The times we live in are deeply troubled and our communities are divided. We seem to have lost the interest and ability to seek the common good, the well-being of all. Our socioeconomic system appears increasingly to be ill-suited for maximizing the conditions and opportunities for all to thrive with healthy, happy, and harmonious lives.
Yet, into this mix come persons of deep commitment in the progressive religious tradition and belief in the strong moral values that it promotes. We explore issues and questions about how our religious traditions can influence our lives as citizens and shape our participation in the public life. Our interest is nurturing a faith that animates our desire to improve the quality of life for all.
This class will be led by Rev. Dr. Douglas R. Sharp, Professor of Theology, Religion and Society (retired). The fee for each session is $10 for members of High Plains Unitarian Church and $15 for non-members. The fee can be paid at the door. If paying the fee for all 6 classes is a challenge, but you’d still like to attend, please contact Rev. Julia as she has scholarships availble.
There is a PDF reading materials that goes along with these classes
, in order to sign up and then download the PDF, please sign up (sheet is on HP bulletin board) and provide us with your email, or contact the office at 260-1080 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Politics & Religion – What Is to Be Believed and What Is to Be Done
A look at The Seven Principles of the UUA and what is meant by the common good
2. The Good Life – Where Politics and Morality Meet
How faith and public life can be paired in a democracy
3. Parsing Political Polarization – A Useable Religious Tradition for Social Justice
There are several ways faith is a foundation for the Social Justice Statements of the UUA
4. What Have We to Talk About? What We Have to Talk About! – Framing the Issue
Approaching the policy issues of Affordable Housing, Criminal Justice, Immigration
5. Practical Dimensions: Having That Difficult Conversation
It is possible to have a substantive conversation that engages differences of opinion
6. Practical Dimensions: Advocacy with Decision-Makers – Skills, Research, Collaboration & Presentation
What is always required in advocacy on contested issues is an informed strategy