"What Are We Waiting For?" Clint Tawes (9-1-2019)
Growing up in a conservative religious denomination, we often talked about our great expectation as believers. It always involved a future life in a city in the sky. Rather than focusing our expectations on a heavenly world in the next life, why not raise our expectations in this life and work to make this world a little more heavenly?
"Optimism" Dr. Robert Pawlicki (3-10-2019)
As stated strongly in a sermon entitled, More Evidence the world is getting better, optimism takes work. In the sea of negative news and images in which we live, it is challenging to maintain an optimistic outlook – as important as that is to our mental and physical health.
However, there is a wealth of extremely well researched books that clearly articulate that the world is getting better. Here are three well worth your time.
The easiest to read and an excellent place to begin is: Hans Rosling’s Factfulness. Written by an internally famous world health educator, Factfulnessdeals with common misunderstanding, why we are prone to misread reality and what the actual facts are regarding the world’s progress. My sermon relied heavily on this book. If you are hesitant to dive into a book, go to TEDtalks and explore one of the 16 fascinating presentations by Dr. Rosling.
Our country’s most well-known optimism proponent is Harvard psychologist, Steven Pinker. Filled with charts and trend line, Pinker’s two well written books are very convincing that, upon examination from scientist around the world, the world is, indeed, getting better. His first book is entitled: The Better Nature of our Angels, and the second, Enlightenment Now. Both excellent.
"Memories and Monuments" Clint Tawes (11-25-2018)
Immediately after returning home from his pilgrimage to Plymouth, Massachusetts, Clint Tawes will share his experience at the National Day of Mourning and explore the importance of re-examining society’s collective memory, which we often refer to as “history”, by giving voice to marginalized people whose memories do not match society’s monuments.
"Participation is the Key to Harmony" Margaret Hall (9-16-2018)
What's the secret to the long game? It's picking up the ball. Margaret shares life stories on the joys and challenges of participating fully at home, work, church and anywhere life takes you.
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