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First U Think is a podcast designed for you, just as you are. We're bringing you weekly talks about the topics that matter. Living with values. Caring about the world and the people in it. Making a difference. Learning about prophetic people and their work. Want to change the world? First you think. First U Think is brought to you by the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines IA.

First U Think Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw and guests

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First U Think is a podcast designed for you, just as you are. We're bringing you weekly talks about the topics that matter. Living with values. Caring about the world and the people in it. Making a difference. Learning about prophetic people and their work. Want to change the world? First you think. First U Think is brought to you by the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines IA.

    New Beginnings: Surviving to Thriving with Amy Landrigan

    New Beginnings: Surviving to Thriving with Amy Landrigan

    In this presentation, Amy Landrigan, Vice President of Strategy & Venture for Central Iowa Shelter and Services, will explore the comprehensive range of services provided by the organization. Learn how these initiatives work together to not only address immediate needs but also empower individuals to move from merely surviving to truly thriving. Discover the impactful ways in which CISS supports our community members on their journey to a better life.Support the Show.

    • 20 min
    Hearing the Secret in Our Hearts with Rev. Eishin Tom Houghton

    Hearing the Secret in Our Hearts with Rev. Eishin Tom Houghton

    The picture is called "Enso." This image has been associated with the Zen tradition and represents what can be described as "the mind before thought," "the awareness that exists behind thought," or, in my particular case, "the secret in our hearts."Support the Show.

    • 19 min
    Birding for Life: See and Save a Bird, a People, and the Planet

    Birding for Life: See and Save a Bird, a People, and the Planet

    with Rev. LoraKim JoynerToday, we will briefly review the scientific and cultural aspects of how people relate and respond to nature, and specifically to birds. Being intentionally mindful of birds reaps benefits not just for humans but for the birds themselves. As people come to understand and connect to birds, they increase their resilience and health by being with birds and, in so doing, increase their capacity to care for themselves and others. The mindful practice of birds can take...

    • 21 min
    Perfect, And...

    Perfect, And...

    with Rev. Meredith GarmonShunryu Suzuki said, "You are perfect just as you are, and you could use a little improvement." Or, we might say, "...and you're still growing." So how should a perfect person live?Support the Show.

    • 24 min
    Why We Welcome

    Why We Welcome

    with Rev. Meredith GarmonWe’re an LGBTQ welcoming congregation because it’s the right thing to do, because it’s what justice requires, but also out of sheer gratitude for what diversity of attraction and of identity teaches all of us about ourselves.Support the Show.

    • 24 min
    Active Hope

    Active Hope

    with Meredith Garmon"Hope is not a plan" (attributed to Anderson Cooper, Harrison Jones, and others), the saying goes. Without hope, however, we may not make and carry out plans. Active hope, as opposed to passive hope, can have a positive function.Support the Show.

    • 21 min

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