March 2 “The Universonal,” Rev. Danny Reed
When narcissism is normative, when so often, "it's all about me," how do we remember that others inhabit the planet too? How does the individual relate to everyone else? Where does universal become personal?
March 9 “What’s Your Story,” Laura Pedersen
Cave drawings suggest that stories have been with us since humans first walked together on Earth. A powerful story can do many things, such as help us make sense of our world or shed light on a dire situation that couldn’t get attention otherwise. On the downside, a well-told story can overwhelm the facts at hand. We’ll take a look at how stories unite and divide us. Laura Pedersen is a former New York Times columnist, the author of 12 books and 3 plays. She's a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and currently a member of All Souls Church in Manhattan.
March 16 “Redemption and Vision,” Rev. Danny Reed
Theologian Martin Buber said, “We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.” Agree? Disagree? Whatever your view, can we accept that seeing ourselves for who are and not who we present, or even pretend, ourselves to be is essential for growth and revelation. And redemption?
March 30 "No One Shall Compel Them," Rev. Danny Reed
Prince John Sigismund of Transylvania issued The Act of Religious Freedom and Conscience, in March of 1568. Also called “The Diet of Torda,” the Act set a historic (if brief) standard for religious freedom. We have more connections to this history than we sometimes reference and it behooves our identity and witness to remember.
FORUMS 10 AM GAGE HALL
March 2 North and South Korea: Jittery Neighbors, Bitter Rivals
During two years working and traveling in South Korea, I became enthralled (and appalled) by the twentieth century history of Korea. My experiences there are compared with those of Isabella Bishop, a famous Victorian travel writer, who visited Korea a century previously--bracketing the heartbreak of twentieth-century Korea and exposing its current danger.
JoAnne Simson, church memeber
March 9 The Changing Faces of Tourism at Plantations
This presentation will cover how Charleston area plantations have approached “inclusive” interpretations in recent years. I will focus on the inclusion of African Americans in interpretation, staffing, and visitation.
Lisa Randle, Director of Research & Education at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
March 16 Laughter: Why do we laugh? What makes us laugh? Is laughter the best medicine?
Ruby Cooper, who grew up in an Irish Bar, became, among other things, a stand-up comic and a writer, and, because it is cheap and accessible, has personally used comedy as therapy. To celebrate the full moon, and St Paddy’s Day, she will lead an interactive hour of mirth, plus, some Laughter Yoga. (Yes, there is such a thing, but you won’t need tight pants or a towel; in fact, you won’t have to get our of your chair.) Bring a favorite joke to share.
March 23 Loot, Pillage and Plunder: World War II Art Theft
Karen Del Porto will discuss the who, what, how and why of WWII art theft.
March 30 People Don’t All Act the Same, Do They?
Personality type concepts help us understand natural differences among people. Have you even noticed that it’s much easier to make friends with some people than others? The Myers Briggs Type Indicator can help us explain different psychological preferences and is a widespread instrument that can be applied to leadership development, education and career counseling, and many other areas of life. In this forum C. Claire Law, MBTI Certified Professional will review the eight MBTI personality preferences that describe how we gain energy; take in information; make decisions and approach life.
Claire Law, church member