CANCELLED**Sunday Services — Tribalism and the Principle of Charity

Event details

  • December 1, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211
  • 920-854-7559

Due to the hazardous weather conditions, the Sunday service and all activities have been CANCELLED for today, Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County. We apologize for the inconvenience and we hope that everyone keeps safe today!

One of the most universal psychological insights comes from Epictetus, the Greek Stoic philosopher of the First Century AD, who said that what really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves but the way in which we think about them. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that ain’t so”, mused Mark Twain. Belonging is one of our most profound blessings, to be loved and accepted with all our brokenness. But belonging has a dark side, extreme tribalism which makes a mockery of democracy. We are living in partisan echo chambers, relating more and more only to people who think like us.

The principle of charity seeks to interpret what other people say in the best possible form, rather than in the most offensive way possible, giving the other person the benefit of the doubt.

Phil Sweet is a long-time friend of UUFDC, and a marvelous and insightful storyteller. He served as minister of Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay and two rural churches in western Minnesota.

Music: Katie Dahl & Rich Higdon;
Gerri Friedberg, Pianist
Service Leader: Donna Johnson