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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Audio Archive, Nov. 27 — Stories of Gratitude

Today’s service “Your Stories of Gratitude” coincides with the Thanksgiving holiday. Popular culture encourages us to focus upon feelings of gratitude as a panacea for discontent. But how do we move past the serious upheavals of life to find a meaningful practice of gratitude? We hear fellow members reflect upon surprising experiences of gratitude. Katie Kingery-Page and Dick Beeman convene this morning’s service.

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Audio Archive, Nov. 20 — Rethinking the Thanksgiving Story

What lessons did we learn from the traditional Thanksgiving story? How do we reconfigure the story? How do we acknowledge our part in the pain of others? How do we maintain gratitude in the face of complexity? Michaela Sievers convenes this morning’s service.

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Audio Archive, Nov. 13 — Focusing on Our Story — Yours, Mine and Ours

How did we come to be in this place? Each of us has a story, uniquely our own. We come together and forge a new story, one that we share. We hear some of the stories of our fellowship and consider how our stories always rewrite themselves. Elke Lorenz convenes this morning’s service.

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Audio Archive, Nov. 6 — What Does It Mean to be a Community of Story?

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms,” said poet Muriel Ruykeyser. The human mind seems made to make sense of things through stories, even more than through reason or emotion. Sometimes stories tell a deeper truth, and other time, they trap us in a plotline we need to free ourselves from. This morning, we explore story from a variety of perspectives. Marisa Larson convenes this morning’s service.

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Audio Archive, Oct. 30 — If We Are Children, Then We Are Heirs: The Legacy of Dr. King in the Justice Struggles of Today

Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of the evils of poverty, racism, and militarism. How do those play out in today’s issues here in Kansas? Rabbi Moti Rieber, Executive Director of Kansas Interfaith Action (KFIA), updates and inspires us. Kansas Interfaith Action is a statewide, multi-faith issue-advocacy organization that puts faith into action. Rev. Jonalue Johnstone convenes this morning’s service.

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