Do the BIG existential questions of life pique your interest? Have you ever questioned what you have been taught to believe? Do you have a desire to “make sense of it all?” Are you working on your own coherent worldview by which to live? If any of these apply, please consider joining this year-long discovery group for developing or updating your contemporary worldview or personal lifestance.
Our first BIG question of the series is: How do we know what we know? Or, put another way, from whence comes the knowledge by which we live our lives? Or still, what informs our thought processes, our day to day living and our values? As with each session, we will begin with a power-point overview of the philosophical and/or religious thought regarding the question of the day, followed by group discussion.
While people are encouraged to participate throughout the year, anyone is welcome to come to as many or as few of the monthly sessions as they are able. The sessions will be led by Audrey Kingstrom, humanist, naturalist and atheist with master's degrees in theology and education. I expect our discussions to be enriched by the experiences, perspectives and personal study of all of the participants.
Childcare will be provided upon request with one week's notice. Deadline--Sept. 8th--notice needed for the first session.
The questions to be contemplated are as follows.
1. How do we know what we know?
2. Is there a god? Or first cause? Or life force?
3. What is the meaning of life? Why are we here?
4. How much control do we have of our lives?
5. Is there a “human nature?”
6. How do we determine right from wrong?
7. What is justice?
8. What happens when we die?
9. What constitutes living a good life?
Wherever you are in your life journey, whatever questions and curiosities you may have about the profound and existential questions of life: this series welcomes the inquiring mind, the pilgrim, the seeker, the doubters, the contemplatives. Many religions and ideologies are static systems of belief as they adhere to an unchanging given TRUTH. But as humanist, naturalist, agnostic, atheist, skeptic or “non-religious,” our assertions are more modest. We are open to new discoveries and information, and are willing to consider a revision of our worldviews based on an empirical approach to expanding, verifiable knowledge. And then, perhaps equally important, we are intrigued by how to live with the uncertainties that remain.