(Virtual Service) Mind the Misinformation: Reasons We Fall Victim to Fake News

David Rapp, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, will speak on the topic, Mind the Misinformation: Reasons We Fall Victim to Fake New. We are regularly confronted with statements that are inaccurate, sometimes obviously so. Unfortunately, people can be influenced by and rely upon inaccurate information, engaging in less critical evaluation than might be hoped. [...]

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(Virtual Service) Empowering Clinicians to Hold Competent, Compassionate, Values-Based Conversations with Seriously Ill Patients

Kendra Mirasol, former LSUS member and current CEO of the Seattle nonprofit VitalTalk, will speak on the topic, Empowering Clinicians to Hold Competent, Compassionate, Values-Based Conversations with Seriously Ill Patients.  COVID19 has heightened public awareness about challenges doctors face communicating with seriously ill patients. Clinicians are being thrown into some of the toughest discussions of [...]

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(Virtual Service) One Man’s Journey from Judaism to the Philosophy of Humanism

Howard Katz, Humanist Celebrant, President of the Center for Freethought Equality and Board Member of the American Humanist Society, will speak on the topic, One Man’s Journey from Judaism to the Philosophy of Humanism.  Mr. Katz’s discussion will include the path he took away from a Jewish belief system to one based on science and [...]

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(Virtual Service) Genesis in the Bible and Science

Rev. John Kartje, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Biblical Studies and Homilectics at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, will speak on the topic, Genesis in the Bible and Science.  Father John was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2002.  He has served in parish and [...]

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(Virtual Service) Democracy for an Uncertain World: A Theological Perspective

Michael Hogue, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at Meadville Lombard Theological School, will speak on the topic, Democracy for an Uncertain World: A Theological Perspective.  Dr. Hogue, who joined the Meadville Lombard faculty in September 2005, teaches and writes at the intersections of theology, religious ethics, and philosophy of religion. He [...]

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(Virtual Service) Grace from the Rubble: Two Fathers’ Road to Reconciliation after the Oklahoma City Bombing

Jeanne Bishop, who will speak on the topic of her new book, Grace from the Rubble: Two Fathers’ Road to Reconciliation after the Oklahoma City Bombing, is a public defender, human rights advocate, writer and speaker.  In what was to become the deadliest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, the Oklahoma City bombing was [...]

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Roe v. Wade: Past, Present and Future (CANCELLED)

Geoffrey Stone, Ph.D., Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Prof. of Law, Univ. of Chicago Law School Roe v. Wade: Past, Present and Future

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Vietnam: Learning about Its People Through Volunteering (CANCELLED)

Peg Cartier, LSUS Board Chair and Long-Time LSUS Member, Vietnam: Learning about Its People Through Volunteering

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Captain Kirk, the Bible, and Hell (CANCELLED)

Scott Paeth, Ph.D., Professor in Religious Studies, DePaul University, Captain Kirk, the Bible, and Hell

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A Spiritual Approach to Conflict with Others (CANCELLED)

Ramaa Krishnan, Owner, Full Bloomed Lotus in Wilmette, A Spiritual Approach to Conflict with Others

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Lawyers in the Classroom: Teaching Young Students about the U.S. Constitution (CANCELLED)

Andreana Turano, Supervisor, 2nd Municipal District, Cook County States Attorney Office, Volunteer with Lawyers in the Classroom Lawyers in the Classroom: Teaching Young Students about the U.S. Constitution

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One Man’s Journey from Judaism to the Philosophy of Humanism (CANCELLED)

Howard Katz, Past President of Humanist Society, Board Member of American Humanist Association, Humanist Celebrant, One Man’s Journey from Judaism to the Philosophy of Humanism

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The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Life’s Work (CANCELLED)

Dr. Nicholas Pearce. Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, will speak on the topic, The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Life’s Work.  Many of the world's most successful companies―Apple, Disney, Google―are not simply profit-driven, but purpose-driven.  They let the reason for which they were [...]

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Humanitarian Crisis on the Border: Changing Policy for Asylum Seekers (CANCELLED)

Maria Ines Zamudio, reporter for WBEZ Public Radio, will speak on the topic, Humanitarian Crisis on the Border: Changing Policy for Asylum Seekers.  The Trump administration has changed the way asylum seekers process their claims. More than 56,000 asylum seekers have been sent back to Mexico since the Trump administration issued the Migrant Protection Protocols, [...]

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Democracy for an Uncertain World: A Theological Perspective (CANCELLED)

Dr. Michael Hogue, Professor of Theology Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at Meadville Lombard Theological School, will speak on the topic, Democracy for an Uncertain World: A Theological Perspective.  This talk will examine the theological roots and contexts of the present crises of American democracy, and discuss ways to renew democracy through alternative theological and [...]

