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Kathleen McTigue

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224: We Will Not Accomplish All There Is To Be Done In One Lifetime: Kathleen McTigue, Part Three

What In God's Name

Do we have the discipline to play the long game that making a more moral, more fair, more humane society requires? Our show pushes back against the unexamined, often unconscious ways that we frame public questions using political or economic modes of thinking. We aim to be part of a growing association of people who are critical of the narrowness of political and economic categories, and who want to revive a vision of human flourishing that is grounded in the wisdoms of theological and moral philosophical tradition. We see these habits and ways of thinking as being pre-political, and foundational to a healthy and civil shared life in families, communities, economies, and polities. In short, we want to create a community that is grounded in curiosity, going deep, and shining light. Let us know your thoughts and reflections on our Facebook Page: @whatingods. Our email: whatingods@ribeye-media.com. Learn more. Our website: www.whatingods.com. Here are timecodes to help you navigate through today’s show: 03:38     What are the three elements that make some activity more than just that activity, but a spiritual practice? What spiritual practices do you engage in? How do these practices form you? 07:46     How do spiritual practices set us up to be able to persevere, or demonstrate steadfastness? What are the grounding perspectives that spiritual practice give us? 12:50     Ta Nehisi Coates identifies himself as someone who does not believe in God, but Kathleen relates her experience of Ta Nehisi talking about a view of history and struggle, and a view of a person’s work, that are readily translatable into Christian spiritual categories and language. What are the implications of this for a secular (that is, neutral with regard to different worldviews) society?  16:08     Virtue: is virtue for the individual, or for the community?  19:32     Is tilling our own acre enough? 21:51     “We will not accomplish all there is to be done, in one lifetime.” Discuss.

25mins

13 Feb 2020

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223: If You Pray For Your Enemies, Are You A Sucker? Part Two of Our Conversation with Kathleen McTigue

What In God's Name

If you pray for your enemies and seek to regard your enemies in their humanity, aren’t you going to get steamrolled? More broadly: how should spiritual practice inform political engagement? Our show pushes back against the unexamined, often unconscious ways that we frame public questions using political or economic modes of thinking. We aim to be part of a growing association of people who are critical of the narrowness of political and economic categories, and who want to revive a vision of human flourishing that is grounded in the wisdoms of theological and moral philosophical tradition. We see these habits and ways of thinking as being pre-political, and foundational to a healthy and civil shared life in families, communities, economies, and polities. In short, we want to create a community that is grounded in curiosity, going deep, and shining light. Let us know your thoughts and reflections on our Facebook Page: @whatingods. Our email: whatingods@ribeye-media.com. Learn more. Our website: www.whatingods.com. Here are timecodes to help you navigate through today’s show: 02:30     What In God’s Name: what it is, and what it is not. Do you agree with the premise of our show? 05:46     Shayna sets up Part Two of our interview with Kathleen McTigue. 07:05     Kathleen shares some of her life story. Her exposure to people whose engagement of the world is informed by faith was something of a revelation. What did Kathleen see in them that was eye-opening? What is the intersection between spiritual hunger and our commitments to the common good, and the flourishing of society?   13:49     How did Kathleen’s experience of herself as a political activist change, as she became more grounded in a religious outlook and practice? How is humility helpful?  21:03     If you pray for your enemy, are you a sucker? 24:37     Why is being tethered to a higher power important? “It’s time for those who are tethered to lead,” says Shayna. Why?

28mins

6 Feb 2020

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222: "Social Justice": Liberal Political Agenda or Moral Imperative? Kathleen McTigue, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in Conversation

What In God's Name

Within the larger effort to create a more healthy society, what is the difference between offering “service,” and partnering with people who want your help? What is social justice? Why is social justice often perceived as synonymous with liberal political agendas? Our show pushes back against the unexamined, often unconscious ways that we frame public questions using political or economic modes of thinking. We aim to be part of a growing association of people who are critical of the narrowness of political and economic categories, and who want to revive a vision of human flourishing that is grounded in the wisdoms of theological and moral philosophical tradition. We see these habits and ways of thinking as being pre-political, and foundational to a healthy and civil shared life in families, communities, economies, and, eventually, polities. In short, we want to create a community that is grounded in curiosity, going deep, and shining light. Let us know your thoughts and reflections on our Facebook Page: @whatingods. Our email: whatingods@ribeye-media.com. Learn more. Our website: www.whatingods.com. Here are timecodes to help you navigate through today’s show: 03:18     Shayna introduces today’s guest, Kathleen McTigue.   04:38     How does the history of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee reflect the animating spirit of America in that timeframe? 07:15     How would you define a “structural” injustice? 09:15     Do you agree with Kathleen’s analysis of the shortcomings of “service learning?” What are the implications of the conceptual shift from “serving” to “partnering?” 16:15     Is a sense of fairness innate in children? If so, is social justice just a “grown-up” version of this innate sense of fairness? What does this understanding of justice illuminate? What might be missing? 22:08     Why is social justice often thought of us synonymous with a liberal political agenda? Why isn’t abortion framed as a social justice issue?  24:42     How adequate to define a just society is the definition: “You don’t desire, and get, for yourself, without desiring, and getting, for everybody else?

27mins

30 Jan 2020

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UUPP 022: UU College of Social Justice - Director Kathleen McTigue

Unitarian Universalist: The UU Perspective

The UU College of Social Justice is a joint project of the UUA and UUSC and is based in Cambridge, MA. The mission of the College is to inspire and sustain faith-based justice work on issues of local, national and global importance. This mission is served through a variety of short-term experiential learning journey for adults of all ages, intensive justice programs for high school youth, and global summer internships for college-age young adults. All programs are grounded in faith-based study and reflection.Bio:The Rev. Kathleen McTigue is the Director of the UU College of Social Justice. Prior to accepting this position in 2012, she served as a parish minister for 25 years, first in North Carolina and then New Haven, CT. She currently resides in Boston, MA.Favorite Quote:"If our religion plays a significant role in our lives, then it must do more than simply reinforce the values of our culture. In fact, …our values are often deeply counter-cultural. Articulating the ways these values challenge certain cultural ideas about wealth accumulation…for example, is part of what it means to be prophetic….Given the public dominance of conservative religious voices today, if religious liberals don’t speak up, no one else will know that there is another religious perspective.” - Paul B. Rasor from his book -  Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public SquareLinks:UU College of Social JusticeTwitter: @UUCSJVideo: Haiti: Beyond Just RecoveryFinal Credits: music thanks to:"Carefree", "Open Those Bright Eyes", "Sweeter Vermouth"Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

26mins

24 Jul 2015

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The Irresistible Call, Rev. Kathleen McTigue, Januaryy 19, 2014

Unity Church-Unitarian Sunday Services Podcast

19mins

23 Jan 2014