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'Sacred Humility:' Finding Beauty in the Broken Places by Rev. Heather Janules

July 17, 2011 - Our guest minister, Rev. Heather Janules, is the Associate Minister and Minister for Pastoral Care at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda. She speaks of brokenness ... [listen to the episode]

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Have you thanked a green plant today? by Mike Walker

July 10, 2011 - We didn't make it to the moon by ignoring the laws of gravity, yet the world wide impacts on the planet’s ecosystem threaten our safety and security. UU Mount Vernon member a... [listen to the episode]

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Lean on Me: The Importance of Community by Van Caldwell

July 3, 2011 - A lay summer service about community, touch, and hugs. Visit us in Camp Springs, MD and online at www. dmuuc. org. [listen to the episode]

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The Happiest Story You'll Ever Hear by Reverend Bruce Marshall at Davies Memorial UU Church in Camp Springs, MD

The New York Times columnist, David Brooks, has recently produced a book called The Social Animal in which he tells a story that he claims is the happiest you'll ever read.   It involves two ... [listen to the episode]

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Milestones by Rev. Bruce Marshall at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs, MD

12 JUNE 2011: Near the White House is a stone marker that was intended as the point of reference for all United States highways; each was to be measured from that marker.   It didn't actually... [listen to the episode]

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"To Be or Not To Be" by Preston Mears in Camp Springs, Maryland

June 5, 2011 - Who are we and who do we want to be? Reflections on a year of analysis and looking to our future as a member of the Search Committee. Visit us in Camp Springs, Maryland or online at... [listen to the episode]

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What's to Become of Men? by Rev. Bruce Marshal at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs, MD

The United States puts people in jail at a higher rate than any other country, and many of these prisoners are young men.   How do we accolunt for this? Is at least one of the reasons that mea... [listen to the episode]

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Diversity in Relationships by Joyce Dowling at Davies Memorial UU Church in Camps Springs, MD

May 22, 2011 - Diversity = differences. Differences = conflicts. We're known as being friendly and hospitable, but is that all we want in our relationships? We will explore the challenges brough... [listen to the episode]

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Is Gandhi in Hell? by Rev. Bruce Marshall at Davies Memorial UU Church in Camp Spings, MD

May 15, 2011 -- A debate about universalism has been brewing in an unlikely quarter: evangelical Christian churches, where some are questioning the traditional teaching that the only way to salvati... [listen to the episode]

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The Gift of Giving by Sheri Verdonk at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs, MD

May 8, 2011: How the best gift you get is the one you give and it all startged from the one you got from your mother. A Mother's Day message with bits of ordinary life lessons tossed in. Visit us... [listen to the episode]

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A Theology of Gardening by Reverend Bruce Marshall at Davies Memorial UU Church in Camp Springs, MD

May 1, 2011- With the arrival of Spring, Americans take to our yards and gardens.   There we can be found digging and planting, weeding and fertilizing, mowing and trimming.   Important t... [listen to the episode]

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That We Not Forget: a Service for Passover and Easter by Rev. Bruce Marshall at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs, MD.

This year, Passover and Easter occur within a week of each other. Monday evening, April 18 is the first of the two nights of Passover.   The Easter observances follow, culminating with Easter ... [listen to the episode]

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What's In Your Bag? Preparing for Life on a New Planet, by Jesse Alexander at Davies Memorial UU Church in Camp Springs, MD

April 17, 2011 -- The Red Cross, FEMA and local agencies recommend preparing a go-kit -- a backpack containing items that will help you survive the 72 hours of chaos after a disaster. But how do w... [listen to the episode]

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So What Comes Next? by Rev. Bruce Marshall

April 10, 2011 - A special sermon for recent events effecting the congregational search. See text sermon on our web site. Visit us in Camp Springs,MD and online at www. dmuuc. org. [listen to the episode]

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A Guide to Walking Meditation by Bruce Marshall at Davies Memorial UU Church in Camp Springs, MD

March 27, 2011 - what to do and topics that come to mind when walking in a meditative state. Visit us in Camp Springs,MD and online at www. dmuuc. org. [listen to the episode]

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Jewish Roots of Unitarian Universalism by Rev. Bruce Marshall in Camp Springs, Maryland

March 13, 2011 -  Rev. Bruce Marshall says, "In this final installment of my series about options in Unitarian Universalist belief, I consider the Jewish tradition. It can be difficult ... [listen to the episode]

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Infrastructure by Rev. Bruce Marshall

March 6, 2011 - If there were a competition for the world's most boring sermon title, this would win it, hands down.   That's the problem: Infrastructure- that is, the basic structure or fea... [listen to the episode]

