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Lessons Learned On a Bike Ride

Tom Beck

Tom Beck is an avid bicycle rider and has been a biker since he was a child. In the Summer of 2003 an incident occurred during a bike ride on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that changed Tom’s perception regarding the age old question of “Who is my neighbor?” The message … Continued

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On Sunday mornings in Christian Bible Baptist Church on the East side of Youngstown, I was taught to study hard in school and to embrace lifelong learning.   But by the time I turned 18 years old, I found myself looking for something that I couldn't find at Christian Bible Baptist.  It's hard to say what that something was, but I knew that I needed to look for it.  So I looked in the phone book and found this church and attended a summer service in 1991.

Over the years, I became hooked on the UU church for a million and one reasons.  One reason is that Kris  Eyssell, a fellow grad student and UU, listened closely to me as I expressed my beliefs about spirituality around 1997. She said, “Davita, I think you’re a UU. You just don’t know it.”  As I reflect on my spiritual journey, I feel so grateful for the presence of the Baptist and UU faith traditions in my life.  Because each tradition offers something uniquely valuable.   My Baptist roots gave me a strong foundation for lifelong learning and UUism has facilitated that learning in my adult life.