Spiritual Discussion Series Continues


“On Being” Conversations on Zoom

          This winter we return to the library archives of Krista Tippett's “On Being” interviews to draw upon current and classic programs. We listen to the interviews on our own, then meet on first, third (and fifth) Tuesday mornings on Zoom for conversation.

          All are welcome! Friends and family from beyond the Walpole church community – from beyond the Eastern time zone! – are especially invited to join. Links for programs and Zoom meetings are sent via the church e-mail list preceding every meeting.

          Descriptions and photos are adapted from OnBeing.org

December 7

Ernie LaPointe and Cedric Good House

Reimagining Sitting Bull, Tatanka Iyotake

As some Lakota make an annual pilgrimage on horseback to Wounded Knee in memory of Sitting Bull’s death, we’ll pull out some of the lesser known threads of the legacy of this complex leader and American icon. And we’ll explore why his spiritual character has animated his own people in the last three decades more openly than at any time since his death in 1890. (recorded December 2009) https://onbeing.org/programs/ernie-lapointe- cedric-good-house-reimagining-sitting-bull- tatanka-iyotake-apr2012/


December 21

Brian Greene

This Tiny Slice of Eternity

If we didn’t have vast civilizational challenges upon us, we might be living in a constant state of wonder at what science in this century is learning and showing us about the cosmos and about ourselves....We are the generation of our species to map the genome, to detect black holes colliding, to hear gravitational waves. The physicist Brian Greene is one of our greatest interpreters from the human enterprise that is science....We delve into his exuberant, cosmic lens.... (recorded July 2021) https://onbeing.org/programs/brian-greene-this- tiny-slice-of-eternity/


January 4

Naomi Shihab Nye

“Before You Know Kindness as the Deepest Thing Inside..."

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye proposes most of us actually “think in poems” whether we know it or not. Rarely do you hear anyone say they feel worse after writing things down. That can be a tool to survive in hard times, to anchor our days and to get into a conversation and community with all of the selves that live on in each of us at any given moment — “your child self, your older self, your confused self, your self-that-makes-a-lot-of- mistakes.” (recorded March 2021)https://onbeing.org/programs/naomi-shihab-nye-before- you-know-kindness-as-the-deepest-thing-inside/


January 18

Rev. Otis Moss III

The Sound of the Genuine: Traversing 2020 with ‘the Mystic of the Movement’ Howard Thurman
Two voices — one from the last century, one from

ours — who inspire inward contemplation as an essential part of meeting world challenges. Howard Thurman...is remembered as a philosopher and theologian, a moral anchor, a contemplative, a prophet, and pastor to the civil rights leaders. Rev. Otis Moss III, the son of one of those leaders, is a bridge between the Black freedom movements then and now. (recorded October 2020) https://onbeing.org/programs/rev-otis-moss-iii- the-sound-of-the-genuine-traversing-2020-with- the-mystic-of-the-movement-howard-thurman/


February 1

Mary Catherine Bateson

Living as an Improvisational Art

Underpinning all the great challenges of our time there is the human drama, the human condition. ...Mary Catherine Bateson helps us understand the puzzle of being ourselves, of rising to our best capacities and gifts, in all of our complexity and strangeness. She is the daughter of the great anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, and she is a linguist and anthropologist herself. (recorded October 2015) https://onbeing.org/programs/mary-catherine-bateson- living-as-an-improvisational-art/

February 15 – Arlie Hochschild
The Deep Stories of Our Time

Arlie Hochschild has created a field within sociology looking at the social impact of emotion. She explains how our stories and truths — what we try to debate as issues in our social and political lives — are felt, not merely factual. And she shares why, as a matter of pragmatism, we have to take emotion seriously and do what feels unnatural: get curious and caring about the other side. (recorded October 2018) https://onbeing.org/programs/arlie-hochschild- the-deep-stories-of-our-time/

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