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Last update: 2011-05-30

Be Spiritual Podcast #24

2011-05-30
Length: 40s

My guest for Episode 24 is Cynthia Schroer.

Cynthia’s spiritual journey started with Catholicism and has evolved to a complementary blend of Unitarian Universalism and Buddhism. Unitarian Universalism provides the space within which to sculpt her beliefs, Buddhist meditation a means for her to be spiritually active.

For show notes and all the Be Spiritual podcasts, visit www.bespiritual.info. We're also on Facebook; look for Be Spiritual.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #23

2011-02-20

My guest for Episode 23 is Roger Comstock, a longtime Unitarian Universalist. In addition to sitting in the pews, Roger has served as the executive for four of the Unitarian Universalist Association's districts, as well as being elected to the Boa…

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Be Spiritual Podcast #22

2010-11-28
Length: 44s

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 divine.

Perhaps ironic, her exploration occurs within a Unitarian Universalist community, where she finds acceptance and an encouragement to probe deeper. Read the show notes and access all the podcasts in the Be Spiritual series at www.bespiritual.info. You will also find us on Facebook; just search for Be Spiritual.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #21

2010-09-25
Length: 43s

This episode I visit with my own minister, the Rev. Steve Edington, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire.

Steve grew up in West Virginia and decided, as a youth, to become a minister just like the one at his Baptist church. That decision began a journey from conservative to liberal Christianity and then over to Unitarian Universalism.

We also talk UU theology -- oxymoron? -- and, arguably, the two most prominent UU theologians of the past 70 years: James Luther Adams and Forrest Church.

Read the show notes and access all the podcasts in the Be Spiritual series at the website: www.bespiritual.info. You will also find us on Facebook; just search for Be Spiritual.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #20

2010-08-22
Length: 59s

It's a privilege to have the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell as our guest on Episode 20.

For 17 years, Marilyn served as the Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, before retiring and being named Minister Emerita.

Listen as Marilyn recounts her spiritual journey to Unitarian Universalism and the ministry. She also explains what it means to be a UU Christian and her spiritual discipline of meditation and prayer.

Read the show notes and access our other podcasts at the Be Spiritual web site. We also have a Be Spiritual Facebook page.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #19

2010-07-25
Length: 41s

Kim Steele is my guest for Episode 19.

Kim grew up in the Catholic church, which she credits with promoting her sense of racial justice. However the church's restrictive position on women triggered her leaving, and she ended up Unitarian Universalist.

Kim's spiritual journey reflects several themes worth contemplating and incorporating into our own spiritual practices: welcoming the stranger; working for justice, equity, and compassion for those who are different than us -- whether by race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability, or ...; and identifying and rooting out our own prejudices, wherever they are smouldering.

Read the show notes and access our other podcasts at the Be Spiritual web site: www.bespiritual.info or visit the Be Spiritual Facebook page.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #18

2010-06-05
Length: 46s

The Rev. Bruce Taylor is my guest for Episode 18. Bruce is a newly minted Unitarian Universalist minister, ordained last November (2009). 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 devastating death of his wife, from cancer, coupled with the loss of his job, turned life upside down. Juxtaposed with the loss and uncertainty, Bruce was buoyed by the outpouring of support from his church, which rallied around him. Fast forward to a Memorial Day weekend in Bar Harbor, Maine. Daydreaming over a beer, Bruce saw himself as a UU minister, in a position to nourish a community and pay back what he had received. Some five years after that Bar Harbor vision, Bruce was ordained.

My conversation with Bruce was recorded a month before he was called by the Billerica church, which is why you'll hear him refer to that as a possibility.

Read the show notes and access our other podcasts at the Be Spiritual web site or visit the Be Spiritual Facebook page.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #17

2010-04-18
Length: 42s

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 appeared in the margins over the years.

When he joined the UU church, Fred retained his membership and participation in the Congregational church, which continues to nurture his Christian faith. Interestingly, it's the UU church that feeds his spirituality. As Fred explains, "I feel the Unitarian Universalist church has been more consistently spiritual than any other church I've ever been in."

Listen to Fred's remarkable and inspiring journey.

For more information, please visit the Be Spiritual website or the Be Spiritual page on Facebook.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #16

2010-03-23
Length: 36s

 

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.

This episode runs a bit over 36 minutes, in case you want to plan when to listen to Gail's and my conversation.

For more information, visit the Be Spiritual website at www.bespiritual.info or look for the Be Spiritual page on Facebook.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #15

2010-02-28
Length: 47s

Episode 15 of the podcast features Bill Kennedy, a relatively new Unitarian Universalist.

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.

Becoming a UU, Bill has found a church that brings him calmness and peace, freedom to explore his many religious questions, and the inspiration to be "better than I am."

For more information, check out the Be Spiritual website or our Facebook page.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #14

2010-02-07
Length: 38s

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 thoughts on our website (www.bespiritual.info) or the Be Spiritual Facebook page.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #13

2010-01-15
Length: 43s

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.

