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Tune in each week to hear Unitarian Universalist sermons and conversations from First Unitarian Church of Dallas, a liberal religious presence in Dallas since 1899. Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter, Rev. T. J. Fitzgerald, and Rev. Beth Dana will inspire you with messages that are rationally spiritual and joyfully deep. No matter where you are in the world, you are invited to bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, and your open heart.
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In this episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Rev. T. J. FitzGerald welcomes Deneen Robinson, Executive Director of Truth Pregnancy Resource Center in Dallas, Texas for a conversation about caring for pregnant people in a state where abortion is illegal, making dignity a non-negotiable in reproductive care, and how faith can inform social work and healthca…
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Join us as we delve into the powerful storytelling of Aurora Levins Morales, a writer, activist, and artist. Explore how her work amplifies marginalized voices, advocates for justice, and celebrates the resilience of oppressed communities. Reflect on the role of art in activism and its potential to inspire social change. This sermon is part of our …
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Can you be Agnostic, Atheist, or Humanist AND Unitarian Universalist? In this episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Revs. Beth Dana and T. J. FitzGerald discuss the differences between these systems of thought and how they fit into our Unitarian Universalist community. 00:00 - Welcome to episode 13 of Tiny Pulpit Talks. 00:43 - "Is it okay if I come to thi…
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Explore the transformative power of performance art as we reflect on the groundbreaking work of Marina Abramović. Through her daring and provocative performances, Abramović challenges conventional notions of art, time, and the self, inviting us to contemplate the profound connections between body, mind, and spirit. This sermon is part of our Artist…
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In this episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Rev. T. J. FitzGerald welcomes Sherri Cook, Executive Director of Wholly Informed Sex Ed (WISE) for a conversation about inclusive and affirming sexuality education, literacy about our emotions and our body, and helping youth to grow into sexually healthy adults. 00:00 - Rev. T. J. Fitzgerald welcomes Sherri Co…
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This week’s film: The Princess Bride – Storybook endings are usually reserved for storybooks. Life is rarely what you plan, though. What can we make of our lives while we are living? The Princess Bride is a timeless tale of love, adventure, and the triumph of the human spirit. Its blend of humor, romance, and swashbuckling action serves as a remind…
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Welcome to a very special Sumfun edition of Tiny Pulpit Talks! In this episode, Rev. T. J. is talking to some of the campers attending our Unitarian Universalist day camp to find out what's Sumfun is all about and to answer questions like: What's it like being a minister? What's your favorite book? Do you ever get nervous before your sermons? And..…
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If you’re hoping to go to heaven, we’ve got some good news for you. Come and join us this Sunday to hear all about it. This week’s film: Field of Dreams – Field of Dreams intertwines themes of faith, redemption, and the power of following one’s dreams. It challenges us to trust in the unseen, to have faith in our visions, and to build bridges betwe…
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Every Unitarian Universalist church has a unique way of approaching faith, community, and care. In this episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Rev. T. J. FitzGerald shares three (plus) ways First Unitarian Church of Dallas differentiates itself from other churches. 00:00 - Welcome to episode 10 of Tiny Pulpit Talks! 01:11 - A commitment to intentional, cohe…
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This week’s film: Soul – Soul takes us on a journey exploring the meaning of life, purpose, and the interconnectedness of all living beings. Through the eyes of its protagonist, it prompts us to reflect on our own passions, dreams, and the beauty of simply being alive. It inspires us to cherish each moment and find fulfillment in the pursuit of our…
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In this episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Rev. T. J. FitzGerald answers one of our most commonly asked questions: Are Unitarian Universalists Christian? - Welcome to episode 9 of Tiny Pulpit Talks! - A brief history of Christianity - Are we Christian? - Practicing the religion of Jesus - Is our church more Christian-based than other UU churches? - The …
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This week, as part of our Faith & Film series, we are exploring the spiritual lessons and themes from the film “The Brother from Another Planet.” Join us for our first summer sermon series as we journey through the realms of faith, humanity, and the divine, illuminated by the magic of film. Each Wednesday evening we will gather in community to view…
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In this episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Revs. Daniel, Beth, and T. J. discuss what we can expect from this month's Faith and Film series and a little bit of UU history as Beth plans to take our Coming of Age 9th graders on the Boston Heritage Trip this week. 01:36 - Palm Springs with Andy Samberg 02:35 - The myth of Sisyphus 04:09 - The Brother from …
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This week’s film: Palm Springs – In this existential rom-com, Palm Springs invites us to ponder the cyclical nature of life and the transformative power of love and connection. Through its exploration of time loops and self-discovery, it prompts reflection on the interconnectedness of all beings and the importance of embracing the present moment. J…