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UU Options in Belief: Paganism and Mysticism -- Rev Bruce Marshall

Feb. 27, 2011 - Further exploration of the spiritual strands available to Unitarian Universalists. In this sermon, Rev. Marshall considers paganism and mysticism, ancient spiritualities that still ... [listen to the episode]

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The Future of Unitarian Universalism: Social Change and Spiritual Growth by Terrie Barr, co-chair, UUSJ, at Davies Memorial UU Church

Feb. 20, 2011 - Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) is a parnership of 25 UU congregations in the No. VA-Washington-Baltimore area. UUSJ acts as a regional social justice coordinator ... [listen to the episode]

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UU Options in Belief: Humanism by Rev. Bruce Marshall at Davies Memorial UU Church in Camp Springs, MD

Feb. 13, 2011 - Religious humanism addresses spiritual concerns from the perspective of responding to the pain and possibilities of being human. Even among UUs who would identify themselves with ot... [listen to the episode]

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UU Options in Belief: Theism by Rev. Bruce Marshall

February 6, 2011 In this winter sermons, we are considering varieties of belief found in Unitarian Universalism.   Theism offers beliefs in a power greater than any of us that draws us toward ... [listen to the episode]

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UU Options in Belief: Christianity by Rev. Bruce Marshall at Davies Memorial UU Church in Camp Springs, MD

Jan. 30, 2011 - Most Christians are not Unitarian Universalists, and most Unitarian Universalists are not Christians - but some are. We'll consider why. Visit us in Camp Springs, MD and online at ... [listen to the episode]

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When I Fall -Rev. Bruce Marshall

December 12, 2010 - "The musical group, Bare Naked Ladies, has a song about a window-washer who works on tall buildings, watching what goes on inside as he is contemplates his own vulnerabil... [listen to the episode]

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Truth-telling and its Limits -Rev. Bruce Marshall

December 5, 2010 - "I saw a movie a few months ago that I've been thinking about ever since. It's called The Invention of Lying and takes place in a community in which residents always tel... [listen to the episode]

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How About Those Redskins? -Dr. Christopher C. Bell Jr.

November 28, 2010 - You know, the descendants of those Native Americans who celebrated the first THANKSGIVING with the Pilgrims? Come out and hear more. This sermon was given at Davies Memorial Uni... [listen to the episode]

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Giving Thanks - Rev. Bruce Marshall

Nov. 21, 2010 - Thanksgiving serves to remind us of what must be the most basic religious affirmation: gratitude. Gratitude for what has been given to us, gratitude for life itself. In this sermon ... [listen to the episode]

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Growing Up-a Continuing Story -Rev. Cynthia A. Snavely

November 14, 2010 - Author Simon Tugwell says that the story of Adam and Eve is a story of wrong growing up, but I would say it is not a story of wrong growing up,  it is simply a story of gro... [listen to the episode]

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Successful Aging -Rev. Bruce Marshall

November 7, 2010 - We are all aging all the time, but some of us do it better than others. In our society in which youth is valued, we don't receive much guidance in how to grow old well. And yet,... [listen to the episode]

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A Service for Halloween -Denise Brenner and Rev. Bruce Marshall

October 31, 2010 - Our Halloween observances have roots in the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain which marked the end of the "lighter half" of the year and the beginning of the ... [listen to the episode]

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What Does It Mean to be a Hate Free Zone? -Rev. Bruce Marshall

October 17, 2010 - As demonstration of what it might mean to be hate free, we had the Hiroshima Drawings on loan from All Souls Church in Washington. Facing Temple Hill Road at the edge of the Davi... [listen to the episode]

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50 years of the UUA: What's Changed? What's Ahead? -Rev. Bruce Marshall

October 3, 2010 - Fifty years ago, the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America merged to become the Unitarian Universalist Association. In joining the Unitarians and t... [listen to the episode]

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Your Strengths Are Your Weaknesses; Your Weaknesses Are Your Strengths by Rev. Bruce Marshall at Davies Memorial UU Church in Camp Springs, MD

9/26/2010 - "We tend to celebrate our strengths as good while we lament our weaknesses as regrettable. But it’s more complicated than that. In this sermon I would like to c... [listen to the episode]

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Empathy and Global Consciousness -Rev. Bruce Marshall

September 19, 2010 - Are human beings by nature aggressive, materialistic, and ego driven? Or are we at our depths wired to feel compassion and concern for each other? The former assertion has guid... [listen to the episode]

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Water Communion ServiceIn-Gathering: What's This Year About? -Rev. Bruce Marshall

