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Lead With Love

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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.

The Rhythm of Awareness

November 3, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on November 3, 2019. What is calling for your attention? Rev. Taylor reflects on how easy it is for our technology to focus our attention to the point that we are no longer attending to what is truly important.

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.

A Cloud of Witnesses

October 27, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on October 27, 2019. Who are your cloud of witnesses? Have you ever thought about how you are among the cloud of witnesses for others? Rev. Taylor reflects on the wisdom of remembering—remembering those who have gone before us and those who are in need of support.

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

Engaging Our Neighbors

October 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Scott Aaseng on October 20, 2019. Crises like the ones we’re facing call for radical action. Not necessarily more extreme action, but radical in the sense of addressing the roots of these crises. One of the most radical actions we can take is to talk – and listen – to our neighbors.

Rev. Scott Aaseng is the Executive Director of the UU Advocacy Network of IL (UUANI). 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 [email protected].

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

Whose Are We?

October 13, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on October 13, 2019. I hope that each of you can tell a story that helps to answer the question, "Whose are we?" That, at a time when you were in trouble, or grieving, or hurt, you looked around you, and you knew that you were not alone. That you were held by people who loved you for all of who you are.

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

Belonging To the Book of Life

October 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Senior Minister Rev. Alan Taylor on October 6, 2019. Reflecting on the life work of Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche communities, and Brene Brown's distinction between "fitting in" and "belonging," Rev. Taylor finds the Jewish High Holy Days an apt time to explore the relationship between community and forgiveness.

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