Tag: Podcasts

Belonging: To the Self

David Breeden speaker

Cuba’s Health Care, Firsthand

Special presentation: “Cuba’s Health Care, Firsthand,” with Dr. Peter D’Ascoli. How do we gauge a nation’s health? The political will to invest in excellence? The degree of high-tech capacity and advances in cutting-edge applications? The system’s availability, equity, and outcomes? Here is an American’s view of Cuban Heath Care 60 years after the “Triumph of …

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Calling In Before Calling Out: Expectations of Grace

Rev. Kelli Clement speaking

FUS University presents “Ancient Wisdom: The Enduring Influence of Zoroaster”

Speaker: Wendy Jerome September 22, 2019 The founder of Zoroastrianism was a religious reformer who lived more than 3,000 years ago in Persia. His ideas live on in today’s Christianity and Judaism. Come learn from Rev. Wendy, one of our in-house world religions experts and a lifelong member of FUS.

What Goes Into the Soup: Equinox Reflections

Seasonal Celebrations Team and Rev. David Breeden

Holy Subtraction Theory!

Holy Subtraction Theory! Nearly every new religious movement claims to be getting back to basics — what some prophet or other originally said or meant; what the founder of some religion or other really meant. Don’t buy it. The words in scriptures change meaning with time. The cultural realities change with time. The social and …

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So Here We Are

Rev. David Breeden speaking

Gathering the Waters (Rev. David Breeden)

Speaker: Rev. David Breeden 2019.09.08 Led by Revs. David Breeden, Jim Foti and Kelli Clement Come kick off the new program year with our annual water celebration as our ministers share reflections on what it means to gather as a humanist community. This all-ages assembly will include a story by Rev. Jim and Religious Education …

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Gathering the Waters (Rev. Jim Foti)

Speaker: Rev. Jim Foti 2019.09.08 Led by Revs. David Breeden, Jim Foti and Kelli Clement Come kick off the new program year with our annual water celebration as our ministers share reflections on what it means to gather as a humanist community. This all-ages assembly will include a story by Rev. Jim and Religious Education …

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Gathering the Waters (Rev. Kelli Clement)

Led by Revs. David Breeden, Jim Foti and Kelli Clement

FUS University presents “Anxiety Is Your Friend: A Closer Look at Kierkegaard”

Speaker: Dr. David Breeden September 8, 2019 FUS University presents “Anxiety Is Your Friend: A Closer Look at Kierkegaard,” with Rev. Dr. David Breeden. The ideas of Danish philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard are often portrayed as a very depressing read, but his take on anxiety and despair is in fact very positive and life-affirming.

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Putting Labor Back in Labor Day

Rev. David Breeden speaking

Nothing Neither Way: A Humanist Samadhi

As a Humanist, I’m always skeptical about complicated religious texts. Is the complication bad translation? Is the complication merely a smoke screen for vacuity? Nothing Neither Way: A Humanist Samadhi Blog Post

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Refugees from Complexity

Rev. David Breeden speaking

Refugees from Complexity

In his fantastic new book Out of Our Minds: What We Think and How We Came to Think It, the historian of ideas Felipe Fernandez Armesto writes a pithy description of the worldwide rise in populist nationalism: “confused by chaos, infantilized by ignorance, refugees from complexity flee to fanaticism and dogmatism.” Refugees from Complexity Surfing …

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Religious Humanism and Interfaith Work

John Lazur speaking

Surfing the Contradictions — Lived Religion

Like it our not, you’re living your religion. Like . . . morning breath . . . everybody’s got it. Or at least that’s the way sociologists of religion have traditionally framed our lives. You can choose “Roman Catholic;” you can choose “Secular” or “None of the Above,” but there’s a list, and you fit …

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My Year Away: Demystifying the Other

Sophia Morrissette speaker

Celebration of Lammas

Harvest festival with the Seasonal Celebrations Team

The Liberal Lens

Speakers: Rev. David Breeden & Jé Hooper Humanism and liberal politics have historically gone hand-in-hand. But the liberalism of the early-twentieth century is not the liberalism of today. What accounts for this change and where is it going next?

An Evolution in Identity Politics

Member Mikki Morrissette speaking

Where’s Azazel? Scapegoating, Sacrifice, and Reconciliation

There’s a whole lot of scapegoating going on just now. It’s the way of populism and the demagogues who drive it. The script goes like this: “Look at how bad things are! It’s because of those dirty ____s!” The concept is straightforward in politics, but its origin in theology is not so straightforward. First off, …

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