Sunday Services

 

June 4th

“The Water We Swim In”

Rev. Elwood Sturtevant

UU congregations have been invited to conduct a “teach-in” on white supremacy.  That didn’t seem to me to be the right thing to put out on our front sign, as it might seem that I would be speaking in favor of white supremacy to at least some of our neighbors. The title I have chosen is meant to stand as a metaphor for the racism in which Americans live that we may have learned not to see. – ERS

 

June 11th

“Simplicity”

Rev. Elwood Sturtevant

The theme materials for this month argue “It’s not just society that celebrates status, stuff and overscheduled lives; we cling to them as well. The busyness of our lives is not just overwhelming; it’s also seductive. Overscheduled lives don’t just tip us over; they tempt us. They promise us power, affirmation and proof that we are of more worth than the one standing next to us. There is a reason we go on and on about how busy we are. We aren’t just complaining; we’re bragging. To be busy is to have made it. To be over-committed is to be wanted and needed.”  I’ll take a look. – ERS

 

June 18th

“Pride”

Rev. Elwood Sturtevant

Though many of us are shocked by the reactionary tone of the last election, in June it’s important to remember how far our nation has come with respect to the recognition and inclusion of the GLBTQ community in the time just since I have served at TJ.  I’ll try to share some of that story, and remember it’s Father’s Day, too. – ERS

 

Sunday, June 25

Strange Bedfellows in a Universe too big for any Mirror

Chris Robinson

The tension between religion and science is palpable throughout modern American culture. Advocates of scientific rationalism denounce religion as superstition, and religious zealotry decries the scientific as blasphemous or soulless. A common moderation approach is towards reconciliation between the two as ‘equal opposites’, but this often leaves a poor taste to those seeking deeper coherence of meaning. I will be exploring the ways in which science and theology relate, how they overlap and, ultimately, how they support and feed one another. Along the way we’ll discuss the aesthetic of mathematical proof, the teleological nature of reality, and why the cover of every book ought to have the words “DON’T PANIC” on the front in large, friendly letters.

Chris Robinson is a PhD student at the University of Louisville, studying Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. A Centre College alumnus, his enjoyment of tormenting his humanities professors left him with a taste for philosophy and critique that bleeds into his mathematics daily.