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Peter Morales Interview

The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), was interviewed Thursday on Minnesota Public Radio’s Midmorning call-in program. Notwithstanding that host Marianne Combs is a UU, she asked some challenging questions about what UUs believe and why we aren’t a larger religious community. Hear the program and Peter Morales’ responses to these […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 18

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It’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 […]

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A Rose By Any Other Name

Indulge me in a bit of shop talk. Imagine an entrepreneur pitching a new venture to a VC over lunch in a swanky restaurant. The concept is a spiritual community, a church. “What makes this different from all the other churches, all the other religions?” asks the VC. The attraction for people (value proposition in […]

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Be Spiritual – Episode 17

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Fred Shirley’s spiritual journey is captivating. For a young man, Christianity provided much-needed answers following a very difficult childhood. His new-found faith led him to the Baptist and Congregational churches, where he and his wife raised their family. Discovering the UU church, Fred found the freedom to face and explore the religious questions that had […]

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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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What’s a Unitarian Universalist?

One of the challenges we UUs face is answering the question “What’s a Unitarian Universalist?“ Not that we don’t have answers, rather our answers tend to be rather lengthy, laborious, and conditional. Hence, the need for a cogent answer, both for us and the poor questioner — who may have neither time for nor interest […]

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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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Noteworthy

I came across a couple of items this week that you may find interesting. Garrison Keillor wrote a column in Salon, Don’t Mess with Christmas, in which his subtitle reads It’s a Christian holiday, dammit, and it’s plain wrong to rewrite “Silent Night.” Unitarians, I’m talking to you! Keillor’s thoughts have prompted a bit of […]

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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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