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  • 6-13-2021 SpiritFlix "Exterminate All The Brutes" - Audio

    16/06/2021 Duração: 26min

    Rev. Ken begins this week's Message with the President’s statement about the Armenian Genocide, along with the response from the Turkish government. Many of our historical stories are difficult to reckon with, but it’s important that we’re honest about what happened, even if it’s painful. If that pain opens up a productive gap between reality and our aspirations, there can be growth and healing. Ken also shares a quote from James Baldwin about how accepting the past doesn’t mean drowning in it.

  • 6-6-2021 SpiritFlix "Mare of Easttown" - Audio

    15/06/2021 Duração: 32min

    Rev. Lee continues our SpiritFlix series with a Message about the HBO show "Mare of Easttown," much of which features our local area. In particular, she shares her thoughts about how one of the central themes of the show is how falling apart or unraveling is sometimes a part of life, as depicted in the show.

  • SpiritFlix - Soul "Holding Tightly and Holding Lightly" - Audio

    01/06/2021 Duração: 27min

    Ken introduces a "gifts discernment" chart which asks you to plot things you both like and dislike, and things you're good at and things you aren't. This connects with our first SpiritFlix movie of this year: Soul. A movie which explores this very question. What are you good at, and what what brings you vitality. Holding tightly versus holding lightly. This is demonstrated in the movie by showing souls in a flow state, versus souls in a state of fixation. What happens if we hold onto experiences, even positive ones, too tightly? What happens if we hold them with a lighter touch.

  • 5-23-2021 Heirloom Connections - "The Practice of Adulting" - Audio

    23/05/2021 Duração: 30min

    This week, Rev. Lee talks about little moments that sneak up on you and stay with you forever. She remarks on the differences between what “adulting” looks like to younger people observing adults, and what it actually means to the people living it. Our Heirloom Connection Penpals this week are Nan and Tina, and Julie and Ron. Nan and Tina talk about a shared interest in counseling, and how their life circumstances effected their ability to pursue that. Ron shares a story about how he met his wife. Julie shares a story about her first year as a mother.

  • 5-16-2021 - Heirloom Connections: "Connecting the Generations" - Audio

    17/05/2021 Duração: 22min

    Josie opens this message by talkin gabout the thrill of playing Pong on the TV for the first time. She also mentions the moral panic about videogames taking place at the time, whereas Josie sees them as an intro to crucial computer skills. This highlights the need for communication and connection among the generations. We share more conversations between pen pals born in the 2010s and the 1940s, respectively, about everything from the differences in technology and playground equipment, to what everyday life is like now and then. We conclude with a song about "trying" from a young friend.

  • 5-9-2021 - Heirloom Connections, "Cosmic Mind, Home Heart" - Audio

    16/05/2021 Duração: 24min

    This week, Rev. Ken opens with a quote about spirituality by Walt Whitman. Continuing in our Heirloom Connections series, we share Evan and Micah’s pen pal videos. They’re asked to describe their “Ows and their Wows.” This brings them to some heavy topics, with some big and broad ideas, but they also look at the smaller things too – particularly superheroes. Ken also ponders astronaut Michael Collins, who had some spiritually enlightened things to say about being the furthest person ever away from the Earth.

  • 5-2-2021 Heirloom Connections "The Big Picture" - Audio

    02/05/2021 Duração: 35min

    Rev. Lee opens our new Message series by recounting "The Josh Battle." She remarks how right it feels that “Little Josh” was allowed to win. This is the way it’s supposed to be when we say we want better for our kids. She also shares a recent "Maslow Got it Wrong" article. She highlights the difference between the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs and the “teepee” of the Blackfoot Indian Tribe. Rev. Lee speaks a bit about our current message series by remarking on the importance of tradition and connecting with younger generations. We share the first of several pen pal videos from two congregation members.

  • 4-25-2021 New Normal - "Life of the World to Come*" - Audio

    25/04/2021 Duração: 27min

    This week, Rev. Ken talks about the Mountain Goats album "Life of the World to Come" and explains how it's the inspiration for this message. He talks about the concept of "temporal distancing" and how it can be a useful tool in mindfulness practice. He tells us about a time when - quite unexpectedly - he experienced a profound change in perspective. Given this week's events, Rev. Ken takes a moment to reflect on the George Floyd murder trial, before taking us through a thought exercise about being a child in a classroom.

  • 4-18-2021 New Normal - "It's Okay to Not Be Okay" - Audio

    20/04/2021 Duração: 18min

    This week, Chris reflects on the entirety of the weight of the pandemic. There are different levels of loss, but she validates the fact that we’ve all lost something. Perhaps we’ve remained healthy, perhaps we’ve kept our jobs, perhaps all our loved ones are safe; yet we’ve all lost things this past year. She contemplates why we are encouraged to shout our joyful moments, but to keep our lamentations quiet. Naming our grief and giving it space can be healing. We’ve all been through a traumatic year.

  • 4-11-2021 New Normal "Belonging Sunday" - Audio

    11/04/2021 Duração: 24min

    This week, Rev. Lee explains the meaning of Belonging Sunday in our congregation. She reflects on what it means to belong to a community, especially now that we’re in a pandemic. Later, she asks us to consider how there can be a cloud and sunshine in something as simple as a piece of paper. Our new members are introduced, and Rev. Lee goes over what’s in the welcome package we delivered to each household. There's also a special welcome from some of our younger friends.

