Sunday Morning Forum – Branches of the Same Tree

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Sunday Morning Forum - Branches of the Same Tree
12/21/2018 0 Comments

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education (ARE) Committee

Yes, branches of the same tree…the Tree of Light and Love! In this season of good cheer (and every day!), may the giving and receiving of this Goodness be exponential! Peruse ARE’s most recent LIGHT-infused Sunday Morning Forums (SMF), noting the upcoming presentations for 12/23 and 12/30/18.

Perhaps, a perusal of these mind and spirit-enlarging topics will encourage you to include SMF in your New Year’s resolutions! Join us; UUFP Office Building, Sundays, 11 a.m. – noon.
Let’s root ourselves in wisdom and be branches of LIGHT!

"Mass in the New Year"
Presented by Ken Goodrich
December 30, 2018
Did you know, the kilogram, the world's most important measure of mass is getting a new definition in 2019? Born of the French Revolution, the kilogram was established with the goal of a democratized measure that could be reproduced by anyone, anywhere the the world.

You might recall from high school science that it was originally defined as the weight of one-liter of water. But, did you know that since 1889, the global definition of the kilogram has been defined as exactly equal to the mass of a single, small polished cylinder, cast of platinum and iridium kept in a basement vault in France and affectionately nicknamed, Le Grand K? More troubling, for reasons unknown, the mass of this artifact has slowly being moving away from what were once exact replicas maintained around the globe. The kilogram was in crisis! To establish a standard that can once again be reproduced anywhere and will be the same in a million years as today, scientists around the globe recently completed a several decades long quest to develop the technologies to define the kilogram based solely on fundamental properties of the universe. What's truly astonishing is that the kilogram's new definition is based on energy and not matter. In this single-Sunday session, Ken Goodrich will describe the development of the new kilogram and how its intertwined with our deepening understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of our Universe.

"The Real History of Being Black in America"
Presented by April Kelsey
December 23, 2018 (Part I of this series was 12/9/18)
We all know about slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and affirmative action. These milestones of Black history are joined together in a seamless narrative that moves from violent racism to social tolerance. But is that narrative real, or just a fairytale? Discussion unveiled the side of history that is often left out of our nation's textbooks. Join us for part II!

"Growing Forests in Rural Kenya"
Presented by Mike Roy
December 16, 2018

In the past, Mike Roy has shared about his experiences and work with Sadhana Forest, a reforestation and low-impact living project started in south India in 2003. This time, he will offer stories, photos, and video from his time at Sadhana Forest Kenya, the project's third branch, opened in 2014.
Sadhana Forest Kenya is located in the remote, arid Samburu region, and focuses on bringing food security to local populations through distribution of food-producing trees and workshops on small-scale permaculture practices. The presentation will explain the goals and practices of the project along with some information about the Samburu way of life.​​
Want to learn more? Visit Mike Roy's inspirational blog post!

The word "Allah" in Arabic calligraphy

The Islamic Presentation of the Divine Names and Attributes of God"
Presented by Dr. Islam Bedir
December 2, 2018

"To God belong the most beautiful names..." This presentation was a humble [and honoring] attempt to show how Quran discloses the treasuries of the Divine Names hidden in the heavens and on the earth. ​

"The Humanist Manifesto"
Presented by Kathryn Ozyurt
November 25, 2018
Humanist Manifestos are the 20th and 21st century updates to a movement that started in the Renaissance. Humanism fosters a free and responsible search for truth and meaning and encourages each person to build morals and ethics that will guide his or her life here on earth.

Socrates Café
Presented by Kathryn Ozyurt
November 11, 2018: "What is the nature of punishment, and is it necessary to teach morality?"
November 18: "Does the S(s)upernatural exist?"

Socrates Café are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences, while embracing the central theme of Socializing; the idea that we learn more when we question and question with others.
Using the Socratic method, the facilitator posed questions and challenged statements to stimulate critical thinking about the subjects and elicit logical conclusions. ​

"The Future of Everything"
Presented by Kay Braguglia
November 4, 2018

Big ideas that are presently being developed will change the way we live, work, and play. Flying cars, lab grown meat, augmented reality, smart jackets, chip based human drug testing, robotics, commercial 3D printing, and de-extinction of animal species are all on the way. Discussion included how these advancements (?) apply to our spiritual principles and will change our lives!

"Good Robot. Bad Robot."
Presented by Kathryn Ozyurt
October 28, 2018

More than memories of Rosie (the robot from the animated sitcom, The Jetsons), or R2-D2 (from Star Wars), what would life be like without technology?
Kathryn Ozyurt delivered a presentation on the positives that can be accomplished with robotics. Attendees discussed moral choices about what we are presently doing with robotics and the expectations and ramifications of what we can and should do with these tools of our future.

"The Purpose and Benefits of Drumming and Women's Circles"
Presented by Connie Ralston
October 21, 2018
The meaning of the Drum symbol was to signify the heartbeat of mother earth for Native American Indians and other cultures. At the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula, we may be a family comprised of individuals and groups of people who walk to the beat of a different drummer, but similar principles and values unite us and make us one. This topic covered the purpose and benefits of Drumming and Women's Circles and how it got started at the UUFP.

All joined in growing in relationship with one another and creating an Ultimate Rhythm!​

"Gender Communication Differences"
Presented by Gary Ott and Meg Glenn-Albiez
October 14, 2018

Gary and Meg facilitated a working session between men and women that will recognize several gender communication’s minefields. Discussion included identification of several stereotypes that can complicate successful talk between the genders, and methods that might increase gender communication's success.
Several differences in gender communication styles are: 1) empathetic vs. problem solving, 2) verbal vs. visual, and 3) variety of body language signs in nonverbal communications.

Several differences in gender communication styles are: 1) empathetic vs. problem solving, 2) verbal vs. visual, and 3) variety of body language signs in nonverbal communications.

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