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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Audio Archive, Mar. 12 — Risk and Redemption: The Spiritual Gifts of Taking Risks

Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, of the UU Fellowship of Topeka, joins us with one of her thought-provoking sermons. We will also be joined during the service by musical alchemist Mindy Dillard. Listen to more of her music and learn more about her work at www.mindydillard.com.Our convener is Marisa Larson.

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Audio Archive, Mar. 5 — What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Risk?

People who take no risks, who play it safe, cannot grow to become what they are capable of being. The same is true for communities. In these times of fear and uncertainty, it can be easy to turn inside and seek comfort. To grow into our full selves, though, we need to be aware of what is happening in the world and to take calculated risks to bloom into our best. Our convener is Scott Tanona.

NOTE: The final ten minutes of the audio recording are not available due to technical difficulties.

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Audio Archive, Feb. 26 — What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Identity?

So often individualism and community are held up as opposites. What if we held them instead as complementary, more like yin and yang, than as opposites? We welcome individual identities within the community, and don’t expect a lockstep march; however, we have to have some cohesion to keep us together. How do we create a balance of supporting individual identities while nurturing our connections? Our convener is Michaela Sievers.

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Audio Archive, Feb. 19 — Love, Identity, and the Danger of Differentness

Rev. Jill Jarvis, of the UU Congregation of Lawrence, reflects, “Who does and doesn’t belong in our personal, political, and religious worlds? Most of our identities include unequal parts of privilege and oppression. How can we resist our all-too-human need to exclude and separate in order to preserve our own specialness?” Our convener is Elke Lorenz.

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Audio Archive, Feb. 12 — Spiritual Journeys

Periodically, we invite some of our members to share their journey with us. This morning we’ll learn more about the journeys and identities of some of our newer members: Matt Ebersole and Shannon Skelton. Our convener is Mark Clarke.

NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, the audio recording of this service picks up at the end of the Story for All Ages.

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