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Aug 19, 2018

Reflections in this podcast from worship on August 19, 2018 were given by congregation members and Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor who participated in the Beloved Conversations program. In order, they are Marsha Borders, Ann Cooke, Jennifer Evans, Elizabeth Freeland, John Freeland and Rev. Alan Taylor.

Beloved Conversations is an experiential curriculum that provides a space to re-form/fuse the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior ushering in social and spiritual healing. New ways of being are learned through the actions of conversation and probing dialogue. Participation in this course requires an extensive time commitment, a degree of openness, willingness to engage in deeply personal conversations, and a level of comfort with potentially difficult interactions. For more information, contact Rev. Emily Gage at egage@unitytemple.org

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

Aug 12, 2018

Reflections delivered on August 12, 2018 by Rev. Scott Aaseng and Rev. Karen Mooney, Elise Miedlar and Frankie Tilbrook. The world is in need of our many hands doing the work of justice. But what is it that we are building as we work? Leaders of three UU justice organizations in Illinois will share their perspectives: Rev. Karen Mooney, Director of the UU Prison Ministry of IL (UUPMI), Rev. Scott Aaseng, Executive Director of the UU Advocacy Network of IL (UUANI), and Elise Miedlar, Coordinator and Frankie Tilbrook, Leader of Youth and Young Adult (YaYA) Justice.

UUPMI equips UUs in Illinois to transform institutions and support people harmed by the prison industrial complex. For more information, contact Rev. Karen Mooney at uupmi.info@gmail.com or uupmi.org.

UUANI builds community and power among UU congregations in Illinois to put our UU values into effective action for justice, beloved community and a healthy planet. For more information, contact Rev. Scott Aaseng at uuani@uuani.org.

YaYA Justice is an up and coming UU social justice group focused on connecting young people ranging in age from their teens well into their twenties. We work to give young people opportunities to get involved in all kinds of activism out of the necessity for youth and young adult focused action when change is plentiful and generational divides are at their largest. For more information, contact Elise Miedlar and Frankie Tilbrook at yayajustice@uuani.org.

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

Aug 5, 2018

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield on August 5, 2018. We look for voyages - great journeys that give meaning to our lives. But meaning is made in relationship. Sometimes with snakes.

Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield is the Program Director for the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF), helping to originate and manage the grants function since 2013. She brings to ISEIF her background in grassroots environmental education around Illinois and wide network of relationships in the field, which were established in her prior position for 14 years as founder and Executive Director of Faith in Place. Prior to that she worked as a transactional attorney, specializing in corporate and tax law. She also manages a small consulting practice, 2 Point 0 Studio, on the side, on the website for which she occasionally blogs. Her graduate education includes a J.D. from the University of Illinois, a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She is also ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Clare can be contacted at c.butterfield@iseif.org or 312-239-6752.

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

 

Jul 29, 2018

Sermon delivered by Rev. Darrick Jackson on July 29, 2018. How do we survive in this changing world? What gives us the strength to keep going, to fight for justice, to be better human beings?

Rev. Darrick Jackson is the Director of Education of the UU Ministers Association. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Meadville Lombard Theological School and one of the authors in the book “Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry.”

Darrick is active in DRUUMM (the UU ministry for people of color). He is also the treasurer and Workshop Leader for Healing Moments (a ministry for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s).
 
In his free time, Darrick likes to knit and to be involved in theatre. He is married to James Olson, a United Church of Christ minister and lives with their two cats, Merlin and Morgana.

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

 

Jul 22, 2018

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on July 22, 2018. Rev. Gage shares that if you’re paying attention at all to the news these days, it’s hard not to feel disoriented. To me, anyway, it feels like so much is in question. So much is up in the air. Sometimes I get overwhelmed. And sometimes I try and remind myself of that Sun Tzu saying about how in the midst of chaos, there is opportunity.

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

 

Jul 15, 2018

Reflections offered by congregants Emma Farrell and Alice Ocrey and Rev. Kellie Kelly on July 15, 2018. As part of this Unity Temple Mental Health Awareness Team (MyHAT) service, Emma, Alice and Kellie share how mental illness has touched their lives in the hopes that sharing their stories will help reduce the stigma, increase our understanding and encourage support.

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

 

Jul 8, 2018

Sermon delivered by Rev. Meg Riley on July 8, 2018. Some stories comfort us with familiarity; others surprise us as they evolve before our eyes. Improvisation, which may appear to go "anywhere" is governed by consistent guidelines which allow evolving stories to be strong, focussed and interesting. How could those practices serve us in everyday life?

Meg Riley currently serves as Senior Minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a Unitarian Universalist congregation that began as an outreach to UU soldiers in World War II and continues to reach out to farflung UUs, including almost 900 people who are currently incarcerated. Riley has served the movement in a variety of other capacities. She lives in Minneapolis, where she has been studying improv for about 5 years.

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

Jul 1, 2018

Sermon delivered by Unity Temple congregant and lay leader Chuck Ruth on July 1, 2018. Becoming more conscious is the spiritual imperative of our time. Chuck shares what this means for us and the wider world.

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

Jun 24, 2018

Sermon delivered by Rev. Amy Shaw on June 24, 2018. Unitarian Universalism has a message of good news for the world, and it is too big not to share. Come and join Rev. Shaw as we explore hope and agency in troubled times, and our role in spreading the Word.

Rev. Amy Shaw is the settled minister at Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church in Hartland, WI. She was born and raised in Kentucky, and she preaches in a vibrant, dynamic style shaped by a Southern Gospel and Pentecostal tradition. This tradition uses a musical accompanist during the sermon, to help provide rhythm and pacing to the words, and welcomes responses from the congregation during preaching. You are welcome (but not required!) at any time during the sermon to raise your hand(s), to clap or snap, or to call out “yes!” or amen or alleluia or any other form of affirmation you like.

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

Jun 17, 2018

Sermon delivered by Rev. Kellie Kelly on June 17, 2018. Rev. Kellie Kelly serves as our Sabbatical Pastoral Care Minister. Many of us live in the future, thinking that we can make time to be joyful once this big stressor, crisis, or change is over. Rev. Kellie reminds us to come back to the present and make time now - make time to savor the mess, to celebrate the mess, to enjoy the mess - to bless the mess.

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

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