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Rev. Alan C. Taylor
Senior Minister
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Alan grew up a Unitarian Universalist in Bakersfield, California. He graduated from Pomona College with a major in religion, with emphases in both mythology and philosophy. Following college, he traveled solo for eight months in India, focusing on contemporary traditions that bring together Muslims and Hindus. Before and after this trip, he served as a residential counselor for abused children with emotional difficulties for three years before being inspired into the Unitarian Universalist ministry at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland.

He attended Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist seminary that is a part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He served two years in Massachusetts, first as Intern Minister in Worcester at the historic First Unitarian Church and then as Interim Minister at First Church Unitarian in Littleton, Massachusetts. He then accepted a call to the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church in the Seattle metropolitan area, where he shepherded a young congregation through the fundraising and building of their own worship home.

Since coming to Unity Temple in 2003, he has provided leadership that has resulted in significant growth within the Congregation, increased generosity, and an expansion of our ministries. In 2008, Unity Temple received the auspicious designation of Breakthrough Congregation from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation for exceptional growth in numbers, organization, and mission.

In the local community, he is a co-founder of the OPRF Walk-In Ministry, a founder of a local clergy group, and a member of the OPRF Rotary Club. He is active in the Central Midwest Chapter of UU ministers and has volunteered in numerous capacities for the sake of supporting Unitarian Universalist congregations in the midwest. On the national level, he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.

He is married to Angelica Taylor-Cortes. They have two children: Marco, born in 2008; and Erica, born in 2011.  His interests include cooking, theater improvisation, and Mexican culture. He also enjoys racquetball, bicycling, and ping pong. 

Rev. Alan Taylor will be on sabbatical leave from April 17, 2019 through August. 12, 2019.  The sabbatical is a time for Alan to have a complete break from his duties as our minister.  If you do happen to run into Alan during his sabbatical, please refrain from discussing any congregational matters with him.  Fine to say "hi,", but please don't bring up congregational matters.

The “Congregation’s Guide to Rev. Alan Taylor’s 2019 Sabbatical” was developed to provide you detailed information to assist you in dealing with routine matters and almost every emergency matter that might arise. A link to the guide is available here and will also be available in each eBeacon and Connections publication. The PDF is also shared on the UTUUC webpage, on the Ministers page with Rev. Alan’s profile. A copy will also be available in hard copy on the visitor’s table at each Sunday worship service.  

Should you have any additional questions please contact Terry Kinsey, chair of the Sabbatical Team or one of its members: Shirley Lundin, Kathy Clark or Larry Kameya.  You can reach them by sending an email to: [email protected].  

The Sabbatical Team would like to wish Alan the best as he goes on this well-deserved sabbatical.  Know we will miss you and we are looking forward to your refreshed and rejuvenated return in August!



Rev. Emily Gage
Minister of Faith Development
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A life long Unitarian Universalist, Emily grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Within the community of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsburgh, she cultivated her love for learning about what and why people believe what they do. It was this that sparked her decision to major in religion and minor in sociology/anthropology at Swarthmore College, where she graduated with honors in 1990. Feeling an urge to see—and save—the world, she joined the Peace Corps, and they sent her to Poland, where she taught English as a Foreign Language to high school students from 1991-1993.

Unsure of her next steps in life, Emily returned to Pittsburgh and to the congregation where she grew up. She became the youth advisor, and it was in those months that she realized that she was called to the ministry. It would call upon her many passions and interests in life: learning, making a difference in the world, being part of and cultivating multigenerational community, writing, creating worship, making music, teaching, and listening to peoples’ lives. She attended Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as part of her training, served as ministerial intern at First Religious Society (Unitarian Universalist) in Carlisle, Massachusetts. That congregation ordained her to the Unitarian Universalist ministry on June 7, 1997, a few days after she earned her Masters of Divinity degree.

After ordination and graduation, the Universalist Unitarian Church of Joliet, Illinois called Emily to be their minister. She served this community from 1997-2008. During this time, the congregation sold one building, bought and renovated a new one, became a Welcoming Congregation, experienced significant growth, and otherwise served as a liberal religious beacon in the Southwest Suburbs. Emily was active in the Joliet Ecumenical Clergy Association and served as their president.

She has been at Unity Temple since August of 2008, serving as Minister of Faith Development. Her primary portfolio is to oversee the lifespan religious education programming, though she is called upon to serve in all other ministerial capacities as well.

Emily has been active in the wider Unitarian Universalist world since she was in high school, and attended youth group conferences in her district. She is part of the Chicago Area Liberal Ministers’ group and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association. She served eight years on the Central Midwest District Board, five of those as president, from 2002-2007. She was a member of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, the Unitarian Universalist ministerial credentialing committee, serving from 2006-2011.

She is married to Karen McMillin and they have a son Paul, born in 2011. In her spare time, Emily enjoys playing the guitar and singing, taking walks, bicycling, traveling, and cheering on the Cubs.


Zsolt Elekes
Intern Mininster

My name is Zsolt Elekes, and I was born in Transylvania, which is one of the three main regions of modern Romania. I identify myself as a Magyar - an ethnic Hungarian -, and was born in a Saxon (German speaking) city called Kronstadt, so this may give you a little perspective how colorful Transylvania as a region is. I have two brothers, aged 23 and 5. 
I converted to Unitarianism in 2013 at the age of 20 after a 5-year long struggle with my own religion and spirituality. I started my seminary studies the same year in Transylvania. Throughout these years my life changed, or how I prefer to call it, I became spiritually mature. I gained some experience leading communities by being the leader of the seminary students advisory council and the National Youth Organization of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church, called ODFIE, whom I additionally served as a student minister last year. I got my basic degree in 2017 from the Protestant Theological Institute's Unitarian Faculty in Kolozsvár, Transylvania. I then started the Masters Degree studies at the same Theological Institute, as well as the Master of Arts in Leadership Studies program at Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago, IL. My main development or research areas as a minister in formation are: youth and young adult ministry, health care, community organizing, interfaith activities, charity, leadership methods inside ministry, and Friedman's Family Systems Theory.
I am looking forward to be as much help as I can during my internship in your wonderful church, as well as for opportunities to learn about each others culture, common values and goals.