Sept. 12, 2010 - The Sunday after Labor Day marks the traditional start of the church year. As we come together with the hint of fall in the air, it feels like a new beginning. We brought a sample ... [listen to the episode]

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Women and Toilets: Part II by Angel Savoy-James

September 5, 2010 - What do Harper's Ferry, the World Cup, and Complexity Theory have to do with each other? And what do all three have to do with working women and the new labor movement? Angel S... [listen to the episode]

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What We (UUs) Should Know about African-American Humanists and Why It Should Matter by Dr. Christopher Bell

July 18th -- Humanism is a philosophy that usually rejects supernaturalism and is centered on human dignity, interests, and values. Does this sound familiar? This sermon was given at Davies Memoria... [listen to the episode]

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Father's Day: Advice from a Dad by Rev. Bruce Marshall

"Now who really wants advice: even good advice? Just about nobody. But this is Father's Day and, as a father, I figure people will grant me a one-day license. So in this sermon, I'll offer... [listen to the episode]

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Religious Liberalism Series: Who Are We? by Rev. Bruce Marshall

June 6, 2010 - Throughout this year, Rev. Bruce has presented an occasional sermon series addressing basic religious questions from a Unitarian Universalist perspective. In this, the last of the se... [listen to the episode]

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Happy Birthday, Margaret Fuller by Rev. Bruce Marshall

May 30, 2010 - Margaret Fuller has been called "America's First True Feminist," a journalist, an editor, teacher, political activist who counted among her friends (and admirers) Emer... [listen to the episode]

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Facing Change by Rev. Bruce Marshall

May 16, 2010 - "I am all in favor of change-just as long as it doesn't affect me. Perhaps I am not unique in this. We applaud change as a value but resist when it actually alters our lives.... [listen to the episode]

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Listen To Your Mother! by Rev. Bruce Marshall

May 9, 2010 - Each May there is a Sunday set aside to honor our mothers, which we do with flowers and cards and a meal out. But it strikes me that our Mother's Day observances can be somewhat schi... [listen to the episode]

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There's More Than One Way to Save the World by Isis Johnson

April 25, 2010 - Isis talks about her personal evolution toward a life dedicated to conservation, explains some of the "ethics" that guide her, and what we can all do to save ... [listen to the episode]

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Who Was A. Powell Davies, and Why Does He Matter? by Rev. Bruce Marshall

April 11, 2010 - Soon after A. Powell Davies died in 1957, the fledgling Southeast Unitarian Center chose to honor him in its name: Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church. The choice at the ... [listen to the episode]

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Easter: A Time of Rebirth and Hope by Rev. Bruce Marshall

April 4, 2010 - The Christian observance of Easter has roots in far older traditions. Our pagan ancestors saw that after the apparent death of winter, new life appeared in spring. The same pattern ... [listen to the episode]

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Golfing with Monkeys by Rev. Scott Alexander

March 21, 2010 - By way of a curious story from India, Rev. Scott Alexander explores one of the most important spiritual qualities we human beings can possess. This recording includes an introducti... [listen to the episode]

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Unitarians and Universalists in Washington, DC by Rev. Bruce Marshall

March 14, 2010 - As Unitarian Universalists, we have a proud history which in the Washington DC area extends back to at least 1815. In Rev. Bruce Marshall's new book, just published by Arcadia Pre... [listen to the episode]

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Religious Liberalism Series: How Do We Account for Evil? by Rev. Bruce Marshall

March 7, 2010 - In response to the earthquake that devastated Haiti, the evangelist Pat Robertson blamed the Haitians. God saw fit to punish them, Robertson said, because of the practice of voodoo.... [listen to the episode]

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What If We Weren't Here? - Rev. Bruce Marshall

February 28, 2010 - In the classic movie, It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart (aka George Bailey) faces hard times and proclaims to the heavens, "I wish I'd never been born! " Thro... [listen to the episode]

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Lessons from Knoxville - Rev. Bruce Marshall

February 21, 2010 - Before Rev. Marshall came to Davies, he was consulting minister at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, where a gunman had entered the san... [listen to the episode]

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Standing on the Side of Love (Valentine's Day)

Feb. 14, 2010 - The Unitarian Universalist Association calls Standing on the Side of Love an expression of the Unitarian Universalist commitment to the inherent dignity and worth of all people. ... [listen to the episode]

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The Life That Makes All Things New

January 24, 2010 - Rev. Bruce T. Marshall explores personal spirituality and how it may develop in a Unitarian Universalist context. The traditional term for this process is "Spiritual Forma... [listen to the episode]

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Bearing the Torch from W. E. Burghardt DuBois to Barack Obama

Jan. 17, 2010 - We welcome Joyce Turner to our pulpit for Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday. Joyce is author of Caribbean Crusaders and the Harlem Renaissance, selected by the Association of College a... [listen to the episode]

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Radical Hospitality: An Ethic of Welcoming

Jan. 10, 2010 - Who is in our circle? Who is beyond it? The issue of inclusion and exclusion are central to any religious community. Exploring the ideas of those advocating a radical hospitality, t... [listen to the episode]

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Religious Liberalism Series: What Brings Me Hope?

