September 30, 10 am: The Power of Deceleration

Our relationship to progress need not be defined by a binary between full speed ahead and full speed reverse. There is a great deal of power in being able to change and grow in a manner we control ourselves, not that we cede to external forces. Let’s examine what it means to be in a faith community that leads the way to a more just and loving world, while not leaving anyone behind in the process.

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September 23, 10 am: Life Lessons from Middle School

Back to school comes early in the South, for many kids as early as August 1 this year, inspiring nostalgia for that very first day ever, with new shoes and crayon boxes. Or      perhaps dread, most especially for what school can feel like at 12 or 13.

Eighth Grade, a summer critical hit movie, took on one girl’s honest experiences and what they taught her. What were yours and how do they continue to inform your life in these times? And the life of UU congregations?

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September 9, 10 am: Compassion and Suffering

Buddhism teaches us that suffering and compassion are intimately linked, and that the Buddha entered on the path to being a great spiritual teacher only after he was exposed to suffering in the wider world. As Edwin Arthur Burtt writes: “He found his standard of truth, and his way of discriminating it from error, in the common reason and experience of men as they can be brought to bear on the universal problem of life.” Join us to ponder in community the balance between awareness of suffering and acting with compassion.

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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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