Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on August 30, 2015. The theme for the months of July and August has been belonging.
Sermon delivered by UTUUC member Cheryl Muñoz on August 23, 2015. Sugar Beet Food Co-op & Schoolhouse Founder, Cheryl Muñoz, is working to create greater access to sustainable food in the western suburbs of Chicago. Cheryl built a community-owned food co-op that serves as a marketplace for local farmers in the Village of Oak Park, Illinois called Sugar Beet Food Co-op. Sugar Beet Food Co-op is a full-service grocery store as well as a leader in environmental sustainability that will provide good jobs with health benefits for over 25 employees. Cheryl also created Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, a 501(c)3 organization, that develops and facilitates food literacy training for all ages and organizes educational workshops on gardening, cooking and community health. Cheryl can be contacted at email@example.com.
Sermon delivered by UTUUC member Terry Kinsey on August 16, 2015. Terry Kinsey joined Unity Temple in 1982. As a member of this congregation he has taught many AYS/OWL classes for junior high students. He participates in the original Men's Group which started in 1984 and has led several Men's Retreats. Terry founded Mother Earth Adventures which existed from 1991-2010 and offered vision quests and sweat lodges. In 1985, he became a counselor at Marwood Camp, a weeklong UU rites of passage summer camp for adolescents. Professionally, Terry is a retired pediatric physical therapist. His interest in secular/liberal Buddhism began in 1998. He has attended many 9- to 11-day silent Buddhist wilderness backpacks and canoe retreats as well as many 6- to 11-day silent center-based Buddhist retreats. His Buddhist "coaches" are Stephen Schettini and Erik Kolvig. Terry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The theme for the month of July and August has been belonging.
Sermon delivered by Kellie C. Kelly on August 9, 2015. Kellie C. Kelly is a Unitarian Universalist Candidate for Ministry and seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Before entering seminary, she built a career in the staffing industry as both a sales manager and technical recruiter. Kellie’s call to ministry began when she worked as a U.S. Navy family ombudsman and deepened during her time as a director of faith development. As a third-generation single mother, she became the first person in her family to attend college, completing her undergraduate degree at the age of 41.
Kellie is an “out” mental health advocate, trying to reduce the stigma of mental illness for herself, her special needs son, and the community. She also is a steering committee member and workshop facilitator for the UU Class Conversations project. Kellie feels a strong commitment to work with and for the people society pushes to the margins, whether based on the color of their skin, their class, or their perceived disabilities. Kellie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The August theme is belonging.