The UUSR Adult Education Committee will be sponsoring a Death Café on Thursday, January 18 from 7pm. Advance registration is required because space is limited. MORE
Please call the office at 978-546-2989 if you would like to register.
Democracy Discussion Group
Our Democracy Discussion Group has read and discussed several articles and will be discussing “On Tyranny” by Timothy Snyder in January.
Race Discussion Group
Our Race Discussion Group met for two years and several members of that group are working on the Cape Ann Slavery website. Stay tuned for more information.
Book Discussion Group
Over the years we read and discuss books from time to time.
In the last few years, we have read:
Feel free to join us even if you have never come to the congregation before.
“Globalization Runs Into Sovereignty – The Times They Are A’Changing” – Sept. 29, 2016
The Adult Education Committee sponsored an informed and informative presentation by Warren Salinger. Warren’s background in foreign affairs runs both deep and broad: following a degree in political science from Goddard College, he worked as Director of Development for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, gaining overseas experience in Central American and in Africa. He was the founding executive director of The Greeley Foundation for Peace and Justice, working with former United States President Jimmy Carter to set up the Carter Center’s International Network, a position that entailed more than 60 trips to the Soviet Union and Russia. Warren was present in Moscow for the entire week of the August 1991 coup that toppled communism. For 13 years he has been a lecturer for Holland America cruise line, presenting a “World Affairs Seminar”.
Warren shared the following thoughts concerning his upcoming talk:
“A long time ago, Bob Dylan wrote a hit song, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ ‘; and boy, are they ever. On June 24, 2016, the day after the UK’s historic BREXIT vote, 57 countries met in Bejing for the first meeting of Asia’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), founded two years ago. The Obama administration tried hard, but unsuccessfully, to persuade our ‘allies’ to stay away from investing in this bank: to a country, they refused to listen. At that first meeting of the new bank, they approved funding for four infrastructure improvement projects in Asia, leading to the growth of the new Eurasian Axis and to the project actively supported by China and its president, Xi Jinping, One Belt, Sea Route . . . One Road, Land Route (OBOR), bringing the old Silk Road into modernity. To me this is dynamic proof that America’s and the West’s hegemony over the rest of the world, which we had wielded for more than 500 years, is over. Over.”
“Welcome to Iran” – March 13, 2016
An informal conversation with Monica Munson about the journey she and her daughter, Olivia, took by themselves through Iran, Jan. 11 to Jan. 25, 2016.
Monica says about the trip:
“Welcome to Iran” is what we constantly heard, and indeed that was how we felt. Olivia and I went from Tehran to Shiraz visiting a total of 5 cities, 3 villages, a desert, and of course, Persepolis. On this 12-day journey we traveled by bus, taxi, and got rides from newly made friends as well as flying to and from Iran from Istanbul. And we walked, a lot! Every single day we received random gifts from total strangers. We were enchanted with all the beautiful sites and got overwhelmed by random acts of kindness. And we managed not to get hit crossing the streets of Tehran. It was a fun and certainly memorable trip!