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The End Of Take On Faith
I concluded broadcasting Take On Faith in May 2022. It was a blast hosting the program and meeting so many outstanding guests. Most of all, many thanks to you, my listeners and supporters, who joined me for an exciting journey exploring the many faith of the human faith experience.
I’ll keep you posted on any developments regarding future broadcasting opportunities or adventures.
For now, my focus will be my new assignment as Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, CA. That work begins on August 10, 2022.
Rev. Gordon Clay and Mrs. Lisa S. Bailey
Take On Faith – November 27, 2021
Rev. Gordon Clay and Mrs. Lisa S. Bailey appeared as guests on Take On Faith. They discussed their shared ministry and marriage with Rev. Xolani Kacela, the show host. Rev. Gordon Clay and Mrs. Lisa Bailey joined the program from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rev. Bailey serves as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas, NV. He is also a Board-Certified Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.
Lisa Bailey works in the social justice arena with the Showing Up for Racial Justice Las Vegas chapter, the boards of No Racism in Schools #1865, and the Artivists. Lisa was an advance reader for The Black UU Survival Guide.
During the talk, they gave witness to life as Unitarian Universalists. Each spoke about their experiences being in a mixed marriage. Rev. Gordon Clay and Mrs. Lisa S. Bailey also shined light upon the challenges of leading a white church.
Interestingly, the Bailey’s provided insight to the limits of a BIPOC leader in a white church. They spoke about the differences between Black church ministry and white churches. They offered insights to what keeps the two worlds apart.
You can reach the Gordon C. Bailey or Lisa S. Bailey on their YouTube channel, The Bailey View.
From Guests’ Church’s Website:
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas exists as a religious community. The valley-wide ministry shares the principles of Unitarian Universalism and provides a sanctuary and a voice for spiritual seekers. It serves as a force for social justice in the greater community. Here, we challenge members, friends, and visitors to think for themselves, grow spiritually, and express and live their values.
Xolani Kacela, Ph.D. on Think Again
Xolani Kacela joined “Think Again” host Randy Harris to explore race and racism within church settings. Dr. Kacela’s new book is The Black UU Survival Guide: How to survive as a Black Unitarian Universalist and how allies can keep it 100.” The program broadcast live from KTAL-LP 10.5 in Las Cruces, NM.
From the Think Again webpage:
Host Randy Harris engages interesting guests in exploring “meta-cognition.” That is, thinking about our thinking. Albert Einstein said, “We won’t solve our problems using the same thinking we used to create them.”
Accordingly, we look beyond “what” we think, evaluate “how” we think, “why” we think the way we do, and why it matters.
About Think Again host, Randy Harris
The host, Randy Harris, was born into a military family at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington.
Coming of age in the tumultuous 1960’s & 70’s, and as the eldest of four siblings, he learned early in life about leadership, personal responsibility, and responsibility towards others.
As a student, Randy delighted in the study of history, science, and cultural and social dynamics, communication, and business.
Being naturally curious, these interests led to employment in a broad spectrum of fields. First, going to work at the age of ten as an agricultural worker in the fields, he gained a direct understanding of hard and low-paying work. Later, he worked in media, energy efficiency and conservation, and entrepreneurial creativity.
Randy has lived in the southwest for almost 30 years, and in 2010 launched a project bringing community members together for civil and informed dialogue addressing current issues and timeless human considerations. This process would come to be known as “The Great Conversation.” Since 2010, “The Great Conversation” hosted approximately 1,500 dialogues,
Currently, the organization’s focus training as many community members as possible in dialogue facilitation. The process draws on studies of language and communication, history, science, economics, sociology, psychology, neuroscience, values, ethics, and more.