January 3, 2010 - Rev. Bruce T. Marshall turns to the question of hope. While hope is a central concept for all religious traditions, it doesn't look the same from one faith to the next. In this s... [listen to the episode]

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It Shouldn't Have Flown

Dec. 13, 2009 "When December rolls around, I find myself thinking about the Wright brothers. (Doesn't everybody? ) Because it was on December 17, 1903, that they dragged an unlikely-looking c... [listen to the episode]

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What is Your Ministry?

Nov. 15 - Maurice Sendak, the author of children's books, once observed, "There must be more to life than having everything. " In that sense of something "more to life" is a ye... [listen to the episode]

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What's In A Name? by Rev. Bruce Marshall

Nov. 8 - As part of the congregation's visioning process, we will be considering our name-Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church-and whether it ought to be changed. In this service Rev. Bru... [listen to the episode]

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Religious Liberalism Series: What Do I Trust? by Rev. Bruce Marshall

Nov. 1 - All religions address the question of trust. What do we rely upon to guide us through life's uncertainties? Is our trust centered in a holy book? The creeds of a specific tradition? A gur... [listen to the episode]

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William Ellery Channing: A Reluctant Radical by Rev. John Gaffney posing as Channing

Oct. 25 - We often know little of our history.   Knowing our history and how new beginnings happened in the past can be instructive to us as we consider our possibilities in the present. ... [listen to the episode]

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Seven Beverages (and what they reveal about the past, present, and future of civilization) by Rev. Bruce Marshall

Oct. 18 - A book Rev. Bruce found quite fascinating is entitled, "A History of the World in Six Glasses," by Tom Standage. The book's premise is that by looking at the development and me... [listen to the episode]

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Religious Liberalism Series: Who Am I? by Rev. Bruce Marshall

Oct. 4, 2009 All religions address the same questions. The answers vary, but the questions don't. In this sermon I would like to begin a series that I'll continue all year with one sermon a month... [listen to the episode]

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Starting Over by Rev. Bruce Marshall

Sept. 27, 2009 Sometimes it would be nice to start over: put things behind and get a fresh start. But is that possible, really? That's a theme of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, wh... [listen to the episode]

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Finding God in a Crossword Puzzle by Rev. Bruce Marshall

09/20/09 - Bruce starts by having a conversation with the children to introduce himself as their new minister. What guides us through life's challenges? The process of doing crossword puzzles help... [listen to the episode]

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Coming Home by Rev. Bruce Marshall

During the first service of the fall season, new interim minister, Rev. Bruce Marshall, talks about how church can be like coming home and also like not-home. "Home/not-home. Comfort/challenge... [listen to the episode]

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REMEMBERING LINCOLN by Van Caldwell, Chris Bell, & Swamp Dog Blues Band

Perspectives on President Abraham Lincoln were offered with spirituals, readings and reflections from Van Caldwell and Chris Bell. Great blues music was provided by the Swamp Dog Blues Band http://... [listen to the episode]

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INVISIBLE YOUTH: ABUSED, EXPLOITED, AND HOMELESS by Richard Hooks Wayman

Over 500,000 children and youth remain in foster care each year in America due to abuse and neglect, while over 50,000 youth annually sleep on our streets as homeless youth.   What does resear... [listen to the episode]

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WHOSE SUITCASE ARE YOU CARRYING? by Sheri Verdonk

June 28, 2009 - Sheri Verdonk, who has carried much and crossed many boundaries, says "We are not bound by the baggage we carry. " The service supported Prince George's Child Resource Ce... [listen to the episode]

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Ministry Reflections- My last message at Davies

I was at Davies 7 years 8 months.   Today I ramble a bit about what the ministry needs to do to get pass some of its most pressing concerns, as well as what the congregations has meant to me a... [listen to the episode]

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"The Buzz" from the book -The Growing Church: Insights from UU Ministers

This sermon is a reading from an upcoming book this fall by Skinner Publications.   Here I lay out suggestions and share stories about how to create a multicultural congregation. [listen to the episode]

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Finding Meaning in the Madness

This message includes a sermon discussion from members of the Davies congregation.   How do you find meaning in life when you experience or hear about a tragedy?   Financial corruption, e... [listen to the episode]

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People, Plants and the Space in Between

This sermon was given during our annual Flower Communion / Earth Day service.   The All Souls Jubilee singers were present and there was also a special presentation where members' gardens wer... [listen to the episode]

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Waiting for the Resurrection

This is my Easter 2009 sermon where Joe Jencks performed, however, we lost the audio so this is a studio version of it where I read the text.   Hope you still get the spirit of the message! ... [listen to the episode]

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Joe Jencks performs at Davies!

