2020 - 2021
|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|