Baker’s Dozen #2 Quotes & Questions of Former Guests – UUPP 040

UU Perspective Podcast

Favorite quotes from former guests, Margalie Belizaire, Cal Frye, Phillis Smith, Connie Goodbread, LoraKim Joyner, Hal Walker, Kathleen McTigue, Darlene Pagano, Jyarleen Daniels, Peter Morales, Rachel Gore Freed, Janet MasonAriel Hunt-Brondwin, and Susan Katz Miller. Plus answers to the question, How is Unitarian Universalism as a religious denominiation uniquely positioned ot serve and impact society?

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How would you answer this question? Leave your answer in the comment section below or use speakpipe (the tab on the right) and I’ll play it on the next episode!

List of Quotes:

Margalie Belizaire

Let us be kind to one another for most of us are fighting a hard battle. – Ian MacLaren

LoraKim Joyner

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves
Tell me about despair, your, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on. – Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

They who bind to themselves a joy
Do the winged life destroy;
But they who kiss the joy as it flies
Live in eternity’s sun rise. – William Blake


Connie Goodbread

Faith development is all we do.
Unitarian Universalism is the faith we teach.
The congregation is the curriculum. – Connie’s creation (it is also the mantra of the UUA Southern Region)

Hal Walker

“Don’t Believe Everything You THINK!”

Rev. Kathleen McTigue

“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 Square

Jyarland Daniels

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stans at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King Jr.

If yuu are silent you have chosen the side of the opressor. – Desmond Tutu

Darlene Pagano

Justice is what love looks like in public. –  Cornell West 

Janet Mason

Poetry is not a luxury. – Audre Lorde

Peter Morales

“No other faith aligns with the emerging culture the way we do. No other faith has our potential to touch lives and change the world.” – Peter Morales

Rachel Gore Freed

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” — Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living
(Arundhati Roy is a famous Indian writer and activist)

Susan Katz Miller

“Unitarian Universalists are neither a chosen people nor a people whose choices are made for them by theological authorities–ancient or otherwise. We are a people who choose.” –Theologian Forrest Church


Final Credits: music thanks to:

“Carefree”, “Open Those Bright Eyes”, “Sweeter Vermouth”
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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