Saturday marks the last tour of Unity Temple, the famous church in Oak Park designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s closing to the public until 2017 for restoration. The congregation is moving to a new church while construction is underway. Reverend Alan Taylor, the senior minister joins us to talk about the move, and how a congregation reconciles the sometimes competing needs of a worship community, and a famous landmark. Also, we trace the history of gospel music, including some deep roots in Chicago.
After years of commercial success on top of the soul charts, the preacher’s daughter returned to her religious roots.In January of 1972, Aretha Franklin—known as the Queen of Soul—got back to gospel.She put on a pair of concerts at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
Powerhouse gospel singer DeLois Barrett Campbell could have gone solo years ago. Instead, she and her sisters performed as a trio for more than 60 years. The Barrett Sisters’ went global with their gospel but they remained deeply rooted in Chicago’s South Side.