This service from May 20, 2012 was presented by participants in the first Coming of Age program at Unity Temple. Each of the ninth-graders offered their personal credo and several of them provided the music for the service. In order, the youth who spoke were Gillian Dwyer, Ursula Wildfield, Fiona Ryan, Julia Studer, Clare Darnall, Siobhan Sandoval, Liam Sundling, Madeleine Standen, James Harren, Brita Holmlund and Paloma Campillo.
Sermon delivered by the Rev. Dr. Michael Schuler on February 12, 1012. Rev. Schuler has served as Parish Minister to First Unitarian Society in Madison, Wisconsin since 1988. He holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in religion and the humanities, and previously served congregations in Iowa and New York. With his wife, Trina, Michael enjoys skiing, hiking, travel, museums and concerts. He practices Ta'i Chi, yoga, and is an avid runner. Michael and Trina have an adult son, Kyle, in a Masters program in Art Education, and a Papillon "therapy" dog, Sasha. Michael is active in a variety of civic and environmental organizations and serves on the steering committee of Dane County United. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Readings and sermon delivered by Psychologist Madeleine Van Hecke on July 17, 2011. Madeleine and her husband, Greg Risberg, have been members of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation for seven years. She is a Chalice Circle member and writes the Beacon column each month that describes possible Chalice Circle topics. Madeleine has conducted workshops on the topic of forgiveness at the adult education center, Common Ground, where she is a regular lecturer. She was an award-winning professor when she taught courses in psychology, critical thinking and creative thinking at North Central College in Naperville. Currently Madeleine provides workshops to businesses and other organizations based on her two books, Blind Spots: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things (Prometheus Books, 2007) and The Brain Advantage (Prometheus Books, 2010). She can be contacted at email@example.com.
This service was given on May 22, 2011 by 10 ninth graders who participated this past year in our inaugural Coming of Age Program. Each of them presents a personal credo as a way of celebrating this rite of passage.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development, on January 30, 2011.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Jennifer Owen-O'Quill on Movember 28, 2010. Rev. Owen-O'Quill is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. She was raised in California, studied theology at Meadville Lombard, has served at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago and now serves at Micah's Porch Community Church. She is strongly committed to spreading the good news of our faith beyond our walls and into the lives of un-churched people. Jennifer is married to the love of her life, David Owen-O'Quill, and they have a three year old child named Daniel. She can be contacted at Jennifer@micahsporch.org.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Alan Taylor on May 16, 2010.
Sermon delivered by Rev. Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development, on April 11, 2010.
Sermon delivered by Dr. Charlie Clements on February 7, 2010. Dr. Clements is a well-known human rights activist and public health physician. Early in his career, after he quit the Air Force as a pilot because he felt war was immoral, he chose to work in the midst of El Salvador's civil war, where the villages he serveed were bombed, rocketed, or strafed by some of the same aircraft in which he trained. He captured his experiences in Witness to War which was made into an Academy Award-winning documentary.
Dr. Clements will soon be stepping down from his role as president and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to accept a new position as head of a major human rights research and teaching institution at Harvard University. For the time being, he can still be reached through the UUSC at http://uusc.org/email/1799/field_email.