Here are a few songs from my friend Joe Jencks, a folk singer and songwriter who travels the country moving people with his melodic tenor voice, guitar and powerful lyrics!   [listen to the episode]

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Organic Spirituality

I used my facebook friends for this message to help me define what organic spirituality means to me.   Check it out. .. [listen to the episode]

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James Luther Adams Explored

James Luther Adams was perhaps one of Unitarian Universalism's most well-known theologians.   Today I study his teachings around giving for Davies' annual Stewardship Sunday--what we call th... [listen to the episode]

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The Master Within

In this podcast you will hear some of the music and liturgy that add to our spirit-filled service at Davies Church.   The sermon will play afterward. .. Who is the master?   I use an old ... [listen to the episode]

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Why I am a Unitarian Universalist

Hello again.   This is some of my personal story of why I chose this faith and some of what I gave up to be a UU.   This sermon was preached at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fairfa... [listen to the episode]

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Samsara: Beyond the Dichotomy

So how do we get off the wheel and create the life and world we want?   Eric Holder's statement "nation of cowards" lifted up in this message.   This sermon was preached at All... [listen to the episode]

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Transforming Liberalism

This sermon focuses on how the UU liberal principles challenge us to maximize the minimum and NOT minimize the maximum by reinventing ourselves time and time again until we reach Beloved Community.... [listen to the episode]

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Salad Bowl

This sermon was preached during a family service and it's interactive so I called on our new DREAM --Director of Religious Education & Music Director to help me share why creating a salad bowl... [listen to the episode]

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Four Decades After King

Four Decades after King's death we witness his dream as more real today than ever before.   In this sermon, I look at how our hope and faith in Democracy has been restored with this remarkabl... [listen to the episode]

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God of My Understanding

This sermon is on alcoholism but focuses on the importance of community and why radical individualism still requires communal support.   Enjoy!   This sermon was preached at Davies Memori... [listen to the episode]

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Nothing New Under the Sun

These are words King Solomon used many years ago and they are apropos for today.   Life is hard, brings us tragedy and sadness often times however there is a way to maintain in the midst of mi... [listen to the episode]

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I Wish for 2009

Here's what I wish for in 2009.   Enjoy! [listen to the episode]

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It Matters What We Believe

These are words Sophia Fahs spoke some years ago and they are apropos even today.   Some beliefs lift us and others up while others depress and diminish us and others.   It does matter wh... [listen to the episode]

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The Davies House Band, featuring Precious Joubert

On November 23 when I gave the "Tipping Point" sermon, we debuted the Davies House Band which provides more contemporary music for UU services at Davies.   This has been part of my p... [listen to the episode]

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The Tipping Point

To tip something toward massive growth you must have a message and meat working together. .. We are in a time of purification which offers liberal faiths an opportunity for rapid growth and expansi... [listen to the episode]

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The Wilderness Experience (going beyond race, part II)

This sermon continues my chat on moving beyond our prejudices by seeking to see life through others' lenses.   I also discuss the election and the blue and red issues.   Enjoy. .. www. d... [listen to the episode]

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Obama and the Archetype

This is from my radio show "The Barbershop".   This conversation is with a good friend, Duane Mc Clure, a therapist and diversity trainer.   We discuss Obama's image as the ... [listen to the episode]

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Beyond Black & White

The color that has been oppressing is GREEN.   Let us look at how we are moving toward a post-racial society and how the elite have used power and money to oppress  us all! [listen to the episode]

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Jefferson's Bible

This reflection is on why Jefferson wrote his version of the Bible.   I compare Thomas Paine's "Age of Reason" to Jefferson's Bible.   Enjoy. .. [listen to the episode]

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UU Trend Setters

We are at a critical point as Unitarian Universalists.   We must change our faith to reflect a changing nation or risk dying as an irrelevant faith.   But we were once a known religion an... [listen to the episode]

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God & Government by Jeremiah Wright, aka "God Damn America" sermon

Here is the controversial sermon by Rev. Jeremiah Wright.   I think you will see, it has been taken out of context and is quite accurate in its description of some the hypocrisy we've demonst... [listen to the episode]

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A Change Gonna Come!

