UU History Movie Night

Mon., Mar. 19, 26, Apr. 2 & 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Movie nights started Feb. 26. Led by Pippin Whitaker. Register here. Want to explore UU history in a fun and relaxed environment, but lack time to read? This series will involve an hour watching a documentary and 45 minutes of discussion emphasizing building your story of UU history. No advance preparation. Most of the viewing will be of the Long Strange Trip* documentary series, but some sessions will include other videos. Attend all sessions or drop in. *The Long Strange Trip is a six-part, closed-caption series by Ron Cordes that explores the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought […]

Psychology of Fiction, Imagination and Art

Thu., Mar. 22, 7-8:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Thalia Goldstein. Register here. Why do adults and children spend so much time reading, watching movies and television and otherwise engaging in imaginative and fictional worlds? How do we understand and react to these imagined worlds? Why do we seek out fictional worlds that make us feel scared, sad or disgusted? Does engaging with the arts help children develop emotional, social or cognitive skills? We’ll explore why humans engage with fiction, what fiction might help children and adults learn, what the psychology is behind art that makes us feel bad (for example, sad movies) and whether engaging in the arts, such […]

Religious Themes in Western Art

Wed., Mar. 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Roz Hoagland. Register here. Have you ever wandered through the Renaissance section of an art museum and wondered who the people in the paintings might be? Much Western art deals with religious themes. Artists over the years developed formulas for depicting familiar Bible stories and key individuals. Looking at examples from early Christian catacombs through the 17th Century, this class will decode the stories and discover the attributes of important figures in religious art.

St. Paul and the First Christians

Mon., Apr. 2, 9, 16 & 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Jack Dalby. Register here. The origins of Christianity remain largely mysterious. To this day, historians debate exactly what happened at that “big bang” moment nearly 2,000 years ago. How, they ask, did a tiny group of apocalyptic Jews, located in the backwaters of 1st Century Palestine, disciples of a crucified, itinerant Jewish preacher, start a religious movement that would one day grow to include over 2 billion adherents? In these academically based lectures, we will attempt to answer this question. Some of the topics for discussion are: What are our sources for understanding Christian origins? What are […]

Knitting 101

Fri., Apr. 20 & 27, May 11, 18 & 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Led by Laureen Branting. Register here. Although this class is called Knitting 101, there is something for all levels of knitters. The novice will learn to cast on, knit, purl and cast off. For the more experienced knitter, we will explore various techniques, including twinning and fair isle.

Collapsing Humanism and Rising Techno-Religion

Wed., Mar. 14, 21 & 28, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. **This class is now full. No more registrations are being accepted.** Led by Jerry Poje. How are humans evolving during our age of hyper-technological development? How will current and next generations survive the Anthropocene? What do legacy religions have to offer during this monumental transformation? Using much online content and Yuval Harari’s “Homo Deus,” we’ll explore our place in an expanding universe. Step beyond historical Ishtar, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and Mary Baker Eddy, and explore the truly strange global future. Expect much personal preparation, some lecture and abundant, challenging conversation. Deeper religious friendships expected beyond this short course.

Encountering Whiteness: A Discussion

Wed., Apr. 11 & May 23, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Led by Mary Butler. Register here. For white people in America, it can be difficult to see ourselves as a race. We tend to establish our own racial identity as the default category against which other races are understood. For inter-racial and inter-ethnic communication, healing and reconciliation to even begin, we must educate ourselves to the white side of continuing racism in America. This discussion will explore the nature of whiteness as a barrier to understanding the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities. Open to all regardless of their racial and ethnic identity. We’ll draw from the text of “Waking […]