March 19 — Welcome the Vernal Equinox
We’ve got a morning of festivities lined up starting at 9:30am with bagels, juice and an intergenerational craft in the Dietrich Room. At 10:00am join a Spring Sing-Along with the Eclectics, followed by the “Pageant of Spring” Assembly with Rev. Jim Foti speaking. Wrap up the morning with our annual festive Spring Brunch downstairs at 11:30 am. Volunteers are needed for brunch set-up, serving and clean-up. Please us if you can help.
FUS University — noon, Dietrich Room
- March 5 — Theology with Charlie: Concepts of Sin — Come expand your mind with Charlie Krysinski, our Director of Religious Education. Is sin an eternal alienated state of the soul? Is it a collective rupture of solidarity in the community of believers? Is it simply a tool for social control? Is there such a thing as a humanist sin?
March 12 — Dive In and Sing Out with Barb BrooksUpper Assembly HallDo you sing in the car or in the shower, but rarely in the pew? Singers of all ability levels are warmly welcomed to join Music Director Barb Brooks as we explore some of the hidden gems in our gray and teal songbooks. Bring your voice as we make a joyful sound and learn new songs for future Sunday Assemblies!
March 26 — Sunday Afternoon Movie: “13th”
Available only via Netflix, this Academy Award nominee for best documentary explores the history of racial inequality in the United States and the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Come experience this powerful, essential film. Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes. Rev. Jim Foti is your host.
Second Sunday Science
Mar. 12 at 9:15 am, Frank Lloyd Wright Room.
We will discuss the first half of “Black Hole Blues”, by Janna Levin. Second half discussion will be April 10. For more info, contact .
Third Sundays, Dietrich 100 Address-of-the-Month Discussion
Noon, Heritage Room
To mark the 100-year anniversary of Rev. John Dietrich’s arrival at FUS, we are looking in-depth at one of his addresses each month on the third Sunday. Participants will benefit from reading at least an excerpt or full transcript of the talk beforehand. For more from our “Humanist Pulpit” blog, click here. Schedule-to-date:
- March 19, 2017: “Can the God-Idea Be Saved?” (12/14/30) led by Frank Hanson. “… one wonders if the God-idea, which has persisted through the centuries of human history, can be saved, or indeed if it is desirable that it should be saved? To this question there are just three answers among modern thinkers: 1) atheism, which says that it cannot and should not be saved; 2) theism, which says that it can and should be saved; and 3) Humanism, which teaches that the God-idea has been greatly overstressed, and that it is not important whether it be saved or not.”
- February 19: “How the Gods Were Made,” (4/18/1926) led by Martha Hardesty.
- January 15: “Thoughts on God,” (1950s manuscript) led by Nick Rowse and Mikki Morrissette. Read a column Mikki wrote about Dietrich’s thoughts here.
- December 18: “What and Why is Christmas?” (1924), led by Phil Duran
- November 20: “What if the World Went Humanist?,” led by Adele Hansen.
The Big Read
Join us for a discussion of Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Richard Thaller and Cass R. Sunstein. The Guardian described this as “never intimidating, always amusing.” The group will not meet in March, but will resume in April.
Anti-Racism Book Group
2nd Thursday evenings, 7-8:30pm, Senior High Room
April 13 — Black Panther #1, #2, #3 by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Please for more info.