Spiritual Discussion Series Continues
WALPOLE, N.H. – Every other Tuesday, we meet at Hastings Parish House from 10:30 to Noon for conversation about an “On Being” program website interview that we have listened to in the week preceding via website or podcast.
Following our discussions, we enjoy lunch together at noon (bring your own). Members of the wider community are welcome. Come for one conversation or come for all.
March 3 – “The Dignity of Difference” Jonathan Sacks
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and one of the world’s deep thinkers on religion in our age. In his book, Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence Rabbi Sacks says that the faithful can and must cultivate their own deepest truths — while finding God in the face of the stranger and the religious other. "I think God is setting us a big challenge, a really big challenge. We are living so close to difference with such powers of destruction that he’s really giving us very little choice. You know, to quote that great line from W.H. Auden, 'We must love one another or die.' And that is, I think, where we’re at at the beginning of the 21st century. And since we really can love one another, I have a great deal of hope." ”
March 17 – “Reimagining the Cosmos” Brian Greene
A thrilling, mind-bending view of the cosmos and of the human adventure of modern science. In a conversation ranging from free will to the multiverse to the meaning of the Higgs boson particle, physicist Brian Greene suggests the deepest scientific realities are hidden from human senses and often defy our best intuition.
March 31 – “The Freedom of Real Apologies” Layli Long Soldier.
Layli Long Soldier is a writer, a mother, a citizen of the United States, and a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. She has a way of opening up this part of her life, and of American life, to inspire self-searching and tenderness. Her award-winning first book of poetry, WHEREAS, is a response to the U.S. government’s official apology to Native peoples in 2009, which was done so quietly, with no ceremony, that it was practically a secret. Layli Long Soldier offers entry points for us all — to events that are not merely about the past, and to the freedom real apologies might bring.https://onbeing.org/programs/layli-long-soldier-the-freedom-of-real-apologies-oct2018/
April 7 – “Evolution and Wonder: Understanding Charles Darwin” James Moore. From the Scopes trial to school board controversies in our day, Darwin and his theory of evolution are often portrayed as a refutation of God. We’ll learn about the world in which he formulated his ideas. And we’ll hear his own words. Darwin, it turns out, did not argue against God, but against a simple understanding of the world, its beauty, its brutality, and its unfolding creation. Our guide to understanding Darwin is his biographer, James Moore, a Cambridge research scholar who’s studied and written about Darwin for three decades.
April 14 – “Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter” Vigen Guroian Vigen Guroian is an Armenian Orthodox theologian who experiences Easter as a call to our senses. He is passionate about the meaning of grand ideas like incarnation, death, and eternity as revealed in life and in his garden. A professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, he also tends a large perennial and vegetable garden at his home in central Virginia. We take in the religious discoveries he makes there.