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What Is the True Self?
Last Sunday, in circle talk, Charles Long asked me to define the 'True Self.' So, here goes. I have some good news and some bad news. First the bad news. There is no logical, scientific, or rational way of defining the self. To try to create a rational definition of self is doomed to failure. It cannot be done. Or, if you do define self by reason alone, you come up with something like this: The self is a sack of meat with a complex, computer-like nervous system attached that guides said meat sack around with the sole purpose of survival. I find this definition very unappealing. The self is a mystery as deep as the origins of the Universe. Now for the good news. While the mystery of the self cannot be defined, it can be known. This is shocking news for those that believe that reason and scientific method are the only ways of knowing.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 12 December 2012 07:13)
A Christmas Carol
On December 16 our RE class will be performing an abbreviated version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for their traditional winter BUUF Sunday service. All the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future will be roaming the BUUF sanctuary that day with Ebenezer Scrooge, an event no one will want to miss! Bah! Humbug! Be sure to attend this service and get into the spirit of the holiday season!
In an abbreviated (and incorrectly edited) version of my press release our students were mentioned on page B4 of the Wednesday, November 28, edition of the Herald Palladium. The press release I submitted prior to the return of Dr. Ann Nichols to BUUF to receive a large facsimile of a check for $400 follows:
“Katie Whalen and Eliza Sarra led their Sunday School class from the Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF) in its efforts over the summer to raise $400 to cover one year’s salary for a teacher at the Trust Community School in Kitwe, Zambia. A check will be presented during this Sunday’s service at BUUF to Dr. Ann Nichols, Professor of Social Work at Arizona State University, who will forward the funds to the school.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 12 December 2012 07:09)
BUUF Goods and Services Auction
Well, our annual goods and services auction and, this year, the chili cook-off, are complete.
The evening began with tasting of a record 8 chilis. People breathed fire as they sampled their way through the entries and voted Gloria Weberg's Turkey Vegetable the No. 1. Other entries included a Tree Sisters Vegan and a Venison Chili.
The auction itself was lively and included robust competition for Bea's wool oriental rug and Gloria’s sweet sock monkey dolls, as well as Francie Porter Snyder's hand knit socks and Amy Eklund's photo offerings.
Dick Berndt served as auctioneer and did a wonderful job and Chris Sirotiak whistled her way through the night. A special thanks to Emily Hecht, Mary Lou Elson, and Dave Sarra for tireless help in setup and kitchen, as well as Gretchen Ohmann who cashiered all who were present who ate, bid, then pitched in to clean up.