Audio Archive, May 27 — Creative Nonviolence

As we remember those who have died in service to the nation, we also wonder whether we will always resort to war. Our nation struggles around how to balance diplomacy with self-defense. Even in our personal lives, we find it hard to know how to proceed when we come to a place of conflict. No one wants to give in and look weak. Nor do we want to escalate a problem so that violence becomes inevitable Are there different ways to navigate our responses to challenges from others? Can we bring creativity to nonviolence? Our convener is Dick Beeman.

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Audio Archive, May 20 — Virtue Ethics

The 7th grade and up class shares thoughts and lessons learned from the UUA Virtue Ethics curriculum. Concepts to explore and challenge include: moderation, integrity, respect, fairness, responsibility, compassion, humility, generosity, courage, forgiveness, and loyalty. Our conveners are Molly and Nick McGaughey.

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Audio Archive, May 13 — Nurturing Creativity

Many people claim to not be creative. Creativity is not a particular talent but more a way of understanding and interpreting the world. As our children need to be nurtured by loving parents, so do traits like creativity need to be nurtured to grow into their best selves. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we create a work of art with flowers. Add a flower and take a different one home. Our convener is Mark Clarke.

Note: The audio recording begins during the Helping Hands presentation. Also, there are inconsistencies in the dynamic levels.

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Audio Archive, May 6 — Creativity is Like … a Metaphor

Where do new ideas come from and where do they take us? Creativity pushes us to places we have never seen before and reveals new truth. Individual words and images always have complex associations and nuances that both deepen and confound communication. To make sense of the unknown, we compare it to what is known. When we do so in new ways, we have creativity. Our convener is Rob DeLong.

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Audio Archive, May 5 — Memorial Service for Sam Lacy

Memorial Service for Sam Lacy

Opening Music – Winter Bird Songs

Opening Words – Reverend Jonalu Johnstone

Overview of Sam’s Life – Mike Lacy

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Audio Archive, Apr. 29 — International Rescue Committee

Our guest, Harold Schlechtweg, is Advocacy Coordinator of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Wichita. The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered survive, recover, and control their future. In 2017 IRC helped resettle 365 refugees in Kansas — about half as many as IRC resettled here in 2016. Harold joins us to share their stories, and to warn that America’s formerly robust support for refugees is threatened now as never before, bringing us hope that with our help a new day for refugees can dawn again. Our convener is Elke Lorenz.

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Audio Archive, Apr. 22 — Today’s Another Earth Day

As we watch plants emerge from the earth, we remember how reliant we are on the planet itself. Forty-eight years ago when Earth Day was initiated, proponents saw the state of the Earth as a crisis. How has the Earth changed since then? How have we changed? How does the idea of emergence help us think about our relationship with the environment? How do we create the space for Earth to heal itself. Our convener is Jessica Sievers.

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Audio Archive, Apr. 21 — Studio Recital: Piano Students of Dr. Agustin Muriago, Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski, and Dr. David Pickering

Studio Recital: Piano Students of Dr. Agustin Muriago, Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski, and Dr. David Pickering, Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre and Dance

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Audio Archive, Apr. 21 — UUFM Singers Present Michael Oldfather’s Retirement Concert

A celebration of 21 years of music at UUFM with Music Committee Chair and Choir Director Michael Oldfather. Renea Reasoner, piano; Matthew Campbell, percussion; Slawomir Dobrzanski, piano; Matthew Meals, piano and electric bass; Michael Oldfather, director.

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Audio Archive, Apr. 15 — Gaia, Mother Earth and the Oneness of Everything

We welcome UU musician Jim Scott to help us celebrate the earth with original songs, readings, and personal reflections on the idea of Mother Earth or “Gaia” as one living organism. Our “spiritual response” in word and action is so timely now. Our convener is Rev. Jonalu Johnstone.

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