New sermons coming in a few days but until then--Check out Aretha reminding us that "A Change is Gonna Come! " [listen to the episode]

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You Were Made to Give Hope

The last in the series. .. Rev. John reminds us that even in the face of hardship, pain and loss we were made to be and give hope.   Check it out. .. [listen to the episode]

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Tao of Water

"Be like water. ..   Adjust to the object. "  Water teaches us many lessons about life.   Learn the way of water.   Check it out. ..   This sermon was preached at... [listen to the episode]

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Natural Law and Good and Bad

In this sermon I look at the possible origins of good and bad, moral and immoral using the teachings from Kant and Aristotle.   Is there a reason why we do good?   What motivates our good... [listen to the episode]

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You Were Made To Experience Oneness (Kabbalah)

The esoteric religion Kabbalah has been in the news recently and I've been studying its beliefs for some time.   In this sermon, you will find that although it is a rather complex religion it... [listen to the episode]

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You Were Made to Embrace Differences

Space teaches us so much about diversity.   This sermon looks at what science teaches us about differences.   This sermon was preached at Davies Memorial UU Church an intentionally divers... [listen to the episode]

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Sharing the Vision

The Rev. Rob Hardies of All Souls Church, Unitarian, and I share the pulpit in his church to share our vision for diversifying Unitarian Universalism.   We each tell personal stories of transf... [listen to the episode]

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You Were Made to Enlighten and be Enlightened

Using the Hindu Chakras, Rev. John explains why you have the power to transform your life!   This message was shared March 30, 2008 at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, an inten... [listen to the episode]

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www.barbershopradioshow.com

Visit my radio show website to listen to my newest podcast "THE BARBERSHOP" that features Senators and Delegates in the State of Maryland discussing all the issues.   I appreciate yo... [listen to the episode]

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You Were Made to Live a Blissful Life

Continuing his series, Rev. John's sermon discusses why it is possible to be blissful even in the midst of a hardship or personal struggle. This sermon was preached at Davies Memorial Unitarian Un... [listen to the episode]

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Where There is no Vision

This sermon was preached at the UU Church of Annapolis April 6 for their Journey Toward Wholeness Anti-racism annual service.   They are in the midst of many exciting things and have great vis... [listen to the episode]

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YOU WERE MADE TO BE REBORN!

My Easter 2008 sermon covers Mithras, Jesus, Obama, Rev. Wright, and the Black Church.   A mixed bag indeed! [listen to the episode]

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Unconditional Love

In this time where race and mis-perceptions and misunderstanding have reemerged, I want to share a sermon preached some time ago about what love requires from us all. ..    This sermon wa... [listen to the episode]

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What Does it Mean to be Human?

Preached in Philadelphia, PA at the Germantown UU Church, this sermon helps us to move beyond race by seeing ourselves in others.   [listen to the episode]

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You Were Made to Seek

This sermon covers Emerson's struggles, our struggles, and the quest for truth and meaning.   Emerson's "Self-Reliance" essay guides this sermon.   This message was delivered ... [listen to the episode]

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You Were Made to Wrestle with Yourself

This sermon was developed using the teachings of Judaism.   It is part 2 of my 12 part series: "You Were Made for So Much More! "  Enjoy.   This sermon was preached at Davi... [listen to the episode]

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You Were Made to Make Mistakes

This is a new sermon series.   I'll share a few parts of it with you.   My hope is to create a new book out of this series titled: "You Were Made for so Much More! " It will be... [listen to the episode]

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Love's Repercussions -MLK Sunday

On this special MLK, Jr. Sunday we look at the other side of love.   We do all the good we can in life but sometimes we get back hate and envy.   We wonder sometimes if the sacrifice was ... [listen to the episode]

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Audio sample- Charge of the Chalice

This is a sample of my new book about the Davies Memorial growth & diversity story, and how we grew from 5% racial diversity to over 35% in three years.   The audio version includes music,... [listen to the episode]

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How Do You Define Sin?

