October 27 – The Rev. Phil Sweet

GOD AS TRICKSTER The trickster is a beloved figure of mine, disruptive, breaking the rules, violating the norms, challenging authority, pricking our pomposity. He is mythological in nature, corresponding to inner psychic experience. There is another side to God then the one we were taught, darker, fiercer, not at all related...

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September 15 – Rev. Joan Shiels

THE MEANING OF LIFE Is there an ultimate meaning to life? Some eloquent people have suggested answers to this ponderous question. Joan will bring thought-provoking stories that focus on this elusive topic. Joan Shiels is a longtime friend and has been a frequent speaker at our fellowship for the last nine...

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September 22 – Carolyn Zahn-Waxler

THE PROMISE, PERILS, AND POWER OF GUILT Guilt-induction is a powerful means by which to motivate obedience, conformity, and some forms of morality. It is often used by religious groups, cultural institutions, and parents alike. One downside is that it can also foster feelings of unworthiness and stifle personal growth....

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August 4 – Fred “Doc” Heide

THE DOG WHO COULD WALK THROUGH WALLS Although we require assumptions to conduct our lives, we run into problems when we base our actions on assumptions that appear true but turn out to be faulty.  Starting with an anecdote about a dog that seemingly defied the laws of physics, Doc...

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August 11 – Peter Conroy

THE SAINT BARTHOLOMEW DAY’S MASSACRE While not at all known by most Americans, in France Saint Bartholomew’s Day is notorious as the date of a horrendous massacre of Protestants by Catholics, a bloody act of religious intolerance and hatred that stood out even in an age of outrageous interdenominational warfare....

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June 30 – Peter Conroy

WHO WROTE THE GOSPELS? All of us think that we have a fairly good knowledge of the Gospels and of what is contained in them. Yet we have probably never asked ourselves basic questions like who actually wrote the good news and what information was or was not included there....

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