03/03/2019 Do You Trust Me?

Rev. Jason Lydon In Disney’s cartoon Aladdin, we see the young “street rat” turn to Princess Jasmine on two occasions throughout the movie asking her, “Do you trust me?” In both instances there is no reason for the princess to trust Aladdin, and yet she gives him her hand and goes with him each time. … Continued

02/24/2019 Where We’ve Been, Where We Are Now, Where We Are Going

Revs. David Schwartz, Teresa Schwartz, and Jason Lydon It is said there are only two kinds of stories in the world: you go on a journey and a stranger comes to town. We’re about to do both here at First U! Come and commission our Sabbatical Minister, the Rev. Jason Lydon, and come bid a … Continued

02/17/2019 Living Our Belief

Dr. Daniel Davis In honor of Black History Month, we are proud to welcome African American Studies and African Studies scholar, Dr. Daniel Davis. Dr. Davis explores contemporary racial injustice and identify what each of us can do to fight for a more equal and just society. Framed within the teachings of the Rev. Dr. … Continued

02/10/2019 A Curvy, Never-Ending Road

Zsolt Elekes Showing up for our values is one of our core missions, which can be meaningful. However, what can we do when the current ideological waves are not supporting our cause? In this Sunday’s service we will try to find the common forces that drive our Unitarian spirituality all around the world. Our foundations … Continued

02/03/2019 Unlikely Friends

Rev. Teresa Schwartz Unitarian Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The only way to have a friend is to be a friend.” As biological families are increasingly geographically separated, our friends are often our closest “family”—by proximity, and sometime by the heart, too. We’ll explore stories of unlikely friendships and what they can remind us about what … Continued

01/20/2019 Are We Yet Not Able?

Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey We explore our ability and willingness to receive the prophetic words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Meadville Lombard Theological School. The first out African American queer lesbian ordained elder of the United Methodist Church, Dr. Lightsey … Continued

01/13/2019 Give it a Rest

Rev, Teresa Schwartz Since the invention of the light bulb and the industrial revolution, we’ve increasingly given up our daily and weekly rest. Our on-the-go lifestyles have only accelerated in the Information Age, so much so that after a cordial greeting of “How are you?,” it’s almost a badge of honor to say the truth, … Continued

12/30/2018 Kwanzaa Service

Mama Edie McLoud Armstrong & Joseph Harrington Light the Kinara and lift up the seven principles of Kwanzaa with words and music. Whether Kwanzaa is a long family tradition, or you’ve never celebrated before, you are warmly welcome for this intergenerational service. Mama Edie McLoud Armstrong a bilingual storyteller, percussionist, speech and language pathologist leads … Continued