This service from June 2, 2013 was presented by the UTUUC high school youth group. Graduating seniors who shared their reflections were, in order, Asher Einhorn, Serena Brewer, Ian Edmiston, Tom Faron, Annie Lanier, Miriam Sundling. First, Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage addressed the group. Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor closes with his special words for the group.
Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on May 19, 2013.
This sermon about the transformative power of listening with nothing but love was delivered by Social Justice Minister Rev. Scott Aaseng on May 12, 2013. Scott is finishing in his role as UTUUC's part-time Assistant Minister for Social Justice. His focus has been on building up congregational participation for justice through the Unity Temple Congregational Action Network. UTCAN uses a congregation-based community organizing process to connect members and friends around shared values and relationships, and organizes them into a network ready to take collective action on issues of common concern. Scott will continue in his position as Consulting Minister with the Quincy, Illinois congregation and is hoping to build a statewide UU advocacy network some day.
This service from May 5, 2013 was prepared and persented by youth in this year's Coming of Age program. After a brief introduction by COA facilitator Pete Malecki, each youth presented his or her personal credo. Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage and Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor then addressed the group with their personal reflections. Credos presented in order were from Maya Korenich, Hannah Entner, Jane Roarty, John Pintozzi, Kimberly Huizinga, Gabriel Krell, Mimi Baker and Julia Bankes. Sidney Renaud-Eberly danced her credo and her song is included.
The Unity Temple Choir under the direction of Music Director Marty Swisher and accompanied by a 12-member orchestra performs Sunrise Mass by Ola Geilo on April 28, 2013. Following this symphonic choral work, Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor offers a benediction.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield on April 21, 2013. 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 Clare@faithinplace.org.
Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on April 14, 2013.
Sermon delivered by guest minister Rev. Kathleen McTigue on April 7, 2013. Rev. McTigue is director of the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ), which is a joint collaboration of UUSC and the Unitarian Universalist Association. She leads the UUCSJ in strategically pursuing its mission to increase the capacity of Unitarian Universalists to catalyze justice. Prior to joining UUCSJ, Kathleen served in parish ministry for 25 years, including 21 years as senior minister to the Unitarian Society of New Haven, Connecticut. Her previous experience also includes several years of social justice activism in the San Francisco Bay area and six months volunteering with Witness for Peace in Nicaragua. Rev. McTigue earned a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
This is the third in a series of three sermons on Practicing Love. It was delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on March 31, 2013.
This sermon, the second in a series of three, was delievered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on March 24, 2013.