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Losing Faith

NPR’s religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Haggerty tells this touching story of a Methodist pastor whose spiritual searching led her to conclude that she’s an atheist. Of course, that’s anathema in a traditional Christian church. So Teresa MacBain played her ministerial role hypocritically. After the internal conflict became too much to bear and she declared her […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 16

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Gail Donahue is our guest for Episode 16 of Be Spiritual. Gail was raised Irish Catholic, both religiously and culturally. Ironically, it was the Catholic Church that pointed her to Unitarian Universalism. Today, Gail considers herself a proud atheist with a church — not at all paradoxical for a UU. During the conversation, you’ll hear […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 14

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Episode 14 features Burns Fisher and his path from Congregationalist to atheist, Religious Humanist, and Unitarian Universalist. Our conversation touches on a couple of interesting topics, worthy of further contemplation and discussion: religious faith compared with faith in science, and whether being liberal spiritually requires one to be liberal politically. Listen and then share your […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 13

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Episode 13 features the continuing spiritual journey of John Sanders. From a childhood of limited religious exposure, John has assembled a rich potpourri of coexisting beliefs and practices: Religious Humanist, Panentheist, Buddhist, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist. Listen to John’s and my conversation to understand how they fit together. John serves as President of the Board […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 12

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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 […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 6

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As noted in last weekend’s post, Episode 6 features an interview with Robert Wright, author of the book The Evolution of God. During our half-hour conversation, he outlined how human perceptions of God have evolved over the millennia, discussed the constructive role religion can play in modern society, and shared his own spiritual views. I […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 3

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In this episode, Roy Goodman shares his spiritual journey from Judaism to atheism. Roy’s views were shaped by the shadow of the Holocaust; the apartheid of South Africa, where he was born and grew up; and Israel, where he attended college. Places stir Roy’s sense of awe at the universe and life, and he finds […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 1

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In this inaugural episode of Be Spiritual, I speak with Ellen McCormick, a long time Unitarian Universalist (UU) and member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire. Ellen’s father died when she was only 10, which prompted a lifetime of questioning. Listen to Ellen’s story of her journey from Catholicism to Humanism and […]

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