02/12/2017 Nevertheless, She Persisted

Rev. Teresa Schwartz 2017 began with the biggest march in U.S. history – an estimated 2.9 million people marched for women’s rights, joined by people around the globe. This year, Unitarian Universalists will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Women & Religion Resolution. Forty years ago, our General Assembly called us to look hard at … Continued

02/05/2017 Why Are We Here (in church)?

Rev. David Schwartz This service recreates an 80-year old order of service to ask why we gather in a house of worship in the current age. It’s not our usual order of worship, but we’re using it this Sunday to find strength in our roots and to remember that the same hope which called our … Continued

01/29/2017 Nurturing the Inner Prophet

Rev. Teresa Schwartz In our liberal religious tradition, prophecy is less about fore-telling and more about truth-telling – and that is something we can each do. Theologian Walter Brueggemann suggests that there are three urgent prophetic tasks: to face reality, to grieve, and to hope. We are each navigating this path from reality, to grief, … Continued

01/15/17 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

Andrea Freerkson, Jean Hester, Michael Brunson On this Martin Luther King Sunday, we rededicate ourselves to making beloved community real, here and now. We invite to the pulpit members Jean Hester and Michael Brunson to show how the past calls us boldly into the future: The movement for civil rights and for Black lives never … Continued

01/08/17 Teaching to Transgress

  Rev. Karen Mooney Teaching to transgress – what bell hooks radical pedagogy offers a new age. Impermanence, change, ambiguity, all of these are constants in a post-truth world. Unitarian Universalism invites us into a posture of engaging the questions that define our world rather than the answers. Will this attitude help us thrive? How … Continued

11/27/16 The Dharma of Barbarous Beauty

Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher In one of the dialects of English, “stooks” is a word for the harvested hay raked together into stacks. Gerard Manly Hopkins wrote: “Summer ends now; now barbarous in beauty / the Stooks arise / Around.” Here in Chicago, the trees have dropped their masses of leaves and stand skeletal against … Continued