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Pastor Christian begins our Advent sermon series in a season of all things comfort: comfort food, comfy clothes, comfort music. It’s understandable that we’re drawn to the comfortable when so much in our lives these days sap us. Today’s scripture however seems to make us un-comfortable. Or does it? In the midst of these challenging images that Jesu…
 
Streaming from our Edgewater site! This weekend, Pastor Chan explored Hannah’s prayer and offering from 1 Samuel. Finishing our sermon series “An Important Piece of the Puzzle,” we recognize how the act of giving is usually portrayed as this honorable and faithful act. Not to say it’s not… but sometimes giving is hard. It can mean being honest abou…
 
We continue our series “An Important Piece of the Puzzle” claiming *every* gift matters because each adds up to creating and sustaining beautiful community. In our scripture this morning, Digital Pastor Jennifer Stephens explores this loving act by Mary when she pours expensive oil on Jesus’ feet and then wipes his feet with her hair. After present…
 
With the uncertainty of the pandemic still weighing on so many, it may feel awkward to talk about financial giving. But it’s also why community is so important! We begin our series this month claiming *every* gift matters because each adds up to creating and sustaining beautiful community. This morning, Pastor Chan leads us in the practice of looki…
 
In 1 Samuel, we read the moving story of Hannah, a woman who has difficulty in conceiving and who comes to God and brings her whole self, including her bitter tears. What does it mean to offer our whole selves to God? Christian Coon reflects on this in this sermon podcast.By Urban Village Church
 
On Sunday we celebrated the tradition of Día de Los Muertos and All Saints Day with the story of Lazarus. Pastor Hannah reflects how we can grieve, mourn, and miss those who have passed, but also hope that grief will not be the only thing we ever know. Jesus' invitation is not for us to deny our grief, but to experience it fully, and ask God to be …
 
We welcome Tonika Johnson, creator of the #FoldedMapProject, to share about her work and facilitate conversation among church folks who have recently done Folded Map tours to learn more about their neighborhood, their city, and the segregation policy that tries to separate and under invest in us. Join in to talk about being a good neighbor, and kno…
 
“Who is my neighbor?” is a question at the heart of our faith. Throughout this month we’ve explored Chicago’s history of redlining, segregation, and also our deep and diverse cultures throughout this “city of neighborhoods.” This morning, Pastor D’Angelo discusses how we can be citizens of the whole city while caring for our whole selves, and doing…
 
The scriptures are clear: as neighbors, we are all "members of each other." But how often do we act like Jesus' neighbors who refused to see him, referencing stereotypes like "Can anything good come from Nazareth?!" The truth is there is so much good everywhere, if only we take the time to build the connections and see it. This Sunday, as we contin…
 
The Parade was cancelled- but the celebrations go on! Enjoy our panel conversation featuring Pastor Hannah Kardon, Blanche DoBoys, and Shea Evangelipstix during our All UVC Drag Worship service at Wicker Park! This week, continue celebrating all of who God made us to be! Malia (Shea Evangelipstix) is an Afro Latina American Transwomen native of Spr…
 
“Who is my neighbor?” is a question at the heart of our faith that Jesus uses to teach us about what it means to care for one another, love one another, and grow closer to God. In Chicago, with our history of redlining and segregation and deep neighborhood cultures, it’s an especially provocative question. On Sunday, Pastor Emily spoke about our pa…
 
What do we do when a trust has been broken or a betrayal has occurred? Our culture would tell us to cut off, walk away, and never look back. But our faith tells us there is a different way. Finishing up our sermon series on restoration, Pastor Emily reflects on John 21, we encounter the original “Come to Jesus moment” and learn that when we make am…
 
In 2 Kings there is this mighty character, Naaman, who’s seeking healing and restoration from an illness. Naaman is disappointed though with the instructions he receives to be made well. It takes the encouragement of his community, getting out in nature, and a readjustment of perspective to take next steps. In worship, Pastor Chan discussed how par…
 
We are not the first faithful people to return to worship together after a long time away - others have done so too, under even harder circumstances, and we can learn from them. This morning, Pastor Hannah encourages us to look to the Israelites who returned from exile to rebuild the Temple under Ezra and Nehemiah. How did they return to one anothe…
 
In our fifth (and final) week of ‘Living Into Community’ - we’re running it back!! In week one, Pastor D’Angelo spoke about gratitude, and it’s such an important aspect of community, we're speaking about it again. Pastor Emily invites us to consider how Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians centers around hope being restored in the midst of desp…
 
