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Unitarian Universalists are changing the world through the stand they take on issues facing our world today. Meet the people who facilitate making a difference in the communities around them. Whether you want personal spiritual growth or inspiration to impact a community, there is something here for everyone. You’ll be inspired to take action.

Unitarian Universalist: The UU Perspective Sharon Marrell

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Unitarian Universalists are changing the world through the stand they take on issues facing our world today. Meet the people who facilitate making a difference in the communities around them. Whether you want personal spiritual growth or inspiration to impact a community, there is something here for everyone. You’ll be inspired to take action.

    Will Summer Seminary and Luminary Leadership Programs Create Our UU Future?

    Will Summer Seminary and Luminary Leadership Programs Create Our UU Future?

    Youth have a great opportunity to find out if becoming a minister is what they want to do. The Summer Seminary Program provided through the UUA is a way to experience what it would be like to attend a seminary program. The attend workshops that introduce them to a variety of areas within the ministry and experience the preparation it takes to speak in front of their peers inside of the “Preach-Off”.  They discover if it’s their calling or it can create more engagement in their own congregations worship committees.

    Luminary Leaders is an invitation that sprouts from attending the Summer Seminary Program. They further develop leadership skills through the support of their peers.

    Steven Ballesteros and Alex Jensen are alumni of these programs after attending in  2014 and 2013. They share there experience and what other youth can expect to gain from the experience. Both are going into the ministry and this has added to the growth of their abilities in preaching and ministering in areas they are passionate about.

     

    Steven Ballesteros Bio:

    “I was born and then raised in Tucson, Arizona by my two adoptive moms,


    along with my biological sister. I spent most of my teens in a variety


    of athletic and artistic extracurriculars while traveling, hiking, and


    attending churches with my family. I have spent the last 6 years


    involved in Unitarian Universalist leadership from the congregational


    to national level. I have dedicated my time and talent to a variety of


    leadership roles, including dozens of committees spread between two


    churches, volunteering at the UU Camp DeBenneville Pines, and


    attending UU leadership schools. I currently serve as member of the


    UUA Nominating Committee, co-chair of the General Assembly Right


    Relationship Team, and as Faith Development Intern to the Edmonds


    Unitarian Universalist Church of Edmonds, Washington.”

    Steven on LinkedIn

    Favorite Quote:

    “We are often called to do the difficult, if not the seemingly


    impossible, and it is vital to our spiritual growth that we not ignore


    these challenges.”— Janice Marie Johnson

    Alex Jensen Bio:

    Alex Jensen is a second year student at California State University, Monterey Bay, where he studies Human Communication. Alex has been a Unitarian Universalist since middle school, where he joined Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont, California. A graduate of the UUA’s first Summer Seminary (2013) and a Luminary Leader alumnus, Alex is discerning a call to ministry.

    Links:

    Alex on facebook


    Alex on linkedin

    Email: robertalexjensen@gmail.com

    Favorite Quote:

    “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.” ~The Reverend Theodore Parker, Unitarian Minister

     

    Here’s where you can learn more about Summer Seminary



    Final Credits: music thanks to:

    “Carefree”, “Open Those Bright Eyes”, “Sweeter Vermouth”


    Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.

    • 45 min
    COP21 - Climate Justice, What the Countries Agreed On In Paris

    COP21 - Climate Justice, What the Countries Agreed On In Paris

     COP21  Paris – Will Unitarian Universalist Congregations Become Organized to Ensure Earth’s Future for Our Descendants?

    Hear what the results of the Paris COP21 UN talks were from our UU representatives William McPhearson and Jan Dash. Aly Tharp, Program Mangager for Commit2Respond is co-hosting and asking the improtant questions that we want to know the answers to.

    Are we organized as UU Congregations to make a difference when it comes to Climate Justice?

    Can UUs have an influence over Climate Justice locally?

    Emissions – what does the trajectory look like between now and 2100?

     









     Co-Host, Aly Tharp –  is the Program Manager for Commit2Respond and has been  staff network coordinator for the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice, a covenanting community of activists aged 18 to 35 years old, supported by the UU Ministry for Earth. Aly graduated from Austin College in May 2012 with a Bachelors of Art in Environmental Studies and has devoted most of her time over the last three and a half years to grassroots movements for environmental and climate justice. Aly resides in North Texas with her family and twelve pets.



