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4/23 Bohm Dialogue — A Sustainable World and Human Nature

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

What would it take to live sustainably on planet Earth and are humans capable of it? Humans obviously have to reduce pollution and consumption of resources to sustainable levels and give Earth’s ecosystems, oceans and atmosphere space and time to recover. But that’s not enough – any improvements can be quickly overtaken by population growth.

The road forward should be  rational and obvious. The knowledge and technology exists. Why don’t we just do it? What’s stopping us? Lack of agreement on the problem and the solution is a big stopper.

Is there a flaw in human nature? Or is the flaw in a civilization structured to be dependent on continual expansion? In 1943 Abraham Maslow proposed a useful map of human instinct called The Hierarchy of Needs. Psychologists quibble over the details but there is general agreement that it is basically valid. The basic idea is that lower survival and security needs must be met before the higher needs like Love, Esteem and Self Actualization become active, the very needs we need in order to care about each other and this planet. Hmm … we know that our hunter-gather ancestors were egalitarian and sharing – is there something about civilized life that tends to keep us down and so from agreeing on the ‘obvious and rational course’?

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday April 23rd at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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4/23 Bohm Dialogue — A Sustainable World and Human Nature

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

What would it take to live sustainably on planet Earth and are humans capable of it? Humans obviously have to reduce pollution and consumption of resources to sustainable levels and give Earth’s ecosystems, oceans and atmosphere space and time to recover. But that’s not enough – any improvements can be quickly overtaken by population growth.

The road forward should be  rational and obvious. The knowledge and technology exists. Why don’t we just do it? What’s stopping us? Lack of agreement on the problem and the solution is a big stopper.

Is there a flaw in human nature? Or is the flaw in a civilization structured to be dependent on continual expansion? In 1943 Abraham Maslow proposed a useful map of human instinct called The Hierarchy of Needs. Psychologists quibble over the details but there is general agreement that it is basically valid. The basic idea is that lower survival and security needs must be met before the higher needs like Love, Esteem and Self Actualization become active, the very needs we need in order to care about each other and this planet. Hmm … we know that our hunter-gather ancestors were egalitarian and sharing – is there something about civilized life that tends to keep us down and so from agreeing on the ‘obvious and rational course’?

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday April 23rd at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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About Salon/Bohm Dialogue

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

(The 3/19/17 topic chosen by attendees was Global Warming.)

The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays at 7pm in the Brackett room to discuss various topics.  The current incarnation of our salon was begun in 2011 by interim minister Gary Kowalski and was based on the group reading books on a topic, usually religious. After Gary left we continued but it was difficult to agree on a book and even more difficult to get participants to read enough of a book to be able to participate in meaningful discussion, so attendance at the salon dwindled. In 2014 Paul and Tom visited the UU congregation in Swampscott to experience a different way of having discussions which avoids these problems and provides other benefits. Since then we have followed this practice which is called Bohm Dialogue.

What is Bohm Dialogue

David Bohm

Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture? – David Bohm

From Wikipedia:

Bohm Dialogue … is a freely-flowing group conversation in which participants attempt to reach a common understanding, experiencing everyone’s point of view fully, equally and nonjudgementally. This can lead to new and deeper understanding. The purpose is to solve the communication crises that face society, and indeed the whole of human nature and consciousness. It utilizes a theoretical understanding of the way thoughts relate to universal reality. It is named after physicist David Bohm who originally proposed this form of dialogue.

 

Bohm Dialogue Principles:

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First Committee on Ministry Directed Survey Is Now Live

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in General News

The first of the Committee on Ministry’s directed surveys for 2017 is now live here. The COM is starting a series of small, directed surveys this year to assess some of the individual ministries within First Parish. This first survey focuses on the Community and Hospitality Committee (CHC). Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief questionnaire to assist COM and the CHC in evaluating some of what the CHC does at First Parish of Sudbury.   Take the Survey Now

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2/19 Bohm Dialogue — Idealism

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

For this month we chose the topic:

idealism
/aɪˈdɪəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1. belief in or pursuance of ideals
2. the tendency to represent things in their ideal forms, rather than as they are
3. any of a group of philosophical doctrines that share the monistic view that material objects and the external world do not exist in reality independently of the human mind but are variously creations of the mind or constructs of ideas Compare materialism (sense 2), dualism (sense 2)

The Idealist strives for perfection or at least improvement, while the Realist says reality will be the final judge. The Realist says great evil has been done in the name of ideas while the Idealist says our greatest teachers have been idealists. But the Buddha advised seeking the real and rejecting dogma. However are not all ‘isms‘ idea driven, including Buddhism, UUism, … even Realism? For better or worse humans are idea driven, always mistaking the symbol for the thing, the model for reality, hence is it realistic to pretend otherwise? Given that all supposed reality is filtered through and shaped by our senses and mind, how real is it, really? And what is the relationship between Idealism and Hope?

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday Feb 19th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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