Be Spiritual – Episode 18

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UU Chalice by Inga Johannesen, UU Church of Chattanooga, TNIt’s a privilege to have the Rev. Bruce Taylor as my guest. Bruce is a newly minted UU minister, ordained last November (2009). And just a few weeks ago, he was called by the congregation of First Parish Church in Billerica, Massachusetts, to be their minister.

Bruce’s journey is a story of personal transformation. The devastating death of his wife, from cancer, coupled with the loss of his job, turned life upside down. Juxtaposed with the loss and uncertainty, Bruce was buoyed by the outpouring of support from his church, which rallied around him.

Fast forward to a Memorial Day weekend in Bar Harbor, Maine. Daydreaming over a beer, Bruce saw himself as a UU minister, in a position to nourish a community and pay back what he had received. Reflecting upon the audaciousness of choosing to pursue the ministry, Bruce quotes Thoreau:

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Some five years after that Bar Harbor vision, Bruce was ordained.

In our 46 minute conversation, Bruce relates his journey, including the process of becoming a UU minister, some personal theology, his outlook for Unitarian Universalism, and the role of a minister. Listen with the above audio player, download the mp3 file here, or subscribe via iTunes.

My conversation with Bruce was recorded a month before he was called by the Billerica UU church, which is why you’ll hear him refer to that as a possibility. He mentions several items during the podcast that you may wish to read more about:

Our theme music is Floating Souls, composed and performed by Ambrish and 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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One Response to Be Spiritual – Episode 18

  1. mike deschenes says:

    Bruce,
    Congratulations. !!!
    I clicked on this link with the question who is this Bruce guy, and as soon as I heard your voice I remembered you from the few Mens Groups I attended @ UUN in around 1989 ish. I can see you in my mind and am amazed and want to congratulate you on followinng your dream and buildinng the foundation around that castle in the air.
    WOW.
    I am now in ANtrim NH have been with UUCMilford these past 15 yrs or so.
    Good for you Bruce.
    Mike Deschenes
    Episode 7
    mdeschenes5@hotmail.com

    Gary, Kindly forward to Bruce if possible.

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