Monday, December 28, 2009

Now on Facebook

Be Spiritual now has a Facebook page, which may make it easier for you to keep abreast of new podcasts and occasional postings between the podcasts.

Just click on the Facebook logo above. Or from your Facebook page, you can also search for Be Spiritual. Then you can become a fan.

Thanks!

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Be Spiritual - Episode 12

If you want to understand the essence of Unitarian Universalism, spend a half-hour listening to this episode. You'll hear voices from previous conversations, distilled to the core of our spirituality as a faith community.

I find this episode quite moving and hope you, too, will find it meaningful. If you're new to Unitarian Universalism and this podcast, this is a good episode to start with.



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

The voices you'll hear, in order, are
  • Tess George - Episode 5
  • Sue Chadwick - Episode 10
  • Patricia Rose - Episode 11
  • Jenn Morton - Episode 9
  • Sue Chadwick - Episode 10
  • Patricia Rose - Episode 11
  • Bob Keating - Episode 8
  • Ellen McCormick - Episode 1
  • Anya - Episode 2
  • Roy Goodman - Episode 3
  • Tess George - Episode 5
  • Elaine Thomas - Episode 4
  • Roy Goodman - Episode 3
  • Tess George - Episode 5
  • Bob Keating - Episode 8
  • Ellen McCormick - Episode 1
  • Roy Goodman - Episode 3
  • Anya - Episode 2
  • Jenn Morton - Episode 9
  • Sue Chadwick - Episode 10
I welcome your feedback, which you may leave by posting a comment below 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, December 19, 2009

Noteworthy

I came across a couple of items this week that you may find interesting.

Garrison Keillor wrote a column in Salon, Don't Mess with Christmas, in which his subtitle reads
It's a Christian holiday, dammit, and it's plain wrong to rewrite "Silent Night." Unitarians, I'm talking to you!
Keillor's thoughts have prompted a bit of a tempest, judging from the response by UUs.

You can sample the discussion coursing through a number of blogs. A good place to start is Peter Bowden's response on his UU Growth Blog. Peter is the growth consultant for the Ballou Channing district and the creative energy behind UU Planet Media.

From my own perusing, I found Paul Oakley's blog post a thoughtful response to Keillor, which he articulated without jumping over the proverbial horse.

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The Word of Mouth program on New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) featured an interview with Greg Epstein, the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and author of the recent book Good without God. You can hear the interview here.

Listening to Greg, I was struck by two items.

First, he articulates humanism very eloquently and understandably, which is inspiration for honing our own elevator speeches.

His advocacy for faith communities — for non-believers as well as those who identify with a religion — is the second and more profound thought. At one point during the interview, Greg says that congregations are more about community than their underlying religious beliefs. Yes. Through community we can nurture each other and combine our efforts to do good works in the world.

Greg is working hard to build such a community at Harvard. If you're not in that neighborhood, though, and don't have such a community, try a UU church. Whether your inclinations are humanist, atheist, agnostic, Pagan, Buddhist, or your own mash-up, you'll be most welcome.

And do try one of our Christmas Eve candlelight services, where you'll get to sing our version of Silent Night.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Be Spiritual Check-In

This is not an episode, per se, but I do have a few topics to cover, topics that don’t fit neatly into the podcast format. So I would appreciate your listening for about five minutes.









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

As I record this, the Be Spiritual podcast has 11 episodes with almost 1,000 downloads. That’s a remarkable milestone and quite gratifying, as I’ve done relatively little marketing to publicize the series. I really appreciate your listening and hope that you’re finding the programs meaningful and worth coming back to.

I welcome your feedback, which you may leave by posting a comment here (see the link below) or by sending an e-mail to comments at bespiritual dot info.

The sound of the rainstick at the end is from our theme music, Floating Souls, composed by Ambrish, and is used 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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