Podcast

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. 51: The Orphan Trains: A Dangerous Act of Kindness

A historical image of a train with children standing on and around it

On Sunday, August 18, Harmony member Kif Corcoran teaches us about a prominent NYC minister named Charles Loring Brace and his controversial social-economic experiment that greatly impacted 200,000 orphans sent to the Midwest on trains. We examine the pros and cons of this mass child-placement event and whether our society is doing any better today placing foster children with families.

This episode opens with Harmony music director Dale Bodmer’s rendition of “Riding the Orphan Train.”

Ep. 49 | History Class is Boring, and Other Deadly Truths

At our July 21st service, Harmony member Erin Kotch describes the shortcomings of modern history education in the U.S.  The reasons for these shortcomings are varied, but interrelated, and the sermon focuses on ways to course correct and tie historical knowledge to current events.

Ep. 47 | Holding On: The Value of Human Connection

At our June 16th service, Harmony member Jen Gillum discussed the value of human connection. The social neuroscience and research is clear—our brains respond to social engagement.  We are wired to connect. However, our current cultural landscape often seems riddled with technologies, markets, and institutions that sometimes serve to isolate and even repress us. Jen’s hope is to build a deeper awareness around this potential big-picture conflict but ultimately for each of us to reflect on a personal and/or community-based level.

Ep. 46: NSFW: clothes you can’t wear, words you can’t say, and people you can’t marry

At our June 2nd service, Harmony member Paul Smith asks us to discuss culturally imposed rules about clothing, language, and marriage. We’ll explore our own preferences in these areas, why we feel the way we do about them, and why other people might (legitimately) think and feel differently about these topics than we do.

Warning: this sermon contains language that some may find objectionable…which is perfectly appropriate given the topic, but feel warned regardless.

Ep. 44: Life Lessons I’ve Learned While Traveling

In our Sunday service on May 5, 2019,  Harmony UU member Tony Gross shared life lessons he’s learned while traveling.  Whether you’re well-traveled or not, his reflections will help you to see the world differently on your next trip.

Ep. 42: Democracy Working As It Should: Bring Our Nation Together

Sticker saying I Voted

At our Sunday service on April 7, 2019, Harmony UU member Dick Galloway discusses how We the People are not the Right or the Left. That’s a ploy used by those in power to divide us. No! “We the People” are the real center. A huge majority of Americans—across the political spectrum—are already united on all of these issues.

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