Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Richard Herring will be our speaker. In his sermon, Inventing Religion, Part 2, we learn that successful religions typically begin as cults, which then increase in power and inclusiveness until they achieve tolerance outside the circle of believers. Often a mystery, a set of secret instructions and formulas, is available to members who have worked their way to a higher state of enlightenment. Devotees often compete as a tribe with those of other religions and harshly resist the dismissal of their beliefs by rivals. This sermon continues the discussion of notable figures, past and present, whose inspiration expands to foment systems of belief.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Terry L Root will speak to us on Changing Climate: Changing … Well Everything Since the mid-1970s, the average global temperature has increased about 1.7 degrees F. In response to this rapid warming, much is changing on our planet, including earlier spring warming so flowers are blooming and birds are breeding earlier, species moving to cooler areas on land and in the oceans, many more extremely hot events and fewer exceptionally cold events are happening and, of course, sea level is rising. There is a lot we can do to slow the rapid warming and protect our planet, upon which we and our descendants, as well as enumerable species, depend. We can stop our fossil-fuel addiction to avoid irreparably damaging our planet, because we care and it is certainly not too late for us all to make a difference. We just all need to do what each of us can do--it will truly make a difference.
Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
John Yoder: "Contemplating Life and Death, An Opportunity for Learning and Sharing". As important as it is to think about the event of death, the real heavy lifting comes in thinking about the process that leads up to it. Thinking and talking openly about our fears and aspirations with our spouse and children is a good place to start in planning what some have called the fourth quarter of our lives.
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