- February 19 and 26, noon, Chalice Room — Mindfulness: How to Implement It and Change Your Life, with Dr. Mirza Baig. This two-part series, led by FUS member Dr. Mirza Baig, is designed to show you the ins and outs of the benefits of mindfulness and apply it to your life. Learn how to live mindfully.
- February 26: Teens Teach Tech, noon, Chalice Room — Got questions about your phone, tablet or iPad? Do you ever feel like you are not getting the most out of your tech device? Do you ever run into issues with setting up your phone/ iPad/ computer, etc.? Come to Teens Teach Tech and let our senior high kids help with your questions so you can stay connected. Suggested donation goes towards FUS senior high service trip.
FUS University — noon, Dietrich Room
- February 5: Humanism 101 with Rev. David — Our senior minister is an expert on humanistic thought and trends. Come hear his latest thinking.
- February 12: UU History and John Dietrich — Join Ministerial Intern Jane Smith to discuss the history of our Unitarian Universalist tradition. We will explore the rich and extensive path that led to the advent of humanism, including John Dietrich’s novel ideas and the roots they came from.
- February 19: Stoicism with Rev. David — Unlike most religions of the ancient world, Stoicism taught social engagement rather than meditative withdrawal. Stoics consider it their duty to be a “good social animal.” Come learn more about this resurgent philosophy.
- February 26: The Bhagavad Gita for Our Times, with Rev. Wendy Jerome — The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Hindu text whose beautiful verses and narrative captivated early Unitarians such as Emerson, and the poem holds much wisdom for us today. Come learn more from lifelong FUS member Rev. Wendy Jerome.
Second Sunday Science
9:15-10:15 a.m., Alcott Room. For more info, contact .
- February 13, 2017 — “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics,” by Carl Rovelli. One of the year’s most entrancing books about science.” —The Wall Street Journal
You can listen to the author read a short excerpt of each chapter here. In this second and last session we will read Chapter Four through the end of the 86-page book.
- March 13 and April 10, 2017 — “Black Hole Blues,” by Janna Levin. Sue Okerstrom will lead one discussion.
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” — Tuesday, February 28, 7pm, Dietrich Room
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 finished the first part of Nudge in January. In February we’re looking at the chapters on how we make decisions about money (Part II).
Anti-Racism Book Group — 2nd Thursday evenings, 7-8:30pm, Senior High Room
- February 9: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead — Join an ongoing reading group for a discussion of this National Book Award winner and NYTimes #1 bestseller. The novel is a powerful chronicle of a young slave’s perilous adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Please commit to reading the book before the session. At our discussion, we will use this reading guide.
- Black Panther #1, #2, #3 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Apr 13.
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