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Ep. 69: UU Justice Ohio (Guest Speaker Rev. Joan Van Becelaere)

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere, the Executive Director of UU Justice Ohio, joins us as a guest speaker on Sunday, August 2nd.  The conversation focuses on the fight for justice in voting rights in a time when many minority voters are being systematically disenfranchised.  Accompanying this sermon is a short documentary “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote” available in full on YouTube  (

Rev Joan also held an extended Q&A discussion as part of the interactive sermon conducted over Zoom.

Ep. 53: Sequoia Service!

At our Sunday, September 15th service, our Sequoia class takes over Harmony!  The service explores the various projects the students have completed or are working toward, and includes a musical introduction and sermon by Maddie and Ella focusing on the dangers of puppy mills in the U.S.

Great job, kids!

Ep. 34: Issues Around Immigration (With Guest Speaker from IJPC)

Guest speaker Samantha Searls from the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) discusses immigration at the October 21, 2018, service. The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust local, national and global systems, and promotes the creation of a nonviolent society. IJPC is supported by faith-based organizations and individuals who work together to educate around justice issues, take collaborative action and do public witness. They address local, national and international concerns focusing on the death penalty, immigration, human trafficking and peace and nonviolence.

Ep. 29: Paradox

In this podcast of our July 1, 2018 service, guest speaker Joel Tishken shares his thoughts on the paradoxes inherent in our lives as UU’s.

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Ep. 6: This Mother’s Love: More Than the Sum of Its Parts

If you’ve ever wondered about transgender parenting or how to love and support our transgender youth, this episode of the Harmony UU Podcast is for you. Listen in as a local mom shares moments and realizations from her personal parenting journey. For our guest speaker Lisa Phair (as for many of us), the process of loving like a mother has been developmental—a process that allows so very much to fall away that does not matter or no longer applies.

This mother’s love is pure. It is strong. It is brave. And while it started personally, it may be needed more than ever, politically. This mother’s love is not just for mothers!

The sermon featured in this episode, “This Mother’s Love: More Than the Sum of Its Parts,” was recorded at Harmony, a Unitarian Universalist Community, on April 2, 2017. 

Ep. 4: Our Muslim Neighbors

This sermon, “Our Muslim Neighbors,” was originally delivered to the congregation of Harmony, a Unitarian Universalist Community, on February 19, 2017. It is published here with permission from the writer, with all rights reserved.

By Shaykh Aiyub Muhammad Hansbhai

For this brief introduction to Islam and Muslims, let’s begin with a few definitions. Islam can be defined as “peace through submission to God.” Muslim refers to “one who submits to God.” And the Arabic word Salaam simply means “peace.”

We believe that when everyone follow the laws of our creator willingly, then there is peace for self and everyone.

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