Audio Archive, July 24 – Vacation or Sabbath?

Reverend Jonalu Johnstone offers reflections. Is summertime a time for easing back and taking off a week or two? What’s the value of an extended time of leisure? How has it been captured by religious traditions? What’s the difference between taking a Sabbath and a vacation? Our convener is Dave Lambert.

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Audio Archive, July 17 – Taizé with a UU Accent

The village of Taizé, France, hosts an ecumenical community of monks (and sisters) who developed a worship practice including scripture, silence, and chant. Their practice has migrated across the world and inspired Taizé services everywhere. We learn about their process and experiment — in a very UU way, of course. Our speaker is Rev. Jonalu Johnstone, who visited Taizé in 2011. Our convener is Jessica Sievers.

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Audio Archive, July 10 – The Universe Story

The story of the universe is more than science and natural history; it’s also a sacred story. As Loyal Rue, philosopher at  Loyola College, has said, “In the course of epic events, matter was distilled out of radiant energy, segregated into galaxies, collapsed into stars, fused into atoms, swirled into planets, spliced into molecules, captured into cells, mutated into species, compromised into thought, and cajoled into cultures. All of this (and much more) is what matter has done as systems upon systems of organization have emerged over thirteen billion years of creative natural history.” We reflect at the intersection of science and religion. Our speaker is Rev. Jonalu Johnstone. Our convener is Tom Phillips.

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Audio Archive, July 3 – Civil Discourse in Heated Times: The Ups and Downs of Democracy

With the celebration of U.S. independence approaching and the election heating up (how much hotter can it get?!), we examine how we can talk to each other respectfully and effectively. Since the beginnings of our republic, there have been struggle and controversy, sometimes resulting in creative solutions and others in violence or repression. Our speaker is Rev. Jonalu Johnstone. Our convener is Austin Roberts.

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Audio Archive, June 26 – Searching for Truth Through Service-Learning

As part of his role as Director of the Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM) at K-State, Rev. David Jones has helped students participate in a variety of service-learning trips. ECM is a student group at Kansas State University that encourages students to explore their spiritual beliefs through fellowship, study, and service. Our convener is Michaela Sievers.

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Audio Archive, June 19 – What Fathers Know Best

The “traditional” family has changed radically in the last fifty years in the U.S. Fathers spend more time with their children, and have different kinds of interactions. This morning we hear from a few of our members who are and/or have fathers with their reflections on the day. Our convener is Rev. Jonalu Johnstone.

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Audio Archive, June 12 – Respecting Indigenous Cultures

Respecting indigenous cultures: as UUs, we are often allies to groups and peoples to whom we may not belong. To be better allies, we examine the line between respecting and appropriating culture, and how to move forward with mutual respect. Laverne Bitsie-Baldwin, Sonya Ortiz, and Lisa Tatonetti of the social initiative Reimage MHK join us to share their perspectives. Our convener is Katie Kingery-Page.

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Audio Archive, June 5 – What Ramadan Has to Teach Us

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone reflects on the wider circle of spirituality. Muslims begin their celebration of Ramadan tonight in the U.S. While Ramadan is a big deal for Muslims, requiring a fast during daylight hours, many of us don’t understand the holiday. Ramadan commemorates the receiving of the Qur’an by Muhammad. We’ll explore the central text and central holiday of Islam, an increasingly important religion in the world. Our convener is Marisa Larson.

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Audio Archive, May 29 – That the Dead May Be Honored

Memorial Day marks far more than the beginning of summer. Our celebration of Memorial Day considers how we as UUs give meaning to losses inevitable in armed conflict. Honoring lives lost has implications for how we prevent the loss of life and how we defend our freedom. What are the consequences of war and how do we channel them into peace, respecting those who have gone before? Kelly Richardson-McBee and Steffan McBee convene this morning’s service.

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Audio Archive, May 22 – Thanking One Another

Our program this morning includes contributions from Diane Barker, Rev. Jonalu Johnstone, Sandy Nelson, Sue Pray, and Jessica Sievers. Our music helper is Dick Beeman and our convener is Jessica Sievers.

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