Pastor's Corner

Julian’s article in each “Messenger”

09Nov 2017

A piece written for the Forum for Theological Education’s “Disruptors” series, which appears on the “Patheos” site. A meditation on how we might get closer to the Logos of John 1:1…minus the words. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2017/10/logos-without-words/

09Nov 2017

This originally appeared in the University of Chicago’s “Sightings” publication, and was picked up by “On Being.” Here it is for you to read! https://onbeing.org/blog/julian-deshazier-hip-hop-job-and-the-black-struggle-for-being/    

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 […]

18Dec 2016

Signs Endure

December 18, 2016 Pastor's Corner

A scripture commentary featured on “On Scripture” (Odyssey Networks). Here’s a sample… “The young, black activists that want to abolish the police are as misunderstood as the rural, white activists that want to abolish equal rights for all, and both have more in common than we’d like to admit. There are reasons for this, of […]

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. […]

09Jul 2016

A scriptural commentary published in “On Scripture” (Odyssey Networks). Here’s a sample: What happened in Orlando will forever rock that city and the LGBT community, and this senseless act of hate has sparked the usual outrage on the ease of gun access, the ways Supreme Court victories don’t solve the problem of intolerance, and the […]

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 […]

28Apr 2016

A piece written for the Forum for Theological Exploration, exploring call stories, and Pastor Julian talking a bit about how he came to love church. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2016/04/hip-hop-as-theological-exploration/

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 […]