The theme for February is what it means to be a community of identity. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Feb 12, 2017

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on February 12, 2017. Audre Lorde wrote, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate our differences.” As Unitarian Universalists, we are prone to minimizing differences among us. But our faith, at its best, calls us to cultivate integrity and claim who we really are as individuals and live not only an undivided life but cultivate an undivided community. 

The theme for February is what it means to be a community of identity. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Feb 5, 2017

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on February 5, 2017. “Exactly” says Dumbledore, “ It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. It is our choices, I would venture to say, that make us strengthen and shape our own abilities. What are the new choices we are making right now as the world cries out for us even more loudly? Do they reflect what we believe and who we are or who we want to be?

The theme for February is what it means to be a community of identity. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Jan 29, 2017

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on January 29, 2017. Rev. Taylor prophetically addresses our nation’s current crisis, calling us all to use our voices, drawing from the wisdom of Audre Lorde and living into the call of James Luther Adams: "The prophetic liberal church is the church in which all members share the responsibility to attempt to foresee the consequences of human behavior (both individual and institutional) with the intention of making history, in place of merely being pushed around by it. Only through the prophethood of all believers can we together foresee doom and mend our common ways.”

The theme for January is what it means to be a community of prophecy. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

 

Jan 22, 2017

Sermon delivered by Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed on January 22, 2017. Rev. Morrison-Reed shares a reflection on riding the Green Line as a youth from Chicago's south side in the 60s, as a seminarian, and now as a retired minister—and his awareness of the function of the church and our larger need for community.

Mark Morrison-Reed served for 26 years as co-minister with his wife, Donna, in Rochester N.Y. and Toronto, Ontario. He also served as vice-chair of the UUA Commission on Appraisal and the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. A historian of the African American experience in UUism, he is the author of Black Pioneers in a White Denomination, Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism and The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism. Mark also wrote the curriculum "How Open the Door? The African-American Experience in Unitarian Universalism" and the book In Between: Memoir of an Integration Baby. A former president of the Canadian Unitarian Council, he's currently an affiliated faculty member at the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.

Rev. Morrison-Reed can be contacted at markmr4@excite.com.

The theme for January is what it means to be a community of prophecy. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Jan 15, 2017

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on January 15, 2017. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Taylor reflects on what it means to be a Community of Prophecy, especially in light of the current transition of the United States government.

The theme for January is what it means to be a community of prophecy. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Jan 8, 2017

Sermon delivered by Rev. Booker Steven Vance on January 8, 2017. Rev. Vance joined Faith in Place in February 2015 as the Policy Director working to promote renewable energy sources and energy efficiency in Illinois’ implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

He seeks to communicate a vision for environmental justice for all communities by affecting change at the policy level. Originally from Houston, Texas, he attend Bethany Lutheran College in Lindsborg, Kansas and graduated in 1980 with a BA in Business Economics. He received his Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1986 and served as Pastor of St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on the Southside of Chicago for over 27 years. 

Rev. Vance has extensive experience in faithful advocacy and ecumenical community organizing, including work with Healthy Communities, Urban Gardening, Walmart Good Jobs Campaign, Fight for 15, SOUL (South Side Organized for Unity and Liberation) and HIV/AIDS Awareness Initiatives. He is the proud father of two young men and the grandfather of three. Rev. Vance can be contacted at revvance@faithinplace.org or 312-733-4640, Ext. 119.

The theme for January is what it means to be a community of prophecy. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

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