Sunday, July 26, 2009

Be Spiritual - Episode 5

Our fifth episode features Tess George, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua and former Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Action Network of New Hampshire.

Raised Catholic, Tess left the church after questioning the virgin birth of Jesus. She became Unitarian Universalist while in college, and her spiritual exploration subsequently led to Paganism.

Not believing in a personal god, Tess finds divinity in nature and her relationships. She has a strong commitment to social justice, in her words to “even the playing field.”

During our conversation, Tess spoke of her daughter taking the Our Whole Lives sexuality education course, which is part of the UU religious education program. You can read more about the curriculum here.














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.

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. The chalice artwork was created by Inga Johannesen, of the UU Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Be Spiritual - Episode 4

This episode features a conversation with Elaine Thomas. Elaine grew up in the Congregational church but found herself disagreeing with the church's core Christian doctrine as she approached adulthood. She found Unitarian Universalism when her children were young, when a friend suggested she try the local UU church. After just one service, Elaine was hooked.

Always reading and exploring ideas, Elaine's beliefs reflect her complementary experiences as a UU and in the Beyond War movement. Several times during our conversation, Elaine refers to the UU principles, which you can read here. Elaine seems quite comfortable with the uncertainty surrounding the meaning of life and ultimate reality, but she doesn't like the uncertainty of dying.














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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