Ep 85: Oppressive Weight – The Intersection of Diet Culture and Patriarchy

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In this sermon, Harmony member Julie Gebhart explores the history of the “ideal female form” and how this ideal has been used to maintain power over women throughout recent history. Diet culture will be examined from a historical and personal lens, while listeners are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences with diet culture.

Ep 84: What is Celebrated at Easter?

Three years ago, Karen Gottschall talked about the many traditions of spring that parallel Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This time, Sally talks about what Unitarians and non-Christians see in the story of the Resurrection or, if you will, in its message of Resilience as we seek to live meaningful lives.

This sermon is also available on Harmony’s YouTube channel.  https://youtu.be/W248qBW6L3Y

Ep 83: Being Spiritual But Not Religious?

Fighting the oppression of organized religion, or just too lazy to get up early on Sundays? On Sunday, March 21st Harmony member Dale Bodmer helps you think through questions of spirituality and religion.

This sermon is also available on Harmony’s YouTube channel.  https://youtu.be/TAQEmdlSWaM


Ep 82: Camping, Cookies, and Creed: How the Girl Scout Promise and Law Reflects UU Principles

Did you know that Sunday, March 7, 2021 is Girl Scout Sunday? In this sermon, Briella Chambers (she/her/hers) along with her parent Kim Chambers, share how the Girl Scout Promise and Law reflects UU Principles. This is the final requirement for the UUA’s Religion In Life Program for Younger Girl Scouts, an award Briella has been working on this fall and winter.

This sermon is also available on Harmony’s YouTube channel.

Ep 81: Reckoning With Loss and Infertility

Alexx Cook shares her personal experience with secondary infertility and miscarriage, and how it changed her perspective on connection, grief, and mental health.

This sermon is also available on Harmony’s YouTube channel at  https://youtu.be/6IL7DIvTMyg

Ep 80: The Social Dilemma

Do you sometimes feel as though your social media platforms have completely overtaken your life, or the lives of your family? That is no accident. In this revealing sermon, Harmony members Emily and Jon King discuss the social media landscape and the deliberate design choices behind them that drive addiction, extremism, and polarization in our society. This sermon is structured around the recent Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma. It’s not necessary to see the film before listening, but recommended: The Social Dilemma | Netflix Official Site

This sermon is also available on Harmony’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/9BY5cqbRL-I

Ep 79: 21 Reasons to Be Hopeful in 2021

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.

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 one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory.

This sermon is also available on Harmony’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/iKBvs6pVUGE

Ep 78: Taking a Personal Retreat

Sometimes you just need to get away, and be you.  In this first service of the new year in 2021, Harmony member Susan Jackson discusses her decision to take a personal retreat for herself, and how it can help.

This sermon is also available on Harmony’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/QgNQHxBEC5c

Ep 77: More Festivus for the Rest of Us

There are some that celebrate Christmas, others who have Yuletide cheer, but at our 06 Dec 2020 service, Harmony member Jeff Chambers also discusses other holidays celebrated this time of year.  From Kwanzaa to Hannukah, from Diwali to Yule, we gather ’round the unadorned aluminum pole to explore the range of holidays celebrated around the world.

This sermon is also available on Harmony’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/zYbqafqZ-nw.

Ep 76: White Fragility

When we try to talk openly and honestly about race, white fragility quickly emerges. White fragility is a social strategy that whites learn which functions to hold the racial hierarchy in place. In our 15 Nov 2020 service, Harmony member Karen Morgan explores what white fragility is and how we can do the work to attain the knowledge we need to better engage in the dialogue needed to break down racial barriers. Based on the book of the same name by Robin DiAngelo.

This sermon is also available on Harmony’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/7Gt78y55mXE.

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