11/24/2013 Podcast – Rev. Joan Shiels

CHILDREN WILL BREAK YOUR HEART A few commiserations and recommendations now that we’re thinking about being with the children over the holidays. The Reverend Joan Shiels has children. So do most of her friends. And she knows that having children is not all coos and cuddles and sweet things. Not...

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11/17/2013 Podcast – Rev. Phil Sweet

THE HEART OF RELIGION In the summer of 1955, the year I graduated from high school, there appeared in the New York Times an extraordinary picture on the front page. It was the picture of a man and a woman standing facing each other. The man was Sergeant Matthew Mckeon,...

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11/10/2013 Podcast – Laura Smythe

MEDIATION: A MEDITATION ON A MEANINGFUL PRACTICE Mediation is a term and a process that is increasingly being utilized in a variety of contexts and yet it remains poorly understood by many.  What is it? How does it work?  Who uses it?  When does it make sense to try it? ...

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11/3/2013 Podcast – Dick Smythe

OUR INVISIBLE MINORITY Who are these people? They comprise less than 1% of our population. Their average annual income is less than one-half the poverty level. Male life expectancy is 44 years. Female life expectancy is 47 years. What might they teach us? What might we learn about ourselves if...

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10/27/2013 Podcast – The Rev. Phil Sweet

GOD AS TRICKSTER The trickster is a beloved figure of mine, disruptive, breaking the rules, violating the norms, challenging authority, pricking our pomposity. He is mythological in nature, corresponding to inner psychic experience. There is another side to God then the one we were taught, darker, fiercer, not at all related...

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10/13/2013 Podcast – The Rev. Joan Shiels

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP There’s a lot of talk these days about Leadership in the fellowship -–and everywhere in the world as nations, including our own, grapple with the proper way to lead in a postmodern age.  Do the leadership principles of the past still work? If new leadership styles are...

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10/6/2013 Podcast – The Rev. Cynthia B. Johnson

TEN BILLION MOMENTS…AND EACH AN OPPORTUNITY As a voracious reader, I inhale words that tell me about the real and imagined world. Daily I am reminded of what I know and what I don’t know. Recently I learned more about my genomes from the National Geographic project of analyzing my cheek swab, including what...

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9/29/2013 Podcast – Sharon Whitehill

DANCING WITH THE STARS For generations, human beings have pondered, prayed to, and personified stars. If those stars could speak in return, what wisdom might they have for us in return? I suggest that their message might well be welcome to those on both sides of science/spirit divide. Dr. Sharon Whitehill...

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9/22/2013 Podcast – Carolyn Zahn-Waxler

THE PROMISE, PERILS, AND POWER OF GUILT Guilt-induction is a powerful means by which to motivate obedience, conformity, and some forms of morality. It is often used by religious groups, cultural institutions, and parents alike. One downside is that it can also foster feelings of unworthiness and stifle personal growth....

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