1st Sundays - Ethical Society of Asheville
Humanists and Ethical Culturists value the connections we make with other people and the gift of life itself. Colloquy provides a space for us to forge these connections and contemplate together those things that make life unique and precious.
Meeting the first Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m., Colloquy offers one and a half hour of self-reflection and contemplation within a nurturing, group environment. Participants use readings, music, and quiet sharing to reflect on a theme; meditation on the theme often invites gentle exploration of life’s questions.
Colloquy was created at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island by Arthur Dobrin, the Leader (now Leader Emeritus) of the Long Island congregation. Joy McConnell, our Consulting Leader introduced the program in the St. Louis Society in 1997 and introduced it here June 2010.
Format: Each Colloquy discussion centers on a particular theme. Groups consider such topics as awareness, serenity, character, transitions and memory. Facilitators and participants derive Colloquy topics and inspiration from a number of sources including:
• Spelling God with Two O’s by Arthur Dobrin
• A Treasury of Kahlis Gibran by Kahlil Gibran
A facilitator guides the conversation and ensures that participants remain comfortable and focused.
“We should not overlook the role played by our feelings and emotions in prompting us to live ethical lives… Reason may guide us in doing the right thing, but it is caring—it is feeling—that motivates us to reach out and do good in the first place. It is our capacity for feeling that makes us moral people."
-Fritz Williams, “The Heart of Humanism
,” September 27, 1998 Platform Address