Yesterday, we concluded our “Living Into Community” series by discussing truth telling. In the letter to the Colossians the author talks about taking off something old to put something new on, and in this process, there is a period of nakedness and vulnerability. Pastor Christians asks us what does it mean to be fully truthful and transparent with …
 
“Make yourself at home.” As we continue our series “Living Into Community,” Pastor Emily invites us to look at hospitality. Hospitality in this passage is spoken about within two contexts: internal and external. And, hospitality requires an act of service on behalf of the entire community. But what happens when the entire community isn’t involved, …
 
We’re human, so we’re not always able to fulfill all the commitments and promises we make. And sometimes others may struggle to follow through for us. But in Christ, every one of God’s promises are ones we can depend on. How does God’s love and faithfulness impact our community? Join Pastor Christian reflecting on what it means to make and keep pro…
 
We all need community, and, community is hard. This morning we begin our series “Living Into Community” focusing on our first core practice: gratitude. Gratitude is a vital and sustaining aspect of community in that it is life giving. Gratitude invites us to engage, and keeps us from avoiding. Join Pastor D'Angelo as we explore new ways, gain fresh…
 
As we celebrate taking steps towards in-person worship, Pastor Chan encourages us to lean on the wisdom of Paul from Romans and Miles Morales & friends from 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.' What does it look like to lean into the abundance of spiritual gifts as community? How can we confront real fears of scarcity faithfully?…
 
‘Drag & Spirituality’ part deux!! We’re back for a multi-faith, international conversation featuring Mango Lassi, Coco Sho-Nell, and hostess, B0NNi33 Vi0L3T. Enjoy!! . . . Humza A. Mian, aka Mango Lassi, is a queer Canadian-Pakistani who currently resides in the GTA. The focus of his drag is to bring awareness to the existence of queer Desi folk an…
 
We’re back at the movies! Today in worship, much like in the movie 'Black Widow', we’re talking about forgiveness: what does it mean to move forward from a past where we were hurt, and where we hurt others? And how do we set a new way forward? Jesus instructs us to make our lives a constant act of forgiveness, but not to enable others to cause us h…
 
Spoiler: community-making is hard. In Jeremiah, God speaks to a people who have come into a new land after being refugees in another. ‘In The Heights’ tells a similar story about Usnavi de la Vega’s family (and chosen family) pushing back against oppressive systems with a strong commitment to community. How will we show up for each other as we tran…
 
In the final service of our “Queering Faith” series, Pastor Juan Pablo invites us to ask “who is our family?” while weighing the realities of this world. Jesus asked this question, and in his response, we see a liberator who frees us from harmful ideas about God; a Jesus who invites us to be our full & authentic selves; and a Jesus who himself had …
 
This morning, as we celebrate Juneteenth, we read about an Ethiopian eunuch who, although is not given a name in the Bible, is named in several African traditional stories: Qinaqis. Qinaqis has been denied the access to worship freely in the temple of Jerusalem and is dealing with this rejection by the religious leaders in the text. Join us as we e…
 
On the final Sunday in our “Inward Journey” series, Pastor Chan speaks about the quest for God being a lifelong journey. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, the community is struggling with understanding God’s truths. Paul, in the midst of his own sufferings, addresses the community’s fear and anxiety. Join us in worship this morning to explore wha…
 
In Acts 2, those gathered were celebrating a festival marking the first fruits of the harvest, and more importantly, when God gifted God’s people with the Torah law. This law binded God’s people together centered around loving God, living abundantly, and caring for the least of these. This morning, Pastor Emily asks ask how the Spirit invites us to…
 
This morning we continue our series “The Inward Journey” with Paul’s letter to Philippi. Today’s scripture connects peace & rejoicing with a conviction that God’s peace does not rest on external circumstances. Pastor D’Angelo reflects that while the presence of God does not always deliver us from all anxiety, God’s presence does offer peace amid ou…
 
We conclude our three part series "UVC 101: Honest Answers To Frequently Asked Questions." In this episode, we discuss prayer. How do I start praying? Are meditation and prayer the same? What if my prayers aren’t answered? Our panel includes Teaching Pastor Hannah Kardon, Site Pastor D’Angelo Smith, and UVC member J Dayvid Green. Join us every Sund…
 
Welcome to part 2 of our three part series "UVC 101: Honest Answers To Frequently Asked Questions." This episode tackles tough questions about what it means to be a Christian: What does “being saved” mean? If I'm not sure I believe in God, do I still count as a Christian? Do I still want to be a Christian? Our panel includes Teaching Pastor Hannah …
 
