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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Audio Archive, Feb. 5 — Identity: Who Do You Think You Are?

Early in our lives, people tell us who we are. Our parents name us and teach us who we are in our families. Over time, we accept or reject the identities we’re given, and slowly find our own. Yet, through our lives, the question “Who am I?” remains fundamental. Of course, we never quite get past “who do I think I am?” How do we learn who we are? How do we become our fullest, most integrated, most authentic self? And what do we do with an identity when we get there? Our convener is Marisa Larson.

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Audio Archive, Jan. 29 — Faith and Authenticity

Stephanie Mott, President and Executive Director of the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, talks about her journey through the intersections of faith and authenticity, initially believing that they are mutually exclusive, and finally discovering that they are very much the same. Our convener is Jonalu Johnstone.

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Audio Archive, Jan. 22 — Today’s Prophetic Voices

Prophets from the past are fine, but may not have the message we need to hear today. Who is warning us about what is happening and what may come on issues like climate change, criminal justice, education, and bringing a moral grounding to public and private policy and actions? Our convener is Dave Lambert.

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Audio Archive, Jan. 8 — What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Prophecy?

We think of prophets as lone figures calling out impending doom and destruction. Being a community of prophecy means that we are not alone in the anger and fear that we experience in response to the world’s events. How do we engage with the world to educate ourselves about the realities, to make allies where we can find them, to protect the most vulnerable, and to keep our eyes on the prize? Our convener is Scott Tanona.

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Audio Archive, Jan. 1 — Reflections on Lives That Touched Us

Several UUFM members contribute to our annual service remembering the contributions of friends, relatives, entertainers, politicians, scientists, et al., who touched our lives in so many ways. Our convener is Michael Oldfather.

NOTE: The recorded music included in the recording is in the public domain.

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