Brian McPherson is the Adult Ed Coordinator.  Contact Brian at wbmcp@hotmail.com with questions or ideas you have for Adult Ed.

 

Adult Topics of Interest Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule

Classes begin at 9:00 am in the UUCV Board Room.  Beginning in January the adult RE Sunday morning classes will explore ideas put forth in Anthony Kronman’s book, Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan. We will have separate discussions on each of the four sections of the book, those being: Gratitude, Pride, Salvation, and Joy. Although the discussion leaders will use Kronman’s book as a starting point, you need not to have read his book in order to participate in the discussion.

Kronman addresses the meaning of religion today.  He cannot accept the views of the “true believers,” those who believe in the God of Abraham and his prophets, but he also rejects the “self-professed” atheists who, as he says, mock the true believers.  Kronman starts with Plato and Aristotle and surveys centuries of Western thought to arrive at what he calls a born-again pagan view of a God that is not separate from this world. Kronman argues that only such an understanding of God makes sense.

Jan 21 – Gratitude  What is Gratitude? Should we be grateful to God or the Universe? In what ways does gratitude benefit the grateful person? Could gratitude be good for one’s soul? What is the connection between gratitude, love, and creativity?  How does gratitude contribute to our sense of being “at home” in the world?  Or does it? How has the western “Christian” view and doctrine of gratitude conditioned us?

Feb 4 – Pride  The much revered Christian philosopher and saint, Saint Augustine, considered pride the most deadly sin, but Aristotle considered pride a virtue. What is the basis for this disparity? Are these philosophers talking about the same thing? Are there different kinds or levels of pride? If so, how do you determine which pride is good and which pride is bad? What, if anything, should we be prideful about?

Feb 18 – Salvation  Some say that we live in an age of disenchantment. This world, this life is an illusion and we are just passing through waiting for admission to eternity.  If we give up the God of Christianity, must we also give up the notion of eternity and fall into nihilism? Born-again paganism may offer a solution by connecting the insights of Aristotle with our experience of the modern world and our sense of the divine.

March 11 – Joy  What brings us joy? Are there different kinds of joy? Can knowledge and science be a source of understanding that leads to joy? Do works of art that transcend rational understanding provide joy if we let ourselves get “lost” in them? Can relationships engender joy? Would such joy differ from love? We will discuss some of Kronman’s beliefs about joy and add our own.

 

Topics and dates for additional Sunday morning adult RE classes include the following:

April 22 we will discuss how Kronman’s finds joy through art and literature. We will study Kronman’s analyses of several novels, a number of painters, and the work of poet Walt Whitman.

May 6 – The Swerve, Lucreus and the Nature of Things In his book, The Swerve, Stephen Greenblat brings the past to vivid life in the exploraon of one of the most influenal works of literature of all me. Greenblat writes about the rediscovery in the 15 th Century of Lucreus’ book, On the Nature of Things. This book, or rather poem, wrien in 100 BCE, may be the catalyst that moved Western civilizaon towards humanism. Join us for an exploraon of this important work that in many ways may sll be relevant to our own me.

May 20– Stoicism Zeno of Cium founded the philosophy of stoicism in Athens in the 3rd century BCE. Stoics believe that emoons cause errors of judgment and that one must develop will power to control one’s emoons. The Modern Stoicism movement has gained prominence since the publicaon of Lawrence Becker’s book A New Stoicism, in 1997. We will discuss how this new movement has molded the ancient philosophy to fit modern mes? Are the connecons between modern stoicism and Unitarian Universalists principle?

 

UUCV also offers the following Adult programs:

Quarterly –  Join your community in rhythm with Dani Fiore leading a community Drum Circle

The first Tuesday of the month – Meditation with Bhante 

 

 

Please contact the Director of Lifespan Faith Development at re@uucv.net in advance if you are in need of childcare. We want everyone who is interested to be able to participate.