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Making Footprints Not Blueprints

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Welcome to “Making Footprints not Blueprints”, a regular podcast about matters philosophical and religious. My name is Andrew James Brown and, despite being myself 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.

Welcome to “Making Footprints not Blueprints”, a regular podcast about matters philosophical and religious. My name is Andrew James Brown and, despite being myself 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.

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Welcome to “Making Footprints not Blueprints”, a regular podcast about matters philosophical and religious. My name is Andrew James Brown and, despite being myself 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.

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English

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Episodes

S03 #30 - Be ignited, or be gone — becoming freethinking mystics with hands - A thought for the day

4/28/2022
The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/04/be-ignited-or-be-gone-becoming.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Full details (and a representative recording) of the Service of Mindful Meditation mentioned in this episode can be found at the following link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ A fuller unfolding of some of the key themes...

Duration:00:05:24

S03 #29 - "I have seen in my solitude very clear things that are not true" — on living the liberal religious life TOGETHER - A thought for the day

4/22/2022
The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/04/i-have-seen-in-my-solitude-very-clear.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

Duration:00:07:02

S03 #28 - L’chaim! — to life! A religion without God and an ethics without absolutes—A short Easter Sunday reflection

4/16/2022
The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/04/lchaim-to-life-religion-without-god-and.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

Duration:00:07:47

S03 #27 - Broken Hosannas—Palm Sunday - A thought for the day

4/7/2022
The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/04/broken-hosannasor-why-its-religiously.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

Duration:00:08:04

S03 #26 - Rock or sand, sand or rock? - why the true foundation of the spiritual life might not be what you think it is . . . - A thought for the day

4/1/2022
The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/04/rock-or-sand-sand-or-rock-why-true.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

Duration:00:07:28

S03 #25 - A meditation on a Pietà, written for a Mothering Sunday during a time of war - A thought for the day

3/25/2022
A picture of the Pietà mentioned in this podcast and the full text can be found at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/03/a-meditation-on-pieta-written-for.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. The text alone can be found, as always, in the transcript of this edition. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

Duration:00:07:02

S03 #24 - Information is fast and cheap. Knowledge is slow and expensive - A thought for the day

3/18/2022
The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/03/information-is-fast-and-cheap-knowledge.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

Duration:00:08:10

S03 Bonus Episode - “Only a God can still save us”—a liberal religious confession

3/15/2022
The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/03/only-god-can-still-save-usa-liberal.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

Duration:00:10:24

S03 #23 - “Please save my dolly” — on the sharing of experience and a politics of solidarity - A thought for the day

3/12/2022
A short “thought for the day” offered to the Cambridge Unitarian Church as part of the Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/03/please-save-my-dolly-on-sharing-of.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ...

Duration:00:07:30

S03 #22 - “Love the hell out of this world”—a further lesson to be learnt from the Russian invasion of the Ukraine - A thought for the day

3/4/2022
A short “thought for the day” offered to the Cambridge Unitarian Church as part of the Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/03/love-hell-out-of-this-worlda-further.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ...

Duration:00:07:34

S03 #21 - A political-theological ghost story — a lesson to be learnt from the Russian invasion of the Ukraine - A thought for the day

2/26/2022
A short “thought for the day” offered to the Cambridge Unitarian Church as part of the Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/02/a-political-theological-ghost-story.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ...

Duration:00:07:44

S03 #20 - The goat path ahead less travelled by . . . or Liberal religion back at the crossroads - A thought for the day

2/19/2022
A short “thought for the day” offered to the Cambridge Unitarian Church as part of the Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/02/the-goat-path-ahead-less-travelled-by.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ...

Duration:00:06:44

S03 #19 - Feeling the double movement of roots and fruits - A thought for the day

2/12/2022
A short “thought for the day” offered to the Cambridge Unitarian Church as part of the Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/02/feeling-double-movement-of-roots-and.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ...

Duration:00:06:03

S03 #18 - No one is ever alone if they can see the countless lives supporting them - A thought for the day

2/4/2022
A short “thought for the day” offered to the Cambridge Unitarian Church as part of the Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/02/no-one-is-ever-alone-if-they-can-see.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ...

Duration:00:05:25

S03 #17 - Faith does not consist in believing something wonderful . . . - A thought for the day

1/28/2022
A short “thought for the day” offered to the Cambridge Unitarian Church as part of the Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/01/faith-does-not-consist-in-believing.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ...

Duration:00:06:06

S03 #16 - The parable of the mischievously wise physics teacher - A thought for the day

1/21/2022
A short “thought for the day” offered to the Cambridge Unitarian Church as part of the Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/01/the-parable-of-mischievously-wise.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ...

Duration:00:05:46

S03 #15 - On baseball gloves and liberal religion - A thought for the day

1/14/2022
A short “thought for the day” offered to the Cambridge Unitarian Church as part of the Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/01/on-baseball-gloves-and-liberal-religion.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ...

Duration:00:05:46

S03 #14 - Gold, frankincense and myrrh or a teapot, an empty jam tin, and a cabbage leaf? A short, secular religious thought for Epiphany - A thought for the day

1/8/2022
A short “thought for the day” offered to the Cambridge Unitarian Church as part of the Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/01/gold-frankincense-and-myrrh-or-teapot.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ...

Duration:00:05:40

S03 #13 - John Keat’s ‘negative capability’ and COVID-19 - A thought for the day

1/1/2022
A short “thought for the day” offered to the Cambridge Unitarian Church as part of the Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2022/01/john-keats-negative-capability-and.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ...

Duration:00:07:18

S03 #12 - The New Being — A short, secular religious thought for Christmas Day

12/24/2021
The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2021/12/the-new-being-short-secular-religious.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. Music, "New Heaven", written by Andrew J. Brown and played by Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Russ Morgan (drums) and Andrew J. Brown (double bass)

Duration:00:05:49