WellSprings Congregation

Revs. Lee Paczulla & Ken Beldon

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862 episodes

5-28-2022 Starting Small - "Telling Fortunes" - Audio

Today, Rev. Lee, with the help of a YouthSpirit friend, takes us through the activity of creating paper "fortune tellers," and sharing the results with one another.

31m
Jul 05
5-15-2022 Starting Small - "Moving Small Stones" - Audio

Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen, takes us through the classic story Stone Soup, where a village comes together with small contributions to create a filling meal for all. Beth tells us how small actions we take now can help add to make big changes.

31m
Jul 05
5-8-2022 Starting Small - "Let the River Flow" - Audio

Lay preacher, Chris Chepel, takes us through the history of WellSprings, and invites us into an activity of constructing a WellSprings timeline.

15m
Jul 05
5-1-2022 Starting Small - "Mystery Seeds" - Audio

Rev. Ken leads the congregation through an activity where we plant seeds. He discussed the importance of not knowing what the seeds are, but trusting that they will grow and bloom regardless.

17m
Jun 19
4-3-2022 The Great Integration - "God Shaped Hole" - PDF

Rev. Ken begins this week with remembering his father, who passed away last Fall. He shares with us a poem/song his father wrote called 'Tsuris," a Yiddish word equating to "stress." He tells us about his father's experiences in the Korean war, and how traumatic they must have been. We are invited to listen to a poem quietly, and consider the busy nature of our lives, and whether that's serving us. He shares a story about another veteran recounting his war experiences at the end of his life, and dedicates the lessons learned from that story to his late father.

1s
Apr 03
4-3-2022 The Great Integration - "God Shaped Hole" - Audio

Rev. Ken begins this week with remembering his father, who passed away last Fall. He shares with us a poem/song his father wrote called 'Tsuris," a Yiddish word equating to "stress." He tells us about his father's experiences in the Korean war, and how traumatic they must have been. We are invited to listen to a poem quietly, and consider the busy nature of our lives, and whether that's serving us. He shares a story about another veteran recounting his war experiences at the end of his life, and dedicates the lessons learned from that story to his late father.

32m
Apr 03
3-27-2022 The Great Integration - "Wholly Unravelling" - Audio

This week, Beth Monhollen talks to us about a Brene Brown blog post about a "midlife unravelling" that became very meaningful in her life in 2018. She tells us about how she changed career paths after being very well established in a different field, and what those feelings were like. During this time, she looked to her husband, who had undergone a midlife unravelling of his own as well.

28m
Mar 29
3-27-2022 The Great Integration - "Wholly Unravelling" - PDF

This week, Beth Monhollen talks to us about a Brene Brown blog post about a "midlife unravelling" that became very meaningful in her life in 2018. She tells us about how she changed career paths after being very well established in a different field, and what those feelings were like. During this time, she looked to her husband, who had undergone a midlife unravelling of his own as well.

1s
Mar 29
3-20-2022 The Great Integration - Josie Waldman's Message - Audio

Today, lay preacher Josie Waldman talks to us about how "The Great Resignation" affected her, just as she was beginning down a new path in her life.

22m
Mar 26
3-20-2022 The Great Integration - Josie Waldman's Message - PDF

Today, lay preacher Josie Waldman talks to us about how "The Great Resignation" affected her, just as she was beginning down a new path in her life.

1s
Mar 26
3-13-2022 The Great Integration - "More Than We Know" - PDF

Rev. Lee begins this sleepy DST morning by reading to us. She reads a story about a leaky faucet, and how the way the leak grew larger felt like a symbol of a person breaking down. She talks about how this feeling might have added to what experts are calling "The Great Resignation." She also leads us through a talking/journaling activity.

1s
Mar 26
3-13-2022 The Great Integration - "More Than We Know" - Audio

Rev. Lee begins this sleepy DST morning by reading to us. She reads a story about a leaky faucet, and how the way the leak grew larger felt like a symbol of a person breaking down. She talks about how this feeling might have added to what experts are calling "The Great Resignation." She also leads us through a talking/journaling activity.

26m
Mar 26
3-6-2022 The Great Integration - "Original Blessing" - Audio

This message by Rev. Ken is the first in our new series, The Great Integration. He asks us to consider the ways in which we integrate and segregate things in our lives. He shares a story about a lesson he once learned by volunteering in a preschool; contemplates the differences between the two creation stories inn Genesis; and talks about the pros and cons of selecting your top 25 Beatles songs.

26m
Mar 06
3-6-2022 The Great Integration - "Original Blessing" - PDF

This message by Rev. Ken is the first in our new series, The Great Integration. He asks us to consider the ways in which we integrate and segregate things in our lives. He shares a story about a lesson he once learned by volunteering in a preschool; contemplates the differences between the two creation stories inn Genesis; and talks about the pros and cons of selecting your top 25 Beatles songs.

