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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 22

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My guest for Episode 22 is Laura, a relatively new UU whose spirituality is an amalgam of the stops along her religious journey.  Raised Episcopalian, Laura has explored yoga, Native American spirituality, and the mysticism of Hinduism blended with Christianity. Laura finds taking the best from each religious tradition helps her to connect with the […]

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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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Why Join a UU Church?

After opting out of church and religion, Jane Roper and her husband have opted back in, joining a UU congregation. She tells why in this essay, recently published in Salon. Jane’s experience mirrors the stories of many who come to our UU churches. If you’ve been listening to this podcast, you’ve heard this theme in […]

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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 15

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Episode 15 features my conversation with Bill Kennedy, a relatively new UU. Bill seems driven on his spiritual quest – although he’s not really comfortable using the term spiritual. Bill’s path has taken him from the Congregational and Methodist churches of his youth to Judaism and now Unitarian Universalism, where he identifies with Religious Humanism. […]

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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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