Pastor's Corner

Julian’s article in each “Messenger”

15Jun 2013

As pastor of University Church, I am sad to inform everyone that Rev. Michele Edwards, our associate pastor, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 15, 2013, inside of Weiss Memorial Hospital. Michele had recently discovered and shared with the church her cancer diagnosis, and as she continued to serve the church and God’s people, she […]

23May 2013

The gearbox of an automobile is one way of talking about how a church operates. That is to say: sometimes we do a lot, and sometimes we are moving slow, and that’s okay as long as we are going the speed required of us at the given time: 1st gear on the highway, or 4th […]

22Feb 2013

Here is a link to the profile that ABC7Chicago did featuring our pastor, who also goes by J.Kwest. Enjoy, and share the exciting work of University Church with others!  

18Jan 2013
Julian DeShazier

As ordination pushes near, I want to make sure the church has an opportunity to read a bit of my theology in different areas. This is the paper I submitted to the United Church of Christ (the final draft was in November 2012). Far from a complete systematic, but a way to cover a few […]

20Dec 2012

This piece I wrote was originally published through “Sojourners Magazine” (@sojourners). Here is the original link: *If you have not read the Book of Job, this pastor recommends it as a must-read during this time of national crisis. There is much to digest; it requires no theological confession (only a sincere concern for humanity); and […]

15Nov 2012

“Everybody In, Nobody Out”   What’s your favorite Jesus miracle? Feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish? Turning water into wine? Raising Lazarus? Each of Christ’s wonders speaks to us in different ways, but they share a common setting: miracles happen in groups. Miracles happen when people come together under […]

23Oct 2012

Being comes from doing. Essentially, this is how humanity understands the self. We are the jobs we have; we become our habits, and we are often known and remembered for what we have done. In life we leave legacies of work, not being, and our resumes tell a story of past performance, never a litany […]

28Sep 2012

In a fairly famous sermon, Jesus says the following: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.” This is in Matthew (5), and […]

27Jun 2012

***this OpEd was originally written for “Sojourners” after I was asked to comment on Chicago’s violence and what I and the church were doing about it. Have you been to the studio yet? Read the original below in the link, and the text is underneath in case the site goes down***’s-violence-epidemic Chicago: the only […]

23Jun 2012

Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos. -Charles M. Schulz The Peanuts […]