You'll find more information about the podcast at Unitarian Universalism at the Be Spiritual web site.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #12

2009-12-27
Length: 27s

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'll find more information about Unitarian Universalism and our other Be Spiritual podcasts at our website Be Spiritual

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Be Spiritual Check-In

2009-12-12
Length: 5s

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.

As I record this, the Be Spiritual podcast has reached 11 episodes with almost 1,000 downloads. That’s a remarkable milestone and quite gratifying. I really appreciate your listening and hope that you’re finding the programs meaningful and worth coming back to.

You'll find more information about the podcast and can leave feedback at our website: www.bespiritual.info.…

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Be Spiritual Podcast #11

2009-11-29
Length: 49s

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 I met Patricia 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.

For more information about the podcast, go to www.bespiritual.info.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #10

2009-10-29
Length: 36s

This episode features a conversation 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.

For more information about the podcast, go to www.bespiritual.info…

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Be Spiritual Podcast #9

2009-10-03
Length: 34s

Episode 9 features a conversation with Jenn Morton, who attended a UU church for several years when she was a child. Years later, after discovering she was lesbian, she brought her partner and children to a UU church, knowing they would be welcomed and accepted.

Now, the family is busy planning a wedding, scheduled for 12:01 am New Year's Day, when New Hampshire legalizes same-sex marriage. The church will be there, as well, to celebrate the attainment of a long-sought goal for Jenn and many other same-sex couples in New Hampshire.

Jenn describes her spirituality simply as pay it forward. She tries to give back and live in the moment, appreciating the gifts each day brings.

For more information about the Be Spiritual podcast, visit our web page at http://bespiritual.info…

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Be Spiritual Podcast #8

2009-09-15
Length: 37s

Episode #8 features an interview with Bob Keating. Bob grew up in the Congregational church amidst a loving and caring community that he fondly recalls. However, the stories of God commanding Abraham to sacrifice his son and Jesus dying to atone for our sins created an undercurrent to a theology of a loving God. Both stories bothered Bob, with effects deeper than he would recognize for years.

A good friend's invitation led Bob and Hilary, his wife, to a UU church, where he found the theology consistent with his ethical underpinnings, the community equally warm and caring as his Congregational church.

Contemplating the timeless religious questions, Bob concludes that the answers are unknowable.  Instead, his focus has been plumbing the UU Principles, which he considers the glue binding the diversity within our congregations.  The principles provide a unifying vision for a Buddhist, Christian, and Pagan to sit in the same pew and form a seemingly unlikely religious community.

For more information about the podcast, please visit our web site: http://bespiritual.info

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Be Spiritual Podcast #7

2009-08-30
Length: 54s

Following a path we've heard before, Mike Deschenes left the religion of his upbringing when he found that his questioning wasn't encouraged and that he was expected to accept by faith. His sister introduced him to Unitarian Universalism, and his questions led him to study philosophy in college, with an intense and continuing exploration of most every religion. Still exploring, Mike's spirituality today is inspired and informed by nature, Buddhism, other eastern philosophy, and Native American spirituality. All fit under the Unitarian Universalist umbrella.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #6

2009-08-09
Length: 29s

Robert Wright, author of the book "The Evolution of God" joins us to summarize how human perceptions of "God" have evolved over the millennia, discuss the constructive role religion can play in modern society, and share his own spiritual views. While not a Unitarian Universalist, Robert Wright is, I think it's fair to say, a fellow seeker and a good companion for the religious journey.…

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Be Spiritual Podcast #5

2009-07-25
Length: 40s

Our fifth episode features Tess George, former Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Action Network of New Hampshire.

Tess left the Catholic church as a youth, after questioning the virgin birth of Jesus. She became Unitarian Universalist while in college, and her spiritual exploration led to Paganism. Not believing in a personal god, Tess finds divinity in nature and her relationships. She has a strong commitment to work for social justice, in her words to “even the playing field.”

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Be Spiritual Podcast #4

2009-07-05
Length: 53s

This episode features a conversation with Elaine Thomas. Elaine grew up in the Congregational church but found herself disagreeing with the church's Christian doctrine as she reached adulthood. She moved to Unitarian Universalism when her children were young. Elaine's current beliefs reflect her complementary experiences as a UU and in the Beyond War movement.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #3

2009-06-21
Length: 58s

Roy Goodman shares his spiritual journey from Judaism to atheism. Roy's views were shaped by the recent echos 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 meaning in connection. Interestingly, Roy ascribes evil to a lack of connection — particularly when it leads to the belief that my truth is better than your truth.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #2

2009-06-07
Length: 29s

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. For more information on the Be Spiritual podcast, visit the web site.

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Be Spiritual Podcast #1

2009-05-31
Length: 25s

This is the inaugural program of the Be Spiritual podcast, an interview with Ellen McCormick.  For more info on the program and the podcast, visit the Be Spiritual web site.

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Be Spiritual podcast

2009-05-25

While Libsyn is hosting the Be Spiritual podcast, you'll find our primary web site at http://bespiritual.info.

The Be Spiritual podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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Be Spiritual promo

2009-05-25
Length: 1s

This promo explains the Be Spiritual podcast.

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