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Bless the Mess

June 17, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Kellie Kelly on June 17, 2018. Rev. Kellie Kelly serves as our Sabbatical Pastoral Care Minister. Many of us live in the future, thinking that we can make time to be joyful once this big stressor, crisis, or change is over. Rev. Kellie reminds us to come back to the present and make time now - make time to savor the mess, to celebrate the mess, to enjoy the mess - to bless the mess.

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

Sea Change: Reflections on the 1960s

June 10, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Dorothy Emerson on June 10, 2018. The 1960s introduced many cultural changes that still influence us today as we continue to struggle with issues of freedom, equality, peace and love. What can we learn from this era about the challenges of creating a culture based on Unitarian Universalist values and principles?

The Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson is a semi-retired Unitarian Universalist minister, who has served both in the parish and community. Her recent ministry includes the co-founding of UU Class Conversations, to inspire UU congregations to become more class-inclusive and diverse. Her recently published memoir, Sea Change: the unfinished agenda of the 1960s, will be available for purchase after the service. Her previous books include Called to Community: New Directions in UU Ministry; Standing Before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform 1776-1936; and the curriculum Becoming Women of Wisdom: Marking the Passage into the Crone Years. 

The theme for June is what it means to be a people of blessing. 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/blessings-all-around#ziG86WbxPIdXBrTU.99

Blessings All Around

June 3, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on June 3, 2018. Rev. Gage says, "Once I start thinking about what some of my favorite things are, the easier it is to think about other ones. That’s one of the great things about noticing your blessings: Once you start practicing, you get to be better and better at it. Kind of like most things. There are always, always blessings all around us. We only need to look and pay attention with our hearts."

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

Holy Creativity

May 27, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Dr. Michelle Lattanzio on May 27, 2018. Dr. Lattanzio is currently serving as a Hospice Chaplain and Spiritual Care Coordinator in Skokie, IL. Michelle is in Preliminary Fellowship with the UUA and is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School. She holds a PhD in English from the University of South Florida and taught undergraduate classes at USF. She frequently presented conference papers, with her absolute favorite entitled, "From Cowpunchers to Console Cowboys: The Transformation of the Cowboy Figure from the Wild West Frontier to the Cyberworld Frontier.” Michelle also loves spending time with her dog Axel, creating art, reading, writing, dancing, and rooting for her favorite roller derby teams. 

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

Delicious Awakening

May 20, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on May 20, 2018.

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

Shining Brighter Together: Youth Bridging Service

May 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

This service from May 13, 2018 was created and presented by the high school youth group and celebrates the seniors who are "bridging" to adulthood. The podcast begins with an introduction and reflections from Heather Godbout, UTUUC's Youth Coordinator. Following that, the seniors present their bridging talks written for the service. In order, they are Declan Cawley, Kelsey Libert, Joey Pintozzi, Clare Roarty, Ayanna Sloan and Anika Waco.

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

The Muse of Realization

May 6, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on May 6, 2018. 

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

Coming of Age

April 29, 2018 - 12:00pm

This worship service from April 29, 2018 was created by participants in our Coming of Age program. These ninth graders spent the year exploring their Unitarian Universalist identity, history, spirituality, their feelings and their beliefs. Their work culminates in this worship service where each delivers a personal credo statement that they have developed. Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage gives a brief introduction and shares her own reflections following the credos.

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

The Responsibility of White Environmentalism

April 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Brian Sauder on April 22, 2018. In this Earth Day sermon, Rev. Sauder lifts up a Tillichian theme of mutual priesthood by sharing his journey as the President of Faith in Place. Our faith traditions provide the tools of emergence for personal spiritual transformation. It is this spiritual transformation that further allows people of faith to lead the environmental movement to new heights of impact.

Rev. Sauder is the President & Executive Director of Faith in Place. His 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. Rev. Sauder is ordained by the Mennonite Church U.S.A. and worships with Chicago Community Mennonite Church in East Garfield Park. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary, co-teaching an environmental certification course for future clergy.

