Saturday, March 31, 2018

Catherine Albanese at the Gnostic America Conference

My wife was an organizer of the Gnostic America Conference at Rice University this week.  She is posting (on her blog) a few words on the papers presented.  Here is a link to the first posting about the talk given by Catherine Albanese at the Conference.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Catholic Take on Gnosticism

Here is a link to an article about a document written by the Vatican for Bishops about two heresies - neo-Pelagianism and neo-Gnosticism.  The description of Gnosticism is interesting - needless to say one that I do not agree with. It is interesting to see how Gnosticism is viewed by the Church. An interesting paragraph about the press conference about it:

'Asked which is the more important, he said it is “easier” to point to examples of neo-Pelagianism, but you could “fill books” with ancient Gnosticism which is a “very complicated phenomenon.”'

That much is true - it was a "complicated phenomenon." And it is interesting that the Church acknowledges that it is still affecting the culture.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

A UU Perspective on Earthrise

The Greenfield Recorder in Massachusetts gives a little space to a faith leader every Saturday to share their personal perspective about their faith.  Here is a selection written by a UU lay leader about the photograph Earthrise.

Here is the photograph courtesy of NASA.

Friday, March 2, 2018

UU Church hosts "White Ally Toolkit" Class

A UU congregation in Vancouver, Washington, hosted a class taught by David Campt (pictured above) about how white liberals can talk to racism skeptics about racial issues. It came about after Mr. Campt read the results of a poll that said that 55 percent of white people think that racism against white people is as big a problem as racism against people of color. Wow. So he thinks it might be a good idea for those white folk among us who believe there is a problem of racism in the U.S. to start having conversations with our fellow white folk (like relatives and friends) about this. This class is touring the country and here is a link to an article about it.