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Ep 85: Oppressive

In this sermon, Harmony member Julie Gebhart explores the history of the “ideal female form” and how this ideal has been used to maintain

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Ep 84: What is

Three years ago, Karen Gottschall talked about the many traditions of spring that parallel Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus

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Ep 83: Being

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

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Ep 82: Camping,

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,

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Ep 81: Reckoning

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

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Ep 80: The Social

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

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Ep 79: 21 Reasons

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,

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Ep 78: Taking a

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

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Ep 77: More

There are some that celebrate Christmas, others who have Yuletide cheer, but at our 06 Dec 2020 service, Harmony member Jeff Chambers also discusses

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Ep 76: White

When we try to talk openly and honestly about race, white fragility quickly emerges. White fragility is a social strategy that whites learn which

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Ep. 75: The Stoic

The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher Calmer and More Resilient teaches us how to transform life’s stumbling blocks into

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Ep. 74: Humanism

From our October 18th service, join Paul Smith for a historical look at Humanism, a detailed look at the Humanist Manifestos of 1933 and 1973, and

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Ep. 73 What

Harmony member Tim Lockridge has read countless dystopian novels about people living in disastrous moments on ruined worlds, and he’s thought about

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Ep. 72

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

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Ep. 71: Child

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

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Ep. 70: The

The Enneagram is a system of nine personality types that describe how people view, think, feel and interact with themselves, other people, and the

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Ep. 69: UU Justice

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

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Ep. 68: The

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)

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Ep. 67: Small

Harmony member Barbara Bruce describes small changes we can make that are simple, free, easy, yet transformative in the areas of mind, body, and

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Ep. 66: Compassion

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

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Ep 65: Intermittent

Intermittent Fasting (IF) has become quite the hot health and weight loss topic lately—with good reason.  In her sermon on May 3, Susan Wenner

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Ep 64: Beware The

On Sunday April 19th, Harmony member Jon King will discussed the origins of some superstitions, and how they can shape the way we live our lives.

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Ep 63: Be A

Sure, everyone looks up to the superheroes. But on Sunday, March 1st, Jeff Chambers argued that there are actually some compelling reasons to

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Ep. 62: The Love

In this interactive sermon on Feb 16th, Kim Chambers leads us in exploring our values as we express them in our

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Ep. 61: On Bravery

On Sunday, February 2, Megan Lednik takes a look at shame culture and asks how allowing ourselves to be vulnerable can transform the way we live,

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Ep. 60: Context

We all perform different versions of our self: Our work self, our family self, our “old friends” self. But what happens when those

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Ep. 59: Pop Culture

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

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Ep. 56: Mental

On November 3rd guest speaker Dr Sherry McAndrew spoke with the Harmony congregation at length about mental health topics.  Sherry also graciously

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Ep. 58: Four Days

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

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Ep. 57: What Do We

On November 17, Harmony member Dylan Posa explored various ways in which we grapple with concepts like “truth” and

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Ep. 55: Rule

We all decide when it is OK to break rules, but how?  And are we doing so with principles in mind…or not?  Join Harmony co-founder Rob Rogan

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Ep. 54: Building

While most people adopt the bulk of their religious beliefs from one of the world’s many organized religions, the truth is, ultimately everyone

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Ep. 53: Sequoia

At our Sunday, September 15th service, our Sequoia class takes over Harmony!  The service explores the various projects the students have completed

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Ep. 52: The Power

On Sunday, September 1, Harmony member Kim Chambers (they/them/theirs) examines how we use humor to cope, to teach, and to

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Ep. 51: The Orphan

On Sunday, August 18, Harmony member Kif Corcoran teaches us about a prominent NYC minister named Charles Loring Brace and his controversial

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Ep. 50: Love

On Sunday, August 4th, Harmony member Amy Hardesty shared how to determine your primary love language and discussed how knowing that information can

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Ep. 49 | History

At our July 21st service, Harmony member Erin Kotch describes the shortcomings of modern history education in the U.S.  The reasons for these

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Ep. 47 | Holding

At our June 16th service, Harmony member Jen Gillum discussed the value of human connection. The social neuroscience and research is clear—our

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Ep. 46: NSFW:

At our June 2nd service, Harmony member Paul Smith asks us to discuss culturally imposed rules about clothing, language, and marriage. We’ll

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Ep. 45: BOLD

On May 19, guest speaker Rabbi Robert B. Barr spoke about Congregation Beth Adam‘s approach to Judaism.  His engaging and wide-ranging talk

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Ep. 44: Life

In our Sunday service on May 5, 2019,  Harmony UU member Tony Gross shared life lessons he’s learned while traveling.  Whether you’re

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Ep. 42: Democracy

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

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Ep. 41: May The

At our Sunday service on March 17, 2019, Harmony UU member Kif Corcoran delivered a timely sermon discussing the role of luck in science and

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Ep. 40: Smartphone

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

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Ep. 39:

At our Sunday service on February 17, 2019, Harmony UU member Jon King discusses how our relationships can be complicated, and can sometimes feel

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Ep. 38: Getting to

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

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Ep. 37: Living A

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

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Ep. 36: Justice

At our service on Sunday, November 18, Harmony UU board members Kif Corcoran and Christopher De Serna discuss justice across borders and the history

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Ep. 35: Money and

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

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Ep. 34: Issues

Guest speaker Samantha Searls from the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) discusses immigration at the October 21, 2018, service. The

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Ep. 33: Hidden

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

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Ep. 32: The War On

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

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Ep. 31: Finding

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

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Ep. 30: The Four

From the July 15, 2018 service, Harmony UU member Emily Parnin shares her thoughts on the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Based on

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Ep. 29:

In this podcast of our July 1, 2018 service, guest speaker Joel Tishken shares his thoughts on the paradoxes inherent in our lives as UU’s.

