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Sunday morning seminars are a great way to get to know other church members with similar interests. Seminars convene most Sundays during the school year from 10:25 a.m.–11:15 a.m. and cover topics from parenting to social justice and everything in between. You do not need to pre-register for these programs, just come prepared to listen and learn!
Seminars in November
This November in our Sunday Seminars we will have a series on “The Spirituality of Ecology.” Join us for this three part series exploring how the beautiful earth and God’s great creation enhances our life and spirit.
On November 5th Anna Grace Sampson, the Director of We Are Neutral will share her story that lead her to become the Director of the nationally known program that calculates carbon usage then assists in creating offsets for that usage. (Incidentally, The United Church of Gainesville is a carbon-neutral facility!)
November 12th we will be out at Prairie Creek Lodge for our annual Church on the Prairie gathering, but there is no better time or place to learn about the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery. Join Ruth Segal for a tour of the conservation grounds, and learn more about natural burial choices for ourselves and for our loved ones.
November 19th we will have Mark Burlingame come to offer some insight into Buddhist understandings with our connection to nature. He will lead us through the ritual, “Touching the Earth,”—a practice created by Thich Nhat Hahn.
Also on November 19th, “conversion therapy” survivor Jose Vega will describe the damaging practice that seeks to “convert”or “repair” LGBTQ youth through pseudoscience, aversion therapy, and group pressure. As the Human Rights Council of North Central Florida is working with city and county officials to pass an ordinance banning the use of conversion therapy by licensed professionals on minors in Alachua County, we will learn from Jose about his experiences and ways we can help protect children and youth from this dangerous practice. Join us at 10:20am for “Preventing Spiritual Abuse—a Ban on Conversion Therapy in Alachua County.”
November 26th we will hear from Dr. Taylor Stein on some of his work and research into ecotourism, as well as some insights into his path to his career in promoting responsible ecotourism. Taylor will also offer a few helpful hints on finding places of great natural beauty here in north central Florida.