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Let’s come together on Memorial day and have church lift us. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate world in all of what we do. We hope that when you come here your life is made…
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In this episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Rev. T. J. FitzGerald answers questions from our members and friends. Learn more about Rev. T. J., what it's like to be a Unitarian Universalist minister, and how to talk about Unitarian Universalism with your friends. 00:00 - Rev. T. J. is ready to answer your questions! 00:27 - How do our online members exper…
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Join us as we celebrate and bless our youth coming of age and graduating seniors bridging into young adulthood with an exploration of the stories of our lives that are not yet written. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899…
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In this episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Rev. T. J. FitzGerald interviews Rev. Beth Dana, as she reflects on the recent Child Dedication and prepares for Bridging Sunday, when we will celebrate and bless our youth coming of age and graduating seniors bridging into young adulthood . They discuss everything from the theology behind Unitarian Universalis…
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This Sunday we dedicate children to this faith and hold close what parenting in all its forms means to us all. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate world in all of what we do.…
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In this episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Rev. T. J. FitzGerald interviews Don Krehbiel, who is retiring as Director of Music after 34 years of service. They discuss everything from growing up in the Mennonite church to finding your path as a musician to the power of music to heal and unify. Tiny Pulpit Talks is a podcast series from First Unitarian Ch…
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Beyond Words | Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter | Don Krehbiel’s Final Sunday as Director of Music What role does music play in our spiritual lives? We ask ourselves this question as we say goodbye to Don Krehbiel, Director of Music. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of pr…
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In this episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Revs. Daniel, Beth, and T. J. discuss the opening of the Truth Pregnancy Resource Center, whose mission is to provide fact-based care and counseling to pregnant persons in the Dallas, TX area in need of accessible prenatal care, safe and legal abortion, or inclusive and equitable adoption services. They also di…
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We wrap up our theme year by reflecting on how waves of purpose become tides of change. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate world in all of what we do. We hope that when you …
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Tiny Pulpit Talks is a new podcast series from First Unitarian Church of Dallas that takes a behind-the-scenes look at ministry from a Unitarian Universalist perspective. This is a rare opportunity to see what goes into crafting meaningful and inspirational sermons and how worship comes together each Sunday. Subscribe so you don't miss an episode! …
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Earth Day gives us a chance to ask such questions about our planet. Let’s ask. This sermon is part of our the final series of our church year. After a year-long journey of discovering and activating our purpose as individuals, we are exploring how we can come together as spiritual people to change the world. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devo…
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In this episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Rev. T. J. Fitzgerald interviews Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter about his recent sermon "People! People! People!" They cover everything from Barbie & Billie Eilish to Humanism to jazz radio DJing. Tiny Pulpit Talks is a new podcast series from First Unitarian Church of Dallas that takes a behind-the-scenes look at mini…
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What are humanities’ global aims? Do we even know? This sermon is part of our the final series of our church year. After a year-long journey of discovering and activating our purpose as individuals, we are exploring how we can come together as spiritual people to change the world. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, de…
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In the first episode of Tiny Pulpit Talks, Rev. T. J. FitzGerald interviews Rev. Beth Dana about her recent sermon "A Place of Practice," in which she explores church as a place to practice living in this world and building the world we dream about. Tiny Pulpit Talks is a new podcast series from First Unitarian Church of Dallas that takes a behind-…
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What is the church’s purpose and what are we for? Join us as we explore church as a place to practice living in this world and building the world we dream about. This sermon is part of our the final series of our church year. After a year-long journey of discovering and activating our purpose as individuals, we are exploring how we can come togethe…
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This Sunday is a celebration of love, hope, and renewal! First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate world in all of what we do. We hope that when you come here your life is made mor…
