Ongoing Religious Explorations
Sunday Discussion Group
The purpose of this ministry is to explore issues and topics, theological and spiritual, to develop community; and to deepen self-awareness through selected readings and discussion of those readings, in the context of covenantal “small group ministry”. During the fall of 2016 the group will explore the book The Whole World Kin: Darwin & the Spirit of Liberal Education edited by Fredric Muir, in which nine prominent liberal religious thinkers examine Darwin’s contributions to theology, spirituality and ethics.
Pat Shea, 770-993-7528, Sundayamdiscussion@uuman.org
Beginning Fall 2017: How do we find peace, either within ourselves or among those around us, at a time of discord and division, when ideological battle lines are being drawn and we are lining up along them to act, promote, defend, and resist? Might we learn from the lives and writings of the wise – spiritual masters and other teachers – that developing self-awareness – coming to know ourselves better – and accepting ourselves – is a start, that others see the world and come at it differently than we do, and that, ultimately, peace within ourselves and among our neighbors can only flow from that understanding. The Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that love flows from understanding – and with it compassion and a visceral knowing of our interconnectedness with all that is.
Join us in reading, discussion, listening, presenting, and practicing. Units will include: Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Being Peace, Buddhist nun Pema Chodron’s book The Places That Scare You, the concept of the shadow side of ourselves – what it represents and how to claim it (as opposed to burying it), and Byron Katie’s The Work, a way of identifying and questioning the thoughts that cause our suffering. Members of the group will share in leading/facilitation of our various units. Expertise not required
Dave Hudson, contact
Periodically the minister will lead a class or workshop. See Workshops and Seminars.