Theyologies of Liberation

On March 20, 2016 10:45am Rev. Sean presents Theyologies of Liberation. What is Liberation Theology? Is it relevant to Unitarian Universalism? Can it help us understand what is happening in the world today and how we should respond? Can we find ways to talk about how our commitments to justice are connected to our theology? And why is that “Y” in there? Rev. Sean attempts to answer these questions and more.

Breaking Cages

On March 13, 2016 10:45am Rev. Sean presents Breaking Cages. What keeps you from being completely yourself, completely whole? What would it look like to burst out of these cages into full liberation? How and why do we keep ourselves from being free? Do we hold back to feel safe? What do we miss by staying inside the bars? Rev. Sean explores stories of liberation.

The Courage of Our Questions

March 6, 2016 10:45 Rebecca Hinds presents The Courage of Our Questions. Rebecca writes  “the fear of embarrassment or vulnerability can often prevent us from asking questions. So what does it take to have the courage to voice our questions? How can living into our curiosity open us to the mystery, to one another, and to our own depths?”

Desire vs. Aspiration

February 21, 2016  In this service, we will look at the shadow side of Desire and talk about the ways in which it can be destructive to self and community. We will also look into the qualities of Aspiration, and discover how Aspiration can uplift us and inspire compassion for ourselves, and help create compassionate beloved community.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

February 14, 2016  One wintry day, a postman delivers a mysterious package… to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch. “Somebody loves you,” the note says. “Somebody loves me!” Mr. Hatch sings as he dusts his living room… After some time, Mr. Hatch discovers who his secret admirer is, and in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life! This is an “All Ages” service.

The Church of Jazz: Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

January 24, 2016  Duke Ellington was a composer, musician, and consummate artist. We kick off our new “Church of _______” series with the music of this Jazz legend who once said, “What is music to you? What would you be without music? Music is everything. Nature is music (cicadas in the tropical night). The sea is music, the wind is music. The rain drumming on the roof and the storm raging in the sky are music. Music is the oldest entity. The scope of music is immense and infinite.” Come let music speak to you as we turn the service over to professional jazz musicians Terry Sullivan and Richard Armandi honoring Ellington by sharing his genius with us.

Vocalist Terry Sullivan sang in early music ensembles and small concert choirs before turning to jazz. An Ohio native, she has a degree in flute from Ohio University, but began singing after college. Anita O’Day and Blossom Dearie are influences. Ms. Sullivan sings in intimate venues in the Chicago area. In addition to traditional musical training beginning in grade four, she studied at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Richard Armandi is one of the most versatile and in-demand musicians and educators on the Chicago scene today. As a jazz bassist he has performed with such luminaries as Marion McPartland, Barry Harris, Bobby Shew, David Baker, Jamey Aebersold, Dick Hyman, Scott Hamilton, Carl Fontana and many others, and has performed with such stars as Rosemary Clooney, Bob Newhart,Martin Short, Phyllis Diller and Rich Little. As a tubist he has performed with the Lyric Opera, American Ballet Theater, Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Brass Quintet, and as featured soloist with the New Philharmonic, Ethos Chamber Orchestra, Concordia University Wind Ensemble, and at the 1992 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference. He is in constant demand as a bassist and tubist. As an educator he has served on the faculties of College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL), University of Illinois at Chicago, Triton College (River Grove, IL), and Trinity Christion College (Palos Park, IL) teaching bass, low brass, jazz combo and improvisation. He has also served on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops since 1990.