Pastoral Care

We are committed to providing care to our members throughout their lives. We do this by meeting and accepting you wherever you are in your life and spiritual journey, by helping you to discover and make meaning from your life events, by cherishing and enriching our understanding of the human journey and each other, by experiencing and supporting you through major milestones, celebrations and transitions, as well as providing you support and care in times of need.


Our ministers are available to provide counsel, care, support and guidance to members in need. If you would like to speak with one of our ministers, please contact them directly:

Rev. Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development

708.848.6225 x103 / egage@unitytemple.org

mandi huizenga, Ministerial Intern


Pastoral Associates

When life’s joys and sorrows come along it is often helpful to talk with a sensitive peer. Pastoral Associates are able to provide support, companionship and attentive listening. They have been chosen for their warmth and openness and have received special training from the ministers, but are not trained therapists. Confidentiality is always complete.

If you are in need of support or know someone who is, email pastoralassociates@unitytemple.org, call the congregation office at 708.848.6225 or contact one of the pastoral associates directly.

Pastoral Associates

  • Kathy Clark
  • Jay Cohen
  • Diana Coates
  • Judy Gaietto-Grace
  • Alice Ocrey
  • Jay Petersen
Care Team

The Care Team coordinates short term meal deliveries for members of the congregation who typically are experiencing health issues or welcoming a new baby. In addition, they organize two soup drives annually that further support needs in the congregation.

If you are in need of support or know someone who is, email caring@unitytemple.org, call the congregation office at 708.848.6225 or contact a member of the care team directly.

Care Team:

  • Vanessa Crowder
  • Jenny Earlandson
  • Aisha Ellis
  • Tina Lewis
  • Shirley Lundin
  • Jane Wood