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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Audio Archive, Dec. 25 — Celebration of the Season: Christmas Day

We look at O Henry’s famous Christmas story and its roots in the gifts from the wise men in this informal service. Our convener is Rev. Jonalu Johnstone.

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Audio Archive, Dec. 24 — Celebration of the Season: Christmas Eve

Thank you to our Christmas Eve singers Chris Bailey, Dick Beeman, Jonalu Johnstone, Marisa Larson, Tom Phillips, Gene Sievers, Jessica Sievers,  Michaela Sievers, and Larry Weaver. Thanks to our readers Dick Beeman, Marisa Larson, Tom Phillips, Scott Tanona, Michaela Sievers, Jessica Sievers. Thanks to our musicians Maeve Tanona and Renea Reasoner. Thanks also to our convener, Jonalu Johnstone.

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Audio Archive, Dec. 18 — Presence in the Ministry of Jesus

One of the real miracles of Christmas is that the man Jesus has survived what centuries have done to his memory, and that the human spirit of the man is alive among us, undimmed by ages of distortion and denial. Jesus believed in the Hebrew faith and his life led him to stress unforgettably the humane insights of that faith; yes, a man whose intense, generous humanity has survived the human creeds, crusades, violence, and insipid sentimentalities that have been created in his name. Tom  Phillips convenes this morning’s service.

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Audio Archive, Dec. 11 — The Comforting Presence of Music

Music brings comfort and consolation, especially in a busy season. What role does music play in our lives and in our celebrations? We’ll have special holiday music, including both serious and playful music from the choir, as well as an instrumental piece, in addition to thoughtful reflection. Chris Bailey convenes this morning’s service.

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Audio Archive, Dec. 4 — Presents or Presence?

As the holidays approach, we consider our life choices. How do we give of ourselves, versus giving “stuff?” How do we search for true connection — with our families, our communities, our universe, ourselves, even the Holy — instead of the false promises of the latest gadgets? Katie Kingery-Page convenes this morning’s service.

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