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Where does hope come from, and what happens when it starts slipping away? A Detroit native shares her personal story of hope as it ebbs, flows, and evolves.

Ep 79: 21 Reasons to Be Hopeful in 2021

To help start 2021 off on a positive note, Paul Smith will share 21 insights from Steven Pinker’s new book Enlightenment Now showing how life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. Join us for a time of positive reflection following...

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Ep. 58: Four Days With Kenny Tedford

A special guest from Tennessee joined us to deliver the sermon on Sunday, December 1st. Mr. Kenny Tedford was born with brain damage that left him with a learning disability, deafness in both ears, blindness in one eye, partial paralysis on his left side, and difficulty speaking until the age...

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Ep. 54: Building Your Own Theology

While most people adopt the bulk of their religious beliefs from one of the world’s many organized religions, the truth is, ultimately everyone is their own theologian. We pick and choose which parts we believe and don’t believe. This week’s sermon discusses the classic UU adult education program called Build...

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Is it always wrong to lie? If not, when is it okay? Harmony UU member Paul Smith will discuss what can we learn from religion, philosophy, and science about lying, as well as its effects on the lied-to and the liar.

Ep. 22: Lying in the Age of Reason

Is it always wrong to lie? If not, when is it OK? In this podcast episode of our March 4, 2018, service, Harmony UU member Paul Smith discusses what can we learn from religion, philosophy, and science about lying, as well as its effects on the lied-to and the liar....

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Is Chivalry Dead? Should It Be?

By Paul Smith In an age where chivalry is largely extinct, it’s sometimes helpful to remind ourselves that some of the oldest traditions are born out of respect for other people. I learned one of my most memorable lessons on chivalry as a college student. One Saturday, my girlfriend Kelley...

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Ep. 5: Empathy: Too Little, or Too Much?

This sermon, “Empathy: Too Little, or Too Much?,” was originally delivered to the congregation of Harmony, a Unitarian Universalist Community, on March 5, 2017. It is published here with permission from the writer, with all rights reserved. By Paul Smith We often think of our capacity to experience the suffering...

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