Audio Archive, May 21 — Exploring Our Whole Lives

Fellowship member and Religious Education volunteer Molly McGaughey leads an exploration of how UU youth are encouraged to think about their bodies and their relationships in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum. Our convener is Jonalu Johnstone.

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Audio Archive, May 14 — The Miracles We Are: How Mother Nature Conspired to Create Us

We’ll take a non-traditional approach to Mother’s Day, using the metaphor of Mother Nature. How did we become who and what we are as human bodies? How have we been shaped as a human species and as the individuals we are? Our convener is Elke Lorenz.

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Audio Archive, May 7 — Anabaptist Distinctives: What is a Mennonite?

Rev. Richard Gehring guides an exploration of the ideals and values of Mennonites. Our convener is Rev. Jonalue Johnstone.

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Audio Archive, Apr. 30 — Immigration

Fellowship members and friends speak. The topic of immigration inflames political passions and touches real lives. The ACLU has proposed Freedom Cities, and the UUA is working on a New Sanctuary Movement. We’ll consider the economics of immigration, the local impact, and what actions we might take to live out our values. Presenters are Michael Oldfather, Slawomir Dobrzanski, Marie Bovee, and Christopher Renner. Our convener is Mark Clarke.

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Audio Archive, Apr. 23 — What Would It Take to Transform Society?

We all know that the “world as it is” is not the same as the “world as it should be.” What do we do about that? There are multiple layers to the work of transforming a whole society. We’ll talk through one example that is pertinent to recent events within the UUA — white supremacy in our culture. How do we address it on the multiple levels that it exists? How does this apply to how we address other issues — the destruction of our environment, violence and militarism, consumerism, heteropatriarchy, and more. We can make a better world! Our convener is Dave Lambert.

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Audio Archive, Apr. 16 — Transforming Traditional Stories

Easter and Passover coincide this year, two holidays deeply related, but with radically different messages. Many of us have rejected the traditional messages, but there is something in the stories of freedom and resurrection that will not let us go. How do we transform traditional stories with new readings that may have meaning for contemporary Unitarian Universalists? Our convener is Tom Phillips.

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Audio Archive, Apr. 9 — What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Transformation?

Transformation is central to the religious experience, whatever tradition you come from. Our intent is to always become better people than we were. How does a community work to transform its members? How do we support transformation in one another and how do we overcome our own resistance to transformation? What might we be able to transform our Fellowship into? Our convener is Emily Fraser.

The video “Today I Rise” (edited out of the recording) can be found here: https://vimeo.com/122762336

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Audio Archive, Apr. 2 — Questions and Answers

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone introduces a new format. To kick off our month on transformation, we are transforming the substance of the service. Instead of one central reflection about a topic or theme, Rev. Jonalu answers your questions. Our convener is Mark Clarke.

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Audio Archive, Mar. 26 — What Are You Willing to Risk?

Jonalu reflects, “When I was a child, it was a big deal to risk climbing higher in the tree or petting a dog I didn’t know. As an adult the risks are different, but no less real — can I confront a friend about a problem? Can I fully be myself? And what is it I am risking when I feel uncertain? What might I lose? What am I risking for and what do I have to gain? Every day of living is a risk of dying. How do we rationally confront the risks of living?” Our convener is Dick Beeman.

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Audio Archive, Mar. 19 — The Prophet in Birmingham Jail

Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in response to a public letter from white clergy asking black activists to wait and give them more time to reach equality, instead of demanding their rights through civil disobedience. The letter invites us to consider our own commitment to what’s right in today’s social and political context. Our convener is Jessica Sievers.

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