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Tom Krattenmaker, "Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower", 1st Wed Dialog

  • First Parish In Concord

    20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA (map)

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  • Can nonreligious people follow Jesus? And if so, why would they want to? Emphatically yes, says author Tom Krattenmaker--because it will deepen their lives and help create a more humane world. Krattenmaker, a religion-in-public-life columnist and author of the new book "Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower," will discuss his provocative claim and show how the figure of Jesus, engaged in a secular way, is powerfully applicable to contemporary life, and how his ethic and example can transform much of what ails us both as individuals and a society.

    About Tom Krattenmaker

    Tom Krattenmaker is an award-winning author and USA Today contributing columnist, specializing in religion in public life, and communications director at Yale Divinity School. His books and articles have been honored by the American Academy of Religion, Religion Newswriters Association, Foreword Reviews, and others. Krattenmaker has spoken at numerous conferences and colleges around the country and has appeared in media outlets including PBS, Fox News, National Public Radio, ESPN, and the New York Times.


    General Information

    Our First Wednesday Dialog series brings in outside speakers to share interesting topics related to Humanism -- kind of like Ted Talk. We socialize and enjoy refreshments until about 7:15, at which point the speakers presents for as long as they choose, usually until 8:00 or so. At this point we pass the mic around and have a group discussion about the topic. When the discussion wraps up, we continue with more refreshments and socializing until around 9:00 when all attendees are welcome to join our open steering committee meeting.

    We  take donations at the door to cover the cost of the meeting ($5 is suggested). Half of the donations (after we pay the rent) are given as an honorarium to the speaker. All regular attendees are encouraged to bring refreshments to share.

    Note that we have a large mailing list outside of so the RSVP numbers are generally much lower than the actual attendance. 

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  • Mike H.

    Jesus is said to have said some stuff worth hearing -- but is it encompassing and does it include advice for our modern world. It seems to me that others should, at least, also be included. For instance:
    • Charles Dickens
    • Charles Darwin
    • Anthony Shadid
    • Noam Chomsky
    • Eben Fodor
    • Rachel Carson
    • Dennis Meadows
    • Margaret Sanger
    • Isaac Asimov
    • Thurgood Marshall
    • Jacques Cousteau
    • Jim Hightower
    • Bill Moyers
    • John Muir
    • Henry David Thoreau
    • David Suzuki
    • Jared Diamond
    • Daniel Quinn
    • Joseph Campbell
    Including just Jesus, IMHO, would be little more than a "tribute" to religion -- which has failed in making the world the place it needs to be.

    4 days ago

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