1s
Mar 06
2-20-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "The Company We Keep" - PDF

This week, Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen spends some time speaking with fellow seminary school students. They talk a bit about the work they hope to accomplish in their communities as Unitarian Universalist ministers.

1s
Feb 28
2-20-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "The Company We Keep" - Audio

This week, Ministerial Intern, Beth Monhollen spends some time speaking with fellow seminary school students. They talk a bit about the work they hope to accomplish in their communities as Unitarian Universalist ministers.

37m
Feb 28
2-13-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "Multiple Pathways" - Audio

Today, Rev. Ken speaks with Kate Parsons, PCC, CRS - Leadership and Recovery Coach and founder of The Brightening Center. They both discuss their own recovery journeys, and also offer some options for anyone who may be considering recovery for themselves.

19m
Feb 13
2-13-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "Multiple Pathways" - PDF

Today, Rev. Ken speaks with Kate Parsons, PCC, CRS - Leadership and Recovery Coach and founder of The Brightening Center. They both discuss their own recovery journeys, and also offer some options for anyone who may be considering recovery for themselves.

1s
Feb 13
1-30-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "Thriving Together" - Audio

For this week's message, Rev. Lee is joined by  Nina Guzmán, Executive Director of Alianzas De Phoenixville & Rachel Rutter, Executive Director of Project Libertad.

41m
Feb 06
1-30-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "Thriving Together" - PDF

For this week's message, Rev. Lee is joined by  Nina Guzmán, Executive Director of Alianzas De Phoenixville & Rachel Rutter, Executive Director of Project Libertad.

1s
Feb 06
1-23-22 Neighbors and Helpers - "Thriving Together" - PDF

In today's message, Rev. Lee spends some time speaking with Nydia Graves (they/them), a community organizer and activist based out of Coatesville, PA. Nydia has been working for years to help support their community in a variety of ways, up to and including holding an elected office position. They have wisdom and advice to share for all of us seeking to make our communities stronger, safer, and equitable for all.

1s
Jan 23
1-23-22 Neighbors and Helpers - "Thriving Together" - Audio

In today's message, Rev. Lee spends some time speaking with Nydia Graves (they/them), a community organizer and activist based out of Coatesville, PA. Nydia has been working for years to help support their community in a variety of ways, up to and including holding an elected office position. They have wisdom and advice to share for all of us seeking to make our communities stronger, safer, and equitable for all.

48m
Jan 23
1-9-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "The Communion of Saints" - Audio

In today's message, Rev. Ken talks about his decision to conclude his ministry at WellSprings in June. He tells us a bit about what it was like to found this congregation and to guide it through some tough times. He also tells us a little about what he hopes the future will hold.

32m
Jan 09
1-9-2022 Neighbors and Helpers - "The Communion of Saints" - PDF

In today's message, Rev. Ken talks about his decision to conclude his ministry at WellSprings in June. He tells us a bit about what it was like to found this congregation and to guide it through some tough times. He also tells us a little about what he hopes the future will hold.

1s
Jan 09
1-2-2022 This Joy - "It's All In the Release" - Audio

Rev. Ken talks a bit about our typical New Year's ritual where we write down things we want to let go of, and release them into a fire. This year, he wants to try something a little different, and he walks us through a brief guided meditation where we look at our insecurities with compassion. He also invites us to participate in a different way.

21m
Jan 02
1-2-2022 This Joy - "It's All In the Release" - PDF

Rev. Ken talks a bit about our typical New Year's ritual where we write down things we want to let go of, and release them into a fire. This year, he wants to try something a little different, and he walks us through a brief guided meditation where we look at our insecurities with compassion. He also invites us to participate in a different way.

1s
Jan 02
12-12-2021 This Joy - "The Economy of Joy" - Audio

Rodney begins this week's message by talking about the joy he feels when listening to music. He recounts a story of his typically-stern father making space for joy in his life too. After telling us about an experience where he saw a procession of people heading to a church, he shares a list of songs that make him feel joyful. Rodney is releasing a companion podcast to this one. You can listen to Rodney's Music Ministry podcast on this feed!

32m
Dec 12, 2021
12-12-2021 This Joy - "The Economy of Joy" - PDF

Rodney begins this week's message by talking about the joy he feels when listening to music. He recounts a story of his typically-stern father making space for joy in his life too. After telling us about an experience where he saw a procession of people heading to a church, he shares a list of songs that make him feel joyful. Rodney is releasing a companion podcast to this one. You can listen to Rodney's Music Ministry podcast on this feed!

1s
Dec 12, 2021