Welcome to our three part series "UVC 101: Honest Answers To Frequently Asked Questions." In this episode, we're talking about the Bible. Where do the different parts of the Bible come from? What does it mean to take the Bible literally (and do we have to)? What do I do with contradictions in the Bible? Our panel includes Teaching Pastor Hannah Kar…
 
A year ago we started quarantining and began a sermon series called “Now What?” to help us navigate an uncertain future. Today we’re facing similar questions. This morning, we’ll turn once again to the Scriptures, when after Jesus’ resurrection, the Church found itself asking, “now what?” Student Pastor Lijia explores the early Church’s attempts to…
 
Christ is Risen! Jesus’ resurrection is a story that is constantly being written over and over again. This morning, Pastors Hannah, D’Angelo, and Juan Pablo share their own stories of God’s ability to resurrect and call us in to something new. Join us in worship! Happy Easter :) CCLI # 3211711 / CCLI Streaming #20104183 D’Angelo Smith (Site Pastor …
 
It’s Palm Sunday! In many ways this is a culmination of Christ’s ministry. Jesus is publicly recognized as the Messiah and the massive crowds, even the Empire, are expecting this triumphant leader. But God does something different. We reflect on this expectant hope, what today represents, and also, what comes next. We’re heading to an empty tomb, b…
 
Many of us (beloved and wonderful just as we are!) still crave to be made new in some aspect of our life. We conclude our “Made New” series by exploring the final question asked during a baptism: “Do you commit to faithful participation in God’s work in the world?” In Acts 2, we read about ancestors in the faith who “devoted themselves” to the teac…
 
Many of us (beloved just as we are) still crave to be made new in some aspect of our life. This Lent, we’re focusing on how we can change through studying the transformational promises of Jesus, the science of personal change, and the spirituality of recovery. Today, as we consider change, Pastor D’Angelo invites to focus on the constant: the amazi…
 
Many of us (beloved just as we are) still crave to be made new in some aspect of our life: a habit, character aspect, or circumstance that still hurts. We all hope for change. This Lent, we’re going to focus on how we can change through studying the transformational promises of Jesus, the science of personal change, and the spirituality of recovery…
 
Hannah Kardon (UVC Teaching Pastor; she/her) discusses with Drew Jones (Hyde Park Woodlawn; Loyola University Chicago; he/him) and Victoria Slabinski (Yale Divinity School; she/her) touch, care, pleasure, trust, partnership, joy, community, relationships… and how the Church hasn’t always been faithful at exploring such important aspects of being. A…
 
Hannah Kardon (UVC Teaching Pastor; she/her) discusses with Drew Jones (Hyde Park Woodlawn; Loyola University Chicago; he/him) and Victoria Slabinski (Yale Divinity School; she/her) touch, care, pleasure, trust, partnership, joy, community, relationships… and how the Church hasn’t always been faithful at exploring such important aspects of being. A…
 
Many of us (beloved just as we are) still crave to be made new in some aspect of our life: a habit, character aspect, or circumstance that hurts. We all hope for change. This Lent, we’re going to focus on how we can change through studying the transformational promises of Jesus, the science of personal change, and the spirituality of recovery. This…
 
“Drag & Spirituality: Named & Known” is an ongoing series with hostess B0NNi33 Vi0L3T (@aqueerchaplain). On this episode, B0NNi33 Vi0L3T speaks with Milani (@Millusi0n)! In each conversation B0NNi33 Vi0L3T will guide a conversation around drag & spirituality, with drag artists of a variety of spiritual experience, gender, race, age, sexual orientat…
 
“Drag & Spirituality: Named & Known” is an ongoing series with hostess B0NNi33 Vi0L3T (@aqueerchaplain). On this episode, B0NNi33 Vi0L3T speaks with Willa Vawisp (@WillaVawisp)! In each conversation B0NNi33 Vi0L3T will guide a conversation around drag & spirituality, with drag artists of a variety of spiritual experience, gender, race, age, sexual …
 
“Drag & Spirituality: Named & Known” is an ongoing series with hostess B0NNi33 Vi0L3T (@aqueerchaplain). On this episode, B0NNi33 Vi0L3T speaks with Fonda Koxx (@fkdrag)! In each conversation B0NNi33 Vi0L3T will guide a conversation around drag & spirituality, with drag artists of a variety of spiritual experience, gender, race, age, sexual orienta…
 
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