August 12, 10 am: Weapons of Math Destruction

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness but all too often the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination.

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July 29, 10 am: Putting Values into Action

At this year’s UUA General Assembly, delegates voted to select a Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) for four years of study, reflection and action from 2018-2022. This process allows all UUA member congregations to mobilize energy, ideas and resources around a common issue. The UUA will post a resource/study guide relative to the CSAI by November 2018 and after a few years of contemplating and discussing the issue, a Statement of Conscience regarding the CSAI will be presented at General Assembly for a vote. Join us as we discuss this process for putting our values into action, introduce the new CSAI and begin exploring Northwest members’ positions on this issue.

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July 15, 10 am: Things I’d Tell My Son

What are the life lessons that we would like to share with our young adult off-spring, if only they’d listen? In her Pulitzer Prize winning book, One of Ours, Willa Cather says: “The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.” While that’s not completely true, it is hard to impart our own learned wisdom to others through words. Come, listen and judge for yourself.

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July 8, 10 am: A Path to Personal Freedom

Truly living the seven principles can help us free ourselves from the trap of tribalism or us vs. them. Looking through the lens of compassion to find the inherent worth and dignity of every human can help us bridge the divide that is gripping the nation. Compassion allows us to see through another person’s eyes and realize how we’re more alike than different. Join us as we explore paths to inclusion.

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