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12/16 Bohm Dialogue — The Value of Community

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

For December our topic will be The Value of Community.

18 years ago the first incarnation of the FPS Salon read and discussed the book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert Putnam. In 2003 he wrote Better Together: Restoring the American Community, but by most accounts, the overall failure of American communities that Putnam was lamenting in 2000 has continued to this day. A recent article from Alternet.org lists “5 ways American policies and attitudes make us lonely, anxious and antisocial” and claims that “At each stage of life, we are being stunted as human beings.”

Why is community valuable to humans? If it is then why do people seem to have trouble finding it, building it, and supporting it? Have we somehow moved beyond community, or are communities thriving in unexpected places? Is an online community the real thing or a poor substitute? What would make a real community thrive in America today?

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 December 16 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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11/18 Bohm Dialogue — The Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Inspired by world events and our mid term elections, our November dialogue topic will be “The Crisis of Liberal Democracy”. From Wikipedia:

Liberal democracy is a liberal political ideology and a form of government in which representative democracy operates under the principles of classical liberalism. Also called Western democracy, it is characterized by elections between multiple distinct political parties, a separation of powers into different branches of government, the rule of law in everyday life as part of an open society, a market economy with private property, and the equal protection of human rights, civil rights, civil liberties and political freedoms for all people. To define the system in practice, liberal democracies often draw upon a constitution, either formally written or uncodified, to delineate the powers of government and enshrine the social contract. After a period of sustained expansion throughout the 20th century, liberal democracy became the predominant political system in the world.

There is much more at wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_democracy

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 November 18 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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10/21 Bohm Dialogue — Political Correctness

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Our October dialogue will be about “Political Correctness”. From Wikipedia:

The term political correctness (adjectivally: politically correct; commonly abbreviated to PC or P.C.) is used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended to avoid offense or disadvantage to members of particular groups in society. Since the late 1980s, the term has come to refer to avoiding language or behavior that can be seen as excluding, marginalizing, or insulting groups of people considered disadvantaged or discriminated against, especially groups defined by sex or race. In public discourse and the media, it is generally used as a pejorative, implying that these policies are excessive …The contemporary pejorative usage of the term emerged from conservative criticism of the New Left in the late 20th century. … Commentators on the political left contend that conservatives use the concept of political correctness to downplay and divert attention from substantively discriminatory behavior against disadvantaged groups.] They also argue that the political right enforces its own forms of political correctness to suppress criticism of its favored constituencies and ideologies. The term has played a major role in the United States culture war between liberals and conservatives.

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 October 21 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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9/16 Bohm Dialogue — How Do You Talk About Gender Equality?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

How do you talk with your spouse about gender equality when it starts out as such a potentially emotionally-charged topic, or more generally, with anyone about similarly charged topics?

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 September 16 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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7/22 Bohm Dialogue — Morality

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

 

 

A man of highest virtue Will not display it as his own;
His virtue then is real.
Low virtue makes one miss no chance To show his virtue off;
His virtue then is nought.
High virtue is at rest; It knows no need to act.
Low virtue is a busyness Pretending to accomplishment.

Truly, once the Way is lost, There comes then virtue;
Virtue lost, comes then compassion;
After that morality;
And when that’s lost, there’s etiquette,
The husk of all good faith,
The rising point of anarchy.

— Tao de Ching, Blakley trans., chapter 38

Lao Tzu seems to say that morals are an attempt to codify in rules what should come naturally from within, from the very Way itself. If you have to think about it you are already far gone.

But Lao Tzu thought too, and expressed his thoughts in words. Maybe by thinking together we can rediscover the roots of our own morality, get back to the original essence that all the confusing rules came from.

Jan suggests the following for those who wish to think ahead:

Seven Moral Rules Found All Around the World
evolution-institute.org/the-seven-moral-rules-found-all-around-the-world

In this longer collection.
evolution-institute.org/new.evolution-institute.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/tvol-morality-publication-web2018-7.pdf

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 July 22 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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5/20 Bohm Dialogue — Soul

Posted by on May 5, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Anima Mundi. The Breath, the Life, the Spirit, the Soul of the World.

“…This world is indeed a living being, endowed with soul and intelligence…” – Plato, Timeus.

‘Soul’ can mean many things:
1.
the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.
2.
the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come:  arguing the immortality of the soul. …

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