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Rational Mysticism, Rev. Tamara Lebak, Guest Minister

UU Congregation at Shelter Rock Services

Rev. Lebak wrote, "I have described my own theology as rational mysticism, religious humanism, and even described myself as a Gestalt theist. Coming away from training in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy, I have been engaged more and more in conversations with how it is possible to be both rational and mystical. I would argue that religious idolatry and idolatry of the mind are equally as dismissive to the big picture of our existence. Award-winning Journalist John Horgan has written a book called Rational Mysticism that explores how science, theology, and philosophy all attempt to formulate an empirical explanation about the meaning of life." On August 1, 2021, Rev. Lebak explored how to link the mind of a skeptic with the heart of a seeker.

50mins

1 Aug 2021

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S8E02 - Tamara Lebak, Part Two

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Part two of our conversation with consultant, singer/songwriter, minister Tamara Lebak.Listen to part one!WebsiteiTunesSpotifyGooglePlay

32mins

22 Feb 2019

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S8E01 - Tamara Lebak, Part One

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Part one of our conversation with consultant, singer/songwriter, minister Tamara Lebak.Listen to part twoWebsiteiTunesSpotifyGooglePlay

35mins

15 Feb 2019

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Jane Addams - Rev. Tamara Lebak (Contemporary)

All Souls Unitarian Church

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.SERMON DESCRIPTIONFor our summer sermon series, 'Heroes, Heroines, and Heretics,' I will look at the life of Jane Addams, co-founder of one of the first settlements in the United States, the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois. One of my favorite papers written in seminary was on Jane Addams. Many of her letters are archived at the University of Chicago, and I spent hours pouring over them, trying to decide if we could count her as a Unitarian and as a member of the LGBT community. Jane was ahead of her time. She was named a co-winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize. She is considered the mother of the Social Work movement, and is a key leader of women’s suffrage. Jane led a multicultural community at Hull House, crossing boundaries where others dared not tread, working with immigrants, the uneducated, the sick, and the poor. She lived out her faith in the world through action. Jane Addams was also gay. In my studies I have had professors argue with me that this was not a term she would claim. It was, in fact, a different time. But, I have read the love letters between Mary Rozet Smith and Jane, and they are enough to make you blush. These are not the words of roommates or friends. Join me as I explore the life of a heroine and a heretic, Jane Addams.SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST:VIEW ON YOUTUBE:SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS:GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF:LET'S CONNECT:Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

34mins

15 Jun 2014

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Jane Addams - Rev. Tamara Lebak (Traditional)

All Souls Unitarian Church

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.SERMON DESCRIPTIONFor our summer sermon series, 'Heroes, Heroines, and Heretics,' I will look at the life of Jane Addams, co-founder of one of the first settlements in the United States, the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois. One of my favorite papers written in seminary was on Jane Addams. Many of her letters are archived at the University of Chicago, and I spent hours pouring over them, trying to decide if we could count her as a Unitarian and as a member of the LGBT community. Jane was ahead of her time. She was named a co-winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize. She is considered the mother of the Social Work movement, and is a key leader of women’s suffrage. Jane led a multicultural community at Hull House, crossing boundaries where others dared not tread, working with immigrants, the uneducated, the sick, and the poor. She lived out her faith in the world through action. Jane Addams was also gay. In my studies I have had professors argue with me that this was not a term she would claim. It was, in fact, a different time. But, I have read the love letters between Mary Rozet Smith and Jane, and they are enough to make you blush. These are not the words of roommates or friends. Join me as I explore the life of a heroine and a heretic, Jane Addams.SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST:VIEW ON YOUTUBE:SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS:GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF:LET'S CONNECT:Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

26mins

15 Jun 2014

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Dear Oklahoma, With Rev. Tamara Lebak

From Grief to Grace

Rev. Tamara Lebak has launched her first album to raise awareness (and money) for marriage equality. In the title track of her new CD, Dear Oklahoma, she asks, “Why is it so hard to love us back?” An openly gay Unitarian Universalist minister living in the heart of Oklahoma, Rev. Lebak and her partner of 18 years have a 4-year-old daughter. Rev. Lebak joins host Chaz Wesley to share a multifaceted journey From Grief to Grace.

