If someone from a different faith were to give a talk for your group, what topics would you want discussed?


Thanks John, but you'll most likely be relieved to know we don't hide anything because we can't and it would be dishonorable conduct (IMO, of course), which is a big no-no for us. One of the first things I mention when I give such talks is that we are generally not dogmatic. We don't have scriptures or holy books, either. When I give talks like this to primarily Christian groups, we spend an inordinate amount of time on this concept and our lack of things like "original sin". This particular group is a Unitarian group and one of the groups I'm not very familiar with, so there may be a wider variety of people than I'm used to giving these types of talks to, which is why I need ideas when I'm done with the standard disclaimers (I speak only for myself, just as we all do, blah blah blah) and basic outline of core beliefs and most common practices.

Transhumanism, I've never heard of before but just looked it up. Is this really a "thing&quo

Update 2:

Apple rhubarb is OK, but I'd rather go with a Raspberry Rhubarb with a light drizzle of Vanilla Sauce.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    I don't have a 'group,' but if it's my choice, I'd want transhumanism discussed.

    Of course it's a thing! Why wouldn't it be?

  • There's so much variation between UU groups as well as within them. Best rule of thumb may be to think in terms of the liberal side of your local community and what their interests tend towards.

    My guess is that your emphasis on honour and how that influences the way you live your life would be good. My impression is that you have both a strong sense of individual and of community within your tradition, that might really appeal if you're able to convey it well. Not just core beliefs (per your usual talk) but central values, the whys as well as the whats.

    Depending on the area, there might be pagans from other paths at your talk and some of them might want to get into a discussion about the differences or something like that. Hopefully you won't get a self-appointed guardian of all things pagan attending.... %-) I know you'll be able to handle it, but just a heads up to the possibility.

    Link below to the UU Principles. Some groups use the language in them a lot, others barely touch on it, but in general the ideas should be familiar territory. You could probably fill your entire time talking about the ways they're expressed (through action as well as words) in your tradition.

  • 7 years ago

    A discussion on faith through time (History related aspects) , the Modern View vs what the faith might have been like in ages past.Also a discussion on how you know you are living up to your faith, especially in the case of a faith with no holy book or scripture and little dogma.

    Unitarians might be particularly interested in similarities and differences with other faith, form what little I know about them, they tend to believe that all faiths tend to get down to a few basic spiritual messages, and you might have Christians, Pagans and Muslims for example all going to a Unitarian Church, as well as generally the spiritual but not religious.

    Sounds like a discussion I wish I could hear, especially coming from your particular faith.

  • Sara
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    I was thumbing through a book at Walmart today and found in it a claim that each Jewish person has 11,000 guardian angels assigned to him or her. Could that be a true statement? You do wonder when you find a book in the Christianity section, that they might be just exaggerating the differences between themselves and other faiths.

    It's stuff like that which forms an interesting talk, not the usual comparisons of beliefs that we already know.

    Surely there are lots of standard misconceptions of religion out there, too, such as whether Hindus have one God or many, whether the Buddha denied the existence of God or just failed to mention it, and so on.

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  • 7 years ago

    No apple, no raspberry, just rhubarb pie please, and don't forget the hot custard...

    As an atheist, and let's say I had a group of atheists which you could speak to, I'd like to discuss the ways that Christianity (and other faiths) try to influence our lives and control society. I realize that they don't actually control society, at least not yet. But theocracy is the goal for many fundamentalists of all sects, not just Christians, but Mormon, Muslim and even Jehovah's Witnesses, among many others. So, all of them sure would like to control us, and I'd like to discuss ways to put a stop to it. I think that with your background and knowledge, you would be a great moderator for such a discussion.

    Auntie Kookoo

  • David
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Yup, I am an atheist personally, but I am also a Transhumanist. I believe in better life through scientific alteration of humanity, or at least those humans who are willing to accept it. I would be perfectly happy to exist as a brain in a jar so long as I could communicate, see, and perhaps write, if it meant my life span was extended by 3 or 4 times for instance.

    Science is the study of what is, Transhumanism is the application of science and technology on humans themselves in order to move us beyond the limitations nature has imposed on us.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Why they accuse Catholics of worshiping Mary and not being Christians, if such were the case with that particular person. And I'd find it entertaining the debate and un-Christian hostility to ensue.

    ((((Miss Dementia))))

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    "The parts of your faith's scriptures that you would hide from or not reveal to someone who was considering converting to said faith and why"


  • Apple rhubarb pie recipes.

  • 7 years ago

    I have no use for anyone outside of my faith.

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