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  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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."

  • 7-26-2020 Spiritflix "13th" - Audio

    28/07/2020 Duración: 30min

    This week, Rev. Lee preaches about the Ava Duvernay documentary, "13th." She begins by talking about her family's experiences, both spoken and unspoken, which led to her growing up in the suburbs. It's important to realize that the racist ideas that allowed slavery are still operating in our politics and criminal justice system today, but she reminds us that our actions have power, even if it doesn't seem to "work" in the moment.

  • 7-19-2020 SpiritFlix "Dead To Me" - Audio

    21/07/2020 Duración: 24min

    This week, Rev. Ken discusses the Netflix series "Dead To Me." In discussing it's themes of grief, he reveals that he has an app on his phone that reminds him about death five times a day. He talks about the five stages of grief and how complicated they are - especially now when so many Covid deaths might be the result of a rush to get back to normal.

  • 7-12-2020 SpiritFlix: "Garden State" - Audio

    14/07/2020 Duración: 19min

    Lay preacher Beverly Fox continues our SpiritFlix series with a message about the film Garden State. Her message explores the concept of home. What does that mean to you? Where can you find home? If you enjoyed this message and would like to support the mission of WellSprings, go to our website at http://www.wellspringsuu.org

  • 7-5-2020 SpiritFlix "The Willoughbys" - Audio

    07/07/2020 Duración: 31min

    For this week's SpiritFlix message, Rev. Lee preaches on the Netflix movie "The Willoughbys." This movie is about a group of children who are mistreated by their parents, until a person with a higher standard of care shows up in their lives. What if we all held ourselves to a higher standard of care right now? It just might save someone's life.

  • 6-28-2020 Spiritflix: "Troop Zero" - Audio

    30/06/2020 Duración: 21min

    This week, lay preacher Josie Waldman shares the movie Troop Zero with us, and what the film meant to her, as a girl who was picked on in school. She shares some of her personal experiences and wonders what it is that makes some kids act the way they do. She asks us to consider the essential question of the movie: "What kind of world would it be if every homely, strange little girl thought she could do whatever she wanted?"

  • 6-21-2020 Spiritflix "I Am Not Your Negro" - Audio

    24/06/2020 Duración: 25min

    Rev. Ken continues our SpiritFlix series with the award winning documentary film, "I Am Not Your Negro." He begins his message with a story about an uncomfortable moment at a baseball game, before getting into the subject matter of the film. This unfinished memoir by James Baldwin is about his relationships with slain civil rights leaders. Now, more than ever, this film and message offer us a chance to wake up to the realities of being black in America.

  • 6-14-2020 - Spiritflix "Groundhog Day" - Audio

    16/06/2020 Duración: 49min

    Rev. Ken (appropriately) brings us a second SpiritFlix Message about Groundhog Day where he addresses the repetitiveness of our days right now. How do we break the cycle of "Groundhog Day?" We can do it by being of service to others, but also by fully inhabiting our own lives. Even if you don't know where your life is going right now, Rev. Ken emphasizes the importance of keeping after your pursuits, and your spiritual practices. That's how we finally make it to the metaphorical February 3rd.

  • 6-7-2020 Spiritflix "Do The Right Thing" - Audio

    09/06/2020 Duración: 31min

    Rev. Lee kicks off our summer SpiritFlix series by talking about the 1989 Spike Lee "Do The Right Thing." Even though this movie is over 30 years old, it's incredibly pertinent to the police brutality we're still seeing today. This film shows us imperfect characters interacting over the course of a single day, and asks us to consider what it means to do the right thing - both in small ways and in larger, society-changing ways.

  • 3-31-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World "What Love Looks Like Today" - Audio

    31/05/2020 Duración: 21min

    Lay preacher, Kathy Burke-Howe, concludes our “Love the Hell Out of This World” series by asking us to consider what love looks like today, during a pandemic. How have our definitions of love changed with the rapidly changing and evolving situation around us? What can dogs – both real and animated – teach us about caring for one another?

  • 5-24-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World "Love the Hell Out of Yourself" - Audio

    26/05/2020 Duración: 22min

    This week, Rev. Ken talks about how he's been using social media as a means of reaching out during the pandemic. He also talks about challenging emotions many of us are feeling right now. What do both Buddhist teachings and Pixar movies have to say about challenging emotions, and how can we apply those lessons to our lives? He ends with a story about a wrongfully imprisoned man, and a prayer rug which helps him in more ways than one.

  • 5-17-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World "Love is an Active Noun" - Audio

    19/05/2020 Duración: 17min

    Lay-preacher Chris Groppe shares his first ever message with us. He shares what we can learn about love from Mr. Rogers, a person taught us what it really means to love all people. He also talks about what a challenging concept that can sometimes be, and shares a meditation which might help us better understand lovingkindness.

  • 5-10-2020 Love the Hell Out of This World "What We Can Save" - Audio

    12/05/2020 Duración: 25min

    This week, Rev. Lee continues our Love the Hell Out of This World message series. She opens with a story of a Universalist church making the decision to remain closed during the 1918 flu pandemic. She also shares a story from a inside a hospital in the Bronx, where front-line workers are making a conscious effort to honor the humanity in their patients in the midst of so much fear and uncertainty. There's power in saving what we love, and now more than ever, "what we love" means all of us.

  • 5-3-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World "The Outsiders" - Audio

    05/05/2020 Duración: 24min

    Rev. Ken kicks off our message series, “Love the Hell Out of this World,” by exploring the concept of Universalism through the lens of – wait for it – Weird Al Yankovic. What can we learn from a painfully shy, almost cloistered youth who made so much safe space for others who have always felt like outsiders?

  • 4-26-20 "Being a Friend" The Music of Friendship - Audio

    29/04/2020 Duración: 32min

    This week, Rodney Whittenberg takes us on a musical journey through his life. He plays selected songs, and tells us about the friends he most associates with each piece. How can we use music now to be a healing force in these unprecedented times? How can we use music to stay connected when we must stay physically apart?

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