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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

This quote from Walt Whitman’s poem, "Song of Myself," will guide our exploration of notions of the self that point us to the internal diversity that we all contain while maintaining a sense of coherent identity that interacts with others’ multiplicity.

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Eileen Maurer

Join us as we host very special visitors: 25 Jewish, Muslim and Christian youth from Israel, Palestine and America, along with their host families from San Diego county, will be visiting our Fellowship as part of the Hands of Peace summer program. During the Service, some of the visiting youth will share their personal experiences, and we will introduce them to our UU mission of interfaith dialogue and cooperation.

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Betty Skwarek

Do people turn to religion to get in touch with their spirituality? Surveys say no. Has religion failed, or do we need to think about how it can serve us better as human beings?

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Drawing on the work of psychotherapist David Richo, we will explore how we can bring mindfulness to our relationships, deepening, or “growing down”, in love.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

This Service will explore what it would mean to extend justice to earth and all beings... no exceptions.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

In our work to build the beloved community, we will look at how forgiveness and gratitude can move us forward.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We look at the practice of forgiveness. Why should we forgive? How do we forgive? Who do we forgive?

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We explore the Hindu festival of Diwali, or the festival of lights. This beautiful and colorful festival carries the message that there is a light within each of us that connects to all that is.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We will engage this month’s theme, Death. Let’s explore death from the perspective of the world’s religions and the perspectives of secular views, and consider ways to engage with death to help us live fully.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

What does faith mean and look like in different traditions? This Service explores the theme of faith from the perspective of the world’s religions.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen wrote a song titles Love Itself, based on the teaching of his Zen teacher, Sasaki Roshi. This Service will explore the lyrics and the teaching. Wade Maurer will be joined by other musicians in performing this profound and challenging song.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

What is this service about? It's a mystery.

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Kelley Grimes and Katia Hansen

This Service continues the summer theme of growing beyond our comfort zone into who we are becoming by exploring our fixed identities, words that trigger us and our ability to attribute new meaning to these words, leading to peace and empowerment.

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Rachel Rott, Katia Hansen and Daniel Stracka

Our UU Statements of Conscience and the Study Action Issue process help us focus on the issues we stand for, even if it means being uncomfortable and unpopular in this pluralistic society of ours. We, the members, propose the issues, study them, and take action as we live our values.

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Lisa Shapiro, Seamus O'Connor & Eileen Maurer

Humans experience a broad range of emotions. We often think of things in the simplest terms so we label those emotions as good or bad, positive or negative. We think we should allow ourselves to only feel “good” emotions and work to suppress the “bad” ones. But emotions evolved in humans to confer adaptive advantages... so in a sense, all emotions are useful to our continued survival. Join Lisa Shapiro, Seamus O’Connor, and Eileen Maurer over two Sundays as they take a second look at emotions through a Taoist, evolutionary perspective.

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Lisa Shapiro, Seamus O'Connor & Eileen Maurer

Humans experience a broad range of emotions. We often think of things in the simplest terms so we label those emotions as good or bad, positive or negative. We think we should allow ourselves to only feel “good” emotions and work to suppress the “bad” ones. But emotions evolved in humans to confer adaptive advantages... so in a sense, all emotions are useful to our continued survival. Join Lisa Shapiro, Seamus O’Connor, and Eileen Maurer over two Sundays as they take a second look at emotions through a Taoist, evolutionary perspective.

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Emily Webb

Does it matter when we lie? What about little white lies What does it mean to tell the truth? Come explore this rich theme with guest worship leader Emily Webb. Emily is the Intern Minister at First UU San Diego and a student at Starr King School for the Ministry.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

May 13, 2013 was the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Humanist Manifesto. We will celebrate humanism and explore the influence of this important aspect of Unitarian Universalism.

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Eileen Maurer

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said, “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? Join Eileen Maurer as she explores what bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells can teach us about good and evil within ourselves and our societies.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson and Others

Our sermon for Stewardship Sunday! We are very excited to be able to support our congregation in living its mission and vision for the coming year.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

In celebration of Women’s Month, this Service looks at the multiple expressions of feminism today, and explore the importance of these expressions of hope.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We’ll explore what author Michelle Alexander has called “the New Jim Crow,” referring to the mass incarceration of people of color.

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Nicole Kent

What it self-love? We'll look at it from different spiritual, psychological, and cultural perspectives and then relate it to the UU tenants of inter-connectedness and social justice.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Rev. Thandeka, UU minister and professor, created a workshop called We Love Beyond Belief, and All Soul’s Tulsa has Love Beyond Belief as its tag line. This Service explores why love beyond belief is such a powerful way to understand Unitarian Universalism and invite us to imagine the implications of living that out.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

This Service, based on a quote by Bruce Thompson, will explore the importance of presence in community. Bruce Thompson will do a theological reflection as well.

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Eileen Maurer & Seamus O'Connor

Most of us know the story of Adam and Eve... God cast them out of the Garden of Eden after they ate the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But have we given much thought to the deeper meanings within this allegory? Join Seamus O'Connor and Eileen Maurer as they explore Genesis 3, the bible story of the Fall of Man. This Service is especially relevant for the New Year, a time of endings and beginnings. A local musician, Sara Petite, performs along with some of our own during this Service.

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Eileen Maurer

In October 2012, we celebrated Day of the Dead to honor our friends and relatives who have died, but still walk with us in our lives.  Join Eileen Maurer as she explores gratitude for the chain of ancestors, all the way back to chromosomal Adam and mitochondrial Eve, the world’s common ancestors, that brought her to the place she inhabits today.

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Michael Eselun

Well-received guest speaker and oncology chaplain Michael Eselun will explore through personal reflections the tension between our rational self that yearns for answers, and the spiritual self that can be moved by wonder.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

On this Sunday after the election, we will explore, through the lens of our UU values, how we move forward with the results. For no matter what, we will still need to live what matters.

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