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5-1-2022 Starting Small - "Mystery Seeds" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 17:27

Rev. Ken leads the congregation through an activity where we plant seeds. He discussed the importance of not knowing what the seeds are, but trusting that they will grow and bloom regardless.

4-3-2022 The Great Integration - "God Shaped Hole" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 32:07

Rev. Ken begins this week with remembering his father, who passed away last Fall. He shares with us a poem/song his father wrote called 'Tsuris," a Yiddish word equating to "stress." He tells us about his father's experiences in the Korean war, and how traumatic they must have been. We are invited to listen to a poem quietly, and consider the busy nature of our lives, and whether that's serving us. He shares a story about another veteran recounting his war experiences at the end of his life, and dedicates the lessons learned from that story to his late father.

4-3-2022 The Great Integration - "God Shaped Hole" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022

Rev. Ken begins this week with remembering his father, who passed away last Fall. He shares with us a poem/song his father wrote called 'Tsuris," a Yiddish word equating to "stress." He tells us about his father's experiences in the Korean war, and how traumatic they must have been. We are invited to listen to a poem quietly, and consider the busy nature of our lives, and whether that's serving us. He shares a story about another veteran recounting his war experiences at the end of his life, and dedicates the lessons learned from that story to his late father.

3-27-2022 The Great Integration - "Wholly Unravelling" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 28:24

This week, Beth Monhollen talks to us about a Brene Brown blog post about a "midlife unravelling" that became very meaningful in her life in 2018. She tells us about how she changed career paths after being very well established in a different field, and what those feelings were like. During this time, she looked to her husband, who had undergone a midlife unravelling of his own as well.

3-27-2022 The Great Integration - "Wholly Unravelling" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022

This week, Beth Monhollen talks to us about a Brene Brown blog post about a "midlife unravelling" that became very meaningful in her life in 2018. She tells us about how she changed career paths after being very well established in a different field, and what those feelings were like. During this time, she looked to her husband, who had undergone a midlife unravelling of his own as well.

3-20-2022 The Great Integration - Josie Waldman's Message - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022 22:14

Today, lay preacher Josie Waldman talks to us about how "The Great Resignation" affected her, just as she was beginning down a new path in her life.

3-20-2022 The Great Integration - Josie Waldman's Message - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022

Today, lay preacher Josie Waldman talks to us about how "The Great Resignation" affected her, just as she was beginning down a new path in her life.

3-13-2022 The Great Integration - "More Than We Know" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022 26:32

Rev. Lee begins this sleepy DST morning by reading to us. She reads a story about a leaky faucet, and how the way the leak grew larger felt like a symbol of a person breaking down. She talks about how this feeling might have added to what experts are calling "The Great Resignation." She also leads us through a talking/journaling activity.

3-13-2022 The Great Integration - "More Than We Know" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022

Rev. Lee begins this sleepy DST morning by reading to us. She reads a story about a leaky faucet, and how the way the leak grew larger felt like a symbol of a person breaking down. She talks about how this feeling might have added to what experts are calling "The Great Resignation." She also leads us through a talking/journaling activity.

3-6-2022 The Great Integration - "Original Blessing" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2022 26:38

This message by Rev. Ken is the first in our new series, The Great Integration. He asks us to consider the ways in which we integrate and segregate things in our lives. He shares a story about a lesson he once learned by volunteering in a preschool; contemplates the differences between the two creation stories inn Genesis; and talks about the pros and cons of selecting your top 25 Beatles songs.

3-6-2022 The Great Integration - "Original Blessing" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2022

This message by Rev. Ken is the first in our new series, The Great Integration. He asks us to consider the ways in which we integrate and segregate things in our lives. He shares a story about a lesson he once learned by volunteering in a preschool; contemplates the differences between the two creation stories inn Genesis; and talks about the pros and cons of selecting your top 25 Beatles songs.

2-20-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "The Company We Keep" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 37:05

This week, Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen spends some time speaking with fellow seminary school students. They talk a bit about the work they hope to accomplish in their communities as Unitarian Universalist ministers.

