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  • 7-26-2020 Spiritflix 13th - Audio

    7-26-2020 Spiritflix "13th" - Audio

    28/07/2020 Duração: 30min

    This week, Rev. Lee preaches about the Ava Duvernay documentary, "13th." She begins by talking about her family's experiences, both spoken and unspoken, which led to her growing up in the suburbs. It's important to realize that the racist ideas that allowed slavery are still operating in our politics and criminal justice system today, but she reminds us that our actions have power, even if it doesn't seem to "work" in the moment.

  • 7-19-2020 SpiritFlix Dead To Me - Audio

    7-19-2020 SpiritFlix "Dead To Me" - Audio

    21/07/2020 Duração: 24min

    This week, Rev. Ken discusses the Netflix series "Dead To Me." In discussing it's themes of grief, he reveals that he has an app on his phone that reminds him about death five times a day. He talks about the five stages of grief and how complicated they are - especially now when so many Covid deaths might be the result of a rush to get back to normal.

  • 7-12-2020 SpiritFlix: Garden State - Audio

    7-12-2020 SpiritFlix: "Garden State" - Audio

    14/07/2020 Duração: 19min

    Lay preacher Beverly Fox continues our SpiritFlix series with a message about the film Garden State. Her message explores the concept of home. What does that mean to you? Where can you find home? If you enjoyed this message and would like to support the mission of WellSprings, go to our website at http://www.wellspringsuu.org

  • 7-5-2020 SpiritFlix The Willoughbys - Audio

    7-5-2020 SpiritFlix "The Willoughbys" - Audio

    07/07/2020 Duração: 31min

    For this week's SpiritFlix message, Rev. Lee preaches on the Netflix movie "The Willoughbys." This movie is about a group of children who are mistreated by their parents, until a person with a higher standard of care shows up in their lives. What if we all held ourselves to a higher standard of care right now? It just might save someone's life.

  • 6-28-2020 Spiritflix: Troop Zero - Audio

    6-28-2020 Spiritflix: "Troop Zero" - Audio

    30/06/2020 Duração: 21min

    This week, lay preacher Josie Waldman shares the movie Troop Zero with us, and what the film meant to her, as a girl who was picked on in school. She shares some of her personal experiences and wonders what it is that makes some kids act the way they do. She asks us to consider the essential question of the movie: "What kind of world would it be if every homely, strange little girl thought she could do whatever she wanted?"

  • 6-21-2020 Spiritflix I Am Not Your Negro - Audio

    6-21-2020 Spiritflix "I Am Not Your Negro" - Audio

    24/06/2020 Duração: 25min

    Rev. Ken continues our SpiritFlix series with the award winning documentary film, "I Am Not Your Negro." He begins his message with a story about an uncomfortable moment at a baseball game, before getting into the subject matter of the film. This unfinished memoir by James Baldwin is about his relationships with slain civil rights leaders. Now, more than ever, this film and message offer us a chance to wake up to the realities of being black in America.

  • 6-14-2020 - Spiritflix Groundhog Day - Audio

    6-14-2020 - Spiritflix "Groundhog Day" - Audio

    16/06/2020 Duração: 49min

    Rev. Ken (appropriately) brings us a second SpiritFlix Message about Groundhog Day where he addresses the repetitiveness of our days right now. How do we break the cycle of "Groundhog Day?" We can do it by being of service to others, but also by fully inhabiting our own lives. Even if you don't know where your life is going right now, Rev. Ken emphasizes the importance of keeping after your pursuits, and your spiritual practices. That's how we finally make it to the metaphorical February 3rd.

  • 6-7-2020 Spiritflix Do The Right Thing - Audio

    6-7-2020 Spiritflix "Do The Right Thing" - Audio

    09/06/2020 Duração: 31min

    Rev. Lee kicks off our summer SpiritFlix series by talking about the 1989 Spike Lee "Do The Right Thing." Even though this movie is over 30 years old, it's incredibly pertinent to the police brutality we're still seeing today. This film shows us imperfect characters interacting over the course of a single day, and asks us to consider what it means to do the right thing - both in small ways and in larger, society-changing ways.

  • 3-31-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World What Love Looks Like Today - Audio

    3-31-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World "What Love Looks Like Today" - Audio

    31/05/2020 Duração: 21min

    Lay preacher, Kathy Burke-Howe, concludes our “Love the Hell Out of This World” series by asking us to consider what love looks like today, during a pandemic. How have our definitions of love changed with the rapidly changing and evolving situation around us? What can dogs – both real and animated – teach us about caring for one another?

  • 5-24-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World Love the Hell Out of Yourself - Audio

    5-24-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World "Love the Hell Out of Yourself" - Audio

    26/05/2020 Duração: 22min

    This week, Rev. Ken talks about how he's been using social media as a means of reaching out during the pandemic. He also talks about challenging emotions many of us are feeling right now. What do both Buddhist teachings and Pixar movies have to say about challenging emotions, and how can we apply those lessons to our lives? He ends with a story about a wrongfully imprisoned man, and a prayer rug which helps him in more ways than one.

