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  • 12-20-2020 How to Be Afraid - Darkness Visible - Audio

    12-20-2020 How to Be Afraid - "Darkness Visible" - Audio

    22/12/2020 Duración: 24min

    Rev. Ken shares a story from Anne Lamott wherein she talks about calling around to different friends trying to find the true meaning of Advent. She doesn’t have much luck until she reaches a Jesuit friend who has 35 years of sobriety. He shares a dramatic event which happened early in his own recovery wherein folks at a 12-step meeting showed compassion to a man in a terrible state. The patience they showed then, evoked the feeling of Advent for this friend.

  • 12-13-2020 How to Be Afraid - The Gift of Fear - Audio

    12-13-2020 How to Be Afraid - "The Gift of Fear" - Audio

    15/12/2020 Duración: 15min

    Lay preacher, Kathleen Higgins shares her message, beginning about a close encounter with a rattlesnake. She mentions the Gavin deBecker book "The Gift of Fear" which focuses on figuring out what is real danger and what is dread. Dread is more about imagination. She also shares a story about her grandson experiencing seizures, and a story about attending a conference of gun violence survivors where a fire alarm went off and frightened many people in the audience.

  • Scary Stories - Audio

    Scary Stories - Audio

    08/12/2020 Duración: 23min

    This week, Rev. Ken talks about how he is a fan of scary stories, even horror movies, even living as a person with an anxiety disorder. He shares how sometimes, experiencing fear as a story can help us realize why fear is an important part of life. He also talks about being a fan of Taylor Swift's album, Folklore, especially a song which seems to approach fear from a child's perspective.

  • 11-29-2020 How to Be Afraid - Making Friends With Fear - Audio

    11-29-2020 How to Be Afraid - "Making Friends With Fear" - Audio

    01/12/2020 Duración: 21min

    Lay preacher, Rodney Whittenberg, talks about feeling afraid often in life, but reminds us that fear is sometimes a useful emotion. Fear can help us make decisions in our own best interests. To illustrate, he shares a story of his father feeling afraid while driving, and also a story from a friend of his who happens to be an Army Ranger. What happens when we embrace the fear we feel, rather than trying to shove it aside?

  • 11-22-2020 Wild and Precious Life - Audio

    11-22-2020 Wild and Precious Life - Audio

    25/11/2020 Duración: 30min

    Each year, we ask different WellSpringers to answer the question "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Today, you can hear thoughtful, creative, honest, and inspiring stories from five different people in our congregation.

  • 11-15-2020 How to be Afraid, With, Not In - Audio

    11-15-2020 How to be Afraid, "With, Not In" - Audio

    17/11/2020 Duración: 34min

    This week, Rev. Lee discusses the concept of living with our fear, but not in it. This past week, with the election and the rising Covid cases, has made us realize how fragile and vulnerable we still are. Rev. Lee also admits her fear of snakes and shares a story about a recent encounter with a snake on a hike. In the moment, she was able to be with her fear, and realize that not only was it a harmless type of snake, but that it was also afraid of her. Of course, there's a difference between the type of fear that occurs naturally, and someone manipulating you into a fearful situation; Rev. Lee explores those important distinctions.

  • 11-8-2020, How to Be Afraid When, Not If - Audio

    11-8-2020, How to Be Afraid "When, Not If" - Audio

    10/11/2020 Duración: 23min

    Rev. Ken begins our new Message series "How to Be Afraid" with a late-recorded message about the election. He remembers a slogan "Pain is just weakness leaving the body," while recounting a time when he himself got injured during a half marathon. He also talks about the use and abuse of fear. There are some who believe that fear is only weakness, but the denial of fear is sometimes why people stop listening not only to themsevles, but to each other too.

  • 11-1-2020, The Cloud Over Everything - Break Your Heart - Audio

    11-1-2020, The Cloud Over Everything - "Break Your Heart" - Audio

    03/11/2020 Duración: 30min

    In this week's message, Rev. Lee talks about the upcoming election, and admits that she'd gone back and forth on what kind of message to deliver this week: one where she reassures us that everything will be okay, and one that warns us that it won't be. She remembers words Rev. Ken said to her at her ordination: "Let your ministry break your heart," and tells us that out broken hearts are good enough. She concludes with a story about a unique political canvassing project which focuses on listening, and which is helping folks to better understand marginalized people.

  • 10-25-2020 The Cloud Over Everything: Simply Sad - Audio

    10-25-2020 The Cloud Over Everything: "Simply Sad" - Audio

    27/10/2020 Duración: 14min

    In this short introduction to our annual Remembrance Service, Rev. Ken assures us that it's okay to not "cheer up" every time we feel sad. Sometimes, we can sit with sadness, especially in the wake of a loss. If we sit with grief and sadness, what we find at the root of it is love.

  • 10-18-2020 The Cloud Over Everything - We Can Be the Space For This - Audio

    10-18-2020 The Cloud Over Everything - "We Can Be the Space For This" - Audio

    20/10/2020 Duración: 23min

    In this week's message, lay preacher Bev Fox shares the story of her brother who died after a years-long struggle with addiction. She tells us how the slow processing of his death led to her own struggles with mental health. A NOTE FROM OUR WORSHIP LEADER: “Before we move forward, I want to let you all know that in this morning’s message, our preacher Bev shares a personal story that might be difficult or triggering for some folks to hear, about suicide and self-harm. Please take care of yourselves in whatever way you need to, this morning. If now is not the time for you to listen to this type of story, you can step away... or maybe plan to listen to this service another time.”

