Sermon delivered by Rev. Michael Dowd on August 31, 2014. Rev. Michael Dowd is an outspoken religious naturalist, evolutionary theologian, bestselling author, and one of the most inspiring science and religion speakers in America today. Since April 2002, Michael and his wife (UU science writer Connie Barlow) have lived entirely on the road, delivering talks at more than 400 UU congregations, summer camps, and minister retreats, as well as for other religious and secular groups. Their work was featured as the cover story of our national membership magazine, UU World, in the spring of 2006. Their ministry has also been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and Discover magazine, and Michael has appeared on television nationally on CNN and ABC News. Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and has also spoken at the United Nations. He will be offering a free presentation Friday, September 5 at Unity Temple entitled "The Future is Calling Us to Greatness: Inspiring Science, Realistic Hope."
Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on August 24, 2014. The July/August theme has been discovery.
Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on August 17, 2014. The July/August theme has been discovery.
This service was presented on August 10, 2014 by the Unity Temple Mental Health Awareness Team (MyHAT). Members of the team who offered their reflections here are, in order, Bonnie Jordan, Joan Greene, both co-chairs, and Janet Holden. Other members of the MyHAT Planning Team are Joan Vanderbeck, Lynne Borland, Alice Ocrey, Lee Lee Ward, and Kimberly Knake.
MyHAT's mission is to welcome people living with mental illness and those who care about them, creating a community of acknowledgement, acceptance and understanding.
Anti Stigma Campaign - If you have signed our interest list you will periodically receive information about mental illness that has appeared in the media. It is educational and timely as well as being a barometer of how mental health is being presented to the public. We ask, if you can, to respond to the creators of the stories/broadcasts, either in a positive or negative way as appropriate, to support or correct the information that is being put out by the media.
Legislative Advocacy - If you have signed our interest list you will periodically receive information about legislation that affects the well being of persons with a mental illness. We ask you to contact your elected officials and tell them about your support or disapproval of this legislation. The team can be contacted at email@example.com.
Sermon delivered on August 3, 2014 by Brian Chenowith who has been UTUUC's intern minister for the past two years and who will begin a full-time ministry internship with the First Parish UU congregation in Concord, Massachusetts in the Fall. This was Brian's last service at Unity Temple. The theme for July and August is discovery.
This service from July 27, 2014 was presented by members of UTCAN, the Unity Temple Congregational Action Network. UTCAN helps to coordinate the congregation's social action outreach programs including peace, environmental justice and social justice. Members delivering faith testimonials in this podcast were, in order, John Mikos, Anne White, Rich Pokorny and Jamie Boyce, who has been UTUUC's Community & Action Coordinator. She recently resigned her position to pursue a degree in ministry in the Fall.
Sermon delivered by James Galasinski on July 20, 2014. James Galasinski has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies from Cardinal Stritch University and has just completed his coursework at Meadville Lombard Theological School for his M-Div. He recently completed a ministerial internship at Unitarian Church North in Mequon. First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee is his congregational sponsor and where he has been a member for over 6 years. He has been a pulpit guest in numerous UU churches throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. In September, James will start a 9-month ministerial position at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, NM.
Sermon delivered by UTUUC member Terry Kinsey on July 13, 2014. Preeding the sermon is a faith testimonial given by Terry's husband, Jay Cohen.
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 "coach" is Stephen Schettini. Terry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay Cohen joined his first Unitarian Church back in 1989. He moved to Oak Park in 1998 and became a Marwood counselor in 1999. He is a full-time professor at a community college and is both a certified public accountant and a licensed clinical social worker. Jay recently completed an 8-week course on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at Rush University. This is a certified course based upon the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Jay and Terry have been together for 19 years and were recently legally married with 10 other couples at Unity Temple's own "Big Fabulous Gay Wedding" on June 8th of 2014. They have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Aidan McCormack on July 6, 2014. Aidan McCormack is the Community and Congregational Relations Coordinator at The Night Ministry. He is a Unitarian Universalist Minister and a 2011 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School where he was awarded the Charles F. Billings Prize for Preaching. In addition to ministry, Aidan is a writer involved in the live literary scene in Chicago.