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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Audio Archive, Oct. 1 — A Celebration of the Life of Edith Moskowitz Hinrichs

Long-time Fellowship member Edith Hinrichs died Thursday, July 28, 2016 in her family’s home in Manhattan, KS. This is the recording of her memorial service.

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Audio Archive, Sept. 25 – Broadening Our Covenant: Defying Hate

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone reflects: Covenant within our community is not enough. We have to consider what we promise the larger world. Learn more about UU Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp who defied hate at the link below. Jessica Sievers convenes this morning’s service.

http://www.defyingthenazis.org

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Audio Archive, Sept. 18 – What Does It Mean to Be a People of Covenant?

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone reflects. Covenant has a long, rich religious history. Among UUs, we have no shared set of beliefs (creed), so we rely on our commitments and promises to one another. Organizing around covenant, rather than creed, has the promise of deepening our relationships and supporting our diversity. Tom Phillips is our convener.

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Audio Archive, Sept. 11 – Musicale XV

Our UUFM Music Committee, chaired by Michael Oldfather, organized this morning’s musical celebration. Thank you to all our musicians for sharing their musical talents and thank you to all who joined in celebrating this special musical event.

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Audio Archive, Sept. 4 — What Does Labor Earn?

“As we begin our look at covenant, what do we owe people whose work we benefit from,” asks Rev. Jonalu Johnstone. “What do our UU values call us to in these days of wealth and income inequality?”  In 2014, the UU General Assembly passed a Congregational Study/Action Issue on “Escalating Inequality”  (www.uua.org/economic/escalatinginequality). The situation isn’t improving. We’ll consider what we need to know and what we might be able to do. Our convener is Michael Oldfather.

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Audio Archive, Aug. 28 – A Framework for Dismantling Racism

Grace MacMillan, Sabrina Bowker, and Sylvia Beeman attended a three-day Anti-Racism Analysis Training (Damascus Road Anti-Racism Process). The workshop focused on developing a common language to discuss and understand individual, system, and environmental racism in the U.S. Developing a shared knowledge base lays the groundwork for the conversation needed to dismantle systemic racism in our own house.

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Audio Archive, Aug. 21 – There May Not Be a God, But Idols Are Real

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone reflects on modern idolatry. We think of idolatry as an ancient sin, venerating statues of gold. Today’s idols are different. Anytime we allow our lives to be controlled by pursuit of something that is not worthy, we commit idolatry. Addictions, egotism, materialism, are all examples of ways we give more importance to something than it deserves, essentially constructing idols, fixations to worship and build our lives around. As Emerson said, “That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping, we are becoming.” Our convener is Dick Beeman.

A few minutes of the end of the service are missing from the recording due to technical issues (a full media card).

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Audio Archive, Aug. 14 – There’s Something Happening Here: Stop, Look, and Listen

As anxiety heightens nationally and internationally, we also see it in our personal lives. Whether identifying patterns in our relationships, in ourselves, or in the larger world, observation helps interrupt reaction and keeps us on an even keel. Noticing and naming what’s going on is not only a life skill, but also a spiritual discipline.. Our convener is Kathleen Oldfather.

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