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

Requiem by Gabriel Fauré

April 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

This Choir Sunday from April 15, 2018 features a performance of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. UTUUC Music Director Marty Swisher offers an introductory reflection and conducts the Unity Temple Choir with soprano soloist Henriët Fourie Thompson, a UTUUC member, and baritone soloist Jeffrey Ray. They are accompanied by UTUUC organist/pianist Peter Engel Storms on organ and Chicago area orchestral musicians on harp, violin, violas, cellos, double bass, trumpets and timpani.

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

We Have Only Begun

April 8, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on April 8, 2018. In his last sermon before a sabbatical, Rev. Taylor highlights some of the defining moments in the congregation's past few decades. He encourages members to continue their spring "emergence," blossoming as a community, to unleash courageous love.

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

Waking Up To Love

April 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on April 1, 2018. On Easter morning, Rev. Taylor reflected on the faith of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the teachings of Jesus interpreted by Dr. King’s mentor, Howard Thurman, affirming love as the most durable power in the world and the function of religious community to make paradise tangible.

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

Skin in the Game

March 25, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Scott Aaseng on March 25, 2018. Working for justice can sometimes seem like a matter of giving up what we want and acting entirely for the sake of others. But is there a way of looking at action for justice as something in which we have a stake in what happens – with our own skin in the game?

Rev. Aaseng was a musician, a community activist, and a Lutheran pastor (among other things) prior to discovering his call to Unitarian Universalist ministry. Today, he is Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI) and UTUUC's Community Minister.

Scott graduated from the St. Olaf Paracollege with a degree in Peace Studies, and spent a year studying and traveling in South Africa during the apartheid years. He volunteered as a teacher in rural Tanzania, before returning to the U.S. and earning his M.Div. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He interned at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and served a small Lutheran congregation on the southwest side of Chicago for five years in the early 1990’s.

He left ordained ministry to become primary caregiver for his two daughters, while becoming project director and then grant-writer for the Southwest Youth Collaborative, a community-based youth organization he helped found. He also served as musician for a number of church gospel choirs, and went on to serve as Village Musician at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the mountains of Washington state. Upon returning to Chicago in 2005, he became a project assistant with American Friends Service Committee, coordinating a nationally touring display of combat boots and civilian shoes showing the human cost of war. He also began attending Third Unitarian Church in Chicago with his family.

Becoming a musician at Third Unitarian in 2009 re-awakened his call to ministry, now more clearly grounded in Unitarian Universalism. He took classes at both Starr King and Meadville Lombard seminaries, completed his internship at Unity Temple, and went on to serve as Unity Temple’s first Assistant Minister for Social Justice. He has since served as part-time Consulting Minister at the Unitarian Church of Quincy, Illinois and at First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana. He now serves as Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois. 

Scott has lived on the west side of Chicago for 20 years with his spouse, Gale Holmlund, and their two teenage daughters, Sunniva and Brita. He enjoys bicycling, playing piano, being outdoors, and traveling with his family.

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

Navigating the Narrow Ridge

March 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on March 18, 2018. Taking his family on a hike, Rev. Taylor stumbled on the metaphor of “the narrow ridge” for the faith journey. Drawing wisdom from Howard Thurman and Rabbi Martin Buber, this sermon provides a provocative perspective on the theme of balance. 

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

Balancing Stones

March 11, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on March 11, 2018. Do you struggle with staying centered? Reflecting on the Buddhist teaching of the Bamboo Acrobat, Rev. Taylor shares challenges and fruits of cultivating a sustained spiritual practice. 

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

Keeping Your Balance

March 4, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on March 4, 2018. All our lives we focus on balance whether we think about it or not. In the very beginning we master sitting up, standing up, walking -- they are, in part, all a matter of balancing. Later in life, it’s often this kind of balance we focus on again, as we lose some of those abilities and need help. When the balance of our bodies is out of whack, that’s what we tend to focus on all the time. But there is also the question of balance on the inside.

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