    Webpage: UU Young Adults for Climate Justice



    Twitter: @UUYACJ



    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uuyacj

    LinkedIn: Aly Tharp

     

    Jan Dash – links to important sites

    the Climate Portal

    the Paris Conference blog on the Climate Portal

    The talk with slide on CO2 emissions by different countries

    2nd edition of my book with the chapter on Climate Change Risk Management

    Dr. William McPherson is a retired environmental diplomat. Author of books on ideology and environment, he has participated in international conferences on climate change and worked on a number of environment issues, including coal use, petroleum transportation and renewable energy.

     

    Links:

    Sabotaging the Planet: Denial and International Negotiations:




    Ideology versus Science: Climate Change Denial:




     

    UU Coalition of State Advocacy Networks

    UU-UNO Envoy Program

     

    Final Credits: music thanks to:

    “Carefree”, “Open Those Bright Eyes”, “Sweeter Vermouth”


    Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)


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    • 46 min
    Baker’s Dozen #3 Quotes & Questions of Former Guests – UUPP 044

    Baker’s Dozen #3 Quotes & Questions of Former Guests – UUPP 044

    Answers to the question “How is Unitarian Universalism as a religious denomination uniquley positioned to serve and impact society,” along with some favorite quotes from former UU Perspective guests: Bart Frost, Kenny Wiley, Brian Tideman, Elizabeth Mount, Gleb Tsipursky, Fred Small, Anita Mills, Kathy Smith, Patty MacAfee, Domonic Giafagleone, Cyllis Dreamer, and Micaela Corcoran.

    Check out more about them and hear complete episodes by clicking on their names!

    Favorite Quotes:

     Lisa Presley:

    – Surprised people behave badly


    – Transparency, transparency, transparency


    – Feed health, starve dysfunction


    – Diversity: where you count the people; Inclusion: where the people count.


    – Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right  – Henry Ford

    Bart Frost

    But love is really more of an interactive process. It’s about what we do not just what we feel. It’s a verb, not a noun . –Bell Hooks

    Rev. Fred Small

    “When conditions are sufficient things manifest. When conditions are no longer sufficient things withdraw. They wait until the moment is right for them to manifest again.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

    Anita Mills:

    Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto -from a song by Violeta Parra


    Translation: Thank you to life which has given me so much

    (my own – soon to be bumper sticker!) You can change the world!

    Kathy Smith:

    The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. – Theodore Parker

     Kenny Wiley:

    Strong people don’t need strong leaders. – Ella Baker

     

     

    Final Credits: music thanks to:

    “Carefree”, “Open Those Bright Eyes”, “Sweeter Vermouth”


    Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)


    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


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    • 34 min
    Secular Sobriety When Your Beliefs Don't Align With AA

    Secular Sobriety When Your Beliefs Don't Align With AA

    Did you realize that 7/12 of the AA 12 steps have a religious reference and can be a put-off to those non-believers. Even though Alcoholics Anonymous says a Higher Power can be anything you want…a door knob….yeah right! Higher power itself doesn’t align with great number of Athiests, UUs and such. So what’s the alternative where you can get support if you want to live a sober life? Secular Organizations for Sobriety is available for that purpose.

    Valerie White (episode 42) give us insight into her journey of becoming sober when she hit bottom in 1985. 28 years sober and the experiences of creating her own group of SOS, has given her the opportunity to be open with others in way that helps them to live a sober life. She writes quarterly articles to support others who suffer with the disease.

    Links:

    The movie: The Anonymous People

    LifeRing Secular Recovery

    SMART recovery

    James Christopher Books

    Unhooked

    How To Stay Sober

     

    Final Credits: music thanks to:

    “Carefree”, “Open Those Bright Eyes”, “Sweeter Vermouth”


    Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)


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    • 39 min
    Curious about Polyamory? Do You Think We Are Born Polyamory?

    Curious about Polyamory? Do You Think We Are Born Polyamory?

    Polyamory: It is the idea that you can love more than one person as long as you’re doing it openly, honestly and with the full consent and participation of all involved.