  • 5-17-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World Love is an Active Noun - Audio

    5-17-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World "Love is an Active Noun" - Audio

    19/05/2020 Duração: 17min

    Lay-preacher Chris Groppe shares his first ever message with us. He shares what we can learn about love from Mr. Rogers, a person taught us what it really means to love all people. He also talks about what a challenging concept that can sometimes be, and shares a meditation which might help us better understand lovingkindness.

  • 5-10-2020 Love the Hell Out of This World What We Can Save - Audio

    5-10-2020 Love the Hell Out of This World "What We Can Save" - Audio

    12/05/2020 Duração: 25min

    This week, Rev. Lee continues our Love the Hell Out of This World message series. She opens with a story of a Universalist church making the decision to remain closed during the 1918 flu pandemic. She also shares a story from a inside a hospital in the Bronx, where front-line workers are making a conscious effort to honor the humanity in their patients in the midst of so much fear and uncertainty. There's power in saving what we love, and now more than ever, "what we love" means all of us.

  • 5-3-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World The Outsiders - Audio

    5-3-2020 Love the Hell Out of this World "The Outsiders" - Audio

    05/05/2020 Duração: 24min

    Rev. Ken kicks off our message series, “Love the Hell Out of this World,” by exploring the concept of Universalism through the lens of – wait for it – Weird Al Yankovic. What can we learn from a painfully shy, almost cloistered youth who made so much safe space for others who have always felt like outsiders?

  • 4-26-20 Being a Friend The Music of Friendship - Audio

    4-26-20 "Being a Friend" The Music of Friendship - Audio

    29/04/2020 Duração: 32min

    This week, Rodney Whittenberg takes us on a musical journey through his life. He plays selected songs, and tells us about the friends he most associates with each piece. How can we use music now to be a healing force in these unprecedented times? How can we use music to stay connected when we must stay physically apart?

  • 4-19-2020 Being a Friend, How Long? - Audio

    4-19-2020 Being a Friend, "How Long?" - Audio

    21/04/2020 Duração: 27min

    This week, Rev. Lee brings us a different kind of message. We all have to accept the idea that we don't know how long we'll in this strange new situation. She shares a story of a friend going through labor, and how sometimes, when we're faced with something that feels impossible, the only thing we can do is focus on breathing and living through the next few minutes, over and over again.

  • 4-12-2020 Being a Friend, The Lives We Carry - Audio

    4-12-2020 Being a Friend, "The Lives We Carry" - Audio

    16/04/2020 Duração: 24min

    In our Easter Sunday message, Rev. Ken talks about the empty spaces around us, and how they connect to the imagery of the empty tomb. He reminds us that Easter is about people who, in the face of death, continued to live. He also shares a lovely memory about holding his mother's hand when he was little.

  • 4-5-2020 Being a Friend, Routine Day - Audio

    4-5-2020 Being a Friend, "Routine Day" - Audio

    07/04/2020 Duração: 26min

    Rev. Lee brings us the story of Exodus, and what we can find in the story of the burning bush right here and now, as we all wait out a necessary quarantine. She recounts a walk through South Philadelphia so quiet, she could hear the stoplight timers whirring - a sound she's never heard before. Above all, she reminds us that there is no place so dark and frightening that holiness cannot touch it. Stay safe and stay well!

  • 3-29-2020 Being a Friend Touch Screen - Audio

    3-29-2020 Being a Friend "Touch Screen" - Audio

    31/03/2020 Duração: 17min

    Rev. Ken speaks to us from his home to share a message about how small acts that we perform now can be not only meaningful, but even heroic. He talks about how important it is for us to create meaningful connection, even as we stay physically apart. He also tells us what the 1990s movie "Armageddon" and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel have in common, and what they can teach us in the context of a quarantine.

  • 3-22-2020 Being a Friend Campfires - Audio

    3-22-2020 Being a Friend "Campfires" - Audio

    31/03/2020 Duração: 25min

    Rev Lee speaks about how drastically things changed in the span of 10 days, and why it's okay to feel like you don't have anything under control. She shares a story from the 1918 flu epidemic, and shows why stories like this can help us see that others have been through this before. She shares the concept of "Digital Campfires" and reassures us that we're still connected, even if we're physically far apart.

  • 3-15-2020 Being a Friend Careful Whisper - Audio

    3-15-2020 Being a Friend "Careful Whisper" - Audio

    18/03/2020 Duração: 16min

    Our first ever remote worship service! As we practice keeping physical distance as an act of care, we come together in different ways. Rev. Lee talks about how all of us need all of us, and how nobody can do everything themselves - even in times when we need to stay apart. Perhaps what we're doing right now as a country is a kind of large-scale spiritual practice. She shares a beautiful story about the power of a whisper, and how something as simple as that can remind you that you're okay.

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