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Kierkegaard’s “Fear and Trembling”: adult ed course

These adult ed courses are excellent and David Robb is really good! This is 6 parts, not sure how many I will be at, as I also go to Sunday Assembly.

Sundays at 10:00 a.m.October  6, 13, 20, and November 3,10,17 in Reidy Friendship Hall
Faith and Reason in Kierkegaard’s “Fear and Trembling”With Rev. David Robb

After being largely ignored for decades outside of his native Denmark, Sören Kierkegaard came eventually to influence a wide range of philosophers and theologians— both religious and non-religious—known as “existentialist” thinkers in the 20th century. The philosopher Wittgenstein described him as “by far the most profound thinker of the 19th century.” In this series Rev. Robb explores the widely-read Fear and Trembling
, his highly provocative study of the Genesis narrative of “The Binding of Isaac” (Genesis 22: 1-19). In his treatment of this difficult story - Abraham’s obedience to God’s command to sacrifice his son Isaac - Kierkegaard touches on several key issues including the relation between faith and reason, and between ethics and religion.

October 6:  
Introduction: The Genesis narrative of “The Binding of Isaac”
October 13:  Fear and Trembling “Preface,” Attunement” and “Tribute to Abraham”
October 20:  Fear and Trembling “The Preamble from the Heart”

Rev. David Robb
is Assistant Minister for Adult Education and Scholar-In-Residence at All Souls. A graduate of Y ale (BA) and Union Theological Seminary (M.Div. S.T.M.), and the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute, he is also a Psychotherapist and Pastoral Counselor with a practice in New York City and an Associate of Kenwood Psychological Services. He formerly taught Theology at Georgetown University and Religious Studies at Connecticut College.


NOTE: There is a second adult ed course at 11:15. Then there is coffee and cake social afterward. I will probably not be staying for these, but if you are interested here they are.



Sundays at 11:15 a.m.October  6 in Reidy Friendship Hall
Annual Henry Whitney Bellows Lecture
The Wolcott Gibbs Controversy: Was Anti-Unitarianism Really the Cause? with Robert McCaughey, Ph.D

In the mid-1850’s Wolcott Gibbs, a renowned professor of chemistry, was an unsuccessful candidate for a position on the faculty at Columbia University. A minority of the Board of Trustees of Columbia alleged publicly that Gibbs had been turned down because of his affiliation with Unitarianism. Recent scholarship suggests a more complex interplay between advocates of scientific research and those of religious belief, together with other political forces as factors in the decision. Professor McCaughey, a distinguished American historian, will referee the fight.

Robert McCaughey
is Professor of History at Barnard College where he is a former recipient of the Emily Gregory Teaching Excellence Award. He is a specialist in the social history of American intellectual life, American maritime history, and the history of American colleges and universities, including his study Stand, Columbia, a history of Columbia University in New York City. He has served several terms as Chair of Barnard’s history department and is a former Dean of the Barnard College Faculty.

October 13 and 20 in Reidy Friendship Hall
Parenting in the 21st Century(co-sponsored with the Parent’s Association, All Souls Religious Education Program)
October 13: Renegade Parenting, UU Style with Heather Shumaker, MS

Heather Shumaker, a graduate of Swarthmore College (BA) and the University of Wisconsin (MS) is the mother of two young children. She is a widely read author, journalist, public speaker, and blogger who has published in the Huffington Post, the New York Post, Parenting, and other media. She is the author most recently of Its OK Not To Share. . .And Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids, named a Best Parenting Book of 2012 by Parents magazine.

October 20: Sexuality Talking Points for Parents with Melanie Davis, Ph.D.

Each year children and teens are bombarded with sexualized messages and images in movies, music, video games, advertising, and on television. Add conversations they overhear or engage in and that is a lot of input that may not mesh with your values and attitudes as parents. By speaking early and often about sexuality, you can help your children set boundaries, put messages into context, and make life-affirming social and sexual decisions. This program will provide practical techniques you can use immediately to kick-start communication on sensitive topics.

Melanie Davis is the “Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education” program associate for the Unitarian Universalist Association, and a nationally certified sexuality educator. In her Bedminister, New Jersey private practice she consults with teens and adults. She also delivers sexuality training to medical providers and educators, teaches at Moravian College, and is co-president of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University.



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  • Stacey

    This was a really interesting talk, thanks for suggesting. I was very impressed by the speaker.

    October 6, 2013

  • William C.

    If I wake up early enough I would attend. I once went a Meetup at the Congregation Of Humanist Jews and they discussed this very subject. It will be interesting to compare the viewpoints.

    October 4, 2013

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