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Be Spiritual – Episode 24

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My guest this episode is Cynthia Schroer. Cynthia began her religious life as a devoted Catholic. In time she became disillusioned with the church and — in one of those unexpected coincidences of life — a search for a preschool led her to a UU church and a new religious home. Since that serendipitous encounter, […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 20

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It’s a privilege to bring you this reflective and enlightening conversation with Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, Minister Emerita of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon. Last fall I heard and was fascinated by Marilyn’s dialog with Christopher Hitchens, the well-known atheist, that was sponsored, posted, and published by the Portland Monthly magazine. What first […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 19

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This 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 … […]

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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 10

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In this episode, I talk with Sue Chadwick, who came to the UU church to give her children an identity and stayed for the community. Sue’s spirituality is grounded in nature and fun. The latter becomes obvious listening to her wicked sense of humor (wicked as in the New England usage). Her hope for her […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 7

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Imagine a warm Sunday afternoon, cooled by a light breeze, blue skies and puffy white clouds overhead, a view of Crotched Mountain, the ski runs vacant and lonely. The setting couldn’t have been more bucolic for my conversation with Mike Deschenes. The drive from Nashua was relaxed and inspired by the scenery of alternating countryside […]

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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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Be Spiritual – Episode 5

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Our fifth episode features Tess George, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua and former Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Action Network of New Hampshire. Raised Catholic, Tess left the church after questioning the virgin birth of Jesus. She became Unitarian Universalist while in college, and her spiritual exploration subsequently led to […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 2

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In this episode, Anya tells how Unitarian Universalism is a permission-granting community, where she is free to develop her own spirituality. Listen to her discuss how she draws from Buddhist, Native American, and feminine spirituality and has developed her own sense of a higher power. Anya speaks of the UU principles, which you can read […]

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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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