"Values and Meanings" Discussion and Potluck

  • March 15, 2014 · 2:30 PM
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This is a discussion group for secular people to talk about our individual values and the kinds of meanings we find in our lives. The goal is to create a safe space to share, listen, and explore together without debating, arguing, or trying to convince others.

The topic for this discussion will be FRIENDSHIP.

We will start with a potluck at 2:30pm and begin the discussion at 3:30pm. After introductions and an icebreaker will be a brief reading about the day's topic. Then we will go around the room to give everyone a chance to share their thoughts on the reading and topic. Following that will be a moderated discussion to respond to each other's individual thoughts and explore further everyone's perspectives.

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  • Dan W.

    Who's missing a pair of sunglasses? I accidentally stole someone's!

    March 16, 2014

    • Jamie N.

      That would be me (Agnes can confirm I was trying to hunt them down). Contact me via Facebook (Facebook.com/slightlyma­dscience) or email ([masked]) and we can arrange a time/place for me to pick them up. Thanks!

      March 17, 2014

  • Chris

    If I eat any more of Jamie's cookies, I'll be as plump as my cat

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Pat M.

    Many thanks to Agnes and Gleb for their fine hospitality!

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Dan W.

    Loved it! Thanks!

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Jack

    Sounds like an interesting conversation. What do you need for the potluck?

    March 14, 2014

    • Gleb

      Any dessert would be welcomed, since Sharon will not be bringing the yummy cobbler bars.

      March 14, 2014

  • HCCO C.

    My practice schedule just changed for Saturday. I won't be able to make the pot luck (or bring deliciousness, but I promise someday soon!), but I will be there in time for the discussion. Looking forward to it!

    2 · March 13, 2014

  • Gleb

    For those interested, here are some of the readings that will inform our discussion:


    Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
    - William Butler Yeats Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
    - George Washington The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.
    - Henri Nouwen Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.
    - Oscar Wilde

    Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
    - C.S. Lewis

    March 8, 2014

    • Gleb

      Since justice, friendship, and community are closely related, it is far worse to abuse a close friend or family member than it is to abuse a stranger.
      - Aristotle

      The transition from acquaintanceship to friendship is typically characterized by an increase in both the breadth and depth of self-disclosure. In the early stages of friendship, this tends to be a gradual, reciprocal process. One person takes the risk of disclosing personal information and then 'tests' whether the other reciprocates.
      - Beverley Fehr, University of Winnipeg sociologist, author of Friendship Processes.

      March 8, 2014

  • Faith

    Hello. I'm planning to attend the March 15 discussion and look forward to meeting you.

    2 · February 22, 2014

    • Agnes

      Great! Look forward to meeting you!

      1 · February 22, 2014

    • Faith

      I'm sorry, I've had to cancel as Saturday has become too busy; but hope I can make another event soon.

      1 · March 6, 2014

  • HCCO C.

    This time minus a virus and with peach cobbler bars for reals. :-) If anyone needs a ride from the Short North/OSU area (or a point reasonably on the way from the Short North to Westerville), message me. -Sharon

    2 · February 24, 2014

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