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Neuroscience as a Source of Wisdom?

Recent discoveries in neuroscience are helping unravel the mysteries of how our brains make us human, but they are also overturning many long-held assumptions about the Mind and human behavior. In this talk, Dr. Campbell shares some examples of discoveries that could help us to nurture our Unitarian Universalist principles. including tolerance and compassion. Our … Continued

Identity Politics without the Politics

Romeo famously asked, “What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose /By any other name would smell as sweet.”  But scientific experiments, historical examples, literature through the ages, and our own personal feelings and experiences challenge what seems to be a truism.  What we call ourselves and how others name us influence our … Continued

Radical Acceptance and Responsibility

From small disappointments to major suffering, taking responsibility for our hardships yields a healthier, happier life. Based on the speaker’s experience and research, the model of practicing radical acceptance and responsibility in everyday life not only helps us heal from past pain, but also equips us with the skills needed to face whatever life has … Continued

Faking It

A refection on life: A nagging sense of undeserving. Habitually coming up short. Pulling wins out of nowhere. Getting lost in pretending. Gaining a toehold, when life is rarely what it appears to be. Bill Long’s ruminations on life and living.  Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Bill Long grew up there and in New Orleans, Louisiana, … Continued

The Poetry of Daily Life

Alabama’s Poet Laureate, Jennifer Horne, encourages people to treat poetry not as something separate and different and on another plane from daily life, but as an integral part of it.  

Dr. King’s Moral Vision for the Poor People’s Campaign

Our guest speaker Scott Douglas of Greater B’ham Ministries says that you can’t commemorate something that has not been completed. What we can do is to bring the poor and non-poor together, across lines of race, gender and ethnicity to organize for economic, social and racial justice.

Respect your Mother (Earth)

Our guest speaker is Felicia Buck, executive director of the Alabama Environmental Council.  Earth provides what is needed to sustain all life. Protecting the environment and the natural resources it so graciously provides us is a form of stewardship and a way to honor nature. There are many actions we can each take to make … Continued

Musings from an Agnostic Hindu: Of Beauty, Mystery, and Mysticism

Holi, the Indian festival of color with its celebration of Spring and new life, is almost here.  Pia Sen will discuss the ways Hindu spirituality weaves the Divine into human lives in many festivities, some large scale and some deeply intimate, and how it allows us to connect to the Divine through myriad relations of … Continued

Homeless in Birmingham

Join us to hear Anne Wright Rygiel of the Firehouse Ministries speak about homelessness. Anne has worked at The Firehouse since 2011, and became Executive Director in 2013. She sits on many advisory committees dealing with Mental Health Issues, Veterans’ issues, and Homelessness. She strives to raise public awareness about poverty in the South.