Category Archives: Check In

Our Next Episode

While on business in Portland, Oregon, I had the privilege of visiting with the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, Minister Emerita of the First Unitarian Church of Portland. With my recorder running, Marilyn graciously recounted her spiritual journey, first to Unitarian Universalism and then to the UU ministry. She shared her religious beliefs, which she considers […]

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New Web Site

It’s been a busy month &#151 no, let’s say year. Despite my propensity to say “yes” and adopt multiple projects in kid in the candy store fashion, I’ve kept up pretty well until this past month. Lately, though, my travel and myriad commitments seemed to conspire to bury me. On the Be Spiritual front, in […]

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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! Send to Kindle

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Be Spiritual Check-In

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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 […]

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In Production: Mike Deschenes

Our next episode will feature a conversation with Mike Deschenes, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Milford, New Hampshire. Following a path we’ve heard before, Mike left the religion of his upbringing (Catholicism) when he found that his questioning wasn’t encouraged and that he was expected to accept by faith. His sister introduced […]

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In Production: Robert Wright and The Evolution of God

Yesterday, I had the privilege of interviewing Robert Wright, the author of The Evolution of God. His book chronicles human perceptions of God since the hunter-gatherer era and the role religion has played in the development of society. Perhaps more importantly, he raises the question of what role religion and belief should play in civilization. […]

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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 […]

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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. Send to Kindle

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About your host

I’m Gary Lerude, the host of the Be Spiritual podcast. My family and I live in Nashua, New Hampshire, the latest stop in a journey that has taken me eastward from my birthplace of Reno, Nevada. I discovered Unitarian Universalism and became a UU some 25 years ago, after years of being religious without having […]


What is the Be Spiritual podcast about?

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