Monday, February 27, 2006

First Wednesdays on March 1st

I hope you'll attend our First Wednesdays program on Wednesday, March 1st.

At 6:30 we will be having a Unitarian Universalist-style Ash Wednesday service. Rev. Thom will offer a reflection. You may choose to participate, or just come to observe.

At 7:00 we will be having our second "Radical Conversations" session. The theme for this month is: "Appropriate or Appropriation." The program will feature a guided reflection on Unitarian Universalism's relationship with world religions.

Here are some questions to think about, related to the source of our faith that says we draw "Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life."

Is there such a thing as "cultural intellectual property" or are the rituals, words, songs, etc. of other faiths and cultures "free use"?

What constitutes ethical use of another tradition? Unethical use? How do we know?

What separates spiritual practice from spiritual tourism?

Suggested reading:

Reckless Sharing or Appropriate Cultural Sharing? by Jacqui James.

(Mis)Appropriation by Rev. Paul Beckel.

Various Reflections

If you have an idea for a future "Radical Conversations", send me a note.