05/19/2019 Wrestling with Conflict

Rev. Jason Lydon Conflict is an inevitable aspect of life. We have conflict within ourselves, with our loved ones, with strangers, with the person driving too slowly on Lake Shore Drive, and with so many others. Conflict does not inevitably create harm or despair, and yet it certainly can. If we are committing to be … Continued

05/12/2019 Mother’s Day: Let Us Be Too Tender with One Another

Rev. Jason Lydon In her Mother’s Day Proclamation, Julia Ward Howe wrote, “We, women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country, to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.” What might these words mean for us today? How might the message of these words interact with the vision … Continued

04/28/2019 Water: A True Elixir of Life

Rev. Jason Lydon It has been said that the next wars will be fought over water, but in truth there have been wars and battles over water for generations. The Earth’s natural flowing waters are in constant danger of pollution, contamination, damming, and drought. As residents of a city that sits on one of largest … Continued

04/21/2019 From Resurrection to Liberation

Rev. Jason Lydon As Unitarian Universalists we are not called upon to believe in the literal resurrection of Jesus. However, there is great strength in believing that a community can have the resilience to rise up even after an empire strikes its leader down. We will use this Easter celebration to resist theologies that celebrate … Continued

04/07/2019 Hard to Say “I’m Sorry”?

Rev. Jason Lydon Before we can even begin to talk about forgiveness, it is important that we learn how to do the work of offering healthy and authentic apologies. We live in a culture where certain people are saying the words, “I’m sorry” constantly and others simply never utter the words. Neither of these extremes … Continued

03/31/2019 Give Until It Feels Good!

Rev. Jason Lydon Generosity comes in many forms. We can give generously of time, love, compassion, labor, wisdom, and of course, money. Giving generously requires us to give beyond what comes easily. We are called to give until we know what we are giving is a gift that is good. We have celebrated a great … Continued

03/17/2019 Solidarity Forever

Rev, Jason Lydon Between 1846-1848 nearly 100 Irish immigrants to the US deserted and defected from the US military to join the Mexican resistance during the US colonial attacks on Mexico, creating the St. Patrick’s Battalion. While St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is mostly just a time to drink green beer and make a mess … Continued

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