This service was given on May 22, 2011 by 10 ninth graders who participated this past year in our inaugural Coming of Age Program. Each of them presents a personal credo as a way of celebrating this rite of passage.
This special choral service from May 15, 2011 features a small orchestra, The Unity Temple Choir, and soloists. Under the direction of Music Director Marty Swisher, The Unity Temple Choir performs Requiem, by John Rutter, in its entirety. Soprano Audrey Cole sings the soloist movements with choral and instrumental support. Harpist Stephen Hartman, oboist Deb Stevenson, cellist William Cernota, timpanist/glockenspielist Jim Holland, flutist Jane Wood, and our own UT organist, Peter Storms, provide instrumentation for this enchanting music replete with tender, comforting melodies and dramatic expressions of hope and longing.
Sermon delivered by Matt Meyer on May 8, 2011. Matt is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana and Central America. He has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country and lives in Boston, where he plays with several world music groups. Matt is also a member of the UUA's Council on Cross-Cultural Engagement and a board member and resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative, a newly-formed Unitarian Universalist housing cooperative creating an intentional community and a center for social justice in the Boston area. Matt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This service was put together and conducted by the UTUUC Youth Group of high school students on May 1, 2011. Several readings are offered by Youth Group members followed by personal reflections from bridging seniors Nick Rohm and Sam Simon. Dania Einhorn contributed the introductory music.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Brian H. Covell on March 27, 2011. Rev. Covell began his ministry at Third Unitarian Church of Chicago in 2003. In his preaching, Rev. Covell relates the principles of liberal religion to both contemporary social and personal concerns. He believes that as Unitarian Universalism emphasizes the inherent worth and dignity of every living being, its congregations should take practical, tangible initiatives to make this principle real in our neighborhoods, cities and world.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Lee Barker. A life-long Unitarian Universalist, Rev. Barker is president and professor of ministry at the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. He has held pulpits in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California. Each of his ministries has contributed to a surge in institutional growth, a renewed commitment to social justice and the adoption of a far ranging religious and spiritual vision.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Emily Gage on March 13, 2011. The music for this Sunday's worship services was led by songwriter and choir director Nick Page accompanied by the Unity Temple Choir under the direction of Marty Swisher. Yo can hear Nick's original piece, "We Pray", leading into and following the sermon.