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December 2019

Unpacking Impeachment: An Analysis of the Inquiry

December 1, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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How did Russia interfere with the US elections exactly? Learn more with Steven J. Harper.

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Music Service

December 8, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Please join us for our festive and inspiring Holiday and Music Program, on Sunday, December 8 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  This celebration features the voices of the New Trier Swing Choir and guest performances by pianist Ross Updegraff, violinist Ingrid Updegraff, and cellist Simon Updegraff.  Mr. Updegraff has a Doctor of Music degree in performance from Northwestern University and his children Ingrid and Simon study at the Music Institute of Chicago.  In keeping with our Unitarian message of inclusion, the…

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January 2020

The Art and Science of Zoo Animal Welfare

January 5 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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The Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Welfare Biologist, Dr. Jessica Whitham, will speak on the topic The Art and Science of Zoo Animal Welfare.  Dr. Whitham is committed to improving the welfare of animals at Brookfield Zoo and beyond. CZS’ Animal Welfare Research Team has an obligation to identify novel methods for continuously improving the quality of life of individuals under their care.  This involves developing tools for monitoring various aspects of welfare – including an animal’s physical, emotional and mental…

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Adult Education as a Tool for Justice

January 12 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Wendy Yanow, Ed.D. Trustee at Oakton Community College, will speak on the topic Adult Education as a Tool for Social Justice.  Adult education for social justice is a lifelong journey that began for Dr. Yanow in her first professional job as a secretary in a law firm shortly after graduating from college with a degree in music.  She would come to understand that the college education along with being white, allowed her to move rather seamlessly in a complex professional…

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The Socratic Parent: How to Navigate Raising Your Child by Asking the Right Questions

January 19 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Paul Sweetow, LCSW and Winnetka Counselor to Children and Teens, will speak on the topic, The Socratic Parent: How to Navigate Raising Your Child by Asking the Right Questions.  What one parenting strategy is the best?  Paul believes it is to parent socratically.  In his new book, The Socratic Parent (available on Amazon), Paul teaches parents how to use a question format to guide their child.  With this strategy children become more autonomous, build a healthy inner dialogue, and have…

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Kant Can’t Fix It All: Freethought and Universalized Ethics

January 26 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Dr. David Breeden, Senior Minister at First Unitarian Church of Minneapolis, will speak on the topic Kant Can’t Fix It All: Freethought and Universalized Ethics.  Theists often accuse those who operate from a naturalistic understanding of reality of having no foundation or grounding for ethical principles.  Freethinkers know this is far from true, but we have made some missteps in our attempts to universalize liberal humanist values.  Perhaps paradoxically, the concept of universalization and attempts to state such principles in…

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February 2020

Night Sky Theology: Mysticism and Science

February 2 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Bob Magrisso, M.D., will give a discourse on the topic, Night Sky Theology: Mysticism and Science.  His talk will be a personal approach to the integration of the scientific worldview and spiritual life.  It is based on Magrisso’s experience as one committed to science and to spiritual unfolding.   He will use numinous personal experiences to illustrate this integration.  Dr. Magrisso presents not as “expert” but as a person who has had a lifelong commitment to this approach and hopes to…

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Carbon Pricing: A Necessary Step to Address Climate Change

February 9 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Mike Zanillo, State Coordinator-Illinois- of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, will speak on the topic, Carbon Pricing: A Necessary Step to Address Climate Change.  Climate Change has been called “NOT the BIGGEST challenge of OUR time, but, the BIGGEST challenge of ALL time.”  The topic can be confusing to many and often there is uncertainty of what Climate Change is, what its effects are and what can be done about it.  Carbon Pricing is viewed as a simple, yet effective and…

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Interfaith Action Evanston Soup Kitchen

February 9 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood St
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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On Sunday, February 9 we will be hosting our annual soup kitchen at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Evanston from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. To donate food and/or volunteer for a shift, contact Anne Walker.

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Humans and the Environment in Medieval Europe: Lessons for Today

February 16 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Noah Blan, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Lake Forest College, will speak on the topic, Humans and the Environment in Medieval Europe: Lessons for Today.  How did medieval Europeans think about the environment, and how might they help us view 21st century concerns in a new way?  The scales and technologies that shape modern climate and other ecological crises differ significantly, but many of the same concerns about property rights, resource use, and ecological exploitation also resonated in…

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