Ep. 40: Smartphone Addiction

From our Sunday service on March 3, 2019.  Harmony UU member Alexx Cook discusses how our world is more digitally connected than ever before. But is that what’s best for us?

Alexx explores some unintended consequences of constant smartphone use and includes her own personal connections to this topic. She also touches upon mental health issues and offers some tips to help us curtail our dependence on them.


Ep. 39: Relationship Spaces

At our Sunday service on February 17, 2019, Harmony UU member Jon King discusses how our relationships can be complicated, and can sometimes feel overwhelming. But a simple, flexible metaphor can help us to put some sense of order to the clutter.  The spaces where our relationships live are different for each of us.  The sermon describes how to think of them in terms of physical spaces, and how that can help us all understand how we can manage them.

Ep. 38: Getting to Know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

At our Sunday service on February 3, 2019, Harmony UU member Doren Cook and her husband Steve present some of the history, beliefs, and organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church began in 19th century America with six people and now has approximately 16 million members worldwide. The sermon will also touch on some modern issues, including the relationship with the LGBT community, Boy Scouts, politics, and why the word “Mormon” is now taboo.


Ep. 37: Living A Meaningful Life

At our service on Sunday, January 27, 2019, (rescheduled from Jan. 20 due to weather), we explore the philosophy of what gives a life purpose and what it means to live a life of meaning. This sermon, led by Harmony UU cofounder and worship director Rob Rogan, also honors the life of recently passed Harmony member Karen Gottschall–and finds wisdom and comfort in her personal philosophy of life.

Ep. 36: Justice Across Borders

At our service on Sunday, November 18, Harmony UU board members Kif Corcoran and Christopher De Serna discuss justice across borders and the history of the sanctuary movement in the US. For thousands of Central Americans making the dangerous journey north to escape gang violence, gender-based assault, and increased militarization, the road away from danger is paved with injustices. It is important to understand the difficulty and duration of this journey – and to believe that human rights should be recognized before, during, and after their escape from danger.

Ep. 35: Money and Charity

How we think about money has a lot to do with how we were raised, and how our families prioritized spending.  This holds especially true for how we consider our charitable dollars: how much we donate, and to what destinations, are complex decisions that can be based on emotional response as much as rational considerations. In this sermon from our service on November 4, 2018, Harmony members Karen Gottschall and Brandon Gallite offer thoughts on managing your finances to guide your charitable donations to causes that are truly important to you.

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. 33: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life: The Ugly Side of Human Subconscious

Much of our everyday behavior is motivated by self-serving reasons. Yet, because of the high social cost of behaving selfishly, we try to convince others that our motivations are magnanimous and noble. The most effective way for our brain to pull off that deception of others is to deceive ourselves. So, that’s exactly what it does—it keeps much our uglier motives hidden in our subconscious where it won’t get us in trouble.
Based on The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson, Harmony UU member Paul Smith’s September 2, 2018 sermon uncovers that uglier, unexamined side of our nature. Once you more accurately assess your own motivations, you’ll be in a better position to behave in ways that are more consistent with your ethics.

Read more about this service here:https://harmonyuu.org/the-sermons/hidden-motives-in-everyday-life-the-ugly-side-of-human-subconscious/

Ep. 32: The War On Knowledge

Modern society has become a war on knowledge and the consequences could be grave for our future. At our August 19, 2018, service, Harmony UU co-founder and member Rob Rogan will offer an in-depth look at the challenge to knowledge and what we can do about it.

Read more about this service here: https://harmonyuu.org/the-sermons/the-war-on-knowledge/

Ep. 31: Finding Answers on the Road

So, why would a guy looking at middle age want to drive 3,000 miles in barely a week, looping through a huge swath of the parts of the country that generally don’t make it into National Geographic, camping along the way, with only his 13-year-old son for company?

Who knows? He sure didn’t until he got out there.

In this podcast from our August 5, 2018 service, Harmony UU member Jon King discusses the journey and the answers he found (and didn’t) on the road.

Read more about this service here:  https://harmonyuu.org/the-sermons/august-5-2018-service/

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