I dream a world where manNo other man will scorn,Where love will bless the earthAnd peace its paths adornI dream a world where allWill know sweet freedom's way,Where greed no longer saps the soulNor avarice blights our day.A world I dream where black or white,Whatever race you be,Will share the bounties of the earthAnd every man is free,Where wretchedness will hang its headAnd joy, like a pearl,Attends the needs of all mankind-Of such I dream, my world!--James Langston Hughes
What was going on in North America in the 40s and 50s. Why did the Revised standard version of the bible become the first translation to use the word homosexual. Why do people seem to put so much emphasis on the Sodom and Gamora story. Listen in and prepare to be proud of Mike MacMillan for outing the erroneous translation and emphasis. Listen in as Mike shows how even Elijah and describes the tings wrong with Sodom and Gamora. You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find the answer. Hint: it wasn’t at all to do with what you think.Enjoy our podcast and discover that the world is a much more beautiful place with all the colors of the rainbow,
Britney Gengel was a beautiful, fearless and compassionate 19 year old when she decided to travel to the country of Haiti with her college, Lynn University. Upon her arrival, Britney was overwhelmed by the devastating poverty visible everywhere. Despite their living conditions, the children she met gave her so much love she was inspired to send the following text to her mother just three hours before the earthquake: "They love us so much and everyone is so happy. They love what they have and they work so hard to get nowhere, yet they are all so appreciative. I want to move here and start an orphanage myself."
This week, to recognize St Patrick’s day Mike reflects on the writings of John Philip Newell and Celtic SpiritualityToo often in the past our approach to truth has been to assume that we have it and others do not. Consequently, we have thought that our role is to tell people what to believe. We are being invited instead into a new humility, to serve the holy wisdom that is already stirring in the hearts of people everywhere, the growing awareness of earth’s interrelatedness and sacredness
Give up and Go Do?The return gives meaning to the going forth.We don’t know where we’ve been until we come back to where we were, only where we were may not be as it was because of who we have become.Your lenten journey no matter what path you find yourself on, no matter what kind of wilderness you find yourself in , will be one in which you emerge transformed in some way.
What Will You Do?Today’s episode is about Jackie Robinson and as the song says take me out to the ball game. There was a time when the song did not apply to everyone. It is hard to imagine but listen in as Mike MacMillan reminds us of the effort by Jackie and many others.Visit our website FaithUCC.org for 100 more episodes of inspiring messages from Faith UCC in Dunedin, Florida.
I will light Candles this Christmas; Candles of joy despite all sadness; Candles of hope where despair keeps watch, Candles of courage for fears ever present; Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days, Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens, Candles of love to inspire all my living, Candles that will burn all year long. When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among others, To make music in the heart. — Howard Thurman
Welcome to Faith UCC’s Lessons and Carols.The first song we hear is Ron Emory learning his lesson as he is getting nuttin for christmas. Listen the rest of the episode and hear great numbers from our choir and inspiring words from Mike MacMillan.Don’t be left in the dark, come to Faith UCC and listen in the dark during our impromptu candlelight service. Only at Faith UCC can you shine this brightly in the dark.Enjoy
Yes, that is Widor’s Toccata from his Symphony #5. That song is a bit of a compromise with today’s speaker Carl Vom Eigen. Carl tries to be like Jesus and motivate people to throw him off a cliff. Carl has an 11th commandment that is No Carols during advent!.So the Widor piece is a good compromise. Sit back and listen to Carl’s insightful message on exceptionalism. I chose insightful for it’s double entandre when spoken. Listen as Carl takes us to the edge and then makes us want to push him off. Just don’t push. He’s a good guy and we like him.
Anthony Bourdain and Jesus intersect in many ways. Many of Jesus’ sayings revolved around eating and dining. And dining with a great variety of people. In losing Anthony Bourdain we lose a window into the message of Jesus . the message to discover our communality with other humans via the fork, the knife, the plate, the naan, and of corse the bread. Welcome to podcast #54 from Faith UCC in Dunedin Florida. Listen to this week’s episode as Mike MacMillan continues his exploration of current event. Listen as he links Anthony Bourdain to World Communion Sunday. Truly, No Reservations needed because all are welcome.
In the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8), a poor, powerless person (the widow) persists in nagging a corrupt, powerful person (the judge) to do justice for her. The parable assumes John the Baptist’s teaching that holding a position of power and leadership obligates you to work justly, especially on behalf of the poor and weak.
Going home. Going HomeI’m just going homeListen to podcast 46 from Faith UCC in Dunedin Florida. Listen as Mike MacMillan as he walks us through the feast the father throws when the prodigal son returns. The podcast is now available in Spotify now too. So now you can listen to the podcast in 5 ways. Like us on all of them and share them with your friends.
Epistle to American Christians from Jesus Christ - Well the new testament has a lot of mail too. There are all those epistles to the Romans and Ephesians. Well, the other day Mike MacMillen was sitting in our garden and wondered what if Jesus were to write a letter to America today. Well, what a coincidence he receive an Epistle to American Christians from Jesus Christ.Listen in to this 45th podcast from Faith UCC in Dunedin Florida and the reading of the letter.
Episode 30: Spring is here. The butterflies are here, the cardinals have returned, the finches are in the feeders. The weather is fantastic! Listen as Mike MacMillan shows us the reason to experience the quiet and the path to get there too. There is segment in the beginning featuring words from Chief Seattle and his response to a different approach to the human relationship to the earth.
Episode 26: To our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and friends we give honor during National Women’s Month. Don’t worry, Faith UCC will honor you the rest of the year too.This episode is a shout out to the women of christianity and of the United Church of Christ.So sit back and listen. Send a link to the podcast to your mother. Or if you are like me just think of her while listening to it and remind yourself of her contributions to your life and the world.
Enough, No More of That. No More 'Thoughts and Prayers' for things you don't want to change. If we just talk of thoughts and prayersAnd don't live out a faith that dares,And don't take on the ways of death,Our thoughts and prayers are fleeting breath
Sadako Sasaki was a Japanese girl who was two years old when an American atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, near her home next to the Misasa Bridge. Sadako became one of the most widely known hibakusha