59mins

13 Jun 2014

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'Are We Humanist?' - (Rev. Tamara Lebak)

All Souls Unitarian Church

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.SERMON DESCRIPTIONWhen people first hear about All Souls, they can sometimes be confused and wonder, “What kind of church is it really?” Can a church actually affirm and celebrate Atheists, Agnostics, Humanist and theological Naturalists?Rev. Tamara Lebak will answer this question in the service at 8:30 this Sunday. Can a church be Christian if it welcomes nontheists and Buddhists and Jews and people of other beliefs also?Rev. Marlin Lavanhar will answer this second question in the services at 10:00 and 11:30. These are services to which you might want to invite a friend who may have asked you a similar question.SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST:VIEW ON YOUTUBE:SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS:GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF:LET’S CONNECT:Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

26mins

23 Mar 2014

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'Gravity' - (Rev. Tamara Lebak) - Contemporary Service

All Souls Unitarian Church

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the contemporary service by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.SERMON DESCRIPTIONSpoiler alert: this sermon is inspired by the film. If you haven’t yet seen Gravity, be forewarned, you may learn more than you want to know. You may also be influenced by my perspective on the film as a religious parable. And finally, you may want to see it before Sunday!Dr. Ryan Stone is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, when disaster strikes. As the story unfolds, we learn that she is numb with grief over her daughter’s death, and devotes all of her time, energy, and attention to her work. Not noticing all the opportunities that Creation offers her, she gave her life completely to her tasks – so much so that it may even cause the drama that ensues. Dr. Stone, with the help of some incredible cinematography, hurls herself from space station to space station trying to get home.The characters in Gravity float through outer space, completely vulnerable (as do we all.) Dr. Stone must decide over and over again, despite many trials, whether to give up or fight for life. You don’t have to be an astronaut to empathize. What literally grounds us – what binds us to the earth and keeps us from flying off of this planet – is gravity. What grounds you in the chaos of life?SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST:VIEW ON YOUTUBE:SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS:GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF:LET’S CONNECT:Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

35mins

15 Dec 2013

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'Gravity' - (Rev. Tamara Lebak) - Traditional Service

All Souls Unitarian Church

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the traditional service by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.SERMON DESCRIPTIONSpoiler alert: this sermon is inspired by the film. If you haven’t yet seen Gravity, be forewarned, you may learn more than you want to know. You may also be influenced by my perspective on the film as a religious parable. And finally, you may want to see it before Sunday!Dr. Ryan Stone is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, when disaster strikes. As the story unfolds, we learn that she is numb with grief over her daughter’s death, and devotes all of her time, energy, and attention to her work. Not noticing all the opportunities that Creation offers her, she gave her life completely to her tasks – so much so that it may even cause the drama that ensues. Dr. Stone, with the help of some incredible cinematography, hurls herself from space station to space station trying to get home.The characters in Gravity float through outer space, completely vulnerable (as do we all.) Dr. Stone must decide over and over again, despite many trials, whether to give up or fight for life. You don’t have to be an astronaut to empathize. What literally grounds us – what binds us to the earth and keeps us from flying off of this planet – is gravity. What grounds you in the chaos of life?SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST:VIEW ON YOUTUBE:SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS:GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF:LET’S CONNECT:Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

29mins

15 Dec 2013

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'Gravity' - (Rev. Tamara Lebak) - The Point

All Souls Unitarian Church

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Tamara Lebak, Associate Minister.SERMON DESCRIPTIONSpoiler alert: this sermon is inspired by the film. If you haven’t yet seen Gravity, be forewarned, you may learn more than you want to know. You may also be influenced by my perspective on the film as a religious parable. And finally, you may want to see it before Sunday!Dr. Ryan Stone is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, when disaster strikes. As the story unfolds, we learn that she is numb with grief over her daughter’s death, and devotes all of her time, energy, and attention to her work. Not noticing all the opportunities that Creation offers her, she gave her life completely to her tasks – so much so that it may even cause the drama that ensues. Dr. Stone, with the help of some incredible cinematography, hurls herself from space station to space station trying to get home.The characters in Gravity float through outer space, completely vulnerable (as do we all.) Dr. Stone must decide over and over again, despite many trials, whether to give up or fight for life. You don’t have to be an astronaut to empathize. What literally grounds us – what binds us to the earth and keeps us from flying off of this planet – is gravity. What grounds you in the chaos of life?SUBSCRIBE TO AUDIO PODCAST:VIEW ON YOUTUBE:SUBSCRIBE TO WATCH OTHER VIDEOS:GIVE A DONATION TO HELP US SPREAD THIS LOVE BEYOND BELIEF:LET’S CONNECT:Facebook: Twitter: All Souls Church Website:

26mins

15 Dec 2013

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