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Mar 15, 2020

This podcast is excerpted from Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation's live stream of a worship service on March 15, 2020. As we practice social distancing, how do we respond as a community? Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor and Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage share responses to this anxious time as the spread of COVID-19 prevents us from worshipping in person.

The theme for March is what it means to be a people of wisdom. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

For the safety of all in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, UTUUC will NOT be holding in–person worship until further notice. We will also be cancelling or postponing any congregational events that would have taken place. Please click HERE to read the letter sent to members of our congregation.

For information about how to join our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube and our virtual fellowship hour after on Zoom after the live stream please click HERE.

To link to a video recording of the March 15 service go here.

Mar 8, 2020

Reflections delivered in this Chalice Ceremony for 4th graders delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on March 8, 2020. Following an address to the participants by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor, Rev. Gage offers further thoughts on mountains, roller coasters, and how to navigate life.

The theme for March is what it means to be a people of wisdom. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Mar 1, 2020

Sermon delivered by Rev. Brian Sauder on March 1, 2020. Rev. Sauder explores how we, as "salt of the earth," can seek to solve our climate crisis from a perspective of justice. 

Rev. Brian Sauder serves Faith in Place as the President & Executive Director (www.faithinplace.org). He was the Policy Director and organizer of the Springfield office until Rev. Clare Butterfield resigned in 2015. The entrepreneurial vision and confident leadership of Rev. Sauder is growing the impact of Faith in Place’s mission to empower people of all faiths across Illinois to be leaders for cleaner environments and healthier communities. Rev. Sauder’s passion is empowering faith communities across Illinois to take measurable steps to connect the dots between faith, environmental justice, poverty, mass incarceration, race, violence, class, and health.

The theme for March is what it means to be a people of wisdom. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Feb 23, 2020

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey on February 23, 2020. Rev. Dr. Lightsey dynamically reflects on what the story of Esther has to teach us about "such a time as this."

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey serves at Meadville Lombard Theological School, that prepares Unitarian Universalist ministers, as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Constructive Theology. She arrived at MLTS in January 2018 from the Boston University School of Theology where she served as Associate Dean of Community Life and Lifelong Learning, Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice. Before serving as a theological school educator, scholar and administrator she served in the military, as a public servant, and as a United Methodist congregational pastor. Throughout her vocational life, she has been a leading social justice activist, working with local, national and international organizations focusing primarily on the causes of peacemaking, racial justice and LGBTQ rights. Dr. Lightsey is the author of Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology.

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

Feb 16, 2020

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on February 16, 2020 Rev. Taylor reflects on his second visit to refugees in Matamoros, taking heart amidst disappointment.

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

Feb 9, 2020

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on February 9, 2020. A sermon on small and big worries, resilience, and our propensity to take "flying leaps at nonsensical unreasonable ideas like marriage and marathons and democracy and divinity." (Thanks, Brian Doyle.)

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

Feb 2, 2020

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on February 2, 2020. Many of life’s challenges push us beyond what we had previously thought ourselves capable. This podcast includes readings by Howard Thurman and Maya Angelou that precede Rev. Taylor's sermon that explores the resilience of individuals and communities. 

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

Jan 26, 2020

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on January 26, 2020. Faith Testimonial by Alex Kapitan, co-founder of the Transforming Hearts Collective which supports spaces for LGBTQ people to access resilience, healing and spirituality, and supports congregations in the work of radical inclusion and culture shift. Alex shares per story of growing up Unitarian Universalist and what ze is looking for in a spiritual community.

Reflecting on the rhythms to which we move through the world, Rev. Taylor reflects on how our wider culture has dominant rhythms that are often not our own. Isn't being faithful learning how to dance to our own inner drumbeats and recognize and respond to the authentic rhythms of others?

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

 
Jan 19, 2020

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on January 19, 2020. Reflecting on Dr. King's vision of the Beloved Community, Rev. Taylor explores the the work of Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy), the ramifications of facing up to our nation's history of racism and terrorism towards people of color, and Stevenson's prescription to bring forth a society that provides justice, equity, and compassion for all.

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

Jan 12, 2020

Sermon delivered by Rev. Karen Mooney on January 12, 2020. Hear how building brave spaces differs from creating safe spaces and why that is the work we need to do to be truly welcoming to all.

Rev. Mooney works with the Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministries of Illinois as they seek to bring UU faith and worship to incarcerated people. She is honored to offer circles of care for those living in prisons and jails and support all those affected by incarceration. Karen is a life-long Unitarian Universalist who learned the art of church from her very involved parents. She has been educated far and wide, working and playing, listening and walking with people. She loves that UU communities are places where you find people who are alive and seeking throughout their lives.

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

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