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"Now is the Time: Stewardship Sunday" - April 10, 2011

Come celebrate the gift of our beloved community as we reflect on what this moment in our congregational history calls us to do. We'll also have a child dedication at this service. [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Prayer" - March 13, 2011

WH Auden once said that prayer is "focus on something other than the self. " What might that sort of prayer look like in your life or in the life of our congregation? [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"The Sound of One Hand Clapping" - February 27, 2011

Part 4 in the "Stories that Make No Sense" Sermon Series: We will dive more deeply into the practice of the Zen koan, a riddle that does not have an easy answer. [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"The Love that Will Not Let You Go" - February 20, 2011

Universalist theology has traditionally taught that the source of all love which some call God is irresistible in its power to pull everything toward it. What would life be like if we assumed this... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Laughter in Church" - February 6, 2011

Author Madeline L'Engle invites us "to take ourselves seriously enough to take ourselves lightly. " In that spirit, let's laugh together and remember how serious our shared sillines... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" - January 16, 2011

Part 3 in the "Stories that Make No Sense" Sermon Series: In certain circumstances, songs of freedom must be sung in coded language rather than shouted in plain words from the rooftop... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"The Space Between the Stars" - January 9, 2011

In spite of it all, the space between us and the space between the stars, how do we deeply connect? [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Doubt" - January 2, 2011

Even in our most faith-filled moments, we do not presume to have utter certainty in our religious journeys. How do we live with, revel in, and fight against doubt? [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Who Is This Child?" - December 12, 2010

The baby in the manger, the infant Jesus, has been a source of reverence and fascination for thousands of years. Who is this child, exactly, in your life? What does he represent to you and to our... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Entering the Mystery of the Season" - December 5, 2010

The holiday season, including Hanukah and Advent, each contain rituals and practices that point to the mysterious source of light in the darkness. How do our holiday rituals lead us into a deeper c... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Truly Interfaith" - November 14, 2010

Some recent authors are challenging the idea that, at their core, all religions are pointing to the same truth. Is there universal truth underneath the religious impulse or should we approach each... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"If You Meet the Buddha on the Road ..." - November 7, 2010

You've perhaps heard the old saying, "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. " In this second of sermon series, we'll look at this story. What does it say about enlightenme... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Vigilance: The Dance of Trust and Fear" - October 24, 2010

Reflecting on the arrest in Manassas City of a teacher convicted of child abuse, we'll look at the dance between fear and faith. [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"The Inverse Power of Praise" - October 3, 2010

Recent studies in child development show that young children actually respond negatively to excessive non-specific praise like "aren't you smart," or "you're so special. ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Creating Change" - September 19, 2010

Coming off a summer of protests and political infighting over immigration, religious liberty and other issues, we'll look at the long UU heritage of civil disobedience. Is this the best way to ma... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Ready for the Feast" - September 5, 2010

In one the parables of Jesus, everyone is invited to a banquet, only to be kicked out if they didn't come properly dressed. In this first of several-part series on stories from various religious ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"To Call Ourselves Beloved" - August 15, 2010

Raymond Carver wrote a little poem that said, “Did you get what you wanted in this life … to call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved upon the earth. ” We‘ll look at the whole idea of ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"The Troubled Legacy" - June 27, 2010

It’s been several years now since Prince William County served as a flash-point of controversy regarding local enforcement of federal immigration law. This sermon will not make a political state... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Gratitude" - June 20, 2010

There is an essential posture toward the world and everything in it that lies at the core of every faith tradition. It may be that, underneath it all, the attitude we must take upon ourselves as r... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"The Beginning of All Things" - May 16, 2010

This final component of our many-part sermon series on creation stories will focus on the Big Bang, looking at the scientific wonder behind the origins of the universe, and at all the things we do ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Raising Unitarian Universalists" - May 9, 2010

The auction winners, Jenna and Mike Cooper, are expecting their second little UU quite soon. We'll reflect in this service on the task that lies ahead, and all of us, as we together commit to nur... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"The Ocean is the Beginning" - May 2, 2010

This continuation of our creation myth series tells of a great sea-turtle who brings up the first bits of earth between his scaly toes. All of creation extends from the first thing to float upon th... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Transformation" - April 18, 2010

In this abundant season of rapid change, our theme for the month is transformation. How is transformation working in your life? Do you welcome it or is it just a little bit scary? Maybe both? [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"How Sweet It Is: Stewardship Sunday" - April 11, 2010

The annual Sermon on the Amount invites us to consider how we support the work of the congregation and community. How sweet it is to be a part of BRUU! [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Yearning for a Faraway Place" - March 21, 2010

Sometimes we imagine that life is better just on the other side of the horizon. How can we find meaning and hope right here, in this place, even as we yearn for something more perfect? [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Evil" - March 14, 2010

Drawing ideas from an essay I recently contributed to the book, “A People So Bold: Theology and Ministry for Unitarian Universalists,” we’ll look at how, historically, liberal religious folks... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Ready to Walk" - March 7, 2010

