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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Audio Archive, Oct. 29 — Memorial Service for Jack Warren

This recording is of the memorial service for long-time Fellowship member Jack Warren.

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Audio Archive, Oct. 23 — Healing the Personal and Political

Wounds from campaigns have opened in the fabric of our national covenant. It is personal struggles that create the political issues that divide and challenge us. How can the wounds be healed? Jessica Sievers convenes this morning’s service.

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Audio Archive, Oct. 16 — The Responsibilities of Democracy: Algorithms for Restoring Truth and Beauty in the World

David Carter, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, is a familiar visitor to our Fellowship. Reverend Carter grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and has made his home in Kansas for the last fifteen years, first in Winfield, with the last decade in Wichita. He comments on this morning’s reflection: “Populist” politicians continue to have a disturbingly large “fan base.” Is that portion of the American electorate simply blind to repeated travesties of decency and civil behavior, or is there something deeper and more insidious at work? Why and how is it that so many American voters are willing to support a candidate blatantly antagonistic to the core values of democracy? Dave Lambert convenes this morning’s service.

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Audio Archive, Oct. 9 — Healing the Wounds of the Doctrine of Discovery

The scars of colonialism and “manifest destiny” continue today, both for native people and for the descendants of settlers. The Doctrine of Discovery established the legal frameworks that began the destructive process. Today, the assumptions are so deep that change could seem catastrophic. What would it take to heal the wounds? Or even to open the conversation? Rev. Jonalu Johnstone is our speaker. Diane Barker and Pat Embers convene this morning’s service.

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Audio Archive, Oct. 2 — What Does it Mean to Be a Community of Healing?

Healing can be a physical or emotional process, most often both. How does healing work? How do we promote healing? Wounds may be inevitable, but they need not be permanent if we can find ways to nurse, repair, and recover. Rev. Jonalu Johnstone is our speaker. Kim Belanger convenes this morning’s service.

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