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You Pick The Topic for Arvid's final Coffee and Conversation!

Reverend Arvid Straube would like your input for his final adult educational Coffee & Conversation series. Beginning Wednesdays, April 9th, and then resuming Wednesday, April 30th through Wednesday, May 28th. The evening begins at 6:45p with coffee, then conversation at 7p lasting until 8p. What would you like to discuss? Please add your topic ideas in the comments below.

12 comments (Add your own)

1. Chris wrote:
Help me understand the Christian concept of, and history behind, Substitutionary Atonement: Jesus died for our sins; and why this is so important for Christians.

Mon, March 17, 2014 @ 4:09 PM

2. Chris wrote:
Let's talk about Evil, Adolph Hitler, and our 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person. Really? Everyone?

Mon, March 17, 2014 @ 4:12 PM

3. James Long wrote:
How can Unitarian Universalism attract and engage young adults and families?
I have two ideas: establish a full university based on UU principles; and start a "peace corps" service project/internship program for up to 1 year.

Sat, March 22, 2014 @ 10:23 PM

4. James Long wrote:
Can you explain the “consumerism” belief system, how do we identify and remedy it, which group in society benefits from it, and contrast consumerism with a real philosophical materialism?

Sat, March 22, 2014 @ 10:47 PM

5. James Long wrote:
Can you comment on the science saying if we exceed emissions of 560 Gigatons of fossil fuels, our children will face consequences of greater than 2 degree C rise in temperature? Oil companies already have 2700 Gigatons of oil reserves. What do we do as UU’s.??

This is issue of inter-generational justice.
See links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pznsPkJy2x8

Sat, March 22, 2014 @ 11:01 PM

6. James Long wrote:
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

This quote points to spiritual evolution. Can you discuss these two ideas, and any others, of the evolution of collective human consciousness?
a. Oversoul by Ralph Waldo Emerson
b. Noosphere and Omega Point by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Sat, March 22, 2014 @ 11:21 PM

7. Sara wrote:
Can we talk about intuition, the power and validity of it, and how or if it is a spiritual concept?

Mon, March 24, 2014 @ 7:19 PM

8. Linda D. Lewis wrote:
I hope when you talk about 12 step and language you also acknowledge that there are alterantives to it. SMART recovery is imperically based as is Women for Sobriety. Let me know if you want more info

Also, I'd like to explore 'interconncetedness' I'm not sure I understand it beyond as a community concept, such as Univesrsal? spiritual?

Also, a class on a common sense, 'how to' practice mindfulness daily.

Tue, March 25, 2014 @ 9:01 AM

9. James Long wrote:
Can you explain the spiritual concept of “surrender”?
Eckhart Tolle discusses surrender in his book “The Power of Now”. What does Tolle mean you have two chances at surrender? Are there different meanings of surrender in different religious traditions? Is Tolle’s description of the transformative power of surrender a type of mystical experience?

Fri, March 28, 2014 @ 11:34 PM

10. Emily Keeler wrote:
The Gospel of Thomas. What do liberal, progressive Christians like about gnosticism? What don't they like?

Regarding The Story of the Jews: Why have Jews been subject to so much persecution?

Regarding Pelikan on Creeds: People do seem to like a "handle" on what their church is about. Has anyone considered revising our Church Aspiration. Make it our Church Covenant and include in it some key principles.
A Covenant is stronger and implies commitment and obligation. Perhaps end it - This is our Sacred Covenant.

tao te ching

Thu, April 3, 2014 @ 9:55 AM

11. James Long wrote:
A couple more ideas…
Before you leave, can you share your own philosophy of God, being, existence, and reality; who are the major thinkers that have influenced you?

Can you explain the brain’s evolutionary structure, and how it affects us?

What do you see the most important thing humanity needs to do in the next 100 years? What is at stake and what are the best and worst case scenarios?

Tue, April 8, 2014 @ 10:34 PM

12. Michael wrote:
I was hoping to make it to last night's (April 30th 2014) lecture and discussion. I do have an opinion and story I'd like to share. Is this the place to share?

Wed, April 30, 2014 @ 2:10 AM

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