Ep. 60: Context Collapse: On Disagreement, Fatigue, and Generosity in 2020

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We all perform different versions of our self: Our work self, our family self, our “old friends” self. But what happens when those different versions blur together? On Sunday, January 19 Tim Lockridge  examined how we perform our identities and asked how we can navigate a potentially contentious 2020 in which friends, families, careers, and politics might be a source of friction and fatigue.

Ep. 59: Pop Culture Ethics

At our first Sunday service of 2020, Rob Rogan discusses the impact of pop culture on our ethics, and how we reconcile concepts like Consequentalism and “Moralism”.   Points are illustrated by examples ranging from Spock, to Batman, to Private Ryan and “Outbreak.”

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 of ten. Mocked as the “retarded” kid in school, Kenny’s life could easily have been a sullen tale of victimhood. And yet, he’s one of the most inspiring people you’ll ever meet.

Mr. Tedford shared portions of his life story that uniquely illustrate Harmony’s principles of valuing the worth and dignity of every person, treating all people fairly and kindly, and accepting one another.

Mr. Tedford is the co-author and subject of a new book by Harmony member, Paul Smith, titled Four Days with Kenny Tedford.


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 Your Own Theology. The course invites participants to develop their own personal credos—their fundamental religious beliefs, values, and convictions that inform and direct of their lives by challenging them with thought-provoking questions about human nature, reality, history, and ethics until they can clearly articulate their core beliefs.
Sermon writer Paul Smith discusses the class, shares his personal credo developed in the course (What I Believe, What I Don’t Believe, and What I Don’t Know), and challenges the audience with some of the program’s core questions.

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!

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