Must be the season of the witch … – Donovan
For October our topic-word is “Supernatural”.
Why this topic? Well, October is the month and season for it if any month is. And there seems to be a huge fascination at this time with the supernatural in the wider culture, with lots of TV shows, movies and plays, fiction and nonfiction centered on it. At the same time, mainstream culture derides it as “superstition” and in science it is practically “taboo” – any research smacking the least bit of the supernatural is sure to be rejected out of hand. It also seems to have entered into the larger political/cultural division, seen as a “touchstone” for which side of the political divide you are on. For whatever reasons there is a lot of “energy” there. Welcome or not, “supernatural” begs our attention.
From Middle English supernatural, supernatural, from Middle French supernaturel, from Latin supernātūrālis, from super (“above”) + nātūra (“nature; that which we are born with”), from nātus (“born”), perfect passive participle of nāscī (“to be born”) + adjective suffix -ālis.
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 20 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.
Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.