Do you believe in sin?   How about "original sin"?   Rev. John gives a brief history on the origins of sin and how we can reinterpret it for our time.   This sermon was giv... [listen to the episode]

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Samsara

The wheel goes round and round and round. ..   How do we get off and redefine our lives?   Samsara reveals its secrets!   This sermon was given at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universal... [listen to the episode]

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Unitarian Universalism on the Brink

This sermon I've preached a few times. ..   It's one of my favorites---my "rah rah rah" for Unitarian Universalism.    Share this one with those who you want to convert t... [listen to the episode]

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How Post Modernism Stole Christmas

Some options for a merrier Christmas. This sermon was given at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs, Prince George's County, Maryland, where we're building a multicultu... [listen to the episode]

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SELF-HYPNOSIS

Affirming our worth and dignity requires belief that we do indeed have worth.   This sermon is about that age-old issue of developing our self-esteem, and how our growth and spiritual dev... [listen to the episode]

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THE SEASONS GIVE OUR LIFE MEANING

The Seasons give our life meaning As I write this it is October 8th and the leaves have not fallen yet.   Could Al Gore be right about Mr. Global Warming?   Well, even though th... [listen to the episode]

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What it Means to be Human

What it Means to be Human "To be human is to see yourself in others.  I'mnot better.  I'm not more superior.  I am you andyou are me. "  That's what I believe.... [listen to the episode]

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Don't Be Shy Part III

Don't Be Shy Part III Today you get Part III of my ongoing sermon about how to effectively share the UU message with others.  I will do my best to give very simple but practical advice i... [listen to the episode]

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What did Columbus Discover?

What Did Columbus Discover?  Short answer:  That he knew very little aboutthe world.  The more we grow and explore, themore we realize how much we do not know,indeed! This sermon was... [listen to the episode]

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LAW OF DETRACTION

Law of Detraction We desire happiness, bliss, peace and joy in our lives.  Why does it seem as if we attract the opposite?  If there is a law of attraction, there is a law of detract... [listen to the episode]

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WHAT'S YOUR ROUTINE?

 Have you ever watched a great athlete in any sport?  S/he usually has a basic or complicated routine that gets him/her focused and ready before or during a match or game.  Some of t... [listen to the episode]

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THE LIBERAL PARADOX

Rev John discusses Dr. Paul Rasor's book "Faith Without Certainty. "  He helps us to see what "liberal religion" is theologically and historically.  Heshows that as g... [listen to the episode]

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LIFE'S REFRESHING WATERS

LIFE'S REFRESHING WATERSRev John delivers our annual "Welcome Back" Ingathering Service and Water Communion. Water can symbolize purification, healing, renewal, andrestoration.  Aft... [listen to the episode]

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FROM A FATHER TO A FRIEND

FROM A FATHER TO A FRIENDWhen you are engaged in the work you love, there comes a time when you must take time to rest and reflect.  In ministry it is called "self-care".  When ... [listen to the episode]

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Theodore Parker- Prophet & Product

 Rev John explores the influence of Theodore Parker on early Unitarianism. How while he believed in the abolition of slavery, he also believed in his race as superior to the others.  How ... [listen to the episode]

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It's Not Fair

 It's not Fair Listen to Rev John remind us that while life serves up a varied array of events, we are the authors of what it serves based on our choices. We do have control over our choices ... [listen to the episode]

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SACRIFICE - HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

May 13, 2007 Sacrifice - Specifically the sacrifices that Mom's make. Also how life is not about the destination, rather that it is about the journey. And every trip starts with a single step. Thi... [listen to the episode]

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NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH

Apr 15 - Exploring Revelations and how we can save the world. Will we get to that place of peace and justice? Tiger Woods, Ghandi, & hip hop and rap stars are used as examples. What is the new... [listen to the episode]

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GNOSIS (Easter Service)

Apr 8, 2007 - Was the story of Jesus's resurrection about a great sacrifice for all human beings? What do the egg and the bunny represent? We explore the history, metaphor, and miracle of Easter. ... [listen to the episode]

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STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Mar 25, 2007 - J. Paul Getty said, "I'd rather have one percent of one hundred people's effort than one hundred percent of my own. " Is Getty saying that we must each do our part a... [listen to the episode]

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ALL ABOARD THE FREEDOM EXPRESS

Mar 4 - We can never take freedom for granted because so many have died so we can have the rights we so freely express today. In this sermon, as we prepare for this year's annual stewardship camp... [listen to the episode]

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THE MIDDLE PATH

Feb 18, 2007 - I like my baths and showers lukewarm. Is the middle the best place to be religiously? This sermon deals with extremism and what choices we have. What can we live up to? This sermon... [listen to the episode]

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HAVE YOU EVER HAD AN EPIPHANY?

Feb 4 - Have you ever had one of those thoughts that "rocked your world" and changed your outlook on life? Have you ever had something pop in your head like "poof" and ... [listen to the episode]

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WHY DO I GO TO CHURCH?

Jan 28 - I go to church because. .. I am the minister and I have to . Okay, but you don't have to come to church, so why do YOU come to church? I will share with you why I would come to church e... [listen to the episode]

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WHY WAS DR. KING KILLED?