2-20-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "The Company We Keep" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022

This week, Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen spends some time speaking with fellow seminary school students. They talk a bit about the work they hope to accomplish in their communities as Unitarian Universalist ministers.

2-13-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "Multiple Pathways" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2022 19:23

Today, Rev. Ken speaks with Kate Parsons, PCC, CRS - Leadership and Recovery Coach and founder of The Brightening Center. They both discuss their own recovery journeys, and also offer some options for anyone who may be considering recovery for themselves.

2-13-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "Multiple Pathways" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2022

Today, Rev. Ken speaks with Kate Parsons, PCC, CRS - Leadership and Recovery Coach and founder of The Brightening Center. They both discuss their own recovery journeys, and also offer some options for anyone who may be considering recovery for themselves.

2-6-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - Conversations to Empower - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2022 16:12

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2-6-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - Conversations to Empower - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2022

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1-30-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "Thriving Together" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2022 41:54

For this week's message, Rev. Lee is joined by  Nina Guzmán, Executive Director of Alianzas De Phoenixville & Rachel Rutter, Executive Director of Project Libertad.

1-30-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "Thriving Together" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2022

For this week's message, Rev. Lee is joined by  Nina Guzmán, Executive Director of Alianzas De Phoenixville & Rachel Rutter, Executive Director of Project Libertad.

1-23-22 Neighbors and Helpers - "Thriving Together" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2022 48:37

In today's message, Rev. Lee spends some time speaking with Nydia Graves (they/them), a community organizer and activist based out of Coatesville, PA. Nydia has been working for years to help support their community in a variety of ways, up to and including holding an elected office position. They have wisdom and advice to share for all of us seeking to make our communities stronger, safer, and equitable for all.

1-23-22 Neighbors and Helpers - "Thriving Together" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2022

In today's message, Rev. Lee spends some time speaking with Nydia Graves (they/them), a community organizer and activist based out of Coatesville, PA. Nydia has been working for years to help support their community in a variety of ways, up to and including holding an elected office position. They have wisdom and advice to share for all of us seeking to make our communities stronger, safer, and equitable for all.

1-9-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "The Communion of Saints" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 32:23

In today's message, Rev. Ken talks about his decision to conclude his ministry at WellSprings in June. He tells us a bit about what it was like to found this congregation and to guide it through some tough times. He also tells us a little about what he hopes the future will hold.

1-9-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "The Communion of Saints" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022

In today's message, Rev. Ken talks about his decision to conclude his ministry at WellSprings in June. He tells us a bit about what it was like to found this congregation and to guide it through some tough times. He also tells us a little about what he hopes the future will hold.

1-2-2022 This Joy - "It's All In the Release" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 21:03

Rev. Ken talks a bit about our typical New Year's ritual where we write down things we want to let go of, and release them into a fire. This year, he wants to try something a little different, and he walks us through a brief guided meditation where we look at our insecurities with compassion. He also invites us to participate in a different way.

1-2-2022 This Joy - "It's All In the Release" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022

Rev. Ken talks a bit about our typical New Year's ritual where we write down things we want to let go of, and release them into a fire. This year, he wants to try something a little different, and he walks us through a brief guided meditation where we look at our insecurities with compassion. He also invites us to participate in a different way.

12-12-2021 This Joy - "The Economy of Joy" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 32:22

Rodney begins this week's message by talking about the joy he feels when listening to music. He recounts a story of his typically-stern father making space for joy in his life too. After telling us about an experience where he saw a procession of people heading to a church, he shares a list of songs that make him feel joyful. Rodney is releasing a companion podcast to this one. You can listen to Rodney's Music Ministry podcast on this feed!

12-12-2021 This Joy - "The Economy of Joy" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021

Rodney begins this week's message by talking about the joy he feels when listening to music. He recounts a story of his typically-stern father making space for joy in his life too. After telling us about an experience where he saw a procession of people heading to a church, he shares a list of songs that make him feel joyful. Rodney is releasing a companion podcast to this one. You can listen to Rodney's Music Ministry podcast on this feed!

