Announcements From Pastor Jack

“HEAR YE, HEAR YE!  THE END IS NEAR!”  WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS DISCUSSION ON June 26, 10am and 7pm:  Open discussion on What Shall We Do If Yuval Noah Harari Is Right, or Wrong?  In 21 Issues for the 21st Century, Harari hypothesizes that humankind lives under the self-made catastrophic threats of imminent nuclear war (out of fearful stupidity), environmental collapse (out of blind greed), and losing control of our lives (to the power controllers of biotech and infotech).   He also hypothesizes that our on-going nationalism and tribalism and our current understandings (formulated in our modern myths and nationalist stories) are out-of-date and ineffective for guiding us to address these three threats and, in fact, exacerbate them.  Is he right?  If so, what can we do?  Harari’s primary answers are (1) Develop humility by recognizing our interdependence with Earth and earthkind; (2) Up-grade our education systems to prepare us all for continuous inevitable disruptions in our social systems; and (3) Deepen our understanding of who we are, how we function, and what we want.  Would that work?  What more is needed?  How can you and the rest of us contribute?   Recommended Further Preparatory Reading: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

 

A FURTHER NOTE ON FUTURE RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS – July 10 and Beyond:  What does one read post-Harari?  How about not Moby Dick, but a companion novel, Ahab's Wife, by Sena Jeter Naslund?  (Moby Dick after Harari I'm afraid would absolutely sink us.  Naslund's Ahab's Wife is a wonderful wild tale, inspiring, and boldly Unitarian (as was Herman Melville).   How could an inquiring, brave, brilliant adventuresome free-thinking woman survive and thrive in the unpredictable America of the 1820s and 1830s?  Author Naslund makes the telling of it fascinating.  First discussion on Wednesday July 10 with one or two to follow as needed.

 

ST. PETE PRIDE FESTIVAL, June 23.  After the Sunday Service at UUSP, come visit the UUSP booth at the festival!  Thanks to Bill, John, Greg and all for organizing us.

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION (11:45am – brief instruction provided) and BROWN BAG LUNCH (12:15pm – checking in with friends), in UUSP Gilmour social hall.

 

WEDNESDAY 8:00-8:30 A.M. MEDITATION THIS WEEK- Wednesday (June 26).   Pastor Jack

 

THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour Hall library.  A conversational chance to clarify and deepen our understanding of the issues of society that influence our lives and that we might influence.  Bring your lunch if you’d like.  Coffee and tea provided.  Pastor Jack

 

UU TROUBADOR JIM SCOTT is doing a house concert in downtown St. Pete, Tuesday, June 25.  To attend, RSVP to https://my.ListeningRoomNetwork.com/event-fsnyder20190625    

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

 

UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see"Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements

 

Posted on June 21, 2019, at 8:52am