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For Such a Time As This

Latest Podcasts - February 23, 2020 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey on February 23, 2020. Rev. Dr. Lightsey dynamically reflects on what the story of Esther has to teach us about "such a time as this."

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey serves at Meadville Lombard Theological School, that prepares Unitarian Universalist ministers, as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Constructive Theology. She arrived at MLTS in January 2018 from the Boston University School of Theology where she served as Associate Dean of Community Life and Lifelong Learning, Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice. Before serving as a theological school educator, scholar and administrator she served in the military, as a public servant, and as a United Methodist congregational pastor. Throughout her vocational life, she has been a leading social justice activist, working with local, national and international organizations focusing primarily on the causes of peacemaking, racial justice and LGBTQ rights. Dr. Lightsey is the author of Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology.

The theme for February is what it means to be a people of resilience. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Take Heart

Latest Podcasts - February 16, 2020 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on February 16, 2020 Rev. Taylor reflects on his second visit to refugees in Matamoros, taking heart amidst disappointment.

The theme for February is what it means to be a people of resilience. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Immense Confusing Holiness

Latest Podcasts - February 9, 2020 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on February 9, 2020. A sermon on small and big worries, resilience, and our propensity to take "flying leaps at nonsensical unreasonable ideas like marriage and marathons and democracy and divinity." (Thanks, Brian Doyle.)

The theme for February is what it means to be a people of resilience. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Staying the Journey

Latest Podcasts - February 2, 2020 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on February 2, 2020. The reading that precedes the sermon is from Howard Thurman.

The theme for February is what it means to be a people of resilience. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Trying to Be a Faithful Human Being

Latest Podcasts - January 26, 2020 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on January 26, 2020. The sermon is preceded by a faith testimonial from Alex Kapitan. Reflecting on the rhythms to which we move through the world, Rev. Taylor reflects on how our wider culture has dominant rhythms that are often not our own. Isn't being faithful learning how to dance to our own inner drumbeats and recognize and respond to the authentic rhythms of others? 

Alex Kapitan is co-founder of the Transforming Hearts Collective which supports spaces for LGBTQ people to access resilience, healing and spirituality, and supports congregations in the work of radical inclusion and culture shift. He shares his story of growing up Unitarian Universalist and what he is looking for in a congregation.

Lead With Love

Latest Podcasts - January 19, 2020 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on January 19, 2020. Reflecting on Dr. King's vision of the Beloved Community, Rev. Taylor explores the the work of Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy), the ramifications of facing up to our nation's history of racism and terrorism towards people of color, and Stevenson's prescription to bring forth a society that provides justice, equity, and compassion for all.

The theme for January is what it means to be a people of integrity. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Take Courage & Build Brave Spaces

Latest Podcasts - January 12, 2020 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Karen Mooney on January 12, 2020. Hear how building brave spaces differs from creating safe spaces and why that is the work we need to do to be truly welcoming to all.

Rev. Mooney works with the Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministries of Illinois as they seek to bring UU faith and worship to incarcerated people. She is honored to offer circles of care for those living in prisons and jails and support all those affected by incarceration. Karen is a life-long Unitarian Universalist who learned the art of church from her very involved parents. She has been educated far and wide, working and playing, listening and walking with people. She loves that UU communities are places where you find people who are alive and seeking throughout their lives.

The theme for January is what it means to be a people of integrity. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Show Yourself - Integrity of Self

Latest Podcasts - January 5, 2020 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Allison Farnum on January 5, 2020. Rev. Farnum examines personal integrity through the lens of discernment as a way to start the new year.

Rev. Allison Farnum is a Unitarian Universalist minister, returned to the Chicago area from eleven years serving her first call at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, Florida. She is currently serving as Adjunct Consultant for our UUA’s MidAmerica Region as she discerns how best she may next fulfill her call to serve the Spirit of Love. Rev. Allison loves all things culinary and is a proud mother of 2, and wife to her beloved Andy.

The theme for January is what it means to be a people of integrity. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Into the Unknown

Latest Podcasts - December 29, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Allison Farnum on December 29, 2019. Rev. Farnum is a Unitarian Universalist minister, returned to the Chicago area from eleven years serving her first call at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, Florida. She is currently serving as Adjunct Consultant for our UUA’s MidAmerica Region as she discerns how best she may next fulfill her call to serve the Spirit of Love. Rev. Allison loves all things culinary and is a proud mother of 2, and wife to her beloved Andy.

The theme for December is what it means to be a people of awe. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Christmas Eve: Do You Believe in Miracles?

Latest Podcasts - December 24, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor at the 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve worship service on December 24, 2019. Rev. Taylor reflects on the promises of the Season.

The theme for December is what it means to be a people of awe. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Practice By Napping

Latest Podcasts - December 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

This podcast from December 22, 2019 begins with a story for all ages read by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage. She follows the story with her sermon about how sometimes things don’t turn out the way we plan.

The theme for December is what it means to be a people of awe. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Awe, Mystery and Wonder

Latest Podcasts - December 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on December 15, 2019. Reflecting on the teachings and life of Rabbi Abraham Heschel, Rev. Taylor considers our culture's need to engage in more awe-robics.

The theme for December is what it means to be a people of awe. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Magnificat in D major, J. S. Bach

Latest Podcasts - December 8, 2019 - 12:00pm

On Sunday, December 8, 2019 the Unity Temple Choir, soloists and the Bach Baroque Chamber Orchestra presented the Bach Magnificat in D major. This, one of J.S Bach's most performed works, features five soloists and a five part chorus, beginning and ending with exciting and challenging choral movements.

Bach, a master in setting Biblical texts, has crafted a work that shows wonderful attention to the meaning of Mary's Song of Praise (Luke I: 46-55), amplified by the various moods, textures and orchestral colors that engage the listener as Mary exults in being blessed to be the Mother of the Messiah.

In order to maintain the format of the worship service, three musical movements are not included in this performance.

The theme for December is what it means to be a people of awe. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

 

Wrestling With Angels

Latest Podcasts - December 1, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on December 1, 2019. Reflecting on the Advent story, Rev. Taylor explores Mary's courage and what sustains her. Are there two angels in the story? Will we step forth like Mary and will we provide the blessing of sanctuary to others?

he theme for December is what it means to be a people of awe. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Paying Attention

Latest Podcasts - November 24, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Fev. Emily Gage on November 24, 2019. In her reflection on paying attention, Emily includes the Museum of Science and Industry, William Carlos Williams, stories about mice and Thanksgiving. 

The theme for November is what it means to be a people of attention. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

What Is Evil?

Latest Podcasts - November 17, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered on November 17, 2019 by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor. Often evil is hard to pin down but the impacts of evil are very clear. As evil is human-created hell for other people through either personal action or the structures of society, it matters that we pay attention or else our lack of attention and silence shall allow evil to flourish.

The theme for November is what it means to be a people of attention. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

The Low Tide of the Soul

Latest Podcasts - November 10, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on November 10, 2019. 

The theme for November is what it means to be a people of attention. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.