October through mid-May we meet on Thursdays at 7:00 pm for coffee and socializing. Programs begin at 7:30 pm.
MARCH 15 – Jan Heuman - “Unitarian Universalist Service Committee: Challenging Injustice, Advancing Human Rights” - The UUSC is a 77-year old human rights organization grounded in Unitarian Universalist values, working to advance human rights through grassroots partnership. Guided by the principle that local organizations should lead efforts to defend human rights and create sustainable models for change within their own communities, UUSC supports grassroots organizations in over 30 countries around the world, including the United States. Through operating and program finding, research, advocacy, and strategic advice UUSC supports partner organizations across three core program areas:
Rights at risk - Environmental Justice & Climate Change - Economic Justice
MARCH 22 – Judy Lutzenberger - “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging, and the Courage to Stand Alone,” based on a Brene Brown book by the same title, and additional supplemental sources. As stated on the book jacket, “True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to BE who we are.” Judy will explain not only how this can be accomplished, but the division, discord and depression that often results when we fail to be our most authentic selves, while respecting how others do the same (especially important AND difficult in our current political reality). She will share specific practices for developing courage and connection, and her own periodic depression that resulted from failing to do so. Those interested in viewing an interview with Brene Brown available online, can search, interview with Brene Brown, on BRAVING THE WILDERNESS.
MONDAY, MARCH 26 – U.U. MEMBERS’ LUNCHEON - Meet at the Ybor Grille Restaurant in Ruskin at 339 19th Ave., N.E. at noon. The restaurant is opposite McDonalds and east of Route 41. If you plan to come, please call Jessie Bush at 633-0396 or Judy Kramer at 642-0621.
MARCH 29 – Russell Hill - "EGO INTEGRITY: Eric Erickson's Conception of Successful Senior Maturity” - In the spirit of UU's fourth principle, that of a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, we will briefly explore the eight stages of life theory of the noted developmental psychologist and psycho-therapist Eric Erickson. What do you think of his theory? What do critics say? Does his conception of ego integrity for senior adults and the end of life have meaning for you?