Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wonderful events on October 18!

This coming Sunday, October 18, is a big day....

At 10:30 a.m., come to the UUCiA and hear Harvard Divinity School seminarian Erik Resly preach his sermon "Befriend Thyself". That's treat number one. (Click here to see Erik's blog.)

In the afternoon, there are two amazing talks... sadly, they are happening at the same time, so you will have to choose.

One of these is the "Climate Convocation", featuring best-selling author of The End of Nature Bill McKibben. This talk will be a "warm up" of sorts for the International Day of Climate Action. It will be on the 18th at 2:00 p.m. in the Memorial Church of Harvard University. The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA, will deliver the interfaith prayer. Click here to download a flyer. Go to 350.org to learn more. (McKibben is pictured to the left in this post.)

The other amazing talk that afternoon is by UU minister and theologian Thandeka, who will speak at the UU Urban Ministry headquarters in Roxbury on the 18th at 2:30 p.m. This is a Jack Mendelsohn Forum Special Event. Thandeka will give an interactive presentation on Unitarian Universalism and social justice. Click here to see more details. (Thandeka is pictured to the right in this post.)

Finally, end your day back where the day started, at 6 Locke Street in Andover (back at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover). The 15th Annual Women's Spirituality Series presents "Unveiling the Mystery of Divine Birth", featuring Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D, author of The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece. The presentation starts at 7:00 p.m., and admission is $15 (though no one will be turned away). (Rigoglioso is pictured to the left in this post.)

From the event flyer:

"Join us this year to expand our understanding of women's mysteries to include the ultimate female priestly power: miraculous conception. Marguerite Rigoglioso will present her groundbreaking new book The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece, exploring the "rape by gods"and supernatural conception stories from Greek history and myth in a startling new way that places virgin priestesses at the core of Western civilization.

"Her careful research makes the case that divine birth was something deliberately attempted by holy women -- an elevated form of spiritual practice considered the only means of bringing avatars and true leaders to incarnation. This serious scholarly study has tremendous implications for world religions with divine birth claims, including Christianity. It also helps reframe and reclaim the Virgin Mary as a deliberate agent in the conception of Jesus."

Sounds like a great day, doesn't it?

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