Jan 14, 2007 - Conspiracy theorists will love this sermon but I'm hoping to put a twist on it to really shock you! THIS IS A SPECIAL SUNDAY where, annually, we honor the life and legacy of my her... [listen to the episode]

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HANUKKAH MEANS HOPE

Dec 17, 2006 - When something you love is destroyed it hurts. You love it so much that you are willing to rebuild it if it is possible. The rare opportunity comes to rebuild and although the odds... [listen to the episode]

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CHARGE OF THE CHALICE

Dec 10, 2006 - "This is the title of my book that tells the story of our growth into a diverse church. The symbol of the chalice is a call to serve. I have some thoughts to share with you ... [listen to the episode]

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ADVENT--THE COMING OF WHAT?

Dec. 3, 2006 - This is the Christian season of Advent but for some of us who do not claim Christianity as our faith, Advent may be meaningless. Joseph Campbell taught well, there is meaning found ... [listen to the episode]

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THERE'S A HERO INSIDE OF YOU!

Nov 26, 2006 - During the dedication of many babies in this special family service, John shares with parents and all, "There's a hero if you look inside your heart. " These words a... [listen to the episode]

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OPINIONS R US...

Nov. 19, 2006 - Many say Unitarian Universalists (UUs) "don't believe anything". But if you ever get into a casual conversation with a UU about anything, within minutes, you will di... [listen to the episode]

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DEATH -- AN END OR A BEGINNING?

Oct 29, 2006 Halloween is upon us. BOO! Did I scare you? Halloween lives, in part, because of our fear of death. I want to make a statement that I cannot prove: There is nothing to fear with dea... [listen to the episode]

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PROPHETIC IMAGINATION

Oct 22, 2006 - Our children are focusing on Judaism and its many traditions. ..   We should join them in their studies by examining the Jewish prophet motif and see what the role of the prophe... [listen to the episode]

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CONSTANTLY EXPANDING

Oct 1, 2006 - Life is a growth process. Our knowledge is ever-evolving. What we believe now may not necessarily be what we believe in the future. The purpose of life is to constantly expand the ... [listen to the episode]

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THE DEATH OF MY COUNTRY AND THE BIRTH OF THE WORLD

Sept 17 - National pride, what it means to be an American, and our place in the World. This sermon was given at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs, Prince George's Count... [listen to the episode]

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Wu Wei (NO ACTION)

Aug. 13 - In times of trouble--DO NOTHING. This statement is at odds with the American slogan "No pain, no gain" and also challenges many of our modern lifestyles. How can doing not... [listen to the episode]

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THE AGE OF AQUARIUS

Myth holds that this century would provide human-altering events that would fulfill the belief that "no lie lives forever. " But the "age of truth" is really any age, a... [listen to the episode]

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INVICTUS: A Father's Message

June 16 - On Father's Day, we honor the fathers in our congregation by looking at a popular poem in Unitarian Universalist circles, and its deep meaning that reveals we must be fully responsible f... [listen to the episode]

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JUST WAR

May 28 - Thomas Aquinas is known for using the words "Just War". The question is can there be a "just war"? In honor of all soldiers on this Memorial Day, I would like... [listen to the episode]

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The Goddess Returns!

May 14 - She was once the most powerful deity in the cosmos but was dethroned by the patriarchal fathers. She was the giver of life, the caretaker, and protector, and now, too often, she has been ... [listen to the episode]

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FLOWER THEOLOGY

May 7, 2006 - The Flower Communion service originated in 1923 and is perhaps the most widely-celebrated ritual in Unitarian Universalist congregations today. Members of the congregation bring a fl... [listen to the episode]

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UNITARIAN CONTROVERSY

April 23 - The Unitarians were stuck in the 19th century between literalism and symbolism. Today, we find ourselves stuck too--between social action and social club--between reason and passion--b... [listen to the episode]

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Oh Death, Where Then is Thy Sting?

April 16, 2006 - This is Easter Sunday and it is an appropriate time to discuss the common denominator of us all--death. Are you afraid to die? Is it suffering that bothers you most? Is it possibl... [listen to the episode]

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The Village

April 2, 2006 - If you haven't seen this movie, rent it and watch it before the sermon OR listen to my version of it. Religion and other beliefs comfort and protect, but what are the risks of le... [listen to the episode]

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We Are All From Africa

March 26 - CREATING A JUBILEE WORLD SUNDAY - "Jubilee"--a time to start anew--fresh. A synopsis of what we discussed and learned, and how we are working to "create a jubilee... [listen to the episode]

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Existential Examination

March 19, 2006 - Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is the purpose of life? These are EXISTENTIAL questions for the ages. Let's examine a few Existentialists and see if they pr... [listen to the episode]

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