Ep. 75: The Stoic Challenge

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The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher Calmer and More Resilient teaches us how to transform life’s stumbling blocks into opportunities. Not only can we overcome everyday obstacles―we can benefit from them, too.  Join Harmony member and first-time sermon writer Andrea Markey as we discuss applying the principles of stoicism in our lives.

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

Ep. 73 What Living in a Pandemic Taught Me About Dystopian Fiction

Harmony member Tim Lockridge has read countless dystopian novels about people living in disastrous moments on ruined worlds, and he’s thought about many of those stories in 2020. On Sunday, October 4th he reflects on disaster stories, isolation, and the pandemic, asking how large problems and difficult times change us.

This sermon is also available on Harmony’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/yHAarij979o.

Ep. 72 Unforgivable: A Look at Cancel Culture in America

Freedom of speech and allowing space for a wide range of ideas is a cornerstone of a liberal society, however tolerance for a range of ideas seems to be decreasing. Is this lack of tolerance moving us toward accountability or giving more power to the “canceled”? Harmony members Julie Gebhart and Rob Rogan work together on an exploration into the questions and concepts of cancel culture. What is it? Does it exist? Is it a problem? Who does it apply to? And what can we do about it?

This sermon is also available on Harmony’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/TwqNjrhu0hU.

Ep. 71: Child Welfare and the Foster Care System

Harmony member Doren Cook gives a brief explanation of what events and policies shaped child welfare law and how well it’s serving at-risk children. Do JFS social workers and foster parents deserve to be vilified as they often are, or should they be considered heroes? She will also discuss her experience as a mental health provider for children in foster and kinship care and who are at-risk of becoming so. She will then bring it back to UU values and how we can assist at-risk children to build resiliency and build a support system.

This sermon is also available on the Harmony YouTube channel, at https://youtu.be/m4xnL5wzhMI

Ep. 70: The Enneagram

The Enneagram is a system of nine personality types that describe how people view, think, feel and interact with themselves, other people, and the world. In this sermon, Harmony member Tony Gross covers a brief description of the Enneagram and the nine personality types along with its history and application.

If you’d like to begin understanding your own Enneagram type, please take the Enneagram test at https://www.truity.com/test/enneagram-personality-test

Ep. 69: UU Justice Ohio (Guest Speaker Rev. Joan Van Becelaere)

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere, the Executive Director of UU Justice Ohio, joins us as a guest speaker on Sunday, August 2nd.  The conversation focuses on the fight for justice in voting rights in a time when many minority voters are being systematically disenfranchised.  Accompanying this sermon is a short documentary “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote” available in full on YouTube  (https://youtu.be/03DGjnIkTdI).

Rev Joan also held an extended Q&A discussion as part of the interactive sermon conducted over Zoom.

Ep. 68: The Imprint of Trauma

This year has brought many “interesting” events to the world, and the hits just keep on coming. In this sermon, Kim Chambers (they/them/theirs) addresses the trauma that we have faced, the potential long-term effects of it, and how we can not just survive but thrive through 2020. Much of the inspiration for this sermon comes from the book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Ep. 67: Small Things Often

Harmony member Barbara Bruce describes small changes we can make that are simple, free, easy, yet transformative in the areas of mind, body, and heart.  By doing small things often, we can find peace and satisfaction.


Ep. 66: Compassion in the Time of Trump

Who deserves basic human rights is up for debate, white supremacy is on the rise, and things feel dire. So how do we hold up our UU principle of seeking compassion in human relations, even when faced with people whose values we don’t share?  Harmony member Julie Gebhart relays how we can still hold onto our sense of compassion in the face of such negativity.

Please note that due to the unavoidable use of profanity, listener discretion is advised.

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