Adult Life Long Learning


We believe our church is a place where "we keep on learning together."

Life Long Learning programs
  Most programs will be scheduled for the second and/or fourth Wednesdays, 4:00—5:30 of each month.  Content will be varied, including philosophy, history, spirituality, archaeology, and education.  Most programs include time for audience questions and comments.

The LLL Committee is interested in receiving proposals or ideas for consideration

 LLL Programs in the Summer are by special announcement. 

PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

Due to the Coronavirus  The Life Long Learning programs will be conducted on Zoom until it is deemed safe to return to the UUCOB building. 

FALL PROGRAMS FOR 2020 begin in September
       All programs will be conducted on Zoom until further notice.


LIFE LONG LEARNING 2021

 

4:00 pm, April 28  

Language and Linguistics -Dr. Betty Green  

During this LLL program Betty Green will briefly tell about her journey through language acquisition, cultural experiences along the way, as well as some of the obstructions that have littered the way from mono-linguistic people she has met. She will briefly touch on the history of language; language families;  and the cultural aspects that are integrated in the areas of language acquisition, language learning, and culture.

Dr. Green has an M. S. in  TESOL & Bilingual Education fromNOVA Southeastern University and an Ed.D.in Curriculum & Instruction/Multicultural Education from the University of Central Florida. She has been an educator for more than 25 years with specialty in second language learning, multicultural education and curriculum and instruction. -----


 4:00 pm, May 12 

 Origins of the New Testament -  Rev. Dr. Jim Shoopman  

Rev. Shoopman will povide a brief survey on origins of the New Testament documents, including a review of the Pauline letters, the "catholic epistles" and the Gospels.  This will provide an interesting overview of how many religious communities develop sacred canons. 

 Dr. Jim Shootman is Associate Professor of Comparative Religions and Ethnics at Embry Riddle Aeronautical university, where he also teaches Speech, the Holocaust and its impact, the Bible as literature, and Humanities Survey courses.  Dr. Shoopman earned a doctorate in Humanities and Religious Studies at Florida State University, and a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has served moderate Baptist Churches in Louisiana and Florida.


4:00 pm, May 26  

The Philosophies & Values of Our Founding Fathers – Dr. Tom Hilburn 

 This program will discuss how the thinking and actions of our founding fathers (Washington, Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton) were influenced by Greek and Roman philosophers and by the enlightenment thinkers.     

                                               
Dr. Tom Hilburn is a Professor Emeritus of Software Engineering and a Distinguished Engineering Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie-Mellon from 1997 – 2009. 


 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021    4:00--5:30

A Life Long Learning Variable Content Program

Dr. Dan Kennedy

 

This will be an unusual type of LLL program containing a variety of topics each of which

will be followed by audience questions & comments immediately after a brief overview of the topic by the presenter.  Time limits will be set for both the presenter & the audience.  

While the possible topics to be used have not yet been determined the following is a list of probable topics.

    Autocratic & Democratic Family Structures

    Accommodation, Assimilation, & American Indians

    The Nature of Human Intelligence

    Incompatibility of Freedom & Equality as Related to Socio-Economic    Stratification  

    Nature of Science

    Quotes of famous people may also be used 

 

Dan Kennedy is retired from a career that combined psychology and education spent mainly in university settings (University of Oregon, University of Hawaii, & Florida International University).  Since retirement he has been active in various adult education programs and in study of the humanities and science.  


 

Significance of Quantum Mechanics  Dr. Mario Fusco 

 Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm 

 Zoom link  

This session will address the significance of Quantum mechanics, one of the most successful theories devised to explain the workings of the physical world.  No experiment has ever contradicted a theoretical prediction, nor has quantum theory ever failed to account for an experimental finding.  However, some of its features have been dubbed as "weird" or paradoxical, even by physicists, and tend by some people (usually non-physicists) to have implications for philosophy and spirituality.  Examples of this include questions regarding the nature of reality and interconnected particles.  In contrast to New Age type ideas, mainstream physicists proceed cautiously here.  This program, providing an overview of quantum physics, will discuss these fascinating issues.

Dr. Mario Fusco has had a distinguished career in physics. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California at Davis.  During his career with Lockheed Martin Missile and Space, Mario held leadership positions in research and management related to space programs, NASA, NATO, and the Department of Defense.  He has also held adjunct professor positions at Stanford University, Menlo College, and San Jose State University.  One of his interests is in the nature of possible relationships between theoretical physics and philosophical matters.


"Smoke Signals" Rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec 16, 4pm

On Wednesday, December 2nd, we attempted to view the movie "Smoke Signals" as the first of several events in our Racial Justice programming series. Unfortunately, we discovered that we cannot view a commercially produced, feature-length movie via Zoom. Therefore, we are asking that all who would like to participate in a discussion about this entertaining and insightful film to please watch it on your own between now and December 16th. It is available to rent and stream on VUDU, Amazon, Google, and YouTube, or you can borrow it on DVD from the Ormond Library. Linda Kalaydjian, Reinhold Schlieper, Ellen Nielsen, Dan Gribbin, and Rev. Kathy hope that you will want to view the film on your own and join us for a lively discussion on Wednesday, December 16 at 4pm, at the following link:

Topic: "Smoke Signals"   Discussion with Linda K

Time: Dec 16, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 4:00—5:30 

Carl Jung:  A Study in Contrasts.  Psychologist or Mystic?

 Dan Kennedy 

                                                           Life Long Learning Program

                                               Unitarian-Universalist Congregation 

                                               56 N. Halifax Dr, Ormond Beach, FL 

Jung was one of the major figures in the early development of both theoretical & applied psychology.  There has always been a question as to whether he was as much a mystic as a psychologist.  This presentation will examine that issue &, as well,  early developments in psychology & Jung's career & life in general.  While he is no longer a significant influence in mainstream psychology he continues to be of interest for many people.

