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MLK Redux: A Conversation with Dr. Dan McKanan

MLK Redux: A Conversation with Dr. Dan McKanan

January 19, 2022

Rev. Sean Neil-Barron talks with Dr. Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School. They explore how the current trend of increasing economic inequality affects progressivism across religion and politics, how people rise up seeking to come to terms with America’s white supremacist and colonialist legacies, and the complex place that Unitarian Universalism occupies as a progressive religious tradition that is primarily made up of white folks. What is our role to play in movements for change? 

Fix You: Every relationship challenge is an inside job

Fix You: Every relationship challenge is an inside job

January 12, 2022

In "Fix You," Rev. Gretchen reminds us that we are each worthy of having thriving relationships... but in pursuit of that goal, we may attempt to fix others instead of going where change really begins: inside ourselves. Join Rev. Gretchen as she explores the work of relationship expert Esther Perel to help us start bringing the vibrancy back to our relationships.

Step Zero: What do you do before you begin?

Step Zero: What do you do before you begin?

January 3, 2022

Kick off the new year with “Step Zero” - what do you do before you begin? Originally delivered in January 2018 by Revs. Gretchen Haley and Kristen Psaki, this message from the vault explores what we need to let go of before we can move forward.

Deeper Episode 19: Making Room for Mystery

Deeper Episode 19: Making Room for Mystery

December 28, 2021

This week we pull from the archives for a little humor and a little practice. First, we revisit Rev. Sean's "Cereal: From This American Rice" then we dive into a contemplative practice to help us move through stress.

Deeper Episode 18: Waiting So the World Can Change

Deeper Episode 18: Waiting So the World Can Change

December 22, 2021

Waiting is a given, but how we wait is up to us. Revs. Gretchen and Sean explore how to develop patience in a culture that emphasizes immediate results and in a pandemic time when the wait never seems to end.

Deeper Episode 17: There is not enough time, thank god!

Deeper Episode 17: There is not enough time, thank god!

December 15, 2021

What would happen if you released the idea that there's never enough time? What if you stopped trying to master time and instead found freedom in its limitations?

Deeper Episode 16: Preppers

Deeper Episode 16: Preppers

December 8, 2021

This week, we're kicking off our December series: Make Room, because this Holiday season we're inviting you to make room for joy, love, hope and being present to the moment. This first week of Make Room, Rev. Gretchen Haley draws on the story of Hanukkah, the cold war, Y2K, and the great resignation, to explore what it means to be prepared.

Deeper Episode 15: It Didn‘t Start With You

Deeper Episode 15: It Didn‘t Start With You

December 1, 2021

This week we turn the tables and Rev. Gretchen welcomes Rev. Sean as our guest to explore intergenerational inherited ghosts.

Deeper Episode Fourteen: Outgrow Your Ghosts

Deeper Episode Fourteen: Outgrow Your Ghosts

November 24, 2021

Rev. Gretchen draws on religious traditions, current events, and the Thanksgiving story to explore what it means to acknowledge the ghosts of our past - our past selves, our past beliefs, our past ways of being - and tend fully to the harm, while not letting go of the hope.

Deeper Episode Thirteen: Exorcising Shame

Deeper Episode Thirteen: Exorcising Shame

November 17, 2021

Rev. Elaine teaches how naming our shame can be life-giving and life-saving, and Foothills' Member Erin Valenti-Nelsen shares her experience of healing after being raped.

Deeper Episode Twelve: Living with Ghosts

Deeper Episode Twelve: Living with Ghosts

November 10, 2021

This week on the podcast we launch a new series - Living with Ghosts. This whole series we'll deal with our individual and collective past - how we can come to terms with the past so we can live into the future.

Deeper Episode Eleven: At the Altar of Memory

Deeper Episode Eleven: At the Altar of Memory

November 2, 2021

This week we talk about death and memory. Participants in Foothills Unitarian's Thoughtful Endings class, share their experiences with end-of-life directives and explore how life and death are interconnected and inform each other.

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