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Podcasts

Here's a collection of some of our recent sermons as podcasts. Scroll down a bit and you'll also find some wonderful videos that were created as part of our services.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

“...Hearts starve as well as bodies, give us bread but give us roses!” The beloved Union song, Bread and
Roses, has inspired this Labor Day Service. We explore how our work for worker and immigrant justice
requires that we take into account beauty.

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Michael Eselun

Michael Eselun, a hospital chaplain at UCLA Medical Center, will share reflections on how we create meaning from our life experience. Is there such a thing as inherent meaning, or is it all manufactured? And does it matter?

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Sunday Services Committee

We explore how hymns, both familiar and new, eloquently present the Sources of our Unitarian Universalist
faith.

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Eileen Maurer

Join Eileen as she explores our First Source, “Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.”

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Jean Rabenold & Ed Carrillo

This Service introduces the science of how mindfulness and meditation positively affect brain function through lecture, music, meditation and experiential activities. The Service will include the first and third Sources of our UU faith: the Sources of Wonder and Mystery.

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Terry La Page, M. Div., Ph.D., Founder of Open Door Communication

This Service explores compassionate communication, also known as Nonviolent Communication, developed by Marshall Rosenberg. Please join us for this important Service to learn skills and practical ideas for peacemaking in every day life.

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Patrick McLaughlin

It’s 500 years since the birth of Francis David. What does the life and message of an early Reformation Hungarian Unitarian have to say to us today?

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Lee Van Ham

We will continue our summer theme of exploring our UU sources, and will address words and deeds of prophetic women and men and the spiritual teachings of earth-based traditions by celebrating John Muir and exploring the idea that wilderness teaches us how to live the next economy, something the priests and pharaohs of the current economy cannot do.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Margaret Fuller was a groundbreaking writer, critic, journalist and feminist. She was a Unitarian Transcendentalist contemporary of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bronson Alcott, and her life contained significant firsts. Since this Sunday is her 200th birthday, we will explore her story and the lessons gleaned from Margaret Fuller’s amazing life.

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Patrick McLaughlin

Make your mother breakfast in bed, call, take some flowers, sure. But wait, there’s more!

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

The sixth source from which Unitarian Universalism draws is: Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.  This Service explores the introduction of this source to our Principles and Purposes, engage the joy and wisdom gained from living from this source, and will introduce a new group, Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) that has just formed in our congregation.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Our annual Earth Day Service will explore the issue of water justice – an issue that affects us all.

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Elka Cartmell-Ladd

As the internet and social media continue to change the landscape of how we interact with one another, the concept of “going viral” has moved beyond marketing. Each one of us now has the power to create a message and spread it throughout the world incredibly quickly. What messages will we contribute? Which messages are worth spreading? How are we to use this power to build the beloved community? Elka is the ministerial intern at First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Diego.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson & Pat McLaughlin

Join us for this multigenerational Service exploring our Judeo-Christian roots at this time of Passover and Easter.

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Rev. Erika Hewitt

The theme for 2010’s stewardship season was “Answering Our Call”... but how shall we answer that call? What does it mean to live – and give – from the place of “yes”? Join us on this fabulous and joyful Sunday morning, as Rev. Erika Hewitt invites us to consider hearing and living the language of YES.

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Barbara McLaughlin & the Sunday Services Committee

Irrational, imaginary? Mystical? The ultimate nature of reality? Join us as we celebrate Pi Day and Albert Einstein’s birthday with a lighthearted look at some philosophical thought, both ancient and fresh.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson & Rev. Carol Hilton

“Revisited” because we haven’t updated ourselves on our amazing little walled church town in Transylvania for a year or so. Revisited because, maybe, just maybe, some members of the Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will visit Arcos, in Transylvania, Romania, in the summer of 2011. Jeanne Mielcarek made a solo visit in the Autumn of 2006, a life-transforming experience, she says. This Sunday, we’ll hear briefly how the Partner Church Program was started, how we came to be part of the Program, and celebrate the Program’s first 20 years of enabling congregations throughout Canada and the United States to reach out to the valiant Unitarian congregations of Romania and Hungary, many of them over 400 years old, long and strong.

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Adam Gerhardstein

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We will explore “the 5 love languages” articulated by Gary Chapman. The five love languages are: Works of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.

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Michael Mufson

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We explore how the Unitarian Universalists became so diverse, and what it is that binds us together.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

The days are shorter and night falls early, giving us the opportunity to reflect on what the dark time – literal and figurative – has to teach us.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

This sermon topic was purchased at the auction by John Bissell. We explore various conceptions of sin and look at the relevance of this concept for Unitarian Universalists.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

The mission of the Social Justice Committee of Palomar UU Fellowship is to provide the structure and support for spiritually-grounded, transformative, congregation-based social justice work. This Service will honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by exploring how this type of social justice work will allow us to live our call to bring about peace, justice and compassion.

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Jean Rabenold

Jean will share with us her belief that the death penalty works against the best interests of our country, and modern neuroscience can be helpful in achieving understanding and compassion for those who commit murders. Jean Rabenold is the founder and president of Unitarian Universalists for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (UUADP). She has worked on this issue since 1996, and served on the Board of the National Coalition against the Death Penalty for four years. She has given workshops and sermons in many parts of the country, and is grateful for the encouragement and support of Palomar Fellowship members, who have helped to make all this happen.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We are in the darkest time of the year, when we anticipate the return of light. From ancient time we humans have had to live with the unknown, even as we moderns have explained so much about our world and our lives, we are still left with mystery. We will pause in this Service and explore “mystery”.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Author Karen Armstrong, after winning the TED (Technology, Education and Design) Award, wished to create a Charter for Compassion that would put compassionate action at the center of religious, moral and political life. At this time of the year when we aspire to peace on earth, we will explore how we might apply the principles of the Charter in our lives.

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Bruce Thompson

Some people – especially those of a humanist stripe – are uncomfortable with rituals. Rituals can seem pointlessly repetitive and annoyingly “churchy”. However, Confucian philosophy (one of the most humanistic of religious philosophies) shows us that rituals provide a framework for good manners, justice, science, and even mathematics and logic. Perhaps the rituals we practice with each other on Sunday morning aren’t so bad, after all.

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Rev. Kathleen Green

The struggles for justice are long and often difficult. But we are called as religious people to the struggle – the long struggle. And we are not alone. We stand on the side of love with our congregation, with other Unitarian Universalists, with other progressive religious people. We are in the long struggle together, ready to make a difference in the world.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson, Blanca Arias & Ed Carrillo

Join us for our annual El Dia de los Muertos Service, where we will honor our beloved dead. We will have an ancestor altar - bring a picture of your deceased.

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