Spiritual Discussion Series Continues


Dear Friends,


On-line Conversations have become part of the fabric of the Walpole Unitarian Church community.  Here are titles for our next cycle.  All are welcome.

We have transitioned successfully to Zoom, and for the foreseeable future will be Zooming on the first, third (and fifth) Tuesdays of the month, 10:30 a.m.  Invitation links to the Zoom meeting will be sent out the preceding Monday evenings.  Please feel free to forward these invitation links to folks you know who may be interested.  

Tuesday conversations continue this Autumn with selections from NPR's “Fresh Air” archives. We listen to the programs before meeting on Zoom to discuss, on the first, third (and fifth) Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to circa 11:45 a.m. EST. Links for Zoom gatherings are sent to the Walpole Church e-mail list on Mondays preceding discussions. Come to one conversation or come to all. Participants from near and far are warmly welcome!

We will listen to the following programs on our own, then gather in cyberspace to consider them together. I look forward to being with you!   ~ Rev. Elaine

September 7 – The ‘Astounding’ Flyways of Migratory Birds

Naturalist Scott Weidensaul has spent decades studying bird migration. “There is a tremendous solace in watching these natural rhythms play out again and again,” he says.

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/29/982232107/naturalist- traces-the-astounding-flyways-of-migratory-birds

September 21 – James Baldwin Analyzes Racism

Legendary writer James Baldwin (1924-1978) is the author of modern classics such as “Notes of a Native Son,” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” Here, Baldwin delivers a lecture and has a “rap” session with students at an event at Lehigh University.

https://freshairarchive.org/segments/james-baldwin- analyzes-racism

October 5 – Carol Burnett on Her Signature Ear Pull and Accessing a Wide Audience

In 1967, she began hosting her own musical variety series on CBS at a time when even her own network had doubts that a woman could carry a variety show. But “The Carol Burnett Show” ran for 11 years and, for a time, was part of what's still thought of as the best night of television ever shown.

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/27/938874420/ carol-burnett-on-her-signature-ear-pull-and- accessing-a-wide-audience

November 2 – Two Pioneering Sisters Who Changed Medicine

In the 1840s, Elizabeth Blackwell was admitted to a U.S. medical school – in part because the male students thought her application was part of an elaborate prank. She persisted and got her degree, becoming the first American woman to do so. A few years later, her younger sister Emily followed in her footsteps. Biographer Janice Nimura tells the sisters' story.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/ 2021/01/19/958319302/doctors-blackwell-tells-the-story-


October 19 – “Fresh Air” Remembers Maurice Sendak

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose book “Where the Wild Things Are” became a favorite for generations of kids, died at age 83. Fresh Air remembers Sendak with excerpts from several interviews.

https://freshairarchive.org/segments/fresh-air- remembers-author-maurice-sendak

November 16 – Keith Jarrett on The “Calling” That Drew Him To Jazz

Jarrett is acclaimed for his intense and physically energetic improvised performances. Kevin Whitehead reviews Jarrett's album, “Budapest Concert,” and we listen back to a 2000 interview with him.

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/13/934528621/pianist- keith-jarrett-on-the-calling-that-drew-him-to-jazz

November 30 – Oliver Sacks: Exploring How Hallucinations Happen

The famed neurologist talks about how grief, trauma, brain injury, medications and neurological disorders can trigger hallucinations — and about his personal experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs in the 1960s.

https://freshairarchive.org/segments/oliver-sacks-exploring- how-hallucinations-happen-0