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The paths to enlightenment are many. What is the Unitarian Universalist way? And how does it guide us toward the holy in our lives? This is the final sermon in the where we are locating sacred touchpoints in our inner world and the world around us. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. W…
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The ways to freedom are lit in many ways. Together we look for our guiding lights to light the way on our journey. This is the fifth sermon in the Sacred Geography sermon series, where we are locating sacred touchpoints in our inner world and the world around us. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reaso…
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We know when we are in the flow. This Sunday we explore what flow means in regards to our spiritual lives. This is the fourth sermon in the Sacred Geography sermon series, where we are locating sacred touchpoints in our inner world and the world around us. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and s…
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As we continue our series on “Sacred Geography” we explore where and how we recognize sacred space, and in what ways we can be creators of it. This is the third sermon in the where we are locating sacred touchpoints in our inner world and the world around us. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason an…
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Let’s explore how to be witnesses to how we hold things dear. This is the second sermon in the where we are locating sacred touchpoints in our inner world and the world around us. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, wor…
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We start our lenten journey together and ask where we experience the holy? How do we find sacred places in our lives when we aren’t in church? This is the first sermon in the Sacred Geography sermon series, where we are locating sacred touchpoints in our inner world and the world around us. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inc…
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Join us for a much loved and meaningful tradition – Youth Sunday! Our YRUU teens lead the service – sharing testimonials, providing music and serving as greeters and ushers. They are excited to share their reflections on our theme year "Waves of Purpose, Tides of Change." First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and j…
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Joy is one of the greatest spiritual gifts. How do we experience it? How do we share it? First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate world in all of what we do. We hope that when you…
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The spiritual practice of saying no is at the root of what a sabbath is. This spiritual discipline can be important as we dive deeper into what sustains us and keeps us going. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working…
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Diving into the five disciplines we talk about as spiritual guides, we will reflect on what works and why. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate world in all of what we do. We …
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This Sunday we honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recommit ourselves to the vision and the work of Beloved Community. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and com…
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This Sunday, we welcome all to our annual ritual of letting go of those things which do not serve us anymore. Please join us. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate world in all…
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On the last day of the year we consider what we’ve seen together this year and prepare our hearts and minds for what’s to come. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate world in a…
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Join us for Sunday worship as we celebrate Christmas with some great blues music and mini-homilies from the ministers on the “Christmas Blues.” First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassi…
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Rev. Beth Dana preaches The Christmas Story. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate world in all of what we do. We hope that when you come here your life is made more whole thro…
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Amid the conflicts in our lives and our world we consider how peace enters the world and how we can nurture it. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate world in all of what we do…
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Advent themes are often apocalyptic but are they predictions or demands on our spiritual lives? First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate world in all of what we do. We hope that w…
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As we travel the road together from Thanksgiving to Advent and Christmas, we reflect on the spirit of generosity in us and in this season. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth and joy, reason and spirit. We have been a voice of progressive religion in Dallas since 1899, working toward a more just and compassionate…
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Winter’s Faith: Grief, Gratitude, and Generosity, and Justice with guest minister Rev. Mary Katherine Morn We welcome our longtime friend and President of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, as we celebrate the Thanksgiving season together. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devoted to genuine inclusion, depth a…
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We are happy to welcome Rev. Justin Schroeder as our guest minister this Sunday! Rev. Justin will explore the idea that life is always trying to engage with us, is making invitations to us, is trying to connect with us, and that a spiritual practice helps us hear those invitations and bids for connections. First Unitarian Church of Dallas is devote…
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