Transcendentalism, Unitarian Universalism and Social Change
Have you ever wanted to know more about how the Transcendentalists influenced our church tradition? Wednesday evenings in May TVUUC’s former minister and former President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Reverend John Buehrens, will be leading a class for us on Zoom based on his book Conflagration: How Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender and Social Justice. We will learn about Transcendentalist ideas and practices around the topics of spiritual friendship, community building, the role of the church, women’s rights, abolition, civil rights, nature, evolution, environmentalism, education and social reform. We will meet for four consecutive Wednesday nights May, 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 7:30 pm. Registration info is below
TRANSCENDENTALISM THEN AND NOW, