In the annual celebration of our fellowship, we will welcome spring with a flower communion and recognize some of the outstanding contributions to our community this year, followed by a picnic! Please bring a flower to share. The 10:30 a.m. service is multigenerational.
Speaker: Rev. Seth Fisher
Rev. Seth, Minister at FUUFHC, is originally from the Pacific Northwest. He has worked in healthcare, law, retail, entertainment, construction…and probably a few others things! He comes from a working-class background and he is the first in his family to receive a university degree. He says, “I’ve been on food stamps and on sail boats and appreciated both.”
Rev. Seth was a member of Second Unitarian Church in Chicago for ten years. While he was there, he served in various capacities—from establishing a team that served meals to the homeless, to being a small group facilitator, as well as helping to train lay worship leaders. He also served on the Committee on Ministries, and the Worship Committee, among others.
Rev. Seth’s ministerial formation included a year as a student minister at Peoples Church of Chicago—a dynamic, diverse, urban congregation on Chicago’s North Side. He also spent a summer in Clinical Pastoral Education with The Night Ministry, which serves the homeless population of Chicago, with a focus on LGBTQ youth. While working with the Night Ministry he designed ways to engage the spiritual needs of clients, including a 5–week meditation course that he brought to a local shelter, and a series of spiritual exercises that could be implemented while on the street.
Rev. Seth graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Master of Divinity degree in May of 2013, and received a preliminary ministerial fellowship from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Ministerial Fellowship Committee in December of 2013. He was ordained to Unitarian Universalist ministry by Peoples Church of Chicago in February of 2015, where he served as Congregational Development Minister from 2014–2015. He also had the pleasure of serving Unitarian Church of Evanston as a sabbatical minister for three months in early 2016.
In addition to collecting a lot of work history and addresses over the years, Rev. Seth has also been a Christian, an atheist, a Buddhist and none/all of the above. He says, “I believe in a vision of the sacred that’s big enough for all of us, no matter what background we come from or how we understand our connection to the ultimate, and I believe that we can create a better world together with open hearts and open minds. I believe in love, and I believe in you.”on Navigation
We’ll wrap up our series on the 7 principles of Unitarian Universalism with a discussion of our 7th principle; “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
Our 6th UU principle is; “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.” We’ll consider the state of our global village and how to put this principle into action.
In this intergenerational Mother’s Day service we will celebrate the gift of generativity or, “a concern for establishing and guiding the next generation,” which will include a ceremony to mark the passage of some of our teens into adulthood.
Our 5th UU principle is “…the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process in our congregations and in society at large.” How do we face the challenges of being a community of individuals?