Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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 a number of our conversations: children.

In the spirit of enlisting a village, we parents want resources to help address — not necessarily answer — the questions our children will invariably raise. We want our children grounded in the diversity of religious traditions that grace the world. And we want them to develop the faculties to evaluate these belief systems and fashion their own. In some cases, we may even find it necessary to protect them from being subsumed by fundamentalism.

Thanks to Jane Roper for telling her story. And for bringing her hopes and energy to her local UU church.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Be Spiritual - Episode 12

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 this podcast, this is a good episode to start with.



You can listen using the above audio player or download the mp3 file here. You may also listen and subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.

The voices you'll hear, in order, are
  • Tess George - Episode 5
  • Sue Chadwick - Episode 10
  • Patricia Rose - Episode 11
  • Jenn Morton - Episode 9
  • Sue Chadwick - Episode 10
  • Patricia Rose - Episode 11
  • Bob Keating - Episode 8
  • Ellen McCormick - Episode 1
  • Anya - Episode 2
  • Roy Goodman - Episode 3
  • Tess George - Episode 5
  • Elaine Thomas - Episode 4
  • Roy Goodman - Episode 3
  • Tess George - Episode 5
  • Bob Keating - Episode 8
  • Ellen McCormick - Episode 1
  • Roy Goodman - Episode 3
  • Anya - Episode 2
  • Jenn Morton - Episode 9
  • Sue Chadwick - Episode 10
I welcome your feedback, which you may leave by posting a comment below or by sending an e-mail to comments at bespiritual dot info.

The theme music is Floating Souls by Ambrish, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network. The chalice artwork was created by Inga Johannesen, of the UU Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Be Spiritual - Episode 11

In this episode, I talk with a dear friend, Patricia Rose. Patricia is a long-time member of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, which is where we met when I lived in Dallas.

Patricia's spirituality is an eclectic blending of themes: her Jewish roots, the Latin Mass, Buddhism, and activism — all tied together by Unitarian Universalism.














Listen to my conversation with Patricia using the above audio player or download the mp3 file here. You may also listen and subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.

I welcome your feedback, which you may leave by posting a comment on the blog or by sending an e-mail to comments at bespiritual dot info.

The theme music is Floating Souls by Ambrish, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network. The chalice artwork was created by Inga Johannesen, of the UU Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Be Spiritual - Episode 10

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 life is simple, yet profound: that she can bring some joy and levity into people's lives.














Listen to my conversation with Sue using the above audio player or download the mp3 file here. You may also listen and subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.

I welcome your feedback, which you may leave by posting a comment on the blog or by sending an e-mail to comments at bespiritual dot info.

The theme music is Floating Souls by Ambrish, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network. The chalice artwork was created by Inga Johannesen, of the UU Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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