Special Episode! Rodney Whittenberg's Music Ministry - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 57:29

In this companion episode to Rodney's Message "The Economy of Joy," Rodney highlights some songs that bring him joy.

12-5-2021 This Joy - "And the Award Goes to..." - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 25:07

Rev. Ken opens this week's message by taking a moment to talk about the recent passing of his father. He talks about the importance of play, and how sometimes competition can take play away from us. We can find joy when we look beyond winning or losing, and instead engage in self-directed, spontaneous, and creative play. He shares with us some examples of poorly but lovingly made cakes, and a story about an adult kickball team.

12-5-2021 This Joy - "And the Award Goes to..." - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021

Rev. Ken opens this week's message by taking a moment to talk about the recent passing of his father. He talks about the importance of play, and how sometimes competition can take play away from us. We can find joy when we look beyond winning or losing, and instead engage in self-directed, spontaneous, and creative play. He shares with us some examples of poorly but lovingly made cakes, and a story about an adult kickball team.

11-28-2021 This Joy - "Joy In My Heart" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 27:53

Beth begins this week by talking about the concept of "deserving joy." She remembers certain moments in her childhood where she experienced huge amounts of joy, and worrying that those feelings may have been lost. She reminds us that paying attention can lead to joy, but being busy, stressed, or not in the moment can cloud that feeling over. It's important to not ignore the bad things going on in the world, but - as Beth says - to grab a bucket and sing along with others as you work together to put the fire out.

11-28-2021 This Joy - "Joy In My Heart" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021

Beth begins this week by talking about the concept of "deserving joy." She remembers certain moments in her childhood where she experienced huge amounts of joy, and worrying that those feelings may have been lost. She reminds us that paying attention can lead to joy, but being busy, stressed, or not in the moment can cloud that feeling over. It's important to not ignore the bad things going on in the world, but - as Beth says - to grab a bucket and sing along with others as you work together to put the fire out.

11-21-2021 - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 35:09

We welcome five different speakers from our congregation - ranging in age from 9 to 96 - to answer the question from Mary Oliver: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

11-21-2021 - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021

We welcome five different speakers from our congregation - ranging in age from 9 to 96 - to answer the question from Mary Oliver: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

11-14-2021 This Joy - "Joy and Sorrow - Caring Companions" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 25:15

Kathleen begins with a story about a child who knocks down a younger playmate, and who is asked an important question about kindness. She asks us to consider what happens when we experience joy. She reminds us of the parable of not hiding your light under a bushel, because the world needs all the light we can get right now. She offers us some advice from a Buddhist monk about how to find joy amidst sorrow. We also take a moment to remember a departed friend.

11-14-2021 This Joy - "Joy and Sorrow - Caring Companions" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021

Kathleen begins with a story about a child who knocks down a younger playmate, and who is asked an important question about kindness. She asks us to consider what happens when we experience joy. She reminds us of the parable of not hiding your light under a bushel, because the world needs all the light we can get right now. She offers us some advice from a Buddhist monk about how to find joy amidst sorrow. We also take a moment to remember a departed friend.

11-7-2021 This Joy - "Falling" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 18:29

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11-7-2021 This Joy - "Falling" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021

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10-31-2021 God Laughs - "Their Promises" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 15:52

Ken beings by telling a story from when he was three years old, and he made a funny comment about an older person. Our message series is called "God Laughs," based on the Yiddish saying "We plan, God laughs," and there is nothing more disruptive to our plans than death. He shares thoughts about a book called "No Cure For Being Human," written by a woman who discovered she had stage 4 cancer at age 35; and a story about a quote he saw on in a hospital chapel.

10-31-2021 God Laughs - "Their Promises" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021

Ken beings by telling a story from when he was three years old, and he made a funny comment about an older person. Our message series is called "God Laughs," based on the Yiddish saying "We plan, God laughs," and there is nothing more disruptive to our plans than death. He shares thoughts about a book called "No Cure For Being Human," written by a woman who discovered she had stage 4 cancer at age 35; and a story about a quote he saw on in a hospital chapel.

