Audio Archive, Nov. 18 — Remembering Where We Came From

Approaching Thanksgiving can be a good time to examine our history and consider where we came from. We’ll consider the Wampanoag version of Thanksgiving history, share cornbread and apple cider, and learn about “justice across borders,” the theme for this year’s Guest at Your Table program. Our convener is Terry Hardley.

Due to technical difficulties, the audio recording of today’s service is not available.

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Audio Archive, Nov. 11 — Elections Past and Present

Colonial New England had a tradition of election sermons, sermons preached to the newly elected government meant to guide the elected in godly ways. It seems timely to consider what past elections have taught us and what we need to prepare for as we move forward from the election this week. Post-election, how do we come together as a people? What do history and memory call us to as citizens and Unitarian Universalists? Our convener is Emily Fraser.

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Audio Archive, Nov. 4 — Curating Our History: Deciding What to Remember

Both individuals and institutions remember their histories in particular ways, shaped not only by what happened in the moment, but also by our perceptions and even by what happened subsequently. Yet, we rely on having a past to know how to live into our future. How can we trust our memories? And how can we decide what to remember? Our convener is Kathleen Oldfather.

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Audio Archive, Oct. 28 — From Seeking Sanctuary to Being Sanctuary

What do mean when we say UUFM is a Safe Haven? A safe haven for whom? From what? What if we imagine that we are creating a safe haven not for ourselves, but for those who most need a safe haven. How would that change who and how we are? Our convener is Larry Weaver.

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Audio Archive, Oct. 21 — Enlarging Sanctuary: Making Room for Our Animals … and All of Nature

As we struggle with climate change, wild animals encounter more threats. They are less safe. Domestic animals get safety and sanctuary from humans. We will recognize the blessings animals bring to us, and give them blessings in return. We’ll consider ways to make room for the species in our lives. Our convener is Rob Morrison.

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Audio Archive, Oct. 14 — The Children’s Sabbath

Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, of the UU Fellowship of Topeka, joins us. The National Children’s Sabbath initiated by the Children’s Defense Fund provides an opportunity to look at how we are caring for the most vulnerable in our communities. From birth to young adulthood, what do the children need from us and what can we do to make sure we to make sure we are meeting these needs? Our convener is Katie Kingery-Page.

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Audio Archive, Oct. 7 — Sanctuary: Sacred or Safe?

Traditionally, sanctuary is a safe place because it is sacred. Its sacredness kept soldiers and law enforcers from violating it by seizing people. With increased secularization and religious pluralism, there’s less agreement on what places are sacred. At the same time, we can all recognize that some sacred moments are not so safe — the moment of birth, the moment of death. What’s the relationship between sacredness and safety? How does it play out in sanctuary? Our convener is Marissa Larson.

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Audio Archive, Sept. 30 — The Vision Thing

George Bush’s political downfall may have been “the vision thing,” as he famously named it. He’s not unlike many of us who struggle to name what our vision is. We may dream impossible dreams, but actually pursuing a vision, through the tragic gap, the difference between the world as it is and the world as it should be, is no easy task. What does it take to master “the vision thing?” Our convener is Dick Beeman.

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Audio Archive, Sept. 23 — What Obscures Your Vision?

We all have visions we wish to achieve, even if we haven’t said them out loud. What keeps us from seeing clearly where we might go and what we might achieve? What keeps us from accomplishing the vision once we see it? Our convener is Tom Phillips.

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Audio Archive, Sept. 16 — Musicale: A Musical Vision

Annual Musicale service. Details to come. Audio is below.

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