Who Was Jesus?: Current Scholarship and the Quest for the Historical Jesus and Why It Matters Today
Rarely has there been a greater, more widespread Rorschach test of interpretation, than the wide range of perspectives on the historical figure, Jesus of Nazareth. “Son of God”, “God Incarnate”, teacher, revolutionary, prophet, magician, messiah? All of these widely varying understandings, and others, are alive and well today. Is there any hope of understanding who the original Jesus was? Many currents of contemporary scholarship are working to do just that. Come join us for a lively discussion about the current state of discussion about “The Quest for the Historical Jesus.”
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Read Sermon Here: Interfaith cooperation 09.06.2020
A Sacred City?: Religion and Co-Existence in the post 9/11 Period
As we meet on September 6th, we will be just a few days shy of the nineteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. One of the lessons from that fateful time has been that religious and interfaith relations are a matter of urgency. If we are to move forward as an inclusive, egalitarian society, co-creating a better future, then religious co-existence and respectful dialogue are vital. As we anticipate the 19th anniversary of 9/11, join us for a presentation and discussion about the necessity and benefits of interfaith cooperation, mutuality and co-existence.
Values for the Journey Ahead
August 16, 2020 10:30 AM https://zoom.us/j/95376128272
Values help us steer through challenging times. Values are guides that influence our behavior and our responses to difficulties. As we navigate our way forward through this time of COVID-19 – or as some have called it, the “coronacoaster” – we can find strength and momentum by examining and becoming clear about what our values are. Our values give life meaning and keep us on track. Our conscience is troubled when we are not true to our values. The ancient stoic philosophers referred to values as “virtues.” Wisdom, Justice, Courage and Moderation are the cardinal virtues of the stoic – an excellent selection. Are there others? What are yours? In the early 2000’s the VIA Institute (VIA = “Values in Action”) started a science-based values inventory to help people identify and strengthen their values and character strengths. We will explore the meaning and impact of our values, especially as we face the challenges of our time. If you’d like to take the free values assessment survey (not required, but recommended) in preparation for our conversation on Sunday, please go to: www.viacharacter.org.
Beauty Will Save the World
Some thoughts on Beauty in Vexing Times – Lyndon Harris
August 2, 2020 10:30AM https://zoom.us/j/93224989290 Mtg # 93224989290
Do we have an obligation to beauty? If so, what is it? Isn’t that just another form of escapism to take our minds off of the crisis du jour? Being present to beauty – the beauty of a flower, the beauty of a child, the beauty of a loved one – is an antidote to despair. The poet and philosopher, John O’Donahue, wrote, “The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere – in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion and in ourselves…When we experience the Beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming.” Join us for a homecoming, and a conversation about the healing power of beauty.
Sunday July 19, 2020 at 10:30 — Lyndon Harris
In Medias Res
Homer began his epic poems “In medias res” This is the term for starting a writing in the middle of things. Today we find ourselves in the middle of a lot of things, challenging things: a surging global pandemic, civil unrest in response to the murder of George Floyd, and grave financial uncertainties. And we long for a return to “normal” – whatever that is. But being in the middle of things brings with it an unexpected grace – the opportunity to reimagine our life together, to change things we no longer accept, and to rewrite our destiny. Being in the middle of things might be unsettling, but we are all still capable of influencing the outcome, we are still able to work for a more just, compassionate, kind and hopeful future. But how do we do that? And how do we take care of ourselves on the journey? Join us to hear some thoughts about this journey, drawing from many resources, followed by conversation.
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Sunday July 5, 2020 at 10:30 — Lyndon Harris
Seeking Sanity in Crazy Times: Finding
Inner Peace in the Midst of Outer Turmoil
Life has been a little crazy lately. With so many challenges going on, is it possible to maintain a sense of balance?
While there are many voices telling us that we must be mindful of safety protocols because of external circumstances, we must also be mindful of inner safety. Martin Luther King once said ―be the peace you wish to see in the world.‖ By finding peace within ourselves, we contribute to the peace
in the world. Join us for some thoughts and a conversation about how we might do this, connecting the dots between internal and external peace, and why it’s vital for our health.
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Please see instructions below for joining by phone or computer for our next virtual fellowship this Sunday, June 7 at 10:30 am via Zoom. Rev. Michael Carter will be sharing “Gandhi, Dr. King, and Buddhism on Suffering.” What a timely message to help us weather the storms of the recent sadness from the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
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