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THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL MEETING CONDUCTED OVER ZOOM!!! A link will be sent out at noon on the day of the event to everyone who has RSVPed before then. How do you spend your day? More generally, how do you spend your entire time on Earth? It’s possible to classify all your activities into a few broad categories: (1) basic biology (eating, drinking, sleeping, excreting, giving birth, dying) (2) productive (work, original thinking, household chores, shopping, arts and crafts, hobbies) (3) informative (including both learning and teaching) (4) enjoyable (examples too numerous to mention, but certainly including socializing) (5) restful (altho recreation would go under “enjoyable” rather than here) (6) useless (for example, waiting around for someone else to finish getting dressed) (7) awful (being tortured or persecuted; dealing with illness, injury, or loss; arguments and fights; being insulted or demeaned) Clearly, if you were to do a Venn diagram of these categories, there’d be quite a few overlapping circles. Kicking back with a good book, for instance, could be productive, informative, and enjoyable all at once. But ”useless” and “awful” seem to be off in a little corner of their own. If an activity could plausibly fall into one of the first 5 categories, it has to be useful to SOME extent. And, for all of the hyperbole about “work is hell” or “wage slavery”, does anybody seriously consider those to be awful in the same sense as a car wreck or a thumbscrew? (Altho, to be fair, ACTUAL slavery was both productive and awful.) The question before us tonight is how to classify “God time” — church attendance, prayer, rituals like baptism or saying the rosary, confession, auto-flagellation, etc. Are there any of these that don’t qualify as useless? Or perhaps awful? In free-form discussion, we’ll consider the first 5 categories above, one at a time, and talk about whether it could arguably include any of these “God time” activities.
THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL MEETING CONDUCTED OVER ZOOM!!! A link will be sent out at noon on the day of the event to everyone who has RSVPed before then. One week earlier than usual, to dodge around Thanksgiving. Since nobody will be talking about anything else after the 2020 election BUT the 2020 election, let’s just give in to reality and have a free-form discussion of how it all shook out. No program, no handouts, just open mic for any observations anyone feels like making.
THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL MEETING CONDUCTED OVER ZOOM!!! A link will be sent out at noon on the day of the event to everyone who has RSVPed before then. The Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability (http://farleycenter.org) is located on 43 acres of rolling hills in the Town of Springdale just outside of Verona, Wisconsin. It is dedicated to making the world a better place while respecting the natural world. Its major source of revenue is natural burial in its Natural Path Sanctuary (http://naturalpathsanctuary.org). That enables the foundation to support local farmers and artisans and its expansive educational activities, including everything from beekeeping to juvenile corrections. The center’s director, Shedd Farley, will explain the philosophy and practice behind natural burial as well as the history of how the center came to be.
THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL MEETING CONDUCTED OVER ZOOM!!! A link will be sent out at noon on the day of the event to everyone who has RSVPed before then. How likely are you to NOT believe in God? It turns out that there’s a short quiz that provides a fairly reliable idea of that. We’ll begin the evening’s proceedings by all taking that quiz,* then discussing the results and their implications. To learn any more, you’ll have to show up for the event. ––––– *Nobody will be graded on the quiz.