  • 10-11-2020 The Cloud Over Everything - Woven Fine - Audio

    10-11-2020 The Cloud Over Everything - "Woven Fine" - Audio

    13/10/2020 Duración: 28min

    Rev. Lee begins this week's message by talking about a new framework for the stages of grief, including an added a sixth stage: “finding meaning.” Of course, that’s a very hard concept to accept, especially if we’re in the early stages of grief. She also talks us through the conundrum of how we can all support each other when we’re all going through the same thing. She shares the “Parable of the long spoons,” where the answer isn’t to feed yourself, but to feed each other.

  • 10-4-2020 The Cloud Over Everything - Its Not You... - Audio

    10-4-2020 The Cloud Over Everything - "It's Not You..." - Audio

    06/10/2020 Duración: 31min

    Rev. Lee begins this week's message by mentioning a meme about an imaginary coworker, "Cheryl," on whom to blame things. She explains that what we're actually doing in these moments is making space to protect our relationships. There's a lot of grief right now with the pandemic, and many of us are feeling that if this had never happened, our lives would be different. But when things don't turn out the way we want, maybe we can make a practice of saying "It's not you, and it's not me... it's grief."

  • 9-27-2020 The Cloud Over Everything - Sing a New Song - Audio

    9-27-2020 The Cloud Over Everything - "Sing a New Song" - Audio

    29/09/2020 Duración: 24min

    Quarantine has led us to new forms of entertainment, and this week, Rev. Ken begins by talking about a "table read" of the Princess Bride which the original stars reunited for recently. One of his main takeaways from that movie is that when life doesn't turn out the way we want, maybe we can then open ourselves to a different kind of story. Rev. Ken also talks about unique experiences of grief, and how the "stages" aren't always linear.

  • 9-20-2020 The Cloud Over Everything - The Care of Souls - Audio

    9-20-2020 The Cloud Over Everything - "The Care of Souls" - Audio

    22/09/2020 Duración: 30min

    Rev. Ken begins this week's message by offering the Mourner's Kaddish for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. He talks about a videogame he's playing now where a being called "Stella" guides souls to the afterlife, and how surprisingly touching it is. He also talks about how we can help each other through our collective mourning process by honoring the connections between us.

  • 9-6-2020 Spiritflix Unorthodox - Audio

    9-6-2020 Spiritflix "Unorthodox" - Audio

    08/09/2020 Duración: 26min

    Rev. Lee opens this week's message with a story about a friend who lost her home in a fire. In those first panicked moments, her friend reached for the things she thought she'd need, only to find out later that what she really needed was never in that house. This week's Spiritflix series asks us what and who we reach for in a crisis, and shows us how sometimes the things we thought we'd need aren't what we wind up needing later.

  • 8-30-2020 Spiritflix Star Trek: Picard - Audio

    8-30-2020 Spiritflix "Star Trek: Picard" - Audio

    01/09/2020 Duración: 18min

    Lay Preacher Chris Chepel talks to us this week about the Star Trek series, Picard. After taking us through the history of the various Star Trek series, and how they always seem to hold up a mirror to the current time. The Picard series seems more informed by trauma than its predecessors, and that feels very important in our current situation.

  • 8-23-2020 Spiritflix The Midnight Gospel - Audio

    8-23-2020 Spiritflix "The Midnight Gospel" - Audio

    01/09/2020 Duración: 26min

    Rev Ken. Continues our Spiritflix series with a message about the Netflix series "The Midnight Gospel." He reminds us that it's okay if we're not okay right now.

  • 8-16-2022 Spiritflix The Farewell - Audio

    8-16-2022 Spiritflix "The Farewell" - Audio

    18/08/2020 Duración: 26min

    This week, Rev. Lee opens with a story about a man being filmed by a helpful bystander during a traffic stop, and how looking out for one another like this is a new way to show love. Love requires unexpected things from us right now, just like in this week's Spiritflix movie, The Farewell. She also ponders the nature of truth in a stressful environment.

  • 8-9-2020 Spiritflix The Camden 28 - Audio

    8-9-2020 Spiritflix "The Camden 28" - Audio

    12/08/2020 Duración: 28min

    Lay preacher Rodney Whittenberg shares a story of growing up Catholic, and his amazement at people who are able to be nonviolent in the face of adversity. His Spiritflix movie is The Camden 28 - a documentary about a group of devoted Catholics who planned to break into a federal building and destroy the draft cards of hundreds of young men.

  • 8-2-2020 Spiritflix Blinded by the Light - Audio

    8-2-2020 Spiritflix "Blinded by the Light" - Audio

    04/08/2020 Duración: 23min

    This week, Rev. Ken continues our Spiritflix series with a message about the movie Blinded By the Light - a film where the main character is asking the question "How do I fit in?" Rev. Ken talks about how this film reminded him of the eulogy President Obama gave for John Lewis, calling us to a "Vibrant, big-hearted, tolerant America of perpetual self creation." He also reflects on the importance of the Bruce Springsteen lyric "No one wins unless everybody wins."

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