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Ministerial Transition

During this time of transition, the Board will continue to stay in touch with you to provide ongoing updates through email and Reflecting with the Board sessions. Feel free to return to this page for current information regarding the transition process. The Board can be contacted by e-mail at The transition team can be reached by e-mail at
Interim Minister

Interim Ministers have a specific skill set. They have a short-term goal of assisting a congregation with moving toward a settled minister. Interim Ministers are engaged as close to immediately after a settled minister leaves, necessitating a short timeline. For these reasons, the Interim is hired by the Board of Trustees of a given Congregation, and is not called by the Congregation. This is codified in the Unity Temple ByLaws, found here and is UUA Policy.

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Reverend Dawn S. Cooley will be joining UTUUC as our Interim Minister on August 1, 2021. We expect Rev. Cooley to be with us for two years. Learn more about Rev. Cooley here.

Ministerial Transition Updates

Below please find archived messages from the Board regarding the current transition.

June 1, 2021
May 20, 2021
May 10, 2021
May 6, 2021
April 29, 2021
April 23, 2021
April 6, 2021

Farewell Celebration Calendar of Events

Rev. Alan Taylor’s departure will be a momentous change in our congregation’s life, closing one chapter and beginning another. As members of the congregation and board, we’re developing a variety of events for you to joyfully celebrate both Alan’s ministry and the continuity of our congregation, as well as to show our love and appreciation for Angie, Marco and Erica. We are very aware of the need to consider shutdown restrictions and precautions. While we’re offering some events, please remember you are encouraged to find your own way to show your love and appreciation. Alan is looking for ways to connect with each of you.

The details of these events are still under development, but the dates are firm. We will keep COVID restrictions and recommendations in mind for each, to keep us all as safe as possible. We may ask for help in implementation, especially for outdoor events.

If you have questions about these events or are willing to volunteer, please contact

Schedule of Events

Sunday May 30, 9am-11:30am
Meet and greet for coffee and watching Sunday Service at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn (6615 Roosevelt Rd). Stay for the BabyGold BBQ luncheon at 11:30am by reservation (space is limited to first 60 people for $20 set lunch box). Required RSVP here.

Sunday June 6, noon-1:30pm
Meet on the lawn at First United Church (848 Lake St) for an opportunity to say hello in person to each other and Alan (Shhhh-it’s Alan’s birthday).

Sunday June 13, noon-1:30pm
Meet on the lawn at First United for an opportunity to come together after Alan’s last Sunday in the Unity Temple pulpit and be with him and his family.

Saturday, June 26, 2pm-6pm
Celebration at the Nineteenth Century Club (178 Forest Ave) for food, music and speakers to celebrate Alan’s 18 years of service. Required RSVP here.

Sunday, June 27, 9am-noon
Join with friends and fellow congregants outside Unity Temple on Kenilworth Avenue for Alan’s last Sunday with Unity Temple as he turns over the keys. Required RSVP here.