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Aug 23, 2020

Today's podcast is from a worship service live streamed on August 23, 2020. The Unity Temple Mental Health Awareness Team (MyHAT) brings three journeys navigating mental health along with diverse resources. Leisa Aiken, Rev. Ericka Bailey and Cory Anderson share vulnerably and powerfully.

The theme for August is what it means to be a people of possibility. 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 have also cancelled or postponed any congregational events that would have taken place.

To see a video of this service, click HERE.

For information about how to join our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube and our virtual fellowship hour on Zoom after the live stream, please visit our website at http://www.unitytemple.org.

Aug 16, 2020

This sermon was delivered by UTUUC Music Director Marty Swisher on August 16, 2020. Marty shares insights into how music is a force for transformation.

The theme for August is what it means to be a people of possibility. 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 have also cancelled or postponed any congregational events that would have taken place.

To see a video of this service, click HERE.

For information about how to join our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube and our virtual fellowship hour on Zoom after the live stream, please visit our website at http://www.unitytemple.org.

Aug 9, 2020

This sermon was delivered by Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons on August 9, 2020. Our Unitarian Universalist ministries have a long history in culturally specific communities around the world and here in North America. Who are some of these communities? Why and how were they accepted or rejected? What does their legacy mean for the future of our faith? How can we live into a broader, more faithful interdependence?

Rev. Santos-Lyons is a biracial Asian-American (Chinese and Czech) organizer and minister based in Antipolo City, The Philippines. With a background serving youth and young adult ministry in the UUA, and leading APANO, an Asian and Pacific Islander community-based organization, Joseph’s current calling is in cultivating a new cohousing, chapel and retreat space in Southeast Asia through the Center for Organizing, Renewal and Leadership.

A second generation UU, Joseph’s theology is grounded in mutuality, liberation and the unknown. Joseph is the past president of DRUUMM, and working on a doctor of ministry with the Pacific School of Religion. He and his partner Aimee co-parent their three children, and stay engaged with the UU Church of the Philippines and the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

The theme for August is what it means to be a people of possibility. 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 have also cancelled or postponed any congregational events that would have taken place.

To see a video of this service, click HERE.

For information about how to join our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube and our virtual fellowship hour on Zoom after the live stream, please visit our website at http://www.unitytemple.org. 

Aug 2, 2020

This sermon was delivered by Pastor Ira J. Acree on August 2, 2020. Rev. Acree has served Greater St. John Bible Church, a thriving Missionary Baptist church in the Austin neighborhood, for the past 30 years. He reflects on the story of Esther of the Hebrew Scriptures and how people of faith are called "for such a time as this." 

The theme for August is what it means to be a people of possibility. 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 have also cancelled or postponed any congregational events that would have taken place.

To see a video of this service, click HERE.

For information about how to join our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube and our virtual fellowship hour on Zoom after the live stream, please visit our website at http://www.unitytemple.org. 

Jul 26, 2020

This sermon was delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on July 26, 2020. Four plus months into our pandemic existence, Rev. Gage has been thinking hard about what sustains us, what keeps us going, what gives us hope. What makes us feel free, or at least keeps us in touch with something beyond our current circumstances. Two readings presented by youth member Clare Roarty precede the sermon.

The theme for July is what it means to be a people of hope. 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 have also cancelled or postponed any congregational events that would have taken place.

To see a video of this service, click HERE.

For information about how to join our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube and our virtual fellowship hour on Zoom after the live stream, please visit our website at http://www.unitytemple.org. 

Jul 19, 2020

This sermon was delivered by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens on July 19, 2020. Rev. Buehrens explores how the American Transcendentalists ignited movements for racial, gender and social justice in the 19th century and reflects on their wisdom for our current moment. The podcast includes a reading from "The Limits of Tyrants" by Frederick Douglass.

The Rev. John Buehrens was president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations from 1993 to 2001. He served congregations in Tennessee, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, and California before retiring in 2017. He is the co-author with Forrest Church of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism. His other books include Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals (2004); A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century, with Rebecca Ann Parker (2011); Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People’s History (2011); and Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice (2020).

The theme for July is what it means to be a people of hope. 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 have also cancelled or postponed any congregational events that would have taken place.

To see a video of this service, click HERE.

For information about how to join our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube and our virtual fellowship hour on Zoom after the live stream, please visit our website at http://www.unitytemple.org. 

Jul 12, 2020

This sermon was delivered by Rev. Julie Taylor on July 12, 2020. Rev. Taylor explores the sometimes complicated relationship between the military and Unitarian Universalism. Rev. Julie Taylor is a Unitarian Universalist community minister specializing in critical incident response, community crisis and pastoral care. Julie is the Senior Director of Contextual Ministry and an affiliate professor at Meadville Lombard Theological School. In addition, Julie serves as a Chaplain (Capt.) with the New York Air National Guard and on the board of the UU Trauma Response Ministry. An ordained minister since 2001, Julie has served UU congregations in New York City and St. Louis and volunteered with multiple crisis and disaster response organizations. A sought-after speaker and teacher, Julie has contributed chapters to several books on the subject of spiritual care and crisis. Agitating, preaching, and working towards dismantling systems of white supremacy are key in Julie’s theology and work. Julie lives in Chicago with wife Laurel and their two children.

The theme for July is what it means to be a people of hope. 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 have also cancelled or postponed any congregational events that would have taken place.

To see a video of this service, click HERE.

For information about how to join our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube and our virtual fellowship hour on Zoom after the live stream, please visit our website at http://www.unitytemple.org. 

Jul 5, 2020

The sermon was delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on July 5, 2020. How does a faith community participate in social change and especially the democratic process? On this Fourth of July weekend, Rev. explores the three levels of participating in democracy, both as individuals and as a faith community.

The theme for July is what it means to be a people of hope. 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 have also cancelled or postponed any congregational events that would have taken place.

To see a video of this service, click HERE.

For information about how to join our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube and our virtual fellowship hour on Zoom after the live stream, please visit our website at http://www.unitytemple.org. 

Jun 21, 2020

The sermon was delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on June 21, 2020. There are moments when our hearts open up as wide as can be and let us be fully present to all that is. We can sense all the love and joy and sorrow and pain and vulnerability at once. And we need those moments. And... we simply can’t live like that all the time. It might be too much.

The theme for June is what it means to be a people of compassion. 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 have also cancelled or postponed any congregational events that would have taken place.

To see a video of this service, click HERE.

For information about how to join our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube and our virtual fellowship hour on Zoom after the live stream, please visit our website at http://www.unitytemple.org. Please note that the service is currently held at 10:00 a.m. NOTE: On Sunday June 28th, over 10,000 Unitarian Universalists are expected to gather together for worship. Rather than holding our regular service on that day, you are encouraged to join the national worship service that will take place at 9am and 12pm CST. This unique opportunity to worship with people who share our faith all over the continent and world will be streamed here.

Jun 14, 2020

This podcast is excerpted from Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation's live streamed worship service on June 14, 2020. "The central task of the church is to unveil the bonds that bind us." Using the work of Resmaa Menakem, Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor reflects on the challenge of processing the trauma of racism and how this trauma often gets lodged into our bodies.

The theme for June is what it means to be a people of compassion. 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 have also cancelled or postponed any congregational events that would have taken place.

To see a video of this service, click HERE.

For information about how to join our Sunday morning livestream worship service on YouTube and our virtual fellowship hour on Zoom after the live stream, please visit our website at http://www.unitytemple.org. Please note that the service is currently held at 10:00 a.m.

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