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Making Footprints Not Blueprints

Andrew James Brown/Caute

Welcome to “Making Footprints not Blueprints”, a regular podcast about matters philosophical and religious. My name is Andrew James Brown and, despite being an atheistically inclined free-thinker, I’m also the minister to the Unitarian Church in the city of Cambridge, UK.The title of this podcast is borrowed from the philosopher Herbert Fingarette (1921-2018) who, in his book, “The Self in Transformation” (Basic Books, New York 1963), offered us studies that were “outcomes rather than realised objectives” which were offered to the reader as an encouragement to make “intellectual footprints, not blueprints.” This podcast tries to proceed in a similar fashion and takes seriously an insight of the poet A. R. Ammons who felt that true human freedom only comes when we have understood that full scope always eludes our grasp, that there is no finality of vision, that we have perceived nothing completely and that, therefore, and thankfully, tomorrow a new walk is a new walk. 

Episodes
S07 #33 - To remind people of the creative, compassionate and cooperative, world-enhancing consequences of true, self-love - A thought for the dayJune 12, 2024
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S07 #32 - To make a leap “from a world of doubting each other to a world of trusting each other” - A thought for the dayMay 24, 2024
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S07 #31 - The true spirit of Pentecost — freely, creatively and rhizomatically educational, always and everywhere - A thought for the dayMay 18, 2024
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S07 #30 - In praise of syncretism, the impurity of all religions, and the tumbling down of walls - A thought for the dayMay 11, 2024
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S07 #29 - We are all manifestations of the Great Spirit, children of God, containing infinite treasures within ourselves - A thought for the dayMay 10, 2024
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S07 #28 - Nothing belongs to anyone - all things belong to the whole - A thought for the dayApril 26, 2024
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S07 #27 - On wobbly Jenga towers, church governance, yeast, broken bread, communion, metamorphosis and a modern, free and inquiring religion - A thought for the dayApril 20, 2024
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S07 #26 - Deep and again deep - The gateway to all mystery . . . A meditation on the total eclipse of the sun, 2024 - A thought for the dayApril 13, 2024
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S07 #25 - Jjiyū Shūkyō (a creative, free spirituality) as a Silken Tent - A thought for the dayApril 06, 2024
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S07 #24 - To touch again the finely woven, seamless cloth of joy & woe — an Easter Sunday meditation - A thought for the dayMarch 30, 2024
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S07 #23 - Bringing into being an ethics of motion — A meditation on John Ford’s 1950 western, “Wagon Master” - A thought for the dayMarch 15, 2024
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S07 #22 - It’s always possible to embody truth, even when, technically, we’re not able to tell it - A thought for the dayMarch 02, 2024
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S07 #21 - What an apprenticeship in tailoring might tell us about the making of a creative, free spirituality or religion . . . - A thought for the dayFebruary 24, 2024
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S07 #20 - Will ready-made religions ever really fit us properly? - A thought for the dayFebruary 15, 2024
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S07 #19 A gentle plea for some basket-weaving and aphanipoiesis - A thought for the dayFebruary 10, 2024
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S07 #18 - The sustaining sea and the need to take even strokes in these very uneven times - A thought for the dayFebruary 03, 2024
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S07 #17 - How new are you? - A thought for the dayJanuary 27, 2024
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S07 #16 - The new parable of “Mr Bates vs. The Post Office” - A thought for the dayJanuary 20, 2024
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S07 #15 - A mystery is something in which I am myself involved - A thought for the dayJanuary 06, 2024
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S07 #14 - A Small- Sized Mystery — A New Year’s Eve meditation - A thought for the dayDecember 30, 2023
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S07 #13 - “The Eternal Buddha is no one else but the Eternal Christ” — A Christmas Day Meditation - A thought for the dayDecember 21, 2023
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S07 #12 - The Quantum Manger — A Christmas Eve Meditation - A thought for the dayDecember 21, 2023
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S07 Bonus Episode - The Japanese Yuniterian [sic] tradition . . . or the dove that ventured outsideDecember 15, 2023
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S07 #11 - Beyond the binary of supply and demand — bringing citizens, business and industry together through a deep, but simple, creative, free spirituality - A thought for the dayDecember 09, 2023
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S07 #10 - Embracing climate adaptation positives in our settings in good company - A thought for the dayDecember 02, 2023
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