February 2020 Services


February 2: Invitation to Apocalypse

Rev. David Schwartz

10 a.m., Sanctuary

In its oldest sense, apocalypse means an unveiling, a revealing, truth made plain. Our invitation is to be a people who will not hide the world in convenient fictions and words that obscure reality.


February 9: If They Say No, I’ll Go Anyhow

Rev. Teri Schwartz

In honor of Black History month, we’ll explore the story of the first Black Unitarian Minister, Egbert Ethelred Brown, who started a Unitarian congregation in Jamaica in 1908 before moving to Harlem in 1920, where he founded the Harlem Community Church; the AUA provided sporadic financial support, then took away his ministerial fellowship in 1929.  His story highlights our faith’s failures—and Brown’s resilience in the face of racism within the American Unitarian Association.


February 23: Compassionate Acts, Guest Preacher Susan Frances

This Sunday, we will explore what acting with compassion looks like. How do the compassionate acts of being an Upstander or an engaged Bystander affect the communities of which we are a part?

Susan Frances is the 2019-2020 chair of the Chicago Area Liberal Ministers. She graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School and finished her internship at the Unitarian Church of Evanston in the spring of 2019. She started seminary when the campus was still in Hyde Park and enjoyed many weekday Vespers services at First Unitarian. She and her wife, Mickey, live in Chicago, where Susan has spent the past 14 years living into her call in the secular world as an attorney and being actively engaged at her home congregation, Second Unitarian.