“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

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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

Have you ever felt a nudge, a subtle or not so subtle call to move out of your comfort zone? Using text from Isaiah, we will explore what it means to say "yes" to what can sometimes be difficult callings. Megan Kajitani shares a theological reflection on answering her call.

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Rev. Frank Placone-Willey, Ph.D.

Many of us have learned to understand and promote religious "belief" in ways that actually undermine our commitment to "world community with peace, liberty and justice for all" (our UU Sixth Principle). Drawing on real-life examples and our UU Sources, Rev. Frank will highlight our Living Tradition's emphasis on "right action" over "right belief," and suggest a practical approach for building a spiritual community that is ever-more compassionate and inclusive. Rev. Frank is the minister of Summit UU Fellowship in Santee.

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Eileen Maurer

Join Eileen Maurer and her guest, Alma Gaspeed, as they explore the things that create our beliefs... genetics, family, culture and life experience.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

As we begin the Autumn season, we will mark this time of harvest and thanksgiving while imagining how this gratitude inspires us to greater love.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Join us as we gather once again to mark a fresh year. We will explore this year’s theme – Growing Down and Reaching Out, and we will have a Ceremony of Covenant with our new Director of Religious Exploration, Kathleen Moscato.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

On Labor Day 2012 we look at the meaning of work in our lives and in our society.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson & Nicole Kent

Join Rev. Beth and Palomar Fellowship member Nicole Kent as we explore Jungian thought and the psyche.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

What does it mean to love with unconditional love and compassion for all things? Can you imagine such love? For yourself? For others? For all?

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Eileen Maurer

Where does the body end and the mind begin? Where does the mind end and the soul begin? How are the four states of experience – being, feeling, thinking and doing – connected? Join Eileen Maurer as she explores the intersection of body, mind and soul, starting with the Hindu notion of kosha, the sheaths, or layers, that cover the human Self.

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Kelley Grimes & Other Fellowship Members

This service kicks off our summer theme "Adventures in...” and explores different methods and benefits of being fully present.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

This Service explores how hope informs our individual lives and our work in the world.  This is the auction sermon, bought by Lovedy and Jeremy Carroll.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We explore the theme of prayer. What does it mean to “pray”? What types of prayer are there? Can prayer be relevant even for those who may not have a traditional notion of God?

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

This Service will explore non-traditional understandings of the holy, the divine, God. Using the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and other readings, I will unfold a notion of the divine that is found in process thought.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

This Service is inspired by the Montgomery Gentry song of the same name. We explore how it is that people change from destructive or negative states to lives of productivity and hope.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We explore the archetype of the Fool or Jester – one that sees and can name things that no one else can.

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Eileen Maurer

You may have heard Eileen Maurer’s sermon called Liberals and Conservatives... Why? in November 2010, or her sermon on The Myth of Duality in February 2011. Now join her as she builds on both of these sermons to further explore a Taoist view of politics in America today.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Join us as we explore the adventure of using our imagination to create possibilities for ourselves, our congregation and world.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Can you imagine what kind of letter a God of love would write at this moment in time? Mark Sandin, a Presbyterian minister and founding board member of The Christian Left, tried his hand at such a letter. Rev. Beth will reflect on his letter and how we might answer it with our lives.

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Patrick McLaughlin

Some thoughts about how we value and overvalue perfection; how that ruins lives, and how we might escape the terrible trap of being perfect.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

This Service will explore worship from a distinctly Unitarian Universalist perspective.

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Rev. Dr. Tom Owen–Towle

In the past 50 years since our merger in 1961, Unitarian Universalism has awakened spiritually and grown unashamedly theological. What does our liberating, life-affirming, loving faith have to offer today’s world?

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UU Christians

Palomar Fellowship’s Christian group members will share their journeys and insights into being UU Christians.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

“We stand on the side of love, engaged in the world through acts of witness, service, justice, and peacemaking.”

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Kelley Grimes, Kathleen Moscato & Bruce Thompson

Join us for a philosophical, spiritual and practical exploration of Simplicity.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We remember the tragedy of September 11, 2001. We reflect on the past ten years – what have we learned and what are our deepest aspirations and hopes.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

Join us for our annual Labor Day Service where we will explore how we might envision an economy that honors all labor and allows lives and life to flourish.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

We’ll explore human sexuality and faith. As growing, striving human beings, we seek to integrate all aspects of ourselves to create whole and balanced lives. Human sexuality is a part of that. How are sexuality and spirituality linked? How about self worth and responsibility? The title of this Service is taken from the comprehensive sexuality curricula for children, teenagers, young adults, and adults, developed jointly by the UUA and the United Church of Christ. We will be offering some OWL levels at our congregation this year.

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Michael Eselun

Michael Eselun, a member of the Santa Monica UU Congregation and a hospital chaplain, will explore the experience of insiders and outsiders – our yearning to belong and the comfort we take in belonging versus our inner experience of being on the outside, often at the same time.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson & Fellowship Members

In keeping with our summer theme of exploring our inner and inter connections, we will explore what makes a space sacred, what such a space inspires in us, and how, when, and why we take time to be in that space. You are encouraged to bring images of your sacred space to share.

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Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson

2011's summer’s theme, Inner-Connections/Interconnections, provides opportunities for us to explore the flow between our inner life and our interconnected world. We’ll explore our theme and the implications for our spiritual lives and relationships in and with the world.

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