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Open Minds, Loving Hearts

September 17, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development ev. Emily Gage on September 17, 2017. "It makes me think of each of us, walking through the door here, sometimes bearing gifts or our lesson plans or supplies or cookies, but mostly just offering our presence to one another. We don’t always do it as well or as kindly or as smoothly as we would like to (I certainly know this is true of myself), but still we offer up who we are, and hope that that is enough. It is enough."

The sermon references the book Come with Me by Holly McGhee as well as poems from Brian Doyle's book The Kind of Brave You Wanted to Be. 

The theme for September is how to be a community of welcome. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website. Read more at http://unitytemple.libsyn.com/gratitude-for-our-ancestors-work#cc2dTKYA4AMl0glG.99

Would You Harbor Me? Would I Harbor You?

September 10, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on September 10, 2017. In this time of hurricane relief and the loss of security for DACA residents, Rev. Taylor reflects on the sacred call of sheltering one another. Would you harbor me? Would I harbor you? How can we protect one another?

The theme for September is how to be a community of welcome. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website. Read more at http://unitytemple.libsyn.com/gratitude-for-our-ancestors-work#cc2dTKYA4AMl0glG.99

Gratitude for Our Ancestors' Work

September 3, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Intern Minister Kellie C. Kelly on September 3, 2017.

The theme for September is how to be a community of welcome. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website. 

Homecoming Sunday

August 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

These reflections were given by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on August 27, 2017, the official first Sunday of the 2017-18 church year. In a worship for all ages celebrating Homecoming Sunday, Rev. Taylor shares his love of the water communion and his growing awareness of how to live into the question: "Who are you to think that you can change the world?”

The theme for August is how to be a community of connection. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Beloved Conversations

August 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

The presentations in this podcast are from UTUUC members who participated in the program called Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity earlier this year. Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage first gives a brief overview of the program. This is followed by reflections from Clara Lewis, Betsy Davis, Shirley Lundin, Elizabeth Freeland and Sybil Madison-Boyd with additional remarks from Rev. Gage.

The theme for August is how to be a community of connection. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

MyHAT: Replacing the Stigma with Compassion

August 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

Reflections offered by congregant David Llull and Intern Minister Kellie Kelly on August 13, 2017. As part of the Unity Temple Mental Health Awareness Team service (MyHAT), David and Kellie both share how mental illness has touched their lives in the hopes that sharing their stories will help reduce the stigma and increase our understanding.

The theme for August is how to be a community of connection. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Work in Progress

August 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Brian Chenowith on August 6, 2017. Brian is a lifelong Chicagoan with roots in the South Side. His spiritual upbringing was Catholic and Anglican though he came to Unitarian Universalism in middle school. It was there, in that UU church where he spent his formative years, that he heard the call to ministry most clearly. He earned his degree in Theology & Religion from Elmhurst College in 2008. From there he entered seminary in 2011 after a period of discernment and preparation for theological education and graduated from Meadville Lombard in Chicago in 2014. Brian served two congregations as a ministerial intern for three years. Two of those years were spent at Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois and the remaining year was at First Parish in Concord, MA. Through these two congregations, the real learning in ministry happened. He is currently the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, Kentucky.

The theme for August is how to be a community of connection. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith-development/soul-connections on our website.

Freeing the Cycles of Forgiveness: Prisons in Our Modern Age

July 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Karen Mooney on July 30, 2017. Rev. Mooney is a Consulting Minister with the UU Prison Ministries of Illinois (UUPMI). Forgiveness, redemption, and atonement are concepts​ we wrestle with in our everyday lives. When someone is imprisoned, this cycle is truncated by systems built to thwart any real reintegration. Separated from community, there is little opportunity for reparation. Our ministry in prisons and jails is based on the radical notion that every person is worthy of respect and has the capability of completing this cycle of forgiveness. Learn how all of us are affected and how together we can offer hope and help. Learn more about the UUPMI at UUPM.org.

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

Consider the Octopus

July 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Clare Butterfield on July 23, 2017. Clare Butterfield is the Program Director for the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF), helping to originate and manage the grants function since 2013. She brings to ISEIF her background in grassroots environmental education around Illinois and wide network of relationships in the field, which were established in her prior position for 14 years as founder and Executive Director of Faith in Place. Prior to that she worked as a transactional attorney, specializing in corporate and tax law. She also manages a small consulting practice, 2 Point 0 Studio, on the side, on the website for which she occasionally blogs. Her graduate education includes a J.D. from the University of Illinois, a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She is also ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Clare can be contacted at c.butterfield@iseif.org or 312-239-6752.

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

Leading with Authenticity and Vulnerability

July 16, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Intern Minister Kellie C. Kelly on July 16, 2017. One of the greatest myths in American culture is that vulnerability is a weakness. Kellie shares three teachers who have helped her model a wholehearted and courageous life.

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

Remembering Henry David Thoreau

July 9, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on July 9, 2017. Because of a technical problem, we are sorry that the audio of the sermon is not available for streaming or download. The text of Rev. Taylor's sermon is reflected in a blog he wrote and can be downloaded at the following link: http://blog.lovewithcourage.org/2017/07/200th-birthday-of-henry-david-thoreau.html

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

Class Stories: Embracing Our Diversity

July 2, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Intern Minister Kellie C. Kelly on July 2, 2017. For most Americans, socioeconomic class is one of the last taboos. Unitarian Universalists aren't all that different. Kellie shares her class story and invites us to consider what a class-inclusive religious movement might look like.

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

Instructing Ourselves Over and Over

June 25, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on June 25, 2017. "It was a stormy week in New Orleans both literally and metaphorically, as the Unitarian Universalist Ministers' Association gathered for their annual meeting...."  

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

Choose to Bless the World

June 18, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on June 18, 2017. 

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

Flower Communion

June 11, 2017 - 12:00pm

Homily delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on June 11, 2017. On our first Sunday back in our newly restored beloved worship home, Rev. Taylor reflects on what it means to continue the work of building a cathedral for the human spirit. 

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

Surprised by Joy

June 4, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on June 4, 2017. In our last service at our temporary home at United Lutheran Church, Rev. Gage reflects: "Especially in these days and times, it feels important – it feels essential to open ourselves up to being surprised by joy. Or by beauty. Or by some form of goodness." 

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