  • 4-4-2021 New Normal - "Life Among the Living" - Audio

    06/04/2021 Duração: 21min

    Rev. Lee begins this week by acknowledging that we are all “in need of a resurrection.” She sympathizes with the women in the Easter story of the resurrection who were visiting his grave that Sunday. She reminds is that when Jesus is resurrected, he isn’t recognized by his friends and family - he's unfamiliar. A messenger reminds the women that we can not look for the living among the dead. We can’t find new life in what is past. We conclude with a story from a pastor about a memorial service, where the symbolism of sunflowers plays a large role, as does a very active toddler.

  • 3-28-2021 New Normal - "The Fire Next Time" - Audio

    28/03/2021 Duração: 26min

    This week, Rev. Ken begins with an analogy about how chatacters in a horror movie often have a moment of thinking the danger has past. Rather than thinking those characters are acting foolishly, we're invited to find empathy for traumatized people. He's also made a playlist looking back on a year in a pandemic, and he focuses on the song lyris “How am I gonna be an optimist about this?” Rev. Ken talks about Transgenerational trauma, and how trauma travels through families until someone is ready to heal. He also discusses the difference between “safeness” and “safety.” “Safeness” is connection and a comfort with others.

  • 3-21-2021 "We're Giving You an Hour Back" - Audio

    23/03/2021 Duração: 05min

    This week, rather than having a traditional Sunday service, we're giving you back the hour you lost in Daylight Savings Time last week. We're inviting you to use this time to do whatever it is that charges you full. Take a walk, spend time with your family, rest, or check out the resource guide from our Spiritual Development Ministry for ideas here: http://www.wellspringsuu.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/New_Normal__or___How_Not_to_Waste_an_Apocalypse___Message_Series_Resources.docx-1.pdf

  • 3-14-2021 New Normal "We Remember So We Can Grow" - Audio

    16/03/2021 Duração: 32min

    Rev. Lee begins with a story about a healthcare worker isolating from her family, and the stress it caused on her young son. This worker asks her son to “remember this feeling” as we move towards a return to normal. Rev. Lee invites us to remember those who became sick, or those who were lost to this pandemic in the past year. She also references an essay which went viral last year which pointed out that the “old normal” wasn’t all that great, and we have a chance right now to reimagine things.

  • 3-7-2020 New Normal "Apocalypse and Awakening" - Audio

    07/03/2021 Duração: 23min

    This week, Rev. Ken opens our new message series called "New Normal (or How Not to Waste an Apocalypse), by talking about a sculpture unveiling in honor of his father's service to an art museum. As we approach the one year anniversary of Covid lockdown, he reminds us that the Greek word apocalypse means "unveiling." We can look at this time as potentially a time of awakening. Rev, Ken also invites us to complete the lyric: “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel…?”

  • 2-28-2021 Coming Home "Nature Based Practices" - Audio

    28/02/2021 Duração: 30min

    Rev. Lee begins this week's message by telling us about a tree she used to climb as a child. She also shares a passage from a book called 'Wintering," which acknowledges that life has a natural ebb and flow. Did you ever think you might learn an important lesson about life from a pecan tree? Perhaps you will. Rev. Lee also takes us into the John Heinz refuge in Philadelphia for a few moments of quiet mindfulness together.

  • 2-21-2021 - Coming Home "The Practice of Lectio Divina" - Audio

    28/02/2021 Duração: 27min

    This week, Rev. Michael Bush takes us through the practice of Lectio Divina, which is Latin for “divine reading." It encourages the reader to follow four practices when reading scripture or spiritual texts. "Lectio, Meditatio, Oratio, Contemplatio." (Translated as: Read, Reflect, Respond, and Rest/Contemplate.) You'll have a chance to practice this along with Rev. Michael as he takes us through a passage from the Gospel of Mark.

  • 2-14-2021 Coming Home - Heart and Compassion Practices - Audio

    17/02/2021 Duração: 29min

    Rev. Ken speaks about the issues that come along with having the news on all the time, and how sometimes it's impostant to turn it off. He shares a story about a news reporter who shows emotion while reporting on a family. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we walk through a heart practice you can do at home. Rev. Ken also shares a prayer for kindness, then a lovingkindness meditation where we can practice compassion even for people we don’t know well.

  • 2-7-2021 Coming Home - "Cooking and Practices of Nourishment" - Audio

    09/02/2021 Duração: 21min

    Rev. Aisha Ansano is our guest preacher this week, and she tells us about the importance and ritual surrounding family meal time when she was growing up. For this message she asks that you have a bite of food and a sip of something to drink nearby. She also invites you into the ritual of making a simple recipe along with her, such as vinaigrette or cinnamon sugar.

  • 1-31-21 Coming Home "The Practice of Yoga and Embodied Movement" - Audio

    02/02/2021 Duração: 36min

    This week, Rev. Lee begins with telling us a story about how pandemic stress has affected some friends of hers, and how, in a moment of intense pressure, her friend as able to think "I'm alive right now and with the people I love." The idea of "Coming Home" to your own body might not be something we think of often, but it's an important practice. During this message, yoga instructor Gael Alba takes us through some gentle guided movement and breathing. All you'll need is some comfortable clothing and either a space on the floor or a chair.

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