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7/21 Bohm Dialogue — Human Reasoning

For July our topic is Human Reasoning.

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”
―Thomas Paine

“In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance.”
―Thomas Jefferson

“We must trust to nothing but facts: These are presented to us by Nature, and cannot deceive. We ought, in every instance, to submit our reasoning to the test of experiment, and never to search for truth but by the natural road of experiment and observation.”
―Antoine Lavoisier

“NOUMENON, n. That which exists, as distinguished from that which merely seems to exist, the latter being a phenomenon. The noumenon is a bit difficult to locate; it can be apprehended only by a process of reasoning – which is a phenomenon.”
―Ambrose Bierce

“The philosophy of reasoning, to be complete, ought to comprise the theory of bad as well as of good reasoning.”
―John Stuart Mill

“All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.”
―Blaise Pascal

“When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself.”
―Bertrand Russell

“To say that man is a reasoning animal is a very different thing than to say that most of man’s decisions are based on his rational process. That I don’t believe at all.”
―Rex Stout

“The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!”
―Bill Watterson

Is reasoning our noblest faculty? It has been suggested that human reasoning evolved as a group process, with speakers arguing to persuade the group and listeners trying to poke holes in the arguments. By this reasoning, individual reasoning is apt to go astray.

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 21 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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First Parish Sudbury presents a July 4 Cook Out

The First Parish grilling team of chefs is ready for our annual summer cook out on Thursday July 4. We’ll be selling beef and vegetarian burgers, beef hot dogs, sausages with peppers and onion, french fries, popcorn, cookies, cakes and cold drinks at 12 noon on the front lawn. We’re at the corner of Concord and Hudson Roads. The weather is going to be perfect, ie. hot and sunny. Bring your family and neighbors to the First Parish lawn for a picnic and parade viewing. This is the best spot to see the Sudbury July 4 parade.

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Director of Religious Education Job Opening

Posted July 17, 2019

Do you love to work with children and youth? Do you have the desire to create a program for Sunday Religious Education?

First Parish of Sudbury is looking for someone with that spark of adventure and the energy to make it happen.

Click here for the full job description:   DRE job announcement 2019-07-15

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Summer@FPS

Here it is, folks, the straight scoop on how things work at FPS in the summer:

click here:    Summer@FPS

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Office Hours June 2019

The “old” administrator, Fran Sharp, is transitioning to summer hours and also preparing to train the person who will be the new administrator … at some point during the summer. There will be more information coming soon about this.

So, here’s our best guess about times you can expect to find an administrator in the office:

 

Tuesday, Wed and Thursday (June 11, 12, 13) from 9am-noon

Tuesday, Wed, and Thursday (June 18, 19, 20) from 9am-noon

Wednesday June 26 from 9am-noon

Watch for more information about staffing the office in July and August.

 

 

 

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6/16 Bohm Dialogue — Spirituality and Religion

For June our topic is Spirituality and Religion.

“I think there’s been a big problem between religion, or organized religion, and spirituality.”
―Dave Davies

We are looking to brands for poetry and for spirituality, because we’re not getting those things from our communities or from each other.”
―Naomi Klein

“Religion is for people who are scared to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there.”
―Bonnie Raitt

“There are several different meanings of the words religion and spirituality, all of which are important. The whole point about an integral or comprehensive approach is that it must find a way to believably include all of those important meanings in a coherent whole.”
―Ken Wilber

“Religion is the organization of spirituality into something that became the hand maiden of conquerors. Nearly all religions were brought to people and imposed on people by conquerors, and used as the framework to control their minds.”
―John Henrik Clarke

Some say they’re the same thing. But don’t tell that to the “Nones” – the spiritual but not religious. Here’s a story if you like about “Nones” moving in with Catholic “nuns” for six months: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/style/milliennial-nuns-spiritual-quest.html

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 June 16 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

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

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