Unity Church-Unitarian's Sermon Podcasts

Mindfulness meditation encourages us to recognize the inevitability of pain and struggle in daily life - the embracing of this reality allows us to let go and find peace. This is the essence of what the Buddhist nun Pema Chodron calls "letting go of the story line." She writes, "real life problems are the material for waking up, not the reason to stop trying" - holding our struggles with the same honor that we hold our joy is the essence of waking up to life. But how do we learn to just "be" while still needing to do the "do"? Jenny explores the challenges in reaching this state of awareness, the journey to find peace there, and the role of faith and religion in this process.

Direct download: Learning_to_Surf_Jenny_Wilson_July_27_2008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:44pm CST

Our liberal religious tradition values the role of rational inquiry more than other traditions. But careful, rational inspection of the best of our information and deepest of our intuitions can lead us into strange places. What happens when familiar truths are shown to have disconcerting implications? Some examples from the history of mathematics can be both cautionary and enlightening.

Direct download: To_Infinity_and_Beyond_Craig_Allen_July_20_2008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:27pm CST

Unity Church encourages us to create lives of integrity, service and joy. How do we engage in this effort within our own lives, with each other, and beyond the walls of Unity Church? What holds us back and what drives us forward? Laura Smidzik takes a thoughtful look at the journey our faith calls us to take.

Direct download: Making_the_Effort_Laura_Smidzik_July_13_2008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:45am CST

At the center of German philosopher Hegel’s construction of logic is the concept of Aufhebung, a word which carries three meanings: to lift up, to preserve and to destroy. This is a look into the spiritual practice of dialectics, or accepting seemingly contradictory ideas to be true, and the practical implications for those on the journey to integrity, service and joy.

Direct download: Out-Uplifting_Neely_Crane-Smith_July_6_2008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:31am CST