Curiosity has both a positive and a negative side. Failure to be curious can lead to a failure of empathy for others, to understanding them as they are and not as we assume they are or should be. When faced with fear, failure to engage our curiosity can keep us stuck. Yet curiosity can bring us trouble, as well. Consider the myth of Pandora, whose curiosity unleashed, according to the story, the evils of the world: sadness, poverty, misery, disease, and death. And there’s the old adage about “curiosity killed the cat.”
Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on how we might nurture informed curiosity in our children and ourselves.
Our Ethics Matters theme for May is curiosity: the practice of moving from fear to open-mindedness and open-heartedness.
Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward. Feel free to bring some snacks to share. On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.
The Issues and Actions Circle discusses issues of the day from the news, platform or individual interests for the purpose of expressing our thoughts and feelings, learning from others and arriving at constructive activities that might benefit the situation. Participants decide on the topic at the start of the meeting and are encouraged to present their opinions and respond to those of others. The intent is to ground our principles and values in the actual problems of our community, country and world. The meeting begins around 1pm, Sundays, after our Sunday morning Platform, allowing some time for “lunch with the bunch”, while food can also be brought to the table.