Our current Adult Study Group is a follow-up to the “Build Your Own Theology” class that we held last year. That class followed a workbook published by the UUA which led us carefully through a series of readings and exercises designed to help us each write our own creed/theology.
The current group has been meeting since January and is more focused on moral psychology. We are reading and discussing “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion” by Jonathan Haidt. This book is both challenging and engaging, as Prof. Haidt chronicles his path toward gaining an understanding of the moral psychology issues that divide our county along political and religions lines.
Our small group has been meeting meeting weekly at 2:30 p.m. every Monday in the Walt Whitman room. With just four more chapters remaining to complete this study, we are beginning to talk about what we want to study next. Another book we are considering is “Strangers in Their Own Land” by Arlie Russell Hochschild. This one comes from the perspective of a Sociologist rather than a Psychologist, so it takes a somewhat different spin trying to analyze why people in many areas of this country tend to vote against their own best interests. I imagine this one will stimulate equally animated discussions among us, helping us continue moving toward the goal of a better understanding and respect for all.
We will probably take a short break between books, and would like to invite new participants to join us when we start up again. Details of our plans for the next study will be announced, once we have firmed them up. If you are interested in joining us, or have a suggested study book or topic to offer, please contact Georgia Moulton.