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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…
 
“Drag & Spirituality: Named & Known” is an ongoing series with hostess B0NNi33 Vi0L3T (@aqueerchaplain). On this episode, B0NNi33 Vi0L3T speaks with Stargirl (@Stargirldrag)! 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 ori…
 
“Drag & Spirituality: Named & Known” is an ongoing series with hostess B0NNi33 Vi0L3T (@aqueerchaplain). On this episode, B0NNi33 Vi0L3T speaks with Mick Douche (@MickDouch)! 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 ori…
 
God has been called by thousands of names - from El Roi (the God Who Sees Me) to Mother Bear Who Protects Her Cubs- and everything in between. What we call God matters. It can change how we pray, how we experience God in our lives, and open us up to new parts of God’s very nature. Pastor Emily, alongside UVCers from our South Loop, Hyde Park-Woodla…
 
God has been called by thousands of names - from El Roi (the God Who Sees Me) to Mother Bear Who Protects Her Cubs- and everything in between. What we call God matters. It can change how we pray, how we experience God in our lives, and open us up to new parts of God’s very nature. Today, Pastor D’Angelo (they/them) focuses on God the Deliverer and …
 
God has been called by thousands of names - from El Roi (the God Who Sees Me) to Mother Bear Who Protects Her Cubs- and everything in between. What we call God matters. It can change how we pray, how we experience God in our lives, and open us up to new parts of God’s very nature. Today, Pastor Chan (he/him) speaks about the name of God most known …
 
Drag & Spirituality: Named & Known is an ongoing series about with hostess B0NNi33 Vi0L3T (@aqueerchaplain). In our series premiere, B0NNi33 Vi0L3T speaks with Saya Naomi (@queensayanaomi)!! In each conversation B0NNi33 Vi0L3T will guide a conversation around drag & spirituality, with drag artists of a variety of spiritual experience, gender, race,…
 
Pastors Hannah, Emily, Juan Pablo, and Christian discuss their favorite way for naming and addressing God, their most challenging concepts around God’s many names throughout Scripture, and how naming God in a diverse amount of ways impacts their discipleship, theology, and faith community. What is your favorite name for God? What lessons around usi…
 
Site Pastor D’Angelo Smith preaches today about darkness providing an opportunity to learn. Sometimes the darkness forces us to look right in front of us instead of far ahead, and this can be scary. We like to see far ahead of us. Still, darkness forces us to look for God’s imagination instead of our own expectations. Who would expect God to be fou…
 
This winter, some of us may be feeling the fear and anxiety of shorter days and longer nights. But it is in the darkness that we find some of God’s greatest, most nurturing gifts. This Advent we’re looking back on Christmas stories and finding in them the places where darkness holds us, loves us, guides us, and liberates. UVC Pastoral Intern Drew J…
 
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