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Sermons, meditations, and conversations from Foothills Unitarian Church. Featuring Rev. Gretchen Haley, Rev. Sean Neil-Barron, Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink, and special guests!

Tiny Shifts Foothills Unitarian

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

Sermons, meditations, and conversations from Foothills Unitarian Church. Featuring Rev. Gretchen Haley, Rev. Sean Neil-Barron, Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink, and special guests!

    Breathing Meditation

    Breathing Meditation

    Rev. Christopher Watkins Lamb leads us in an 8-minute breathing meditation using Sarah Dan Jones's Meditation on Breathing. Rev. Christopher is Foothills Unitarian's Community Minister. Community ministers extend the reach of Unitarian Universalist ministry beyond the congregation. 

    • 7 min
    5 Minute Meditation for Self-Compassion

    5 Minute Meditation for Self-Compassion

    Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink offers a guided meditation to cultivate self-compassion.
    May this meditation be a reminder that when we are feeling stuck and brittle and can only see the world through a lens of scarcity - when we are most in need of a blessing - we have the capacity to offer a blessing to ourselves.
    This meditation is adapted from the work of Dr. Kristin Neff, who is a scholar on the topic of self-compassion.
    Learn more about Dr. Kristin Neff’s work on self-compassion: https://self-compassion.org/

    • 4 min
    Our Few Worthy Things: 15-minute journaling meditation to discern what matters most

    Our Few Worthy Things: 15-minute journaling meditation to discern what matters most

    In this 15-minute mini-episode, Rev. Gretchen guides us in a meditation and journaling exercise to notice the things that receive our attention, discern our values, and explore the intersection of the two. What matters most to you?
    Join us in the tiny shift of noticing the things that matter most so you can then more readily center them in your lives.

    • 15 min
    Guided Meditation for Stress

    Guided Meditation for Stress

    In this season that is so busy for many, we invite you to a mini-episode of Tiny Shifts where Rev. Sean offers a guided meditation to help us practice moving our bodies through the cycle of emotions and stress. 
    Enjoy the meditation with a visual guide.

    • 9 min
    Is America a Christian Nation?

    Is America a Christian Nation?

    In this compelling episode, Rev. Sean fearlessly navigates the divisive discourse surrounding America's identity. Join us as we unpack the prevalent notion of America as a Christian nation and explore the divergent worldviews between Christian Nationalism and progressive theology.
    Rev. Sean doesn't stop at analysis; he challenges listeners to envision a more inclusive, equitable society and asks a poignant question: What are you willing to sacrifice for this vision?
    As part of this transformative journey, embrace our "tiny shift" challenge this week: become aware of moments when you feel irritated at being de-centered. 

    • 24 min
    How to REBEL Against Fascism

    How to REBEL Against Fascism

    Caught in the whirlwind of life's demands, many of us acknowledge the ominous rise of fascism but struggle to carve out the means and time to actively resist it. In this episode, Gretchen presents five actionable strategies for rebelling against the grip of fascism. Join us this week in the tiny shift of noticing where the cult of individualism in society is holding you back, preventing you from connecting to the common good.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Ebikenut ,

Deep connection and thought provoking

Each week I come away with more connection with real people and real life. I am challenged to think deeper about each and every twist and turn in this life we all share but must be reckoned with inside ourselves.

Podcatch ,

Funny & Wise & Worth Your Time

Came for the nerdiness of the primer on process theology episode, stayed for full-hearted conversation about living faithfully. The conversations are wise and funny and wide-ranging, and it pops up in a bunch of different episodes but I especially learn something about surrender and showing up faithfully whenever they talk about parenting. When it comes to production/editing aesthetic, I really appreciate the open conversation without rambling. There’s a vulnerability and willingness to not know everything or use the time just to prove how smart they are—and they invite the same of guests—but you also know there’s a plan and your time will be well spent and you’ll come away with some kernel.

TheMaskedPlatypus ,

Must Listen!

I love this podcast! It’s the perfect blend of real-life stories from folks, guided reflection and inquisitive exploration of spiritual topics.

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