Jason Lydon is serving our congregation as our sabbatical minister until July 2019. Rev. Jason is a recent transplant to Chicago from Boston. Jason has spent the last six years working on issues impacting LGBTQ/HIV+ people who are affected by the criminal legal system. Jason founded the abolitionist organization, Black and Pink, in 2005 and has dedicated much of his community ministry to prison abolition work. Additionally, Jason served the Community Church of Boston, a humanist leaning UU church, from 2005 – 2012. During his time with us, Jason will support the pastoral needs of the church, create engaging worship services, and ensure our congregation is nurtured during our settled ministers’ sabbatical.
Rev. Jason is available for office hours Monday – Thursday by appointment.
David and Teresa Schwartz (on sabbatical until August 2019)
David and Teresa Schwartz have been our Senior Co-Ministers since 2013. They work for a vision of church in which inner growth and development goes hand in hand with work for justice in the world. They are here to build a church where each person who comes on a Sunday morning needing relief from the whirlwind of life and shelter from the storm can rest and recharge. They are here to build a church where conscience is honed and we remember our deep values. And they are here to build a church for the future – that we take this beautiful old place and rebuild it for the generations to come.
Rev. David Schwartz and Rev. Teri are each available for office hours on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday by appointment .
Dr. David Arksey
The concept of “Ministry at Large” refers to ministering to people outside the immediate community of a particular church. First Church has a long tradition of Ministry at Large, going back to The Rev. Robert Collyer in 1859. Rev. Dr. David Arksey is the third person to occupy this position, after The Rev. Robert Collyer and The Rev. George Sikes. His particular area of focus is pastoral care and counseling with families, couples and individuals in both short and long-term therapy. He is currently on the staff of Counseling Ministries, a group pastoral counseling practice with several offices in the Chicago area. In addition he is a former Adjunct Faculty member at Meadville/Lombard Theological School and formerly on the Supervising Faculty of The Family Institute.