2020 - 2021
|Date||Discussion Topic||Suggested by||Reference|
|Sun-July 5, 10AM||The 8th Principle||Laurette Cameron||UU website|
|Sun-July 12, 10AM|
|Sun-July 19, 10AM||Interview of Arthur Brooks about his book, "Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt".||Leo Schifferli||https://www.c-span.org/video/?458395-1/after-words-arthur-brooks The transcript (compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning) is available below the video. Click on "Show Full Text" to see the full text of each segment.|
|Sun-July 26, 10AM||Continue discussing "Love Your Enemies"||Leo Schifferli||
I have created a curated (more credible version of the transcript that is available below the video) PDF of the transcript of the "After Words" interview with Arthur Brooks. You can access and download the PDF here:
Also, around the same time that Arthur Brooks was on "After Words" (March, 2019), he appeared on C-Span "Washington Journal," discussing the same book, "Love Your Enemies." You can access the video here:
There is a transcript (based on unedited Closed Captioning) beneath the video. I have not created a curated PDF of the transcript for his Washington Journal appearance.
Arthur talks about the same topics that he discusses in the After Words program, but brings out some aspects--based on answering viewers' questions--that were not emphasized in the After Words interview. Consider watching the Washington Journal video as "extra credit" for the continuation of our discussion on the 26th. Thank you for your interest!
|Sun-Aug 2, 10AM||Continue discussing "Love Your Enemies"||Leo Schifferli|| The After Words program
and the author's appearance on Washington Journal
are the source material to continue the discussion of the book by Arthur C. Brooks, Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt.
Some topics for further discussion could include the role of neuroscience in aiding in the understanding of how an individual reacts to cultural stimuli, as well as the influence of media pundits in promoting contemptuous behavior.
Also, at about minute 49 of the Washington Journal episode, Arthur Brooks expresses his views on (college) education, which has been a topic of recent interest for discussion.
|Sun-Aug 9, 10AM||Remembering John Lewis||Beverly Seese|| Mr. John Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral. It was published in The New York Times on July 30.
President Bill Clinton’s remarks at the memorial service for John Lewis:
President Barack Obama’s remarks at the memorial service for John Lewis:
Leo's transcript of Obama's remarks
|Sun-Aug 16, 10AM||Are you still dreaming?||Leo Schifferli|| Quotes for discussion of "Are you still dreaming" are available here:
For perhaps two decades or more, I have been receiving an email from the psychologist Dr. Mardy Grothe ( https://www.drmardy.com/ ) with the subject line: "Dr Mardy's Quotes of the Week." Always interesting and inspiring.
|Sun-Aug 23, 10AM||DNC Speeches||Rev. Beverly Seese||Speeches given during the Democratic National Convention|
|Wed-Aug 26, 1 PM||Lunch Bunch continues discussion of the book "Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together" by Van Jones||Rev. Beverly Seese|| Chapter four
Whitelash: Myths and facts
Chapter Five Prince, Newt, and the Way Forward: Portraits in Strange Bedfellows
|Sun-Aug 30, 10AM||RNC Speeches||Rev. Beverly Seese||Speeches given during the Republican National Convention|
|Sun-Sept. 6, 10AM||Karen Armstrong's Wish for Compassion||Sarah Brichford|| Karen Armstrong
“Karen Armstrong (born 14 November 1944) is a British author and commentator of Irish Catholic descent known for her books on comparative religion. A former Roman Catholic religious sister, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical Christian faith. She attended St Anne's College, Oxford, while in the convent and majored in English. She left the convent in 1969. Her work focuses on commonalities of the major religions, such as the importance of compassion and the Golden Rule. Armstrong received the US$100,000 TED Prize in February 2008. She used that occasion to call for the creation of a Charter for Compassion, which was unveiled the following year.”
For UU Kokomo discussion:
Some discussion questions:
|Wed-Sept. 9, 1 PM||Lunch Bunch - Book discussion - Chapter 5 and 6 of Beyond the Messy Truth by Van Jones||Rev. Beverly Seese||Moving to the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 1:00 for the month of September.|
|Sun-Sept. 13, 10AM||COVID-19 and Medical Testing||Doug Eglen, MD|| The covid-19 pandemic is writing a historical chapter in human existence. Living through it is challenge. This talk is aimed at understanding the perspective and relevance of medical testing for coronavirus.
If you don't participate in the video portion of Zoom, you can download Doug's powerpoint slides here: CLICK HERE
|Sun-Sept. 20, 10AM||The Complex Issue of Racism in our Country: And what we can do to help - Rev. Beverly Seese speaking||Sarah Brichford|| Columns by Paul Krugman that can be accessed online
"The many sins of racism"
"Racism comes out of the closet"
“Again we have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that Capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice. The fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor – both black and white, both here and abroad.” MLK, The Three Evils of Society, 1967
“A riot is the language of the unheard.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” - Bertrand Russell
|Wed-Sept. 23, 1 PM||Lunch Bunch - Book Discussion - Final section and conclusions from Beyond the Messy Truth by Van Jones||Rev. Beverly Seese|
|Sun-Sept. 27, 10AM||Racism||Jack Johnson|
|Sun-Oct. 4, 10AM||UUA Service "UU the Vote"||Beverly Seese|| Info on the UUA website.
