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The Sanctuary of Kindness

Latest Podcasts - October 14, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on October 14, 2018. We are capable of creating sanctuary for one another through kindness.

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

A Song of Peace

Latest Podcasts - October 7, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on October 7, 2018. How can tolerance and intolerance co-exist? Rev. Taylor suggests that tolerance is the virtue that makes peace possible and reflects on the challenges of embodying tolerance in this time of intense polarization and intolerance.

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

Looking Forward Together

Latest Podcasts - September 30, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on September 30, 2018. If we consider vision as “looking forward together,” there is much to reflect on from where this congregation has come and now where it is going, especially in light of toxic masculinity promoted in the halls of power.

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

Conflicting Visions

Latest Podcasts - September 23, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on September 23, 2018. "Often the most challenged books are the stories that need to be heard the most," they muse on bannedbooksweek.org. Reflections on banned books week, the silencing of stories and why what we share and how we listen matters. 

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

Beginning Again In Love

Latest Podcasts - September 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on September 16, 2018. Reflecting on the wisdom of the Jewish High Holy Days, Rev. Taylor explores the nature of forgiveness and provides a contemporary and compelling understanding of atonement.

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

Wake Now Our Senses

Latest Podcasts - September 9, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on September 9, 2018.

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

Let Your Life Speak

Latest Podcasts - September 2, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on September 2, 2018.

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

Homecoming Sunday and Water Communion

Latest Podcasts - August 26, 2018 - 12:00pm

This podcast from August 26, 2018 begins with an introduction to the UTUUC Water Communion ceremony included during each Homecoming Sunday which kicks off the new church year. The introduction is shared by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor, who is returning from a four-month sabbatical, and Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage. Rev. Taylor follows that with a brief reflection for this worship for all ages.

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

Beloved Conversations 2018

Latest Podcasts - August 19, 2018 - 12:00pm

Reflections in this podcast from worship on August 19, 2018 were given by congregation members and Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor who participated in the Beloved Conversations program. In order, they are Marsha Borders, Ann Cooke, Jennifer Evans, Elizabeth Freeland, John Freeland and Rev. Alan Taylor.

Beloved Conversations is an experiential curriculum that provides a space to re-form/fuse the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior ushering in social and spiritual healing. New ways of being are learned through the actions of conversation and probing dialogue. Participation in this course requires an extensive time commitment, a degree of openness, willingness to engage in deeply personal conversations, and a level of comfort with potentially difficult interactions. For more information, contact Rev. Emily Gage at egage@unitytemple.org

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

What Are We Building?

Latest Podcasts - August 12, 2018 - 12:00pm

Reflections delivered on August 12, 2018 by Rev. Scott Aaseng and Rev. Karen Mooney, Elise Miedlar and Frankie Tilbrook. The world is in need of our many hands doing the work of justice. But what is it that we are building as we work? Leaders of three UU justice organizations in Illinois will share their perspectives: Rev. Karen Mooney, Director of the UU Prison Ministry of IL (UUPMI), Rev. Scott Aaseng, Executive Director of the UU Advocacy Network of IL (UUANI), and Elise Miedlar, Coordinator and Frankie Tilbrook, Leader of Youth and Young Adult (YaYA) Justice.

UUPMI equips UUs in Illinois to transform institutions and support people harmed by the prison industrial complex. For more information, contact Rev. Karen Mooney at uupmi.info@gmail.com or uupmi.org.

UUANI builds community and power among UU congregations in Illinois to put our UU values into effective action for justice, beloved community and a healthy planet. For more information, contact Rev. Scott Aaseng at uuani@uuani.org.

YaYA Justice is an up and coming UU social justice group focused on connecting young people ranging in age from their teens well into their twenties. We work to give young people opportunities to get involved in all kinds of activism out of the necessity for youth and young adult focused action when change is plentiful and generational divides are at their largest. For more information, contact Elise Miedlar and Frankie Tilbrook at yayajustice@uuani.org.

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

Voyages

Latest Podcasts - August 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield on August 5, 2018. We look for voyages - great journeys that give meaning to our lives. But meaning is made in relationship. Sometimes with snakes.

Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield is the Program Director for the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF), helping to originate and manage the grants function since 2013. She brings to ISEIF her background in grassroots environmental education around Illinois and wide network of relationships in the field, which were established in her prior position for 14 years as founder and Executive Director of Faith in Place. Prior to that she worked as a transactional attorney, specializing in corporate and tax law. She also manages a small consulting practice, 2 Point 0 Studio, on the side, on the website for which she occasionally blogs. Her graduate education includes a J.D. from the University of Illinois, a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She is also ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Clare can be contacted at c.butterfield@iseif.org or 312-239-6752.

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

 

We've Come This Far by Faith

Latest Podcasts - July 29, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Darrick Jackson on July 29, 2018. The Rev. Darrick Jackson is the Director of Education of the UU Ministers Association. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Leadville Lombard Theological School and one of the authors in the book “Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry.”

Darrick is active in DRUUMM (the UU ministry for people of color). He is also the treasurer and Workshop Leader for Healing Moments (a ministry for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s).   In his free time, Darrick likes to knit and to be involved in theatre. He is married to James Olson, a United Church of Christ minister and lives with their two cats, Merlin and Morgana.

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

 

The Same Old Story?

Latest Podcasts - July 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on July 22, 2018. Rev. Gage shares that if you’re paying attention at all to the news these days, it’s hard not to feel disoriented. To me, anyway, it feels like so much is in question. So much is up in the air. Sometimes I get overwhelmed. And sometimes I try and remind myself of that Sun Tzu saying about how in the midst of chaos, there is opportunity.

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

 

MyHAT: The Joy of Support

Latest Podcasts - July 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

Reflections offered by congregants Emma Farrell and Alice Ocrey and Rev. Kellie Kelly on July 15, 2018. As part of this Unity Temple Mental Health Awareness Team (MyHAT) service, Emma, Alice and Kellie share how mental illness has touched their lives in the hopes that sharing their stories will help reduce the stigma, increase our understanding and encourage support.

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

 

Making It Up As We Go Along

Latest Podcasts - July 8, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Meg Riley on July 8, 2018. Some stories comfort us with familiarity; others surprise us as they evolve before our eyes. Improvisation, which may appear to go "anywhere" is governed by consistent guidelines which allow evolving stories to be strong, focussed and interesting. How could those practices serve us in everyday life?

Meg Riley currently serves as Senior Minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a Unitarian Universalist congregation that began as an outreach to UU soldiers in World War II and continues to reach out to farflung UUs, including almost 900 people who are currently incarcerated. Riley has served the movement in a variety of other capacities. She lives in Minneapolis, where she has been studying improv for about 5 years.

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

I Am You and What I See Is Me

Latest Podcasts - July 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Unity Temple congregant and lay leader Chuck Ruth on July 1, 2018. Becoming more conscious is the spiritual imperative of our time. Chuck shares what this means for us and the wider world.

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