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So It Goes



August 15, 2021

10:30 am via You Tube Video Link

Lucas Hergert  (First delivered April 11, 2021 at North Shore Unitarian Church of Deerfield, Illinois)


This week we are having another of our Congregational Virtual Field Trips.  This time we are going to Deerfield, Illinois, a small suburban town a little over half the size of Needham located 25 miles north of Chicago where we visited last week.  The North Shore Unitarian Church of Deerfield has the distinction of being led by the Reverend Lucas Hergert who once served as our own intern minister here in Needham from 2007 to 2009.  Wouldn’t you like to slip into a back pew in their church and listen in on one of his sermons?  He has agreed to “swap” services with us for this Sunday so we can do just that. (Virtually of course.)


Kurt Vonnegut is one the most famous American authors of the 20th century. He was also a Unitarian Universalist. What does his often acerbic humor and off-beat perspective tell us about our search for justice and our spiritual lives? Come hear and see the directions our erstwhile intern minister has taken his calling.


The Reverend Lucas Hergert became the Minister of North Shore Unitarian Church of Deerfield, Illinois in 2017.  He grew up in a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Cincinnati, Ohio, and first heard his call to the ministry in high school. Lucas holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Miami University, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion. This is his second ministry, having served the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore, California from 2009-2017.  Lucas was also previously a college faculty member, teaching courses in philosophy and comparative religion. His interests include yoga, Shakespeare plays, biking, process theology, fantasy novels, interfaith work, and humor. Church members describe Lucas as a warm and empathetic pastor, and his office door is always open for those in need of spiritual support. He lives in Deerfield, Illinois with his partner, Evan, and cat, Laslo.  


Virtual Social Hour

After our Sunday morning livestream service, you’re invited to our Virtual Social Hour on Zoom, starting at 11:30am, or as soon as the Sunday service ends.

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