10/27/2019 The Grammar of Inclusion

Rev. Teresa Schwartz We live in a culture that tends to recognize just two genders, male and female. The idea that there are only two genders is sometimes called a “gender binary.” Yet, non-binary identities have been recognized for millennia by cultures and societies around the world. While our culture is starting to deconstruct the … Continued

10/13/2019 Belonging to the World

Rev. Teresa Schwartz The Chicago Children’s Choir was founded as a ministry of First U in 1963. In 1986, the Choir separated from the church to become an organization in its own right. The choir belonged to the church for 30 years, but in letting go, the church gave the choir to the city—and the … Continued

10/06/2019 Out of Many, Many

Rev. David Schwartz You have as many non-human cells in you as you do human cells: about 30 trillion human and 30 trillion not. We’re each our own ecosystem: a balance of more than 10,000 different species living together in constant growth and death and change. As a religious community, we embrace an intentional diversity … Continued

09/29/2019 Schug Memorial Intern Commissioning and Welcome

Monica Kling-Garcia First U is proud to be a teaching congregation. Through our Schug Memorial Internship program, we help shape the next generation of Unitarian Universalist Members — and, in turn, we are shaped by them. On this Sunday, we formally welcome and commission our intern, Monica Kling-Garcia, who will serve our congregation for the … Continued

09/22/2019 One Foot In, One Foot Out

Rev. David Schwartz In the moment between past journey and future potential, a threshold is a sacred place. Those “in-between” moments are also scary, exciting, hopeful, uncertain, anxiety-laden, and filled with possibility. What it means to be a people who take those thresholds seriously in the life of our congregation, our nation, our planet, and … Continued

09/15/2019 A Climate of Change

Rev. Teresa Schwartz Climate change is the moral crisis of our time and we’re all feeling its effects. This summer record flooding submerged large portions of the Midwest and the U.K. had its hottest day on record. On Friday, September 20th, youth will lead people from around the globe to strike. The hope is that … Continued

08/25/2019 The Space Between Us

Joseph Harrington & Brendan Epton Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, “Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other … Continued

08/18/2019 Returning Home and Beginning Again

Revs, D, Schwartz, T, Schwartz, & J. Lydon After five and a half months on sabbatical, our settled ministers have returned. What has this time apart meant for our congregation? What have we all learned? What has the rest and rejuvenation emboldened our ministers with? What has this congregation worked through during this time with … Continued

08/11/2019 Sanctuary

Rev. Allen Harden Sanctuary—a sacred space, a place of peace, a place of protection. This word shows up frequently in public discourse today, and the practice of providing sanctuary is a bold way of expressing core human values. I believe that the idea of sanctuary is also important in our personal lives, and how we … Continued