April 29 2018
Service Begins at 10:00 AM

“Constitutional Review Commission – It’s A Florida Thing”

SPEAKER:   Carla Christianson / Niki Junkins
WORSHIP LEADER:   Judy Raymond

DISCUSSION:   Florida has a lively and interesting political system.  Our state often makes national news from “hanging chads” to the March 27th order by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker giving the state just weeks to overhaul the rights-restoration process.  The League of Women Voters has been working since its inception to help voters make sense of the twists and turns that make for voter confusion.  This year the ballot in November will be even more challenging because of the Constitution Revision Commission.
Niki Junkins, President of the League of Women Voters of Volusia County, and Carla Christianson, First Vice President, will give you a look at the CRC in the context of our unique system and frame the issues that are under discussion to appear on the ballot this fall.

Our service begins at 10:00 AM. All are welcome. Come early for coffee, snacks and lively conversation with Judy and Tony.

April 15 2018
Service Begins at 10:00 AM

“Darwin’s Daring Deed”

SPEAKER:   Dr. Robert Tucker
WORSHIP LEADER:   Jane Bradford

Dr. Tucker, a frequent speaker and favorite guest at Mosaic, will explain how Darwin’s theory revolutionized modern thinking in a myriad of ways. He will also explore how, despite plentiful evidence and decades of scientific progress, Darwinian concepts of evolution continue to face anti-scientific and religious challenges. 

Our service begins at 10:00 AM. All are welcome. Come early for coffee, snacks and lively conversation with Judy and Tony.

 

April 8 2018
Service Begins at 10:00 AM

“IF NOT FOR A WOMAN … “

SPEAKER:   Kandy Queen-Sutherland
WORSHIP LEADER:   Paula Carlson

Much of the religious discourse in this country, at least that part of the discourse dedicated to issues of Christianity, focuses on the Bible and the significant role played by the Bible in our history, culture, and political perspectives. Our contemporary political perspectives are so polarized that the Bible is often injected into the conversation. One can neither deny nor erase the patriarchy that overshadows a significant portion of the Bible, but what can also not be denied are the biblical stories and events that If not for a woman would be radically altered. Our highly-credentialed speaker this morning, a well-respected instructor from Stetson University, will focus on several of these stories – showing the importance of female presence and action.

Our service begins at 10:00 AM. All are welcome. Come early and have coffee with Judy and Tony

 

FEBRUARY 4 2018
Service Begins at 10:00 AM

“MORAL CLARITY”

SPEAKER:   Cary Ragsdale
WORSHIP LEADER: Cary Ragsdale

In order for our social order to be successful, we must be able to expect both our public and private lives to be characterized by moral conduct. But that is not possible for many of us in America today for we live in uncertain times. These are times in which moral clarity is often absent from the public stage. Moral leadership seems to have disappeared from the national discourse, and each of us is left to our own devices to find those moral anchors that mark our behavior as humane, decent, and ethical, regardless of what moral turbulence may be roiling the environment around us. While there are many credible sources to hold forth the essence of moral conduct, for the Unitarian Universalist, that source is frequently the seven principles of moral conduct. The speaker this morning will review the seven principles and provide specific examples of how these principles might be applied to counter the negative effects of the lack of moral leadership at the highest levels.

Our service begins at 10:00 AM. All are welcome. Come early and have coffee with Judy and Tony

 

JANUARY 28 2018
Service Begins at 10:00 AM

“THE INHERENT DIGNITY OF EVERY PERSON”

SPEAKER:   Donya Maria Twyman
WORSHIP LEADER:   Judy Raymond

The message of January 28 is about attaining peace through our shared faith and commitment to the first UU principle, affirmation of “the apparent worth and dignity of every person.”  The freedom to seek that which cannot be seen and accept it In the Spirit…is faith.  Faith gives us the freedom to embrace one’s destiny and purpose in life with courage, including the right to a peaceful existence.  While giving something to the universe is as simple as a silent meditation into a body of universal purpose, we heal, strengthen, and receive peace In the Spirit to venture forward each new day, into the unknown, the inherent right of every human being.
Please come and share your thoughts on this very important topic. All are welcome. Coffee and personal validation are both available from 9:30 AM. Our service begins at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning. All are welcome.

 

JANUARY 21 2018
Service Begins at 10:00 AM

“HOW TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR TO TRANSGENDER FOLKS: PART 2”

SPEAKER:   Cynthia Fisher
WORSHIP LEADER:   Rorry Odaer

Cynthia Fisher, LCSW returns to continue our exploration of how to best support our transgender friends and neighbors. Previously we examined how messages, both spoken and unspoken, from “The Church” impact the lives and mental health of our transgender neighbors. Part 2 will explore tangible risks and vulnerabilities experienced by this population and will take a closer look at ways we can intervene for positive change.

Our service begins at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning. Coffee and personal validation are available from 9:30 AM.

 

JANUARY 14 2018
Service Begins at 10:00 AM

“SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY:   MODERN DAY SCARLET LETTER?”

SPEAKER:   Michael Nunn
WORSHIP LEADER:   Cary Ragsdale

Our speaker this morning, Michael Nunn, has many years of professional experience dealing with youthful sex offenders, including being a foster parent to some of them. He will be speaking on the topic of the sex offender registry and how the registry has failed in three important areas. The first of these is that the existence of the sex offender registry implies that only recidivist sex offenders present a danger to society, while the registry does not list released murderers or those who have committed violent assault. His second concern is that the sex offender registry includes many individuals whose alleged crimes are not, clinically, sex crimes at all. Finally, the registry does nothing to address the unique challenges of incest sex crimes. Many times families will not report incest because they do not want to subject offending family members to the damage of a lifetime on the sex offender registry.

Please come and share your thoughts on this very important topic. All are welcome. Coffee is available from 9:30 AM. Our service begins at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning.

 

JANUARY 7 2018
Service Begins at 10:00 AM

THE STATUS OF TRUTH IN AN ERA OF FAKE NEWS

SPEAKER:   Dr. Donald Musser
WORSHIP LEADER:   Judy Raymond

Truth, a frustrating and elusive commodity in these vitriolic and partisan times. We all claim to value the truth, but we all see through different eyes. And we all have different context filters.

A major newspaper editor recently wrote an Op. Ed. in the NY Times claiming that good journalists double-check the “facts” before reporting the “truth.”  We are indebted to these careful writers who report “real news.”  But, in fact, all “facts” are filtered through human thought processes that are subject to error and unintended bias.  This talk will claim that the best we can do is claim “mellow certainty.”  Truths change.  We must be open to “alternative” truths based on personal experience, new data, and developing contexts.  “Time has a way of changing everything; truth has a way of changing all the time” (Waylon Jennings).

Dr. Musser, a Mosaican favorite of long standing, will share his perspectives. Come share your truth and your presence. All are welcome. Even if your truths are a little different.

Our service begins at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning.