12/28/2014 Podcast – Frederick “Doc” Heide

SELF-COMPASSION REVISITED Research shows that self-compassion, a core idea of Buddhist practice, is a better predictor of mental health than self-esteem. Last December Doc presented an overview of self-compassion. This time, we’ll take another look at this powerful concept and how it can help us in the coming year. Frederick...

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11/30/2014 Podcast – Rev. Joan Shiels

BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE PART IV: RAHAB Along with the names of forty-four men in the Biblical genealogy of Jesus are four extraordinary women: Ruth, Bathsheba, Tamar and Rahab. This week concludes Joan’s four-part series on these surprisingly lurid females.  Rahab’s story shows us the God of Abraham, Isaac...

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11/9/2014 Podcast – Dick Smythe

FORGIVENESS (95) AND JUDGMENT (646) Most of us would probably agree that forgiveness is almost always a good quality and judgment of others is often ill-advised.  And yet, don’t many of us struggle at times with both behaviors?  I know I do.  We will review two real-life stories illustrating almost...

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11/2/2014 Podcast – Rev. Joan Shiels

TAOISM FOR UNITARIANS Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a quiet man in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. The classic text of these verses, called the Tao Te Ching, or The Great Way, offers advice and...

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10/19/2014 Podcast – John Herlache

A PATH TO ETHICAL PHILANTHROPY Mark Twain said, “There is nothing more dangerous than a do-gooder”. When doing philanthropic projects in developing countries one needs to be sure he or she is not falling into this trap. Too often projects stifle initiative, create dependency, and leave things worse than they...

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10/12/2014 Podcast – Rev. Joan Shiels

BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE PART III: TAMAR The Bible is littered with the scandalous acts, beliefs and behaviors that come as a shock to anyone who has been taught to regard the Bible as a single-minded manifesto of virtuous heroes. No biblical literature is more scandalous than the story...

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