Thoreau – Richmond Adult Discussion Group

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Date(s) - Sunday, Mar 3, 2019
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Thoreau - Richmond Campus Now Open!


Adult Discussion Group (ADG) at the Thoreau – Richmond campus meets weekly at 9:30am in the Downstairs Classroom

We discuss a wide variety of topics. Check events listings and Facebook for updates.

Jan 27 – Texas has “broken” foster care system.

Presented by: Richard and Dan

U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack of Corpus Christi said the state of Texas violated the Constitution by keeping about 12,000 youngsters for years in an underfunded and poorly run system “where rape, abuse, psychotropic medication and instability are the norm.”  Come hear thirteen-year foster parent veterans Richard and Dan’s first-hand knowledge of the broken Department of Family Protective Services (CPS) system in Texas.

Feb 3 – The Overlooked and the Importance of Obituaries and Death Notices to our History

Presented by Tamara and Tony Veneruso

Over its 168-year history, The New York Times, like many newspapers, has published thousands of obituaries and death notices – mainly for the benefit of the rich and famous in big cities. Typically, less than 20 percent of these notices have been for women — a frustrating small number considering the huge changes in our society.  The Times now features “Overlooked obituaries”, not only for overlooked women but also for overlooked people of color and for people from underrepresented communities across our nation.  We will review and discuss the fascinating history and recent developments in these “history making notices”.  Who do you think has been Overlooked and should be recognized?

Feb 10 – Climate Gospel or 10 Reasons to Feel Hopeful About Climate Change – By Wendy Becktold

Facilitated by Ron Masters

The Sierra Club recently listed 10 reasons to be hopeful about climate change, ranging from local action to public opinion to international agreements. We’ll share and discuss the Good News.

Feb 17 – Weaving a tapestry of Love

Presented by Lindi and Doug Kohn

Each week as we dedicate our Offering, we say these words, but what do they mean, to us and to our congregation? With our new location what needs do we hope to fulfill?  Stewardship is about taking care of something we value and enabling it to grow. We will discuss how we can become stewards, how we can contribute our time, talent and treasure. When we—children, youth, and adults—learn to meet our needs and support our values, we are empowered. Money is no more or no less important than our talents or time; all are related, and all needed to build our community. Betty Johnson will be attending this ADG to both answer questions and hear our ideas.

Feb 24 – “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari 

Facilitated by Jim Sheridan

In Sapiens, Yuval Harari explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today’s most pressing issues.