Dr. Dan Kennedy is retired from a career that combined psychology & education, spent mainly in university settings (Univ of Oregon, Univ of Hawaii, & Florida International Univ).  In retirement he has been involved in study of a variety of areas & in various adult education activities    Zoom Link


 

 The 4th Century Theological  Battle for the Trinity

Reverend Kathryn Tew Rickey|
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 4:00—5:30
Unitarian-Universalist Congregation|
56 N. Halifax Dr, Ormond Beach, FL 

Reverend Kathy Tew Rickey will deliver a talk on "The 4th Century Theological  Battle for the Trinity." This will be a follow-up to her presentation of "Developments in Early Christianity" last month. Reverend Kathy will present the key events that led to the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE in which two church fathers, Arius and Athanasius argued the divinity of Jesus and the notion of a triune god. She'll examine their arguments for and against the Doctrine of the Trinity. She'll also trace a thread of non-Trinitarianism revived during the Protestant Reformation, making way for the beginnings of Unitarianism in Europe. 

Kathy Tew Rickey is an ordained Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister. She serves the UU Congregation of Ormond Beach. Rev. Rickey has served congregations in Rochester, Syracuse, and Cortland, New York. She also served as a hospital chaplain in Rochester. Before becoming a minister, Rev. Rickey was a banking consultant and continuing education teacher. She raised two daughters and several dogs while living in various places in the Eastern U.S. Over the years, she has taught many adult and youth religious education courses in the context of congregational life. Zoom Link


 

  Spirituality Traditions of Africa –

 Thursday, November 19 – 7 p.m.
Herodotus and Europe & African Spirituality & Religion

 This series is being offered by the African American Cultural Society (Palm Coast, Fla.) and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Ormond Beach, Fla.) with opportunities for participants and the presenter to dialog on Zoom. Mr. Whiting is an AACS Gold Lifetime Member and Education Committee chairman

For more information or registration, contact spiritualityAACS@gmail.com.


   Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 4:00—5:30

Early Developments in Christianity

 Reverend Kathryn Tew Rickey

 In the early years following Jesus' death, his disciples and followers were left to ponder his teachings and live into them as best they could. Among the earliest Christians there were varied thoughts and beliefs not only about what Jesus taught but also about the nature of his human existence. Reverend Kathy will take a look at some of those varied beliefs and at a few non-canonical gospels. Then she will turn our attention to the key people and events which led to today's Christianity.

 Kathy Tew Rickey is an ordained Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister. She serves the UU Congregation of Ormond Beach. Rev. Rickey has served congregations in Rochester, Syracuse, and Cortland, New York. She also served as a hospital chaplain in Rochester. Before becoming a minister, Rev. Rickey was a banking consultant and continuing education teacher. She raised two daughters and several dogs while living in various places in the Eastern U.S. Over the years, she has taught many adult and youth religious education courses in the context of congregational life   Zoom Link

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 4:00—5:30 

Carl Jung:  A Study in Contrasts.  Psychologist or Mystic?

 Dan Kennedy 

                                                           Life Long Learning Program

                                               Unitarian-Universalist Congregation 

                                               56 N. Halifax Dr, Ormond Beach, FL 

Jung was one of the major figures in the early development of both theoretical & applied psychology.  There has always been a question as to whether he was as much a mystic as a psychologist.  This presentation will examine that issue &, as well,  early developments in psychology & Jung's career & life in general.  While he is no longer a significant influence in mainstream psychology he continues to be of interest for many people.

Dr. Dan Kennedy is retired from a career that combined psychology & education, spent mainly in university settings (Univ of Oregon, Univ of Hawaii, & Florida International Univ).  In retirement he has been involved in study of a variety of areas & in various adult education activities    Zoom Link


 

Fall of 2020         PAST PROGRAMS

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 4:00—5:30   

What do Aging, Cancer, and the Short Life of the Bay Scallop, Argopecten irradians have in common?  Presented by Steve Estabrooks

 Argopecten irradians is a common name for Atlantic bay scallop or bay scallop. Dr. Estabrooks will discuss his research on Argopecten irradians, their reproductive cycle, and their lifespans. A bay scallop can double its weight postspawning and storing nutrients in the form of carbohydrates, lipids, and protein for an upcoming winter.  

Steve Estabrooks  has a PH.D. from the University of Rhode Island. He has worked in hospital laboratories and conducted research in marine biology on the island of Nantucket. He has taught courses on advanced biology, whales, chemistry, criminal investigations and marine biology to high school students.


 Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 4:00—5:30

 Two Hundred Years of Great Scientists  presented by William A. Hilburn

 When people think about the greatest scientists in history, most focus on two: Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.  Though these two individuals both contributed to our understanding of the world and changed the direction of science during their lifetime, they are separated by 200 hundred years of the most profound and amazing discoveries.  In this talk Drew Hilburn will discuss the contributions of the other great scientists during this 200 year interva , which enabled Einstein to enhance and extend one of Newton's greatest accomplishments. 

 Drew is an Advanced Placement Physics teacher at Mainland High School and is currently serving in his 27th year.  He has taught physics at the junior high, high school and college levels, and was recently named teacher of the year at Mainland High School.


Due to the Pandemic the spring programs have been postponed.


 Programs for Spring 2020

 January 22, 2020  Jim Cunningham "Literature of the Sea "

 February 12, 2020__ Martha Brant “A Journey of the Heart into Andalucía, the Jewel of Islamic Spain “

 February 26__Henry Pate “Health of Aquatic Environments       

 March 11, 2020- “Surviving the Holocaust:  My Story Beatrice Schemer

 


Regular LLL programs resume in September


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