10-24-2021 God Laughs - "Melting Ground" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 30:11

Beth begins by sharing a story from when she was a child and she experienced a near drowning.  She talks about how she thought she'd been standing on solid ground, but that it seemed to melt beneath her feet. This pandemic has felt very much like the sensation of the ground beneath your feet dissolving. She shares a story about a person refusing to leave a flooded home because they're clinging to a belief that they'll be saved. Finally, she reminds us of the importance of the fourth UU principle.

10-24-2021 God Laughs - "Melting Ground" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021

Beth begins by sharing a story from when she was a child and she experienced a near drowning.  She talks about how she thought she'd been standing on solid ground, but that it seemed to melt beneath her feet. This pandemic has felt very much like the sensation of the ground beneath your feet dissolving. She shares a story about a person refusing to leave a flooded home because they're clinging to a belief that they'll be saved. Finally, she reminds us of the importance of the fourth UU principle.

10-17-2021 God Laughs - "By Name" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 23:33

Rev. Lee begins by talking about the saga of the Maryland zebras on the loose. She then shares a story about a friend's baby learning the words of things in the world - dog, ant, goat, fish - and how naming these things once calmed him down in the middle of a bad crying fit. This is actually a powerful tool for bringing someone out of an anxiety attack. She talks a bit about what it means to heal, and how that process will look different for everyone.

10-17-2021 God Laughs - "By Name" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021

Rev. Lee begins by talking about the saga of the Maryland zebras on the loose. She then shares a story about a friend's baby learning the words of things in the world - dog, ant, goat, fish - and how naming these things once calmed him down in the middle of a bad crying fit. This is actually a powerful tool for bringing someone out of an anxiety attack. She talks a bit about what it means to heal, and how that process will look different for everyone.

10-10-2021 God Laughs - "Listening Beyond the Laughs" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 25:46

This week, Rev. Ken begins by talking about the concept of "yucking someone else's yum." He also reflects on the meaning of nervous laughter and sarcasm, and shares a story about a time when he laughed nervously while making a 911 call. A concept called "The four horsemen of relationship apocalypse" is shown, as is a story about a man who suffered from OCD as a child.

10-10-2021 God Laughs - "Listening Beyond the Laughs" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021

This week, Rev. Ken begins by talking about the concept of "yucking someone else's yum." He also reflects on the meaning of nervous laughter and sarcasm, and shares a story about a time when he laughed nervously while making a 911 call. A concept called "The four horsemen of relationship apocalypse" is shown, as is a story about a man who suffered from OCD as a child.

10-3-2021 God Laughs - "Under the Rainbow" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 25:17

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10-3-2021 God Laughs - "Under the Rainbow" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021

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9-26-2021 God Laughs - "Held Together" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 26:54

This week, Rev. Lee shares stories of things that are held together in unconventional ways. She shares stories from a colleague who have a late 90s Suburban - now held together with duct tape as more and more systems fail over the years - and a colleague who keeps what remnants she still has of her baby blanket in a small ceramic container. We find ways of holding things together when they mean something to us.

9-26-2021 God Laughs - "Held Together" - PDF

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021

This week, Rev. Lee shares stories of things that are held together in unconventional ways. She shares stories from a colleague who have a late 90s Suburban - now held together with duct tape as more and more systems fail over the years - and a colleague who keeps what remnants she still has of her baby blanket in a small ceramic container. We find ways of holding things together when they mean something to us.

9-19-2021 - God Laughs, "Chances Are" - Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 20:19

This week, our Message begins with a story about Beethoven. Rev. Ken remarks on how apropos our new message series, “God Laughs,” is this week, since we are not gathered together in Bell Hall like we were just a week ago. This message seried gets its name from a Yiddish proverb “We plan, God laughs.” He talks about the importance of keeping covenants with one another, even though we realize that plans may fall through. This was demonstrated recently when Steve Burns, host of Blues Clues, made a video to thank his fans years after he abruptly left the beloved TV show.

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