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, science 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.
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
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.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 4:00—5:30
Carl Jung: A Study in Contrasts. Psychologist or Mystic?
Life Long Learning Program
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
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
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
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
PAST LLL PROGRAMS