Sunday, June 28, 2009

In Production

Episode 4 of Be Spiritual will feature an interview with Elaine Thomas. Elaine is a self-named Yankee and grew up in the Congregational church. She has been a Unitarian Universalist (UU) since her children were young.

In addition to the UU principles and her wide-ranging reading, Elaine's religious and ethical beliefs have been shaped by her involvement in the Beyond War movement.

For me, one of the most interesting parts of our conversation was the discussion of death and dying. While not bothered by death, Elaine is concerned about dying — with dignity.

Listen to Elaine's fascinating story, which will be posted next Sunday, July 5.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Be Spiritual - Episode 3

In this episode, Roy Goodman shares his spiritual journey from Judaism to atheism. Roy's views were shaped by the shadow of the Holocaust; the apartheid of South Africa, where he was born and grew up; and Israel, where he attended college.

Places stir Roy's sense of awe at the universe and life, and he finds meaning in connection and relationship. Interestingly, Roy ascribes evil to a lack of connection — particularly when it springs from the belief that my truth is better than your truth.














Listen using the above audio player or you may download the mp3 file here. You may also listen and subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here.

We welcome your feedback, which you may leave by posting a comment or sending an e-mail to comments at bespiritual dot info.

Our theme music is Floating Souls by Ambrish, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network. Chalice artwork created by Inga Johannesen, UU Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Be Spiritual - Episode 2

In this episode, Anya tells how Unitarian Universalism is a permission-granting community, where she is free to develop her own spirituality. Listen to her discuss how she draws from Buddhist, Native American, and feminine spirituality and has developed her own sense of a higher power.

Anya speaks of the UU principles, which you can read here on the UUA's web site.














Listen using the above audio player or you may download the mp3 file here. You may also listen and subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here.

We welcome your feedback, which you may leave by posting a comment or sending an e-mail to comments at bespiritual dot info.

Our theme music is Floating Souls by Ambrish, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network. Chalice artwork created by Inga Johannesen, UU Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Churches and Social Justice

Nevada Newsline, a program produced by Reno public radio station KUNR, recently addressed the church's role in promoting social justice. Neal Anderson, the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, and John Auer, minister of the First United Methodist Church of Reno, shared their views on the topic with host Dan Erwin.

You can hear the program here: KUNR: Churches and Social Justice. The discussion begins approximately 13 minutes into the program.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Podcasts available on iTunes

This accomplishment feels very symbolic and like a significant milestone:

The Be Spiritual podcast is now available on iTunes, providing another option for listening — especially easy for those of you with iPods.

To access and subscribe on iTunes, just click here.

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