March 18, 2015
The Roundtable Discussion Group meets on Sundays at 10:30 AM in the UUCLC Library located at 2000 S. Solano Dr., Las Cruces. Send suggestions, comments, & questions to email@example.com . Our goal is to learn more about all sides of issues and to learn more about one another. If you have a topic you would like discussed, contact Jim Basler.
April 5 – “All Men Are Created Equal – Or Are They?” Jan Thompson will lead a discussion of this topic. Our second UU Principle calls for equity rather than equality. What would equity look like? Is it possible? How can we move toward it? Does it matter?
April 12 – “Explore Complementary Therapies: What? Why? How?” Anna Whitaker Smith has brought complementary therapies to hospitalized patients, to people receiving chemotherapy, to people in assisted living, and to people in hospice care for eleven years. She has also benefited from these therapies herself as a cancer survivor. She will give examples of these modalities and suggest specific “tools for handling stress.” These tools help activate a right brain response which returns us to a sense of balance when life is stressful. Making the distinction between “to cure” and “to heal” will be the starting point in defining complementary therapies. Anna invites you to come with openness and questions for what she hopes will be an engaging hour.
April 19 – Dr. Christopher Brown, NMSU, will speak on “Water Management on the US-Mexico Border.” Several case studies will be presented. Water management between countries presents special problems and opportunities.
April 26 – Carlos Aceves, author and educator “The Power of the Invisible: Creating a mythology to save ourselves.” What do fear, faith, and quantum physics have in common? They are both about dealing with a power that is unseen. The greatest contributions to humanity have come not from someone finding a million dollars to invest, but discovering a vision, an invisible force which can be transformed into something more powerful than bombs. In 1948 Joseph Campbell offered us a summary of how across history humans have tapped into this great potential and challenged us to pick up the almost forgotten skill of myth construction. The renowned New Mexican scholar, Tomas Atencio asserted in the 1970s that “myth is to culture what a catalyst is to chemistry, a necessary element for transformation.” With a world desperately needing transformation, join us for a dialogue about how each one of us can be a mythic warrior to save ourselves.