Pastor's Corner

Julian’s article in each “Messenger”

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*** http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/07/19/neighborhood-watch-story-blind-samaritan 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 […]

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! http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/mathie&id=8999022  

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: http://sojo.net/blogs/2012/12/20/forgetting-children-sandy-hook-how-we%E2%80%99ve-become-friends-job *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 […]