    Valerie White will tell you all different aspects of Polyamory. Where do people find each other who are poly amorous? Why would you get involved in Polyamory? Is it a choice or orientation? Does the 3rd person live with the first couple? How does that work? Anyways, it’s a fascinating subject no matter if your are a part of it or not.

    Bio:

    Valerie White has been a Unitarian Universalist for 53 years, lawyer, and director of Sexual Freedom Legal Defense and Education Fund, Valerie White has spoken on polyamory at many national and regional conferences.  She has written for many periodicals, including Loving More, The World and The Humanist, and served on the boards of Church of the Larger Fellowship, Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness (their first president), Interweave and UU’s for Jewish Awareness.  She has been president of the Unitarian Church of Sharon, MA and currently chairs the worship committee.  A long-time sexual rights activist, she was president of the Vermont Civil Liberties Union.  She has lived in an open triad for 21 years and is helping raise 13-year-old twins.

    Favorite Quote:

    “My feeling about technique in art is that it has about the same value as technique in lovemaking. Heartfelt ineptitude has its appeal and so does heartless skill; but what you want is passionate virtuosity.” John Barth, Giles Goat Boy

    Website Links:

    Sexual Freedom Legal Defense and Education Fund

    Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness

    Loving More

    Books of interest:

    Loving More: The Polyfidelity Primer


     Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality By Christopher Ryan

     Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships


     The Ethical Slut

     More Than Two


     Opening Up

     

    Final Credits: music thanks to:

    “Carefree”, “Open Those Bright Eyes”, “Sweeter Vermouth”


    Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)


    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


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    • 31 min
    COP21 UN Climate Change Conference, UU Young Adults On The Inside! – UUPP 041

    COP21 UN Climate Change Conference, UU Young Adults On The Inside! – UUPP 041

    The COP 21 UN Climate Talks in Paris are where decisions are made…or not among 200 Nations.

    How do they get everyone to agree. How will fossil fuels be dealt with. There is so much happening between Nov30- Dec 12 and Aly Tharp and Ethan Bodnaruk are two Young Adult UUs who dig deep into what’s happening as they attend the 2015 COP 21. Ethan’s Cohert will be inside attending workshops and being directly involved, while Aly will be at the 2nd half attending activist events outside the building in solidarity with others from around the world.

    Once they are back I’ll bring you a recap of their experience.

    Aly’s Bio:

    Aly Tharp is the staff network coordinator for the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice, a covenanting community of activists aged 18 to 35 years old, supported by the UU Ministry for Earth. Aly graduated from Austin College in May 2012 with a Bachelors of Art in Environmental Studies and has devoted most of her time over the last three and a half years to grassroots movements for environmental and climate justice. Aly resides in North Texas with her family and twelve pets.



     

    Webpage: UU Young Adults for Climate Justice



    Twitter: @UUYACJ



    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uuyacj

    LinkedIn: Aly Tharp



     Favorite Quote:

     

    “Dream lucid and wide awake” – Gini Von Courter, in a speech she once gave in Texas

     



     Ethan’s Bio:

    Ethan Bodnaruk is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ecological Engineering at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY and is a co-leader of the Religions for Peace, North American Interfaith Youth Network.  He is active in Citizens’ Climate Lobby which advocates for a revenue neutral carbon fee and will be attending the Paris COP with a small cohort of interfaith youth sponsored by Religions for Peace USA.  He has a MS in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University and a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.  He lives in snowy Syracuse, NY with his wife and two dogs. 



    Webpage: www.ethanbodnaruk.com



    Twitter: @ethanbodnaruk





    LinkedIn: Ethan Bodnaruk















     Favorite Quote:

    “Know the rules well so you know when to break them”  – Gandhi

    Other Links:

     The Condor and the Eagle video





    Final Credits: music thanks to:

    “Carefree”, “Open Those Bright Eyes”, “Sweeter Vermouth”


    Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)


    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 43 min

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These conversations are interesting and moving accounts of Unitarian Universalists who are up to something (in a good way) both within the denomination, as well as in their respective communities.You don't have to be a UU to ppreciate their accounts. I like that the host gives the guests a chance to really tell about their experiences and just asks enough questions to guide the conversation.The quotes each guest is asked to share are inspiring and thought provoking. I listen to these while I am driving and really enjoy them.

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