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Streaming Hope: Spiritual Leaders Offer Wisdom and Connection
April 02, 2021
We listen back to our show from one year ago – From poetry to spiritual practices, people of faith are turning to new ways of connecting with their spiritual communities.
Lynn Ungar, courtesy UUA
A Viral Poem: Meet the Unitarian Universalist Minister Lynn Ungar Who Wrote Pandemic April 02, 2021
Exquisitely ironic is one of the many comments on the Rev. Dr. Lynn Ungar’s Twitter account wall. Inspired to answer the call for poets in these uncertain times, Ungar quickly penned Pandemic.  In three days, her post went viral.  From Julia Roberts re-posting on her Instagram account to having her name become a trending hashtag, Lynn Ungar remains shocked by the chord she struck.  She talks to us as she shelters in place from her home in Northern California about what inspired her.

Lynn Ungar, poet, and Unitarian Universalist minister with the Church of the Larger Fellowship

The poem "Distance" by Lynn Ungar as it appear on here Instagram account.
Distance by Lynn Ungar
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Central Synagogue in NYC, CCBY Wikimedia Commons user Rhododendrites
A New Normal: Faith Leaders Adapt Styles to Craft Meaningful Bridges to Connect - Part 1 April 02, 2021
In this segment, we bring listeners a selection of clips from sermons that streamed online from houses of worship and diverse traditions around the country.  From the Central Synagogue in New York to the Leake Academy in Madden, Mississippi, we hear how different themes emerge and in some instances, overlap.  The segment includes an excerpt featuring the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry who participated from his home in North Carolina.

The Right Rev.Mariann Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, Rabbi Emeritus at Central Synagogue, New York City

Perry McCall, preacher from Bartlett, TN

Perry McCall, courtesy Perry McCall

Perry McCall
Courtesy Perry McCall
You can find an article about Perry's son Andrew and their campaign to raise awareness of the dangers posed by COVID-19 to immunocompromised individuals here.
Pope Fraincis prays in an empty St. Peters Square. Pool photo by Yara Nardi
A New Normal: Faith Leaders Adapt Styles to Craft Meaningful Bridges to Connect - Part 2 April 02, 2021
In Part Two of our exploration, we hear about finding gratitude in times of hardship from the Islamic Center of Southern California’s chairperson Omar Ricci, Pope Francis reciting the Lord’s Prayer, and a guided meditation featuring American psychologist and meditation teacher Tara Brach.

Omara Ricci, Chairperson of the Islamic Center of Southern California. Online prayer and talks can be found on ICSC's Facebook page.

Dharma Master Hsin Tao, a Buddhist monk and founder of the Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Foundation.

Tara Brach, psychologist, author, and proponent of Buddhist meditation. You can find her guided meditations and talks on YouTube.

His Holiness Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State.

Music for this week's episode by MC Yogi, Podington Bear, Audiobringer, and the pieces River Flute, Music for Manatees, and Pensif by Kevin MacLeod/Incompitech