Services with audio transcripts

February 19, 2012

Love is More Than a Feeling

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Rev. Shana Lynngood – Typically, when someone says love, they are speaking of romantic, intimate love relationships. The word love, however, has a much broader set of ways it can be interpreted. The ancient Greeks, for example, had three distinct notions of love—agape, philia, and eros—only one of which had anything to do with romance.
How might we see this wider view of love as a sentiment shared not just between two people, but between neighbors or nations?

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February 12, 2012

“Namaste, Where Are You Going?”

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Kate Green – Just back from walking and walking and walking in Unitarian Service Committee’s highest elevation programs, in Humla Nepal, Kate Green brings us stories and challenges from her recent trip. The phrase ‘Namaste – where are you going’ occurred hundreds of times a day as she and her Nepali colleagues encountered others on the trails. Where are these communities going as food systems, weather and society change?

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February 5, 2012

Aspects of Love

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Revs. Lynngood and Faye Mogensen – This service kicks off our month-long exploration of love. In song and readings and story we will explore the many facets of love. Often an image of romantic love is held up as the ideal to strive for, and yet it feels unrealistic or overly simplistic compared to our actual lived experience. How do we lift up and honor a more holistic vision of love?

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January 29, 2012

Oh, the Places We’ve Been!

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Lay Chaplains Fran Pardee, Joyce Murphy, Liz Graham – Unitarians believe everyone has a right to a rite. This congregation has three active lay chaplains reaching out to
non-Unitarians who wish to mark their major life events with rites of passage that reflect who they truly are. Hear some stories about the ‘Who, Where, What and How’ of your lay chaplains’ work. Perhaps you would like to consider putting your faith into action in this way.

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January 22, 2012

Death and Dying

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Rev. Melora Lynngood – In explaining death to a child, it has been said, “Each life on earth is like a story– it has a beginning, middle, and end.” In this service, we consider those final chapters of life. We will ponder the spiritual challenges that arise in the face of death.

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January 15, 2012

A Greater Citizen

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Rev. Shana Lynngood – As we continue our exploration of the theme of purpose, this morning we think about our role as citizens of the world. In many ways, our world feels smaller and we feel more acutely our connection to people all over the planet than ever before. What are the implications of our interconnectedness? What is our purpose as a member of a global community?

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January 8, 2012

Overflowing Rice Pots and Fancy Cows

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Rev. Melora Lynngood – Pongal is a four-day Hindu harvest festival celebrated in India in mid-January. It is a festival that involves cleaning out the old to make way for the new, giving thanks, and celebrating what is sweet in life. In this service, we will reflect on the themes of Pongal and explore the insights it may offer to Unitarian Universalists.

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January 1, 2012

Origins of New Year and Wassailing

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Christine Johnston assisted by Anastasia, Aaron, Lil, Emma, Mel, Pat, Allan, John and the Pick Up Sticks – Why is January 1 the first day of the New Year? Why is it associated withScotland? What is Wassailing? Come and taste some creative dance, song, stories, poetry and harvest rites belonging to the season.

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