This podcast includes a "living story" narrated by Rev. Scott Talbot Lewis and acted out by children of the congregation. The story is preceded and followed by two choral pieces performed by The Sounds of the South high school choir from Bloomington, Indiana directed by Gwen Whitten-Upchurch. The first piece is "Lux Arumque" by Whittacre. The podcast closes with "Dulamon" by Mooney.
Rev. Scott Talbot Lewis is the Consulting Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rock Valley in Rockton, IL. He will also be serving the Unity Temple congregation as the Minister for Pastoral Care while Rev. Alan Taylor in on sabbatical. Scott earned a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School and was fellowshipped by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2009. Prior to seminary Scott was a Children’s Services Librarian for 16 years in Columbus, Ohio. He served on the 2001 Caldecott Medal committee and was a children’s book reviewer for the Columbus Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield on April 10, 2011. Rev. Dr. Butterfield is the Director of Faith in Place, an interfaith environmental ministry in Chicago that gives religious people the tools to become better stewards of Creation. Faith in Place congregations work together to support renewable energy, conserve energy, build markets for local sustainable agriculture and fair trade products, and train the next generation of stewards of the earth through urban agriculture with youth. Rev. Dr. Butterfield is an ordained Unitarian Universalist community minister. She has a D. Min. from Chicago Theological Seminary (2008) with a focus on faith and the environment, an M. Div. from Meadville Lombard Theological School (2000), a J.D. (University of Illinois College of Law (1983), and a B.A. in History (University of Illinois, 1980). Clare can be reached at email@example.com.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman on April 3, 2011. Rev. Hallman was the senior minister of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas for 22 years, retiring in 2009. Her congregation grew from 550 to 1,100 members during that time, reflecting the depth and breadth of her ministry in that city. She is currently President of Prairie Group, a Unitarian Universalist ministers' study group in existence for more than 60 years.
Laurel is the author of the video and workbook, "Living by Heart: A Guide to Devotional Practice", using poetry and wisdom literature as broadly based resources for spiritual practice. She has also published "Reaching Deeper", a collection of her sermons.