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Now displaying: Category: Belonging
Oct 27, 2019

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on October 27, 2019. Who are your cloud of witnesses? Have you ever thought about how you are among the cloud of witnesses for others? Rev. Taylor reflects on the wisdom of remembering—remembering those who have gone before us and those who are in need of support.

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

Oct 20, 2019

Sermon delivered by Rev. Scott Aaseng on October 20, 2019. Crises like the ones we’re facing call for radical action. Not necessarily more extreme action, but radical in the sense of addressing the roots of these crises. One of the most radical actions we can take is to talk – and listen – to our neighbors.

Rev. Scott Aaseng is the Executive Director of the UU Advocacy Network of IL (UUANI). 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.

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

Oct 13, 2019

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on October 13, 2019. I hope that each of you can tell a story that helps to answer the question, "Whose are we?" That, at a time when you were in trouble, or grieving, or hurt, you looked around you, and you knew that you were not alone. That you were held by people who loved you for all of who you are.

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

Oct 6, 2019

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on October 6, 2019. Reflecting on the life work of Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche communities, and Brene Brown's distinction between "fitting in" and "belonging," Rev. Taylor finds the Jewish High Holy Days an apt time to explore the relationship between community and forgiveness.

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

Aug 30, 2015

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on August 30, 2015. The theme for the months of July and August has been belonging.

Aug 23, 2015

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 cheryl@sugarbeetcoop.com.

Aug 16, 2015

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 mindful@unitytemple.org or terrykinsey@gmail.com. The theme for the month of July and August has been belonging.

Aug 9, 2015

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 kkelly@uuma.org. The August theme is belonging.

Aug 2, 2015

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on August 2, 2015 on  the August theme of belonging.

Jul 26, 2015

Sermon delivered by Heather Godbout on July 26, 2015. Heather has been an educator in public schools for 22 years. She pent the first two decades of her career teaching special education and currently serves as the literacy coach at an elementary school in one of Chicago's south suburbs. Ms. Godbout has also been involved in Unitarian Universalist youth ministry since 1997, currently serving as the youth coordinator for this congregation. She and her wife Amanda and daughter Briana have been members at Unity Temple since 2007. The theme for July has been belonging.

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