Adult Religious Education (A.R.E.)
Sunday from 9:30-10:30 in the Office Building
Come join us to enjoy a good conversation and learn!
July 7th– Dr. Timani from CNU presents “Religious Pluralism.”
- Religious pluralism can be summarized as the following:
- People of different faiths and cultures engage themselves in forums for public reflection and honest dialogues on issues of faith and practice,
- They try to build among themselves bridges of understanding based on listening, learning, studying, and sharing,
- They open themselves in ways that enable peoples of different cultures and religious traditions to grow in respect and appreciation of/for the views of others, and
- They try to foster transformations as people discover their common humanity, while learning to live peacefully amidst their religious differences.
July 14th– Meg will moderate a “TED Talk” discussion about Transcendentalism
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks are online speakers from around the world. The private non-profit Sapling Foundation provides these with the slogan “ideas worth spreading.”
July 21st– Anthony Fiscella will present:
- American History X: The Prequel (UUs and Native Americans)
- What is our relationship to the Native Americans (and their descendants) who lived on this land before Europeans arrived and what do we want it to be? While such questions tend to be difficult and complicated, this discussion is designed to explore and facilitate some tentative –yet concrete– responses (in the spirit of an emerging network that has grown in the wake of the rejection of the Doctrine of Discovery at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly 2012).
July 28th– Dr. Dawn Hutchinson will present “Taoist Sacred Writing.”
- We will be discussing how the Tao de Ching and the Chuang Tzu scriptures influenced Chinese society during an important time in history. This continues the series on sacred scriptures of the world. The Tao te Ching is the older of the two texts, while the Chuang Tzu develops Taoist teachings. Both of these scriptures are ambiguous–they have certainly been used as philosophical texts as well as part of a rich Chinese religious tradition. In this particular class session, we are going to focus on the historical moments in which they developed.