The Spiritual Odyssey Collection
Every summer a series of beloved ERUUFians present the story of their personal and/or spiritual quests. We have curated the collection below. Early childhood memories, important forks in the road, significant events, and a few funny anecdotes all have been recorded! We invite you to view and listen to these tales of insight and enlightenment below.
For more on this experience, please see the course.
June 24, 2018 - Susan Spitzer
Making a UU Jew: The Spiritual Journey of a Yiddish Meydl (Jewish Girl)
Join us for a presentation, from a developmental perspective, of how Susan Spitzer evolved into the UU Jew that she is today.
July 1, 2018 - David Heeks
Space Octopuses, the Happening, a Tin Soldier and the Dark Side
I was raised in an Episcopal church in Tennessee. My parents’ active involvement in the congregation helped me form an early bond to the church. Youth camps and retreats deepened my connection to the faith. Big questions that couldn’t be answered formed cracks in the foundation. A cold February night visited by spirits - I found a new way. I’ve been searching for IT ever since.
July 8, 2018 - Lillie Searles
July 15, 2018 - Carol Oettinger
July 22, 2018 - Lonna Harkrader
How I Grew to Be a Social Activist
July 29, 2018 - Joey Zielazinski
Baha'i and Beyond in the Bible Belt
I grew up as the son of two big-city hippies who settled down in the middle of nowhere, Oklahoma. Raised in the mystical Eastern religion of the Baha'i Faith, I was constantly at odds with my rural surroundings. After I finished college I continued questioning, looking for something that was a better fit, eventually landing in a UU congregation. Now, a couple decades later, I find myself going further, searching for more meaning in the world around me.
August 5, 2018 - Richard Brown
Invitation to Step Into the Silence
I am a 46 year old black man born in the south. There is a silence around race that we don't talk about. The silence stretches into our history, touches our love, our hearts, and our everyday interactions. I will talk about my grounding in this space. And how I have crafted my person to survive. This is my journey. I invite you to come and break the silence.