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Now displaying: 2016
Dec 25, 2016

Reflections for this service from December 25, 2016 are given by Matt Meyer and Intern Minister Kellie Kelly. Matt reflects on a time when he found "Improbable Hope" and Kellie shares her journey to "Improbable Faith."

Matt Meyer works professionally as an itinerant UU musician and preacher, having lead hundreds of services for UU congregations around the country. He is a founding member and Director of Community Life at the Sanctuary Boston and was also a founding member of the Lucy Stone Cooperative and UUCC.

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

Dec 24, 2016

Sermon delivered on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016, by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor who reflects on the meaning of Christmas in this time and place.

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

Dec 18, 2016

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on December 18, 2016. Emily says, "I believe, at our core, we are people of resistance. We are people of faith and hope. We are people who rise up and do what needs to be done even when there’s always some reason not to. We show up and we are there."

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

Dec 11, 2016

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on December 11, 2016. Rev. Alan Taylor explores what it means to be emotionally present to others especially when anxiety is in our midst.

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

Dec 4, 2016

This podcast showcases the Unity Temple Choir under the direction of Music Director Marty Swisher. The choir performed Dietrich Buxtehude's "Magnificat anima mea" and other pieces on December 4, 2016. They were accompanied by Peter Storms on piano; Becky Coffman, Karen Nelson, and Meg Lancer on violin; Naomi Hinder on viola; Franscisco Moleskin on cello; and Dominic Azkoul on double bass. The Magnificat is preceded by "Spiegel im Spiegel" by Arvo Part and "Nunc Dimittis - Song of Simeon" by Pawel Lukaszewski." Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor follows with a brief homily. Then the choir returns with the "Suite No 1 for Unaccompanied Cello Minuettos I and II" by J.S. Bach and "Violin Sonata No 6 in E Major II - Allegro" by George F Handel.

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

Nov 27, 2016

Sermon delivered by Intern Minister Kellie Kelly on November 27, 2016. Kellie asks us to reflect on the parts we play in our own stories and to consider rewriting our stories with courage and hope.

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

Nov 20, 2016

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on November 20, 2016. It is preceded by a reflection on the Unitarian Universalist principles by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor. "How lucky we are to be alive right now," says Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the smash musical, "Hamilton." Lucky because life is a gift, and we keep on seeing these wonderful things around us even when we are sad or scared or angry. We only need look around.

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

Nov 13, 2016

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on November 13, 2016. With the presidential election just behind us, Rev. Taylor provides a reflection on hope, love, and resilience. For this is a time to grieve and connect with others to ward off bitterness and cynicism.

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

Nov 6, 2016

Sermon delivered by Rev. Scott Aaseng and Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on November 6, 2016. Our 3rd UU Principle calls us to both accept each other and encourage each other to grow spiritually. How do we call each other -- including those who oppose our values -- to be our best selves after this election?

Rev. Aaseng was a musician, a community activist, and a Lutheran pastor (among other things) prior to discovering his call to Unitarian Universalist ministry.

Scott graduated from the St. Olaf Paracollege with a degree in Peace Studies, and spent a year studying and traveling in South Africa during the apartheid years. He volunteered as a teacher in rural Tanzania, before returning to the U.S. and earning his M.Div. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He interned at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and served a small Lutheran congregation on the southwest side of Chicago for five years in the early 1990’s.

He left ordained ministry to become primary caregiver for his two daughters, while becoming project director and then grant-writer for the Southwest Youth Collaborative, a community-based youth organization he helped found. He also served as musician for a number of church gospel choirs, and went on to serve as Village Musician at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the mountains of Washington state. Upon returning to Chicago in 2005, he became a project assistant with American Friends Service Committee, coordinating a nationally touring display of combat boots and civilian shoes showing the human cost of war. He also began attending Third Unitarian Church in Chicago with his family.

Becoming a musician at Third Unitarian in 2009 re-awakened his call to ministry, now more clearly grounded in Unitarian Universalism. He took classes at both Starr King and Meadville Lombard seminaries, completed his internship at Unity Temple, and went on to serve as Unity Temple’s first Assistant Minister for Social Justice. He has since served as part-time Consulting Minister at the Unitarian Church of Quincy, Illinois and at First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana. He now serves as Director of the Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois. 

Scott has lived on the west side of Chicago for 20 years with his spouse, Gale Holmlund, and their two teenage daughters, Sunniva and Brita. He enjoys bicycling, playing piano, being outdoors, and traveling with his family.

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

Oct 30, 2016

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on October 30, 2016. Given there is nothing intelligent to say in the face of death, what is an appropriate response? Rev. Taylor shares how his family grieved for a recent loss and explores how to respond sensitively to those in grief.

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

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