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Ep. 28: Left

In this podcast of our June 17, 2018, service, Harmony UU Music Director Dale Bodmer shares his thoughts on the concept of “end times” from a UU

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Ep. 27: At the

Our culture is at a tipping point, making the matter of belief and faith more important than ever. In this podcast of our June 3, 2018, service,

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Ep. 26: Reflections

Thoughts and prayers are readily offered up during times of need, but what impact, if any, does this really have?  In this podcast episode of our

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Ep. 25: The

Why do we need to acknowledge “other” voices—both in our community and within ourselves—if we want to build a culture of inclusion

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Ep. 24: Hunger and

Did you know that more than 30 percent of residents of the city of Cincinnati live in poverty, yet the rate of poverty in all of Ohio is less than 15

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Ep. 23: Easter to

Let’s talk about paganism and where Easter really came from. We have all kinds of things happening on this day and we celebrate all of them: the

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Ep. 22: Lying in

Is it always wrong to lie? If not, when is it OK? In this podcast episode of our March 4, 2018, service, Harmony UU member Paul Smith discusses what

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Ep. 21: Unconscious

No matter how unbiased we think we are, we all have subconscious negative opinions about people who are different than us. In this podcast episode of

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Ep. 20: The Battle

While polarity between right and left dominates headlines, a more interesting debate is growing within liberal politics. In this podcast episode of

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Ep. 19: A Crash

Harmony UU members Jen Gillum and Susan Wenner Jackson share a little taste of what they experienced as students of mindful living in this podcast

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Ep. 18: Resilience:

In this podcast episode of our December 3, 2017, service, Harmony UU member Alexx Cook explores the idea of resilience, how it affects us, and ways

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Ep. 17: Mending

In this podcast episode of our October 15, 2017, service, guest speaker Barbara Condo shares how One Way Farm Children’s Home helps kids who

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Ep. 16: Cultivating

Explore how our culture conditions us to place some groups’ wants above others’ needs, the role of misogyny, and how to start cultivating

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Ep. 15: Charity vs.

Our society could use more justice right now, but charity is still needed, too. How can we reconcile ways to be most helpful? In this podcast episode

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Ep. 14: The

All humans are hardwired to be spiritual beings. How can parents and caregivers help nurture and develop the spirituality of children as they grow?

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Ep. 13: Hope Has

Where does hope come from, and what happens when it starts slipping away? In this podcast episode of our August 6, 2017, service, Harmony UU member

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Ep. 12: A History

While Unitarian Universalists tend to be more interested in learning about other faiths than talking about themselves, the UU religion itself has a

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Ep. 11: Two by Two:

Many of us have struggled with the story of Noah’s Ark because we’re trying to find the good in it. It raises so many questions, such as why

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Ep. 10: Living the

At Harmony, we believe in caring for planet Earth, the home we share with all living things. How do we reconcile the seventh UU principle with eating

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Ep. 9: Why Would a

This sermon, “Why Would a Practicing Catholic Attend UU Services Every Other Week?: Redux,” was originally delivered to the congregation of

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Ep. 8: Big Money

This sermon, “Big Money Influencing Politics: How Can We Stop It?,” was originally delivered to the congregation of Harmony, a Unitarian

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Ep. 7: Creative

In her sermon, Harmony member Rochelle Collins shares a brief overview of creative resistance in recent history. From the Abstract Expressionist

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Ep. 6: This

If you’ve ever wondered about transgender parenting or how to love and support our transgender youth, this episode of the Harmony UU Podcast is

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Ep. 5: Empathy: Too

This sermon, “Empathy: Too Little, or Too Much?,” was originally delivered to the congregation of Harmony, a Unitarian Universalist Community, on

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Ep. 4: Our Muslim

This sermon, “Our Muslim Neighbors,” was originally delivered to the congregation of Harmony, a Unitarian Universalist Community, on February 19,

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Ep. 3: Belief,

This sermon, “Belief, Knowledge, and Truth,” was originally delivered to the congregation of Harmony, a Unitarian Universalist Community, on

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Ep. 2: Food and Our

This sermon, “Food and Our World, was originally delivered to the congregation of Harmony, a Unitarian Universalist Community, on January 15,

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Ep. 1: Won’t

This sermon was originally delivered to the congregation of Harmony, a Unitarian Universalist Community, on January 1, 2017. It is published here

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