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12/11 Bohm Dialogue — How Do We Decide How to Vote

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Voting Symbols vectorVoting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues. – Tony Snow

 

Its easy to view politicians as corrupt and voting essentially an act of picking the lesser of two evils. I understand that perspective and feel it’s valid. – Macklemore

 

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. – James Bovard

 

Voting is a right that has been given to every American; however, as Christ followers, our votes should reflect our God.  – Monica Johnson

 

No matter what name we give it or how we judge it, a candidate’s character is central to political reporting because it is central to a citizen’s decision in voting. – Roger Mudd

 

Nobody would say, ‘I’m voting for this guy because he’s got the stronger chin,’ but that, in fact, is partly what happens. – Daniel Kahneman

 

Well, first of all, I think that a lot of the voters who are voting for the tea party candidates have really good impulses. That is, they believe that for years and years and years, the people with wealth and power or government power have done well and ordinary people have not. That’s true. – William J. Clinton

 

For some reason, voters can be brainwashed, and they vote sometimes against their own best interests, let alone voting against the interests of people who need them, like people who are disenfranchised and people who are poor and so forth. – Joyce Carol Oates

 

Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom. – Friedrich August von Hayek

 

Research shows children can reliably pick winners of parliamentary runoff elections using only facial appearances. – John Antonakis.

Last time we solved the problem of  ‘Automation and Us’ (ha!).  The topic for December’s salon is How Do We (collectively and individually) Choose How to Vote. How do you choose? In the light of this past election how do you think others choose?

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 our January article.

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 Nov 13th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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11/13 Bohm Dialogue — Automation and Us

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

220px-shadow_hand_bulb_largeAll in all, I don’t think robots and greater automation can bring about a utopian world as I imagined it would as a kid 50 years ago.  – Stanley Druckenmiller

Last month we had a very fruitful discussion about how we feel about Christian elements in UU services and more generally what form we each would like UU worship services to take.  The topic for this month’s salon is Automation and Us.

Are we worried about it? Will machines take all our jobs and would that be a good thing or a bad thing? How will people earn a living? Are robots (potentially) people too? Where is it all leading?

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 our January article.

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 Nov 13th at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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Samhain (Halloween) Sat. Oct 29 at 6:00 pm

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in General News

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Welcome Winter, waning season;
Now with night the New Year comes.
All who honor elder kinsfolk
Dance the dead to earthly drums.
Souls respected safeguard living
House we’ll hold and hallow hearth;
Blessings be on those who bide here,
Blessings be on those who bide here
And indeed on all the Earth.

~
by Leigh Ann Hussey

Samhain (pronounced Sow-inn) is the ancient Celtic New Year, the Last Harvest Festival and the onset of Winter, the Time the Veil between the Worlds is thinnest, whose traditions are echoed in our Halloween and All Souls’ Day.

We will celebrate the Celtic New Year by enacting a ritual inspired by Celtic myth. Myths are poetic statements of the life process. When we enact the myths in ritual, we enact our own growth and development, our passages. Children 12 and up are welcome at the ritual. Please reserve a spot for your younger children for childcare by Thursday, Oct 27 at noon. Please bring your favorite dish to share for the feast after the ritual. Costumes are socially correct.

Contacts Tom Yelton or Leslie Lowe (or contact the FPS office 978/443-2043) – for rides and about the childcare.

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Summer Service: Tribe, Civilization and Beyond: A Natural History of 3 Choices — Tom Yelton

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Worship Services

Bushman-familyThe first choice occurred about 6 million years ago and was basically our ancestors’ choice to leave behind our tropical forest habitat for tropical grassland (savannah). This led us to evolve from beings very like modern chimpanzees to human, tribal, hunter-gatherers, living in semi-nomadic groups of up to 150 or so.

The second choice began only about 12000 years ago (recent in evolutionary terms) and was basically to leave behind our tribal, hunter-gatherer lifestyle to live in larger groups in settlements, getting most of our food by farming, living in much larger groups. Though we left the tribal life behind we haven’t actually evolved much — we are still essentially tribal, hunter-gatherers.

It’s thought that both of these choices were related to climate change. In the first the climate was getting dryer and our forest habitat was shrinking. In the second, the end of the last ice age and local crowding may have caused food shortages which led to people taking food production into their own hands to get more from the land. In each case we could have simply died back a bit like most animals and continued with what already worked. But each time we found a way to move into a different way of life.

The third choice is also related to climate change (in this case human caused) but the decision is still pending. Climate change (and human disruption of ecosystems) once again threatens us with food and other shortages on a

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Tai Chi Push Hands and Partner Work Group

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Religious Exploration

Cheng-Push-HandsTime: Ongoing – Fridays from 9:30 – 11:00
Class Location: First Parish Sudbury, 327 Concord Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776. We meet upstairs in The Commons room.
To Register: Contact Jon Woodward. Size of group will be limited to 12 people.
Cost: Free
Experience Level: This is open to all levels. Some experience with the solo form is helpful, but not required.

About The Class
Participants in this Group will use partner exercises and push hands drills to explore and build various T’ai Chi related skills that cannot be developed using just the solo form. Together, we will work on developing various “Jings” (expressions of energy) such as “Peng” (expanding) and “Lu” (letting go) and will explore other concepts such as “Ting” (listening) and “Song” (relaxing). We will use a variety of structured partner exercises as well as push hands drills and free-form push hands to build our flow and sensitivity.

The emphasis with all of this will be on building our awareness and our ability to work with energy. (The emphasis will not be on developing our fighting skills.) The drills are all safe and fairly low key.

My vision for this group is that we will all be practicing these concepts and drills with each other, (me included) and will switch off partners periodically. While my role will most likely be to lead or guide the group, my hope is that as we proceed, each participant will take responsibility for the exploration of their own experiences. In other words, while I can lay out the basic structures of the exercises, it will be up to you the participants to own, learn from and adapt the deeper experiences. You will need to find what does and doesn’t work for you and will need to find ways to adapt experiences so that it does work for you.

As time goes on I will add some resources to this page (or set up a separate resource page). In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Jon Woodward.

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