What we're about

Lake Shore Unitarian Society (http://lakeshoreunitarian.org/) (LSUS) is an open-minded Unitarian-Universalist congregation, affiliated with the UUA (http://www.uua.org/). We offer spirituality, knowledge and music to the community. For over 50 years, LSUS has brought families of various religious and cultural backgrounds together in a community of shared spiritual values: education, compassion, respect, and responsibility.

At our Sunday service, we invite highly-regarded speakers to present on a wide range of thought-provoking topics to enhance appreciation and awareness for the world we live in. The service also includes inspirational music performance by classically trained, acclaimed musicians. Our Religious Explorations (RE) program (http://lakeshoreunitarian.org/religious-education) aims to educate children and teens with core spiritual values and cultural literacy they need as they grow up in this increasingly interdependent world.

All are welcome to attend our religious/spiritual Sunday services. We ask that you arrive a little early and turn off your cell phones. As LSUS service is not an open-forum discussion, please reserve your questions to the speaker until the Q&A section at the end of the service. You may also address your comments with the speakers during our "coffee and conversation hour" immediately after the service, which is open to all attendees.

We look forward to seeing you at our next service! Please leave a message if you have any questions about our services, programs, and events, or visit our website: LakeShoreUnitarian.org (http://lakeshoreunitarian.org/)

Upcoming events (2)

Sunday Service: Spirituality- A Developmental Perspective

Winnetka Community House

Dr. Susan McCracken, Clinical Psychologist and Lay Military Minister at Great Lakes Recruit Training Center, will speak on the topic, Spirituality: A Developmental Perspective. In recent years, the focus in the health care field has shifted from a bio-psycho-social conceptualization of health and illness to a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective on health and wellness. Psychologists and other health care professionals have rediscovered the importance of incorporating spirituality as an element of practice and have shifted their focus from treating and curing to healing. This brief presentation will provide a framework for understanding the way psychological and spiritual are interwoven with core developmental tasks through the lifespan. Susan McCracken has worked in both mental health and educational settings for over 40 years. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University. Her clinical work has been focused on the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with particular expertise in anxiety disorders, eating disorders, stress-related illnesses, family systems and trauma-based disorders. She maintains a special interest in the relationship between spiritual development and mental health in adolescents and in healing through ceremony and ritual. She became a life cycle celebrant in 2013, and started volunteering as a lay minister at Great Lakes Naval Recruit Training Center in 2018. She currently teaches at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Our pianist will be Andrew Blendermann.

Sunday Service: Medieval Christian Views of Jews with Dr. Anna Trumbore Jones

Dr. Anna Jones (she now deletes the Trumbore for efficiency), Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Lake Forest College, will speak on the topic, Medieval Christian Views of Jews. This talk will cover three key moments in the history of Jewish-Christian relations. First, it will discuss the earliest centuries of Christianity, as Christian authors debated what their faith's proper relationship was to Judaism. Second, it will cover the era of increasing (and increasingly violent) anti-Judaism in the later Middle Ages, as Jews were targeted due to trends in Christian pious practice and blamed for catastrophes such as the Black Death. Finally, we will conclude with the Spanish Inquisition of the 15th century and the increased interest (on the part of Christians) in defining Jewishness in racial rather than religious terms. Dr. Jones earned her B.A. at the University of Chicago and received her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. We have watched her ascend through the ranks at Lake Forest College, starting as Assistant Professor of History in the fall of 2003 and attaining her position of Professor in the fall of 2016. In July 2019, she will take up the position of Associate Dean of the Faculty at Lake Forest. Dr. Jones last spoke to us on April 9, 2017 on the topic The Problem of Wealth in Early Christianity. Mikhail Antoshin once again will join us as guest pianist.

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