53 Prospect Park W
Memory is a strange experience. We would like to think that our minds record what has happened, like a video tape, but instead, we store bits and pieces of the experience, and our minds construct what we call a “memory” in the moment of remembering — or re-membering, putting the pieces back together in a story that serves this moment. Memory, including our personal history, is constantly being re-membered. Some stories empower, and some stories get in the way of effective living.
The same is true of social memory, whether it’s culture or history. We have been taught, perhaps, that history is about what happened long ago. But here too, we re-member what happened — we patch together a story that hangs together well (or not) and that informs us for the future. Some stories empower, and some stories get in the way of effective living. As one example: what stories are we telling this week about our country, the election? Which re-membering will serve to heal the world, to serve goodness?
Our Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the power of how we construct memory, both personal and social.
Our Sundays begin at 11 am and end about 12:30, with time for socializing afterwards. This Sunday, we will be sharing parts of our platform to one or more Societies via video. We are going to experiment with sharing the response period, taking questions from both our Society and those sharing the platform.