Pastoral Care

We are committed to providing care to our members throughout their lives. We do this by meeting and accepting you wherever you are in your life and spiritual journey, by helping you to discover and make meaning from your life events, by cherishing and enriching our understanding of the human journey and each other, by experiencing and supporting you through major milestones, celebrations and transitions, as well as providing you support and care in times of need.

Our ministers are available to provide counsel, care, support and guidance to members in need. If you would like to speak with one of our ministers, please contact them directly:

Rev. Dawn Cooley, Interim Senior Minister

708.848.6225 x101 / dcooley@unitytemple.org

Rev. Emily Gage, Associate Minister

708.848.6225 x103 / egage@unitytemple.org

Pastoral Associates

When life’s joys and sorrows come along it is often helpful to talk with a sensitive peer. Pastoral Associates are able to provide support, companionship and attentive listening. They have been chosen for their warmth and openness and have received special training from the ministers, but are not trained therapists. Confidentiality is always complete.

If you are in need of support or know someone who is, email pastoralassociates@unitytemple.org, call the congregation office at 708.848.6225 or contact one of the pastoral associates directly.

Caring Ministry

We have a Caring Ministry at Unity Temple UU Congregation. Life is hard sometimes. We experience sickness, job loss, broken hearts and broken bodies. Your faith community is here to support you through those difficult times. Whether you need a listening ear, a helping hand, or the support of a cadre of congregants with similar experiences, the Caring Ministry is here for you with ministries of being, doing and connecting.

Ministry of Being : The NEW Pastoral Care Associates (PCAs)
We seek to support each other as we journey together through life’s mountains and valleys, through our personal and common sorrows and struggles. When you need a listening ear, because of a recent illness, an upcoming surgery, life transitions and more, one of our new, trained Pastoral Care Associates will be ready to be a gentle listener. This one-to-one lay ministry is designed to complement, not replace, the pastoral care that our ministers continue to provide.
Ministry of Doing : The EXPANDED Care Team
When you need a helping hand, the Care Team is here to provide tangible support. If you have a new baby, or you are sick and would appreciate a meal (or two or three), or are homebound and would appreciate a UTUUC Visitor, the Care Team is here to support you. Contact caring@unitytemple.org if you would like some support from the Care Team or are interested in helping to provide support to other congregants.
Ministry of Connecting : The GROWING Peer Support Groups
Our peer support groups are regular gatherings of UTUUC congregants who have shared lived experiences. Usually once each month, these individuals come together, overseen by a trained peer support facilitator, to talk with one another about their experiences, struggles and challenges. Learn about our current peer support groups here.