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Now displaying: Category: Blessing
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.

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 29, 2016

Sermon delivered by guest preacher Rabbi Robin Damsky on May 29, 2016. Rabbi Robin is the founder and director of In the Gardens, a nonprofit combining mindfulness practice with edible, organic garden design, changing the paradigm of the way we relate to ourselves and others as we change the paradigm of the way we grow food. In the Gardens empowers those in food deserts and food insecure neighborhoods as well as businesses, congregations and individuals to have greater ownership of healthy, fresh produce.

Rabbi Robin served as rabbi at West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest, Illinois, from 2010 to 2015. Prior to that, from 2006 to 2010, she was the rabbi and educational director at Congregation Or Tzion in Scottsdale, Arizona. She now lives on her edible, organic permaculture in Melrose Park, Illinois. Rabbi Robin describes herself as an innovative, caring and inclusive spiritual leader and Jewish educator, committed to family and tikkun olam with a passion for well-being, sustainability and local food sourcing initiatives. Committed to vibrant and authentic spiritual expression and practice building interfaith bridges, she is grateful to fill our pulpit. Rabbi Robin can be contacted at rabbidamsky@gmail.com.

The theme for May is how to take a path of blessing. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

May 22, 2016

This service from May 22, 2016 was entirely designed and presented by the High School Youth Group. Heather Godbout is the UT Youth Coordinator. Each graduating senior shared thoughts about their life and faith in a reflection. In order, the seniors presenting are Julia Bankes, John Pintozzi and Kimberly Huizinga. Preceding and following the reflections, Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage address the seniors. Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor follows with his message to them. The theme for May is how to take a path of blessing. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

May 15, 2016

Sermon delivered by Senior Minster Rev. Alan Taylor on May 15, 2016. A reflection on the frequency of mental disorders among us and how we can respond as individuals and a community. The theme for May is how to take a path of blessing. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

May 8, 2016

Sermon delivered by Senior Minster Rev. Alan Taylor on May 8, 2016. Introductory music is sung by Hannah Sudworth, one of three winners of a $1,000 UT Music Program scholarship for private voice lessons. The scholarships are funded by money raised from the Unity Temple Spring Music Festival. The theme for May is how to take a path of blessing. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

May 1, 2016

This service from May 1, 2016 was presented by the 9th graders of the Coming of Age (COA) program. The introduction is by Amanda Sonneborn, one of the COA facilitators. Then, each of the 9th graders presents his or her personal credo. In order, they are Connor Callahan, Anthony Bellmar, Matthew Layden, Mary Jones, Elise Miedlar, Abby Bankes, Ben Kadlec, Jenna Borelli, Martin Stock-Ward, Nathan Devaud, Joseph Romine and Juan Espinoza. They are followed by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage and Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor addressing the participants. The theme for the month of May is how to take a path 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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