Also in UU World Magazine
See also uuthevote.org
|Wed-Oct. 7, 1 PM||Lunch Bunch - Discuss NPR Interview of Rutger Bregman||Dalice Myers||Bergman is the outhor of the book Humankind: A Hopeful History|
|Sun-Oct. 11, 10AM|| Grace: What does it mean to UUs?
[presentation by Rev. Seese]
|Rev. Beverly Seese||Watch movie "The Gracecard" if you can find it|
|Tue-Oct. 13, noon-2pm||Oktoberlunch||Jack & Sarah||Bring Your Own Lunch to Jack and Sarah's|
|Sun-Oct. 18, 10AM|
|Wed-Oct. 21, 1 PM||Lunch Bunch - Jordan Peterson’s “Rules for Life”||Ted Wetekamp|| 12 Rules for Life in 20 Minutes [click here]
Also, it is recommended that Lunch Bunch participants create their own personal list of rules to live by in preparation for the meeting, which should engender lively discussion.
|Sun-Oct. 25, 10AM||Jordan Peterson’s “Rules for Life”||Ted Wetekamp||12 Rules for Life in 20 Minutes [click here]|
|Sun-Nov. 1, 10AM|
|Wed-Nov. 4, 1PM||Lunch Bunch - Election debriefing & discussion of YouTube video by Lex Fridman 'In Memory of My Grandmother.'||Leo Schifferli||YouTube video by Lex Fridman (about 18 minutes) 'In Memory of My Grandmother': [CLICK HERE]|
|Sun-Nov. 8, 10AM|| Now What?
[presentation by Rev. Seese]
|Rev. Beverly Seese|| What We Will Do to Hold America Together [click here]
Poor People's Campaign [click here]
UUCS Sunday Service October 25, 2020 with Rev. Rick Davis, Irshad Manji and Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof [click here]
|Sun-Nov 15, 10AM|| “Heroines, Heroes, and Memory”
[presentation by Dr. Joel Tishken]
|Dalice Myers||Many heroic figures from history committed acts, promoted beliefs, and held morals we now find deeply objectionable. What do we do with their historical memories and legacies? What constitutes a historical hero or heroine? Together we'll explore some ways to be in relationship with problematic parts of the past.|
|Wed-Nov. 18, 1PM||The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom - First three chapters: 1.) The End; 2.) The Journey; 3.) The Arrival.||Leo Schifferli for Rev. Beverly Seese||There is no book preview online that I could find, but several outlines, plot summaries, and reviews are available. Used copies are offered on eBay, Amazon and Bookfinders.com and a Kindle edition is offered on Amazon.|
|Sun-Nov. 22, 10AM|| Are We Really So Divided? A Sociological Look at the Election Results
[presentation by Stephanie Medley-Rath, PhD.]
|Sun-Nov. 29, 10AM||Let's talk about Racism with Dr. Davis of IUK||Stephen Ewbank|| Rosalyn Davis, Ph.D.
● Clinical Associate Professor/Faculty Diversity Liaison, Director of Mental Health Counseling Program at IUK
● Director of the M.A. in Mental Health Counseling program
● IU Kokomo Faculty Diversity Liaison for Academic Affairs
● Director of MHC program
● Co-Advisor to Psychology Club
|Wed-Dec. 2, 1PM||The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom||Leo Schifferli for Rev. Beverly Seese||"The First Person Eddie Meets in Heaven" including "Today Is Eddie's Birthday" (pages 32-46) AND "The First Lesson" including "Sunday, 3 P.M." as well as "Today Is Eddie's Birthday" (pages 47-55)|
|Sun-Dec. 6, 10AM|
|Sun-Dec. 13, 10AM|| Creating "Heaven" on Earth
[presentation by Rev. Seese]
|Rev. Beverly Seese||"The meaning of this pandemic is that we are all vulnerable and connected. This is so much bigger than the virus, because love and caring are bigger than anything--even, or especially, suffering." From: Celebrating in the Pandemic - Article in the December National Geographic by Anne Lamott, an American novelist and non-fiction writer. She is also a progressive political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. Lamott is based in Marin County, California. Her nonfiction works are largely autobiographical.|
|Wed-Dec. 16, 1PM||The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom||Leo Schifferli for Rev. Beverly Seese||"The Second Person Eddie Meets in Heaven" (pages 56-90) including the embedded "Today Is Eddie's Birthday" (pages 77-79) AND "The Second Lesson" including "Monday, 7:30 A.M." (pages 91-97)|
|Sun-Dec. 20, 10AM|
|Sun-Dec. 27, 10AM|
|Sun-Jan. 3, 10AM|
|Wed-Jan. 6, 1PM||The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom||Leo Schifferli for Rev. Beverly Seese||"The Third Person Eddie Meets in Heaven" (pages 98-131) including two embedded "Today Is Eddie's Birthday" ending with a third "Today Is Eddie's Birthday" AND "The Third Lesson" including "Thursday, 11 A.M." (pages 132-145)|