Pastor's Corner

Julian’s article in each “Messenger”

20Jun 2017

We are saddened to announce the death of Rev. Dr. Eugene Winkler, our beloved interim pastor from 2008-2010 and, as his son Jim put it, a “fearless advocate for social justice.” From being a founding member of Protestants for the Common Good to the very first contact that began our work with the trauma center […]

17Nov 2016

*the following is a post from Rev. Charles Bayer, who was once pastor of UChurch and now shares his writing with people who happen to end up on his mailing list. For an 86-yo man, the consistency of dynamic thought is worth sharing, especially after this Election Season, which I have capitalized for some reason. […]

11May 2016

  It has been 3 weeks since Jose Juan Federico Moreno entered University Church, and you are probably wondering how things are going. In any other world, and probably most other faith communities that would take this on, the answer would be, “Amazing! Look how Faithful we’re being!” Or LOOK, we’re on the cover of […]

30Sep 2015

I went outside yesterday and needed a jacket; I didn’t have one, but I needed one. The weather had changed dramatically – as it always does this time of year – and suddenly the church’s plans for installing A/C were not as urgent. (Don’t worry; it’ll be here by next summer). That’s another big change: […]

22May 2015

Rev. Julian DeShazier, Pastor of University Church will appear on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club documentary, Violence in Chicago: Responding in Faith. The documentary highlights the city-wide cost of violence for all the citizens of Chicago – the damage done not only by bullets but by feelings of fear and hopelessness that stretch from the […]

13Feb 2014

(the original post and conversation can be found at my homepage)   ***A few weeks ago, I did a sermon that mulled over the following question: “What is the difference between a disagreement, a debate, and an argument?” Whatever you read below is my attempt at following my own ethics. We will disagree on this*** Michael Sam, University of Missouri […]

11Dec 2013

“Charlie Brown’s Little Tree”   There’s an important moment in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (which, if you have not seen, you should never say aloud). Charlie is talking to Linus about how unhappy he is this Christmas season. He thinks something is wrong with him because he doesn’t feel how he’s supposed to feel. He […]

27Sep 2013

Pastor Julian is featured as one of the voices speaking to what a charred cross from 50 years ago may mean today. Many thanks to the Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries

23Jul 2013

***printed first in “Sojourners” — , under the title, “The Neighborhood Watch: The Story of the Blind Samaritan” — The Good Samaritan & George Zimmerman was the original title*** First there is smoke on the highway — thick and black, as if the unknown fire was still burning. As I draw closer, the source of the dark […]