This is a service about walking, or at least about moving forward a little bit at a time. Able-bodied or differently-abled, walking forward both physically and spiritually can be an enriching. ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"In Praise of Offensive People" - February 21, 2010

I love people who offend me because they have the power to shake up my thinking and keep me on my toes. How can we, as a community, commit to being in relationship with one another even, perhaps e... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Love" - February 14, 2010

To love is one of the most difficult things a human being can do, and yet love is the one thing that connects us to the deepest sources of meaning. How do you love and how are you striving to love... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"A Fearful Alchemy" - January 17, 2010

One abolitionist leader wrote that salve society had found “a fearful alchemy which transforms blood into gold. ” How does oppression still give rise to profit? What answer can we give to suc... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"'Out of the Brokenness, the Beginning', Norse Creation Story" - January 3, 2010

In Norse mythology, the world is formed through the tumultuous struggle of the gods — it is out of this struggle that all things begin. What might this tradition have to say about the world we l... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Story Shaped" - December 13, 2009

One of our bridging youths said that she liked for things, including religion, to be "story shaped. " What stories give shape to your life? Are there stories about yourself that you... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Emptiness" - December 6, 2009

This is our monthly theme for December. We'll look at the spaces between our busyness. Of course, the holiday season can be full of activity, but when and how must there be emptiness in our lives ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Covenant" - November 08, 2009

This is our monthly theme for November. People often say that we Unitarian Universalists come together not because of our shared beliefs, but because of a covenant we make with one another. We'll ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Covenant" - November 01, 2009

One of the stories of creation in the Hebrew Scriptures talks of God scooping up a ball of clay and forming man and woman from it. What does this story have to teach us about who we are? About our ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Atonement" - October 18, 2009

This second spiritual theme of the year will ask us to look at what it might mean to "get right," with the world. Is it coincidence that the word "atonement" is could al... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"And There is The Sea" - October 11, 2009

The transcendent can best be described on metaphorical terms. This sermon will explore the metaphor of the sea as an image and archetype of the eternal. [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Entrances and Exits" - October 4, 2009

What draws us into community like we have here at BRUU? The entrance signs over the doors welcome us in, but what are we to do once we have enjoyed that welcome and find ourselves drawn back out i... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Spiritual Hunger" - September 27, 2009

What really feeds us when we are spiritually hungry? How do we even begin to admit that we are yearning to be filled? [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Religion Without Belief" - July 12, 2009

Is belief really at the center or religion? Some contemporary theologians don't think so. What if belief really isn't a necessary pre-condition of religious living? [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"A Living Prayer" - March 29, 2009

Each day of life as a new mother is a new adventure, and each act (even the frustrating ones) becomes a prayer. How might our work and our lives become living prayers? [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Echoes of Faith" - March 1, 2009

The DRE and Religious Education volunteers will discuss the importance of our childhood faith experiences and how those experiences shape our lives into adulthood. Join us as we rediscover the beau... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Beyond Dog Heaven" - February 15, 2009

Sometimes the important stuff winnows its way into our consciousness in the most unexpected way and time. This message is based on my experience of a most unique memorial service quite recently. ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Rise in BodySpirit!" - February 15, 2009

We live inherently as whole beings but too often we split ourselves into the false pieces of body, mind and spirit. Let's explore the power of embodied spiritual practice to help us embrace our wh... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"The Paradox of Desire" - February 1, 2009

We are told to reach for the stars and to be happy with what we have, to be the best we can be and to accept ourselves as we are. We celebrate both ambition and contentment. Is it possible to have ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Bargains We Make With Life" - January 25, 2009

Daniel Boorstin wrote, "We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in its place. ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Crossing Jordan" - January 18, 2009

In the Eagles' song "After the Thrill Is Gone", they ask "What can you do when your dreams come true and it's not quite like you've planned? " With this in mind, I wo... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Walk, Don't Walk" - January 11, 2009

Together we'll explore the many ways we live at the intersection of patience and action as we strive to make change in our lives and in the world. Rev. Crow is traveling all the way from Rochester... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Forgiveness" - January 4, 2009

Members of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and the Westside Fellowship spoke of forgiveness for the gunman who entered the TVUUC sanctuary and opened fire last August. Bill Sinkf... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Anticipation" - December 21, 2008

This is indeed the season of anticipation, perhaps especially for me and my family. Just under two weeks away from our due-date, I'll reflect upon the anticipation both of the holiday season and o... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Truth Telling" - December 7, 2008

To conclude our sermon series, we'll look at one of the greatest risks of all, truth-telling. What truths do you have the courage to speak? What truths do you try not to utter? Truth-telling is... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Humility" - November 23, 2008

A Cistercian monk once said, "You have to have a healthy ego to die to self. " In this series on spiritual risk-taking, we'll look at the line that divides true humility from abject ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Hunger in Our Midst" - November 16, 2008

This season of Thanksgiving and abundance marks an opportunity for all of us to reflect not only on our many gifts, but on the fact that here in our own town and our own congregation, neighbors and... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Post-Christian or Presently Pluralistic?" - November 2, 2008

Some people have described Unitarian Universalism as a post-Christian religious body. Others have taken great exception to that moniker. Who are we in relationship to the theological traditions t... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

Guest Presentation by Reverend Kalen Fristad - October 26, 2008

Our guest preacher is a Christian universalist and an ordained United Methodist Minister. After serving churches in Iowa for 27 years he embarked upon an independent ministry consisting of travelin... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Mercy" - October 19, 2008

The word "mercy" is most often used to reference the compassion or forbearance given by a God to people. But even if we take away the idea of a supernatural divinity entirely, what m... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Wrestling the Angel" - October 12, 2008

In the Hebrew Scriptures, the patriarch Jacob wrestles an angel to force a blessing out of him. In another story, Jacob steals a blessing from his brother Esau. Are we like Jacob or unlike him? ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Devotion" - October 5, 2008

Sufi poets describe their spiritual quest as one centered primarily on devotion - devotion to God, to beauty, and to the world. How might we live out a sense of devotion in our lives? To whom or ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Turning Toward the Light: Rosh Hashanah and the Third Principle of Unitarian Universalism" - September 28, 2008

Kristin Grassel is a UU Student at Wesley Theological Seminary in DC. She's a member of Cedar Lane UU Church and is starting her second year of ministerial education. [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Faith" - September 14, 2008

This fall's sermon series will look at some different ways we can challenge ourselves to take spiritual risks in our lives. In this first one, we'll talk about how believing in something, anythi... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Abandoning the Raft" - August 31, 2008

The Buddha told a story about a man who built a raft to get to the opposite side of a river. He then asked, "Should this man, then, carry his raft upon his back once he has crossed? ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Promises" - August 17, 2008

Great theologian Martin Buber wrote that "The human being as such, is the promise-making, promise-keeping, promise-breaking, promise-renewing creature. " What promises do we make and... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"The Beauty of Impermanence" - July 6, 2008

Many things in life aren't meant to last. Everything that comes our way is, in time, on its way somewhere else. How can we come to accept and understand the impermanence of life? [listen to the episode]

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"Pluralism" - June 22, 2008

The Final Part of "Religion in America" Sermon Series: Contemporary American religion cannot be defined by one particular spiritual path or religious identity. We are a truly plurali... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"God is a Crazy Shepherd" - June 15, 2008

Many of us have heard, at some point, the Christian parable of the lost sheep. The shepherd leaves the entire flock and goes in search of the one who has gone astray. If we can work with the metap... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Exodus Faith in 2008: Jeremiah Wright and the Black Church in America" - May 25, 2008

Part six in the "Religion in America" series: No series on religion in America would be complete without a look at the development and position of the African America Church in our na... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Hope is The Thing with Feathers" - May 11, 2008

Emily Dickenson wrote, "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune -- without the words, and never stops at all. " How have you experienced the pers... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Prove All Things, Hold Fast the Good" - May 4, 2008

On May 5th, 1819, William Ellery Channing preached a sermon in Baltimore that laid out the doctrine of early American Unitarianism. His sermon encouraged hearers to "prove all things,... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Passing Over" - April 20, 2008

In commemoration of the great journey of Passover, this sermon will look at the many journeys we are on. How can we, as the ancient Hebrew story tells, set out to travel along an uncertain course a... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Community, Commitment, and the 2004 Red Sox" - April 13, 2008

In 2004, the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in a very long time and fans around the world felt like they were a part of something bigger than themselves. In this world of isolation and... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Guilty as Charged" - March 16, 2008

In the Christian year, we approach the observed time of Jesus of Nazareth's execution at the hands of Roman officials. This sermon will look at what exactly Jesus was tried and convicted for and ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"A Plain Old Ordinary Day at BRUU" - March 9, 2008

This year's stewardship campaign theme is "Keeping the Lights On," and this sermon will reflect on all the everyday miracles that happen here among us at BRUU. A plain old ordinary ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Religion in Civil Society" - March 2, 2008

From civil rights and environmental justice to hot-button issues like abortion and cloning, religion has long acted as a force to change or maintain society in America. This sermon will look at th... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Mormonism: An American Faith" - February 17, 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, is probably the most successful example of a uniquely American faith tradition. What exemplifies American reli... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"A Sacred Spaciousness" - February 10, 2008

As we approach Valentine's Day, this we'll look at how we can not only be in deep relationship with one another, but leave room for sacred spaciousness between us. [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Servant Leadership" - February 3, 2008

Most images of leadership (both moral and institutional) in our society have to do with big bossy folks getting their way. What kind of leadership could we share if we saw ourselves as servants to ... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"By Heart" - January 27, 2008

In this service, several people will share something that they know "by heart," and Nancy will reflect on what it means to hold something so closely and treasure it so much that you k... [listen to the episode]

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"To Be Transformed" - January 20, 2008

Transformation is a pretty scary thing. What would it mean if we were to wake up every morning unafraid of transformation, ready to embrace all the changes at hand? [listen to the episode]

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