Spiritual Discussion Series Continues

Dear Friends,


Happily, "On Being" 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.  


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

            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. 


June 2

Mario Livio

Mysteries of an Expanding Universe



The Hubble Space Telescope, which turns 25 this year, has brought the beauty of the cosmos into our lives. Mario Livio works with discoveries it makes possible, studying things like dark energy, extrasolar planets, and white dwarf stars. He’s fascinated with the enduring mystery of mathematics, the language of science. He describes the cosmic puzzles that accompany our greatest scientific advances.


June 16

Joy Ladin

Finding a Home in Yourself



For as far back as Joy Ladin can remember, her body didn’t match her soul. In her mid-40s, Ladin transitioned from male to female identity and later became the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox Jewish institution. She admits the pain this caused for people and institutions she loved. And she knows what it is to move through the world with the assumed authority of a man and the assumed vulnerability of a woman. We take in what she’s learned about gender and the very syntax of being.


June 30

James Prosek

Fishing with Mystery



James Prosek is an artist, fly-fisher, author, and environmental activist who has always, as he puts it, found God “through the theater of nature.” From a young age he has been fascinated by trout and now eel – which he sees as “mystical creatures” – and he’s captured them literally and artistically, by way of both angling and paint. We explore the sense of meaning and mystery he has developed along the way, including his concern with how we humans limit our sense of other creatures by the names we give them.


July 7

Mary Karr

Astonished by the Human Comedy



“A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.” Mary Karr has a captivating ability to give voice to what is funny in life’s most heartbreaking moments. She is beloved for her salty memoirs in which she traces her harrowing childhood in southeast Texas — with a mother who once tried to kill her with a butcher’s knife and her own adult struggles with alcoholism and breakdown. Mary Karr embodies this wryness and wildness in her lesser-known spiritual practice as a devout Catholic — an unexpected move she made in mid-life.


July 21

Brené Brown

Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart



Brené Brown says our belonging to each other can’t be lost, but it can be forgotten. Her research has reminded the world in recent years of the uncomfortable, life-giving link between vulnerability and courage. Now she’s turning her attention to how we walked into the crisis of our life together and how we can move beyond it: with strong backs, soft fronts, and wild hearts.



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