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Jun 10, 2018

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Dorothy Emerson on June 10, 2018. The 1960s introduced many cultural changes that still influence us today as we continue to struggle with issues of freedom, equality, peace and love. What can we learn from this era about the challenges of creating a culture based on Unitarian Universalist values and principles?

The Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson is a semi-retired Unitarian Universalist minister, who has served both in the parish and community. Her recent ministry includes the co-founding of UU Class Conversations, to inspire UU congregations to become more class-inclusive and diverse. Her recently published memoir, Sea Change: the unfinished agenda of the 1960s, will be available for purchase after the service. Her previous books include Called to Community: New Directions in UU Ministry; Standing Before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform 1776-1936; and the curriculum Becoming Women of Wisdom: Marking the Passage into the Crone Years. 

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 3, 2018

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on June 3, 2018. Rev. Gage says, "Once I start thinking about what some of my favorite things are, the easier it is to think about other ones. That’s one of the great things about noticing your blessings: Once you start practicing, you get to be better and better at it. Kind of like most things. There are always, always blessings all around us. We only need to look and pay attention with our hearts."

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.

May 27, 2018

Sermon delivered by Dr. Michelle Lattanzio on May 27, 2018. Dr. Lattanzio is currently serving as a Hospice Chaplain and Spiritual Care Coordinator in Skokie, IL. Michelle is in Preliminary Fellowship with the UUA and is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School. She holds a PhD in English from the University of South Florida and taught undergraduate classes at USF. She frequently presented conference papers, with her absolute favorite entitled, "From Cowpunchers to Console Cowboys: The Transformation of the Cowboy Figure from the Wild West Frontier to the Cyberworld Frontier.” Michelle also loves spending time with her dog Axel, creating art, reading, writing, dancing, and rooting for her favorite roller derby teams. 

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

May 20, 2018

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on May 20, 2018. The tricky part about parenting (or just working with young people) is that it involves other people. People who have their own ideas about who they are and how they want to be in this world. Which is all fine and good and all that. That’s the way it should be. Except that sometimes those ideas aren’t the ideas that we have about who and how our kids should be.

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

May 13, 2018

This service from May 13, 2018 was created and presented by the high school youth group and celebrates the seniors who are "bridging" to adulthood. The podcast begins with an introduction and reflections from Heather Godbout, UTUUC's Youth Coordinator. Following that, the seniors present their bridging talks written for the service. In order, they are Declan Cawley, Kelsey Libert, Joey Pintozzi, Clare Roarty, Ayanna Sloan and Anika Waco.

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

May 6, 2018

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on May 6, 2018. And this is why we are here, isn’t it? Because we are better together than apart. Because we need one another to deepen the meaning and experiences of our lives, even though being together is as challenging as it is rewarding. Because, let’s face it: we’re a little quirky. We’re a little human. We’re a little different from each other.

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

Apr 29, 2018

This worship service from April 29, 2018 was created by participants in our Coming of Age program. These ninth graders spent the year exploring their Unitarian Universalist identity, history, spirituality, their feelings and their beliefs. Their work culminates in this worship service where each delivers a personal credo statement that they have developed. Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage gives a brief introduction and shares her own reflections following the credos.

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

Apr 22, 2018

Sermon delivered by Rev. Brian Sauder on April 22, 2018. In this Earth Day sermon, Rev. Sauder lifts up a Tillichian theme of mutual priesthood by sharing his journey as the President of Faith in Place. Our faith traditions provide the tools of emergence for personal spiritual transformation. It is this spiritual transformation that further allows people of faith to lead the environmental movement to new heights of impact.

Rev. Sauder is the President & Executive Director of Faith in Place. His passion is empowering faith communities across Illinois to take measurable steps to connect the dots between faith, environmental justice, poverty, mass incarceration, race, violence, class, and health. Rev. Sauder is ordained by the Mennonite Church U.S.A. and worships with Chicago Community Mennonite Church in East Garfield Park. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary, co-teaching an environmental certification course for future clergy.

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

Apr 15, 2018

This Choir Sunday from April 15, 2018 features a performance of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. UTUUC Music Director Marty Swisher offers an introductory reflection and conducts the Unity Temple Choir with soprano soloist Henriët Fourie Thompson, a UTUUC member, and baritone soloist Jeffrey Ray. They are accompanied by UTUUC organist/pianist Peter Engel Storms on organ and Chicago area orchestral musicians on harp, violin, violas, cellos, double bass, trumpets and timpani.

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

Apr 8, 2018

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on April 8, 2018. In his last sermon before a sabbatical, Rev. Taylor highlights some of the defining moments in the congregation's past few decades. He encourages members to continue their spring "emergence," blossoming as a community, to unleash courageous love.

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

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