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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 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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United Kingdom

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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 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.

Twitter:

@caute

Language:

English

Contact:

07477462110


Episodes
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S07 #36 - A genuine, Unitarian mantra recalled - A thought for the day

7/12/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast (including some photos and the Sanskrit couplet mentioned) can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/07/a-genuine-unitarian-mantra-recalled.html Please feel free to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:13:40

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S07 #35 - The move beyond all “-isms” — being the fuller meaning and history of the Unitarian tradition - A thought for the day

7/6/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast (and the essay mentioned herein) can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/07/the-move-beyond-all-isms-being-fuller.html Please feel free to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:17:34

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S07 #34 - Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. - A thought for the day

6/29/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/06/instructions-for-living-life-pay.html Please feel free to post any comments you have about this episode there. A pdf containing Imaoka Shin'ichirō's "Principles of Living" can be found at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/06/my-principles-of-living-by-imaoka.html More information about "jiyū shūkyō" can be found at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/p/free-religion.html The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:12:38

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S07 Bonus Episode - A brief address on the occasion of my Kikyoshiki

6/22/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2023/09/a-brief-address-on-occasion-of-my.html Please feel free to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:13:41

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S07 #33 - To remind people of the creative, compassionate and cooperative, world-enhancing consequences of true, self-love - A thought for the day

6/12/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/06/to-remind-people-of-creative.html Please feel free to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:10:21

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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 day

5/24/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/05/to-make-leap-from-world-of-doubting.html Please feel free to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:13:33

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S07 #31 - The true spirit of Pentecost — freely, creatively and rhizomatically educational, always and everywhere - A thought for the day

5/18/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/05/the-true-spirit-of-pentecost-freely.html Please feel free to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:14:38

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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 day

5/11/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/05/in-praise-of-syncretism-impurity-of-all.html Please feel free to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:12:06

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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 day

5/10/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/05/we-are-all-manifestations-of-great.html Please feel free to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:13:12

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S07 #28 - Nothing belongs to anyone - all things belong to the whole - A thought for the day

4/26/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/04/nothing-belongs-to-anyone-all-things.html Please feel free to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:09:10

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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 day

4/20/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/04/on-wobbly-jenga-towers-church.html Please feel free to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:12:20

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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 day

4/13/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/04/deep-and-again-deep-gateway-to-all.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:13:31

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S07 #25 - Jjiyū Shūkyō (a creative, free spirituality) as a Silken Tent - A thought for the day

4/6/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/04/jjiyu-shukyo-creative-free-spirituality.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:13:32

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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 day

3/30/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/03/to-touch-again-finely-woven-seamless.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:12:17

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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 day

3/15/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/03/an-ethics-of-motion-meditation-on-john.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:13:50

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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 day

3/2/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/03/its-always-possible-to-embody-truth.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:12:04

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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 day

2/24/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/02/what-apprenticeship-in-tailoring-might.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:13:31

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S07 #20 - Will ready-made religions ever really fit us properly? - A thought for the day

2/15/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/02/will-ready-made-religions-ever-really.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:11:13

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S07 #19 A gentle plea for some basket-weaving and aphanipoiesis - A thought for the day

2/10/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/02/a-gentle-plea-for-some-basket-weaving.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:14:22

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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 day

2/3/2024
Send us a Text Message. The full text of this podcast can be found in the transcript of this edition or at the following link: https://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2024/02/the-sustaining-sea-and-need-to-take.html Please feel to post any comments you have about this episode there. The Cambridge Unitarian Church's Sunday Service of Mindful Meditation can be found at this link: https://www.cambridgeunitarian.org/morning-service/ 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) Thanks for listening. Just to note that all the texts of these podcasts are available on my blog. You'll also find there a brief biography, info about my career as a musician, & some photography. Feel free to drop by & say hello. Email: caute.brown[at]gmail.com

Duration:00:10:40