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The Land You Call Home

August 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Intern Minister Zsolt Elekes on August 11, 2019. Zsolt's sermon focuses on the global mission of Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism. As he is delivering his last sermon as Intern Minister at our congregation, he underlines the importance of global partnership in faith. It is important in ages when walls are built that we build bridges that connect our faith across the oceans.

Zsolt will finish his year-long internship with UTUUC on August 18 and will return to his homeland of Transylvania to pursue his career in Unitarian Universalist ministry.

The theme for August is how do we lead a life of presence? To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

To Love Yourself Is To Love Our World

August 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Scott Stabile on August 4, 2019. Scott Stabile is a writer and speaker. He presents daylong empowerment workshops nationally and internationally as an advocate for Love! He has a huge and devoted social media following. He is the author of Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart and Just Love. Learn more at www.scottstabile.com.

The theme for July is how do we lead a life of presence? To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Beloved Conversations: Personal Reflections on Race and Ethnicity

July 28, 2019 - 12:00pm

This podcast from the July 28, 2019 worship service consists of personal reflections by five UTUUC members on their experiences participating in the Beloved Conversations program. In order of presentation, the members are Emma Farrell, Magane Koshimura, Sarah Harmon, Chuck Ruth and Stephanie Kiesling. Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage offers introductory thoughts.

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. For more information about Beloved Conversations and to inquire about participating in the next session, please contact Rev. Gage at [email protected]

The theme for July is how do we lead a life of presence? To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Stonewall and Stone Walls

July 21, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on July 21, 2019. Lots was happening in 1969, including an uprising at a gay bar called the Stonewall in Greenwich Village, which may mark the beginning of the gay civil rights movement. What exactly happened that night? What does it mean for us today?

The theme for July is how do we lead a life of presence? To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Time for Those Questions: A Q&A Sermon

July 14, 2019 - 12:00pm

This sermon delivered by Intern Minister Zsolt Elekes on July 14 is a compilation of questions asked by those attending worship that day. Questions were written during the service, categorized by a congregation member and selected as representative of that category. As a way of being fully present with the congregation, Zsolt answered the questions extemporaneously as he read them.

The theme for July is how do we lead a life of presence? To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

The 18" Pilgrimage

July 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Pastor Danny Givens on July 7, 2019. Danny Givens is a heartfelt activist and orator who received a life changing gift of forgiveness from an off-duty police officer he shot during a botched robbery in 1996. Propelled by forgiveness, Danny began his journey toward reconciliation and resiliency prior to his release from incarceration in 2008. He later went on to receive his B.A. in Christian Ministry from Bethel University in 2011, accompanied by a three-year residency as an Interfaith Minister at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2016. Learn more about Danny at www.dannygivens.com.

The theme for June is how do we lead a life of presence? To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

 

 

Love in Action, A Vision for Our Time

June 30, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Andrew Harvey on June 30, 2019. Andrew Harvey has spent 40 years devoting himself to the Rumi Renaissance and to Rumi as the prophet of love of the new universal mysticism. And now, he focuses his passion on the other great universal mystical poet, Kabir the powerful poet of India, loved by Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs but whose vision of the One transcends all religions.

In this sermon, Mr. Harvey acts as translator and unifier for Ruminator and Kabir, inviting us to experience the extreme, stunning, mystical dialogue of the heart between these two universal masters. Rumi made us vulnerable to love and now Kabir kills us into the eternal life of truth in embodied Divine humanity. Andrew further presents these two perspectives as an urgent calling to us to take action in response to our immediate climate emergency.

The theme for June is how do we lead a life of beauty? To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Observing Beauty

June 23, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Intern Minister Zsolt Elekes on June 23, 2019. In the month of beauty, we are trying to find the beauty in the world, which we can often find in nature. Here, Zsolt raises awareness that the beauty of nature - like the coral reefs, forests and islands - will no longer be observed by the next generations if we are not listening to the climate scientists and we are not hearing the words of awareness. Through his sermon, Zsolt presents two cases of environmental injustice from Transylvania, and he gives voice to his visions and dreams.

The theme for June is how do we lead a life of beauty? To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith

Three Perspectives - Reflections on Fatherhood and Time

June 16, 2019 - 12:00pm

This sermon from June 16, 2019 consists of addresses from three UTUUC members who are also fathers. Andrew Thompson, Michael Weekes and Terry Grace share their different perspectives as fathers of preschool, elementary school and adult age children, respectively.

The theme for June is how do we lead a life of beauty? To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith

The Beauties of Today

June 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Intern Minister Zsolt Elekes on June 9, 2019. 

The theme for June is how do we lead life of beauty? To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith

The Beautiful Things We Carry

June 2, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on June 2, 2019. Blaise Pascal wrote: "In difficult times, carry something beautiful in your heart." This sermon considers the beautiful things we carry in our hearts and encounters Emerson, Career Day and youth group trips along the way.

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

The Spiritual Roots of Environmental Injustice

May 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Rev. Brian Sauder on May 26, 2019. In this message, UT member Scott Metzger talks about his work with the Eco Justice Faith in Action Team. Then, Rev. Sauder explores the theme of curiosity and courage by sharing more about his journey in growing the impact of Faith in Place alongside diverse faith communities such as Unity Temple.

Rev. Sauder is the President & Executive Director of Faith in Place (www.faithinplace.org). His passion is empowering faith communities across Illinois to take measurable steps to connect the dots between faith, environmental justice, poverty, mass incarceration, race, violence, class, and health. Rev. Sauder is ordained by the Mennonite Church U.S.A. and worships with Chicago Community Mennonite Church in East Garfield Park. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Garrett Theological Seminary, co-teaching an environmental certification course for future clergy.

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

Following the Fullness of Life

May 19, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on May 19, 2019 as part of this worship for all ages. An ode to dandelions, being who you are, and blooming where you're planted. A homily for Flower Communion.

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

We All Have Superpowers

May 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

This service from May 12, 2019 was created and presented by the Unity Temple Youth Group as part of the high school seniors' Bridging Ceremony. Youth Coordinator Heather Godbout introduces the service. The three graduating seniors then give their bridging talks followed by remarks from Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage. In order, the seniors speaking are Matthew Layden, Elise Miedlar and Martin Stock-Ward.

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

A Different Story

May 5, 2019 - 12:00pm

Sermon delivered by Minister of Faith Development Rev. Emily Gage on May 5, 2019. When we are called to be a people of curiosity, we don’t just share in each others' interests, we are called to be open to who we are and who we are becoming, in the fullest sense of the word. When we show curiosity about one another, we are often building and strengthening relationships. And when we seek out others’ ideas and feelings by our questions and listening, then curiosity is a form of love.

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