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The Flying Saucer Phenomenon: Its History and Sociology

Dr. Mark Hammergren, Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, will speak on the topic The Flying Saucer Phenomenon: Its History and Sociology.  Since 1947, many thousands of people have reported seeing strange objects in the sky, or even what they describe as extraterrestrial beings. Despite all these reports and more than a decade of study by [...]

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Aristotle and the Ancient Origins of Our Contemporary Worldview

Dr. Sean Kirkland, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at DePaul University, will speak on the topic, Aristotle and the Ancient Origins of Our Contemporary Worldview.  Given the dominance of modern science today, it might seem that our contemporary “worldview” is far from the teleological natural philosophy of Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE). And yet, [...]

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Are We on the Verge of Slowing Aging?

Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago.  He will speak on the topic, Are We on the Verge of Slowing Aging?  He coined the term "The Longevity Dividend" in an article in 2006, [...]

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Humans and the Environment in Medieval Europe: Lessons for Today

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 [...]

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Interfaith Action Evanston Soup Kitchen

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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Carbon Pricing: A Necessary Step to Address Climate Change

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 [...]

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Night Sky Theology: Mysticism and Science

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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Adult Education as a Tool for Justice

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 [...]

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The Art and Science of Zoo Animal Welfare

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 [...]

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Music Service

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 [...]

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Unpacking Impeachment: An Analysis of the Inquiry

How did Russia interfere with the US elections exactly? Learn more with Steven J. Harper.

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Enriching Women’s Souls, Shattering Stereotypes – A Jewish Woman and a Muslim Woman Share Their Thoughts and Experiences

Fern Finkel, Board of Trustee member of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, will speak on the topic, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom: Enriching Women’s Souls, Shattering Stereotypes.  The mission of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (SOSS) is to build trust, respect, and relationships between American Muslim and Jewish women.  Through these relationships, the women commit to [...]

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Habitat Restoration, Macro Invertebrates, and Improvement of Toxic Water Chemicals

Water is the source of life, yet more humans on this planet do not have access to clean water than those who do. Hear Mark Hauser speak on the topic, "Habitat Restoration, Macro Invertebrates, and Improvement of Toxic Water Chemicals."

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An International Comparison of Health Care Systems

What's so different about the United States and everyone else anyway? When it comes to health... actually a lot.

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Wilmette, Illinois 60091 United States
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The Spiritual Practice of Mindfulness as a Way of Cultivating Compassion for One’s Self and Others

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the Antique Modernism Show at the Community House, we will meet at Mallinckrodt Center, 1041 Ridge Rd., Wilmette, use south entrance. Rebecca Bunn, MA, LCPC, therapist and meditation teacher, will speak on the topic, The Spiritual Practice of Mindfulness as a Way of Cultivating Compassion for One’s Self and Others.  This [...]

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Power and Ethics

Dr. Adam Waytz, Associate Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and Organizations at Northwestern University, will speak on the topic, Power and Ethics.   He will discuss how power can both encourage and discourage ethical behavior.   He will also make the case that people in positions of power benefit from behaving ethically.  This phenomenon is [...]

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Teaching Children to be Lifelong Volunteers

Children are unconsciously selflessness. How do we inspire them to be more mindful of that? Hear co-founders of The Kindness Connection speak on the topic, "Teaching Children to be Lifelong Volunteers."

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The Eureka Moment and Creative Problem Solving in the Brain

Learn how the brain solve simple to complex problems as Mark Beeman speaks on, "The Eureka Moment and Creative Problem Solving in the Brain."

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Plato and the Allegory of the Cave: Its Relevance to Today

How does a Classical period philosopher still make an impact in societal function today? Find out as we hear Richard Kraut speak on, "Plato and the Allegory of the Cave: Its Relevance to Today."

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Help a Child: Understanding the Needs of Foster Children and At-Risk Youth

Children need love. How can we give it to a stranger? Hear Elizabeth Sammann speak on the topic, "Help a Child: Understanding the Needs of Foster Children and At-Risk Youth."

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From Physics to the Divine: One Priest’s Journey

How does someone with a Ph.D. in Astrophysics transition to a life of spiritual pursuit? John Kartje, Ph.D., speaks on the topic, "From Physics to the Divine: One Priest’s Journey."

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The Identity Paradox: How Our Multiple Identities Both Divide and Unite Us: Part II

Judith N. Levi, Ph.D., gives Part 2 of her two-part series: "The Identity Paradox: How Our Multiple Identities Both Divide and Unite Us."

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Our Marvelously Multiple Identities: Part I

Judith N. Levi, Ph.D., gives Part 1 of her two-part series: "Our Marvelously Multiple Identities."

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Music/Religious Explorations Program

Our final service of the 2018-2019 year will feature Hazel Friedman on the piano, Ada Kahn on the flute and our children of Religious Explorations.  Hazel will play selections by Scriabin, Muczynski, Gershwin and one other composer.  Ada will play a piece from J.S. Bach.  The children will tell us what they learned this year. [...]

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Of Gods and Guns

Scott Paeth, Ph.D., Professor, Religious Studies, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, DePaul University Dr. Scott Paeth, Professor in Religious Studies at DePaul University, will speak on the topic, Of Gods and Guns.  The problem of gun violence looms large in the United States today.  Arguments between advocates of stronger gun control and those who believe [...]

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Asteroids, Comets and Meteorites: Their Effects on Life on Earth

Mark Hammergren, Ph.D., Astronomer, Adler Planetarium Dr. Mark Hammergren, Astronomer and Science Communicator at the Adler Planetarium, will speak on the topic, Asteroids, Comets and Meteorites: Their Effects on Life on Earth.  The geological and biological history of Earth is intimately and inextricably intertwined with asteroids and their icy cousins the comets, from the very [...]

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Fighting for People Who Are Impoverished or Otherwise Vulnerable

John Gallo, CEO and Executive Director of LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation), will speak on the topic, Fighting for People Who Are Impoverished or Otherwise Vulnerable.  LAF is the largest provider of free, high-quality civil legal services in the Midwest.  This talk will center around LAF's fight for people living in poverty through litigation and advocacy, [...]

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Dr. Karen Altar Addresses Ethical Considerations in International Relations

Dr. Karen Alter, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University, will speak on the Do Ethical Considerations Matter in International Relations?  When teaching students about ethics and international affairs, Dr. Alter argues that most people want see themselves as ethical.  Indeed we consider a person who cares nothing at all for ethics [...]

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The Talmud: Its Tremendous Impact beyond the Confines of the Jewish Faith.

Dr. Barry Scott Wimpfheimer, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University, will speak on the topic, The Talmud: Its Tremendous Impact beyond the Confines of the Jewish Faith.  The Talmud, the compilation of historic rabbis "discussing" or "debating" what the Torah means, has been a central canonical text of Judaism for [...]

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Surge for Water: Providing Safe Water and Sanitation to Poverty Stricken Areas One Drop at a Time

Ms. Shilpa Alva, Founder/CEO, Surge for Water Ms. Shilpa Alva, Founder and Executive Director of the company Surge for Water, will speak on the topic, Surge for Water: Providing Safe Water and Sanitation to Poverty Stricken Areas One Drop at a Time. Ms. Alva will share her deeply personal journey that led to the founding [...]

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Medieval Christian Views of Jews

Dr. Anna Jones, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Lake Forest College, will speak on the topic, Medieval Christian Views of Jews. This talk will cover three key moments in the history of Jewish-Christian relations. First, it will discuss the earliest centuries of Christianity, as Christian authors debated what their faith's proper [...]

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Spirituality: A Developmental Perspective

Dr. Susan McCracken, Clinical Psychologist and Lay Military Minister at Great Lakes Recruit Training Center, will speak on the topic, Spirituality: A Developmental Perspective. In recent years, the focus in the health care field has shifted from a bio-psycho-social conceptualization of health and illness to a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective on health and wellness. Psychologists and other [...]

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From the Ground Up: A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That’s Changing the Nation

Jeanne Nolan, Owner and CEO of the local enterprise The Organic Gardener, will speak on the topic of the title of her book, From the Ground Up: A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That’s Changing the Nation. When Jeanne Nolan, a teenager in search of a less materialistic, more authentic existence, [...]

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The Polarization of Politics in America: Empirical Patterns and Moral Challenges

Dr. Laurel Harbridge-Yong, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Political Science at Northwestern University, will speak on the topic, The Polarization of Politics in America: Empirical Patterns and Moral Challenges. In recent decades, our elected officials have grown further apart, and this ideological gap is further exacerbated by contentious partisan competition that provides few incentives [...]

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Head Banging – How Music and Concussions Impact Brain Health

Dr. Nina Kraus, Professor of Neurobiology, Otolaryngology in the Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University, will speak on the topic, Head Banging – How Music and Concussions Impact Brain Health. How do our experiences, such as learning how to play music and playing sports, affect our brain? Although we are surrounded by [...]

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David Williams, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Political Science, DePaul University – Spinoza: Jew, Heretic, and Visionary

Dr. David Williams, Professor in the Department of Political Science at DePaul University will speak on the topic, Spinoza: Jew, Heretic, and Visionary.  Benedict de Spinoza is among the most controversial and important thinkers in Western philosophy. Rejecting orthodox conceptions of God and the Bible, he was excommunicated as a heretic and exiled from his native [...]

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Gail Lukasik, Ph.D., local author – White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing

For Black History Month, Dr. Gail Lukasik, local author, will speak on the topic of her book, White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing. In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother’s decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and [...]

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