Guest speaker

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 … read more.

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 … read more.

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 … read more.

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 … read more.

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.


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. … read more.

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 … read more.