Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, sponsored by the Learning Associates. Please register on the Religious Education bulletin board or at ucevanston.org.
The Moral Arc: What Say You?
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Are moral norms merely social constructs, like which side of the road to drive on? Does God have reasons for His commandments? If there is no God, is everything permissible? How many scientific facts does it take to justify one moral judgment?
What say you when asked to justify your moral opinions? When pushed to defend your justifications, does your thinking end in a core belief with which you so closely identify you stop further inquiry? Where does TRUTH reside? Religion? Personal Experience? Reason? Science? Nowhere? If morality is ultimately grounded in an arbitrary choice, do we each have our own moral truths?
Join us to ask each other, and the writings of Michael Shermer, author of The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom: “WHAT SAY YOU?”
Facilitated by John Tobin, UCE member, former philosophy teacher, and defender of Enlightenment values. John has delivered Summer sermons, coordinated UCE’s morning discussion series – which he named Cracker-barrel – and served on the Ministerial Search Committee.
Great American Freethinkers: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass
November 7, 14
The past is relevant! It gives perspective to our present lives.
Frederick Douglass was a former slave, abolitionist, sometimes champion of women’s rights, orator, and diplomat. He wrote an account of his experience of slavery, and escape. Suggested reading: The Portable Douglass; Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom; Douglass, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.
Elizabeth Cody Stanton was a champion of women’s rights, and a long-time but contentious friend of Susan B. Anthony. She co-authored The Women’s Bible, a major critique of the Scriptures. Suggested reading: Ellen Carol Dubois, The Elizabeth Cady Stanton-Susan B. Anthony Reader.
Facilitated by Rev. Jerome Stone, UCE’s Affiliated Community Minister, former United Church of Christ pastor, and retired philosophy teacher. Jerry had written a number of books, most recently Sacred Nature: The Environmental Potential of Religious Naturalism, and is co-Editor of the upcoming Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism.
The New Testament for UU’s
November 28; December 5, 12, 19
What can we as Unitarian Universalists learn from reading the New Testament?
Who was Jesus and why does he matter?
How can getting in touch with our Unitarian and our Universalist roots help us rethink the Christian message?
Join me in discussing these questions and more on four Tuesdays in November and December. Texts we will draw on include the New Testament, Reza Aslan’s Zealot, and the recent Beacon Press release Christ for UU’s — but all you need to bring is yourself.
Amy Pooley has attended UCE for eight years and been a member for four. She is on the New Member Committee, is a Learning Associate, and works with our high school youth.