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A Flowing Dialectic: The Shape-Making of Liberal Religion

Rev. Jim VanderWeele, minister at Community Church Unitarian Universalists will lift up several of the primary forces that have contributed to the direction pursued by liberal religionists.

He will address factors of time, social movements, and historical precedents for those in a faith whose members value "about seven and a half" faith traditions. A special attention will be placed on the use of reason as a fundamental component of faith formation.

Rev. VanderWeele was raised in the Christian Reformed Church, a tradition based on the teachings of John Calvin, but accompanied by an active involvement in the social and political frameworks of life. His attendance at Christian Schools lasted from kindergarten through the sophomore year of college. One feature of this early-life study was his opportunity to study the Bible, and church theologies, which quickly led him to questions of faith and an interest in the exploration of other religious, philosophical, social, and psychological traditions.

After years of personal study, his return to school allowed him to focus on World Religions during the completion of his undergraduate studies (in the mid-90’s). This was followed by the completion of his seminary training in 2000 at the Meadville Lombard School of Theology.

He has received the Russell Lockwood Ministry Award, which commemorates outstanding ministerial service to churches and communities within the Southwest Conference of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The award recognizes his untiring leadership of the post-Katrina recovery of the three New Orleans area UU churches and his involvement in interfaith social activist networks such as All Congregations Together and the Common Good Initiative.

PLEASE NOTE: As we do every November, we will present a new slate of nominees to the NOSHA Board of Directors to serve the[masked] term (beginning January 1) at tomorrow's NOSHA meeting.


To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates. 

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot. 

For more information about this event, please check our website at or contact [masked] 

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

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  • Charlotte

    I was happy with the turnout and I found Rev. VanderWeele to be very engaging, friendly and sincere, which is always important for an audience's enjoyment. It was nice to hear what's happening at the CCUU.

    November 17, 2013

  • Charlotte

    PLEASE NOTE: As we do every November, we will present a new slate of nominees to the NOSHA Board of Directors to serve the[masked] term (beginning January 1) at tomorrow's NOSHA meeting.

    November 15, 2013

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