Thursday, October 29, 2009

Be Spiritual - Episode 10

In this episode, I talk with Sue Chadwick, who came to the UU church to give her children an identity and stayed for the community.

Sue's spirituality is grounded in nature and fun. The latter becomes obvious listening to her wicked sense of humor (wicked as in the New England usage).

Her hope for her life is simple, yet profound: that she can bring some joy and levity into people's lives.














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

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

The 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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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Robert Wright Article

Ellen McCormick, who was gracious and brave enough to be my first interview on the podcast, called my attention to this piece in The New York Times by Robert Wright, author of The Evolution of God.

He, too, was quite gracious by agreeing to be interviewed for Episode 6. You may recall, during our conversation Wright mentioned the transformative yet temporary experience of a silent meditation retreat. In his New York Times article, he delves into the process of personal transformation that occurred that week.

Having not experienced this myself, Wright's account is intriguing. Makes me want to sign up.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Be Spiritual - Episode 9

Jenn Morton attended a UU church for several years when she was a child. Years later, after discovering she was lesbian, she brought her partner and children to a UU church, knowing they would be welcomed and accepted.

Now, the family is busy planning a wedding, scheduled for 12:01 am New Year's Day, when New Hampshire legalizes same-sex marriage. The church will be there, as well, to celebrate the attainment of a long-sought goal for Jenn and Michelle and many other same-sex couples in New Hampshire.

Jenn describes her spirituality simply as pay it forward. She tries to give back and live in the moment, appreciating the gifts each day brings. Like family.

I deeply appreciate Jenn's willingness to share her story with us, which I think you'll find moving and inspiring.

I'm proud to say that UUs have shown great leadership in advocating for acceptance and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. You'll find a brief history of our faith tradition's advocacy here on the UUA web site.

Thankfully, society is moving in our direction. Yet the journey before us remains long.














Listen to Jenn's story using the above audio player or 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 on the blog or by 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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