This service from May 6, 2012, was presented by the High School Youth Group. Readings were presented by Zoe Ryan and sermonettes given by Jake Skubish, Levi Todd, Gabe Matesanz and Liam Sheridan. Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development, offers some thoughts about our UT youth. Seniors Briana Craig, Nick Matesanz and Laura Miller offered reflections on growing up in the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation and on life after high school. The introductory song was performed by Tom Faron, James Kay, Laura Miller, Nik Maniotis and Matt Parks.
This service from March 11, 2012 begins with the 3rd and 4th grade Chalice Ceremony. Rev. Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development, delivers the sermon.
The podcast of this worship for all ages on December 18, 2011, begins with a story read by Rev. Emily Gage and is followed by Rev. Scott Aaseng's reflection.
Sermon delivered by John on June 19, 2011. John has been a member of our congregation for almost 50 years and currently serves as a Pastoral Associate. He is retired from Northwestern University where he was in research administration, and was formally the Co-CIO of the American Hospital Association. He and his wife Jane lead an active life within our congregation and local community and greatly enjoy their annual travels to visit with grandchildren. He confesses to a great affection for bad puns.
This worship service from June 12, 2011, honors the life of Unitarian minister Rev. Norbert Capek and the beautiful tradition he began that is still celebrated by U.U. congregations around the world. The podcast begins with the choir singing a piece composed for a past Flower Communion Sunday by former UTUUC Music and Choir Director Jonathan Miller. Following the choir is a play enacted by four children of the congregation. The service ends with a reflection by Rev. Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development.
Sermon delivered by Reverend Dr. Qiyamah A. Rahman on June 5, 2011. Rev. Rahman shares her circuitous spiritual odyssey beginning with her childhood religion in the Baptist church, her God-is-Dead period, 10 years as a devout practicing Muslim, her non-denominational period, and now 19 years of service in the vineyard of Unitarian Universalism. "If Unitarian Universalism had not existed, I would have had to invent it," she laughingly states.
Mystical humanist/womanist/post-colonial feminist Unitarian Universalist is how she describes herself on a good day! She recently tackled the question, "How does my nationality, race, gender, class and sexual orientation shape how I make meaning of the sacred and holy in my life and how have I come to name that?"
This service was put together and conducted by the UTUUC Youth Group of high school students on May 1, 2011. Several readings are offered by Youth Group members followed by personal reflections from bridging seniors Nick Rohm and Sam Simon. Dania Einhorn contributed the introductory music.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Emily Gage on March 13, 2011. The music for this Sunday's worship services was led by songwriter and choir director Nick Page accompanied by the Unity Temple Choir under the direction of Marty Swisher. Yo can hear Nick's original piece, "We Pray", leading into and following the sermon.
Sermon delivered by Rev. John Bueherns on Febrary 27, 2011. John Buehrens served as President of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1993 to 2001. He is the author of Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals; and co-author (with Forrest Church) of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and (with Rebecca Parker) of A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion in the 21st Century. His latest book, Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People's History, will be published in April. Minister of First Parish in Needham, Massachusetts, since 2002, he is a member of the adjunct faculty at Harvard Divinity School, a trustee of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and national co-chair of Freedom to Marry (www.freedomtomarry.org). John can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed on January 23, 2011. Mark Morrison-Reed grew up in Chicago where his family attended the First Unitarian Society and he sang in the Chicago Children's Choir. He co-ministered with his wife Donna for 26 years in Rochester N.Y. and Toronto, Ontario. While serving the latter congregation he was also president of the Canadian Unitarian Council. He's currently an affiliated faculty member at the Meadville Lombard Theological School. A historian of the African American experience in UUism, his new book, Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism, is due out in April.