Be Spiritual – Episode 19

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UU Chalice by Inga Johannesen, UU Church of Chattanooga, TNThis episode, Kim Steele joins me for a conversation about her spiritual journey, one that reflects several themes worth contemplating and incorporating into our own spiritual practices:

  • Welcoming the stranger
  • Working for justice, equity, and compassion (one of our UU principles) for those who seem different — whether by race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability, or …
  • Identifying and rooting out our own prejudices, wherever they are smouldering.

Kim grew up in the Catholic church, which she credits with promoting her awareness of the need for racial equality. However the church’s position on women triggered her leaving, and she ended up Unitarian Universalist.

Coincidentally, since my conversation with Kim, the Vatican has classified the ordination of women as delicta gravioria, a serious crime against church law. Contrast this with our Universalist ancestors, the first denomination to ordain a woman minister, Olympia Brown, in 1863.

During our conversation, Kim mentions a few items you may wish to explore:

  • Cakes for the Queen of Heaven. This adult religious education curriculum explores spiritual traditions that have worshiped the female as divine and the influence of the Judeo Christian tradition on the role of women.
  • Rev. Kate Braestrup. Kate Braestrup is a UU minister, chaplain of the Maine Warden Service, and author.
  • This American Life episode 201. Act 3 tells the story of the black sailor washed ashore in Newfoundland during World War II. The white nurses who took care of him had never seen a black man before.

Listen to my 42 minute conversation with Kim with the above audio player, download the mp3 file here, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Our theme music is Floating Souls, composed and performed by Ambrish and courtesy of Music Alley from Mevio. The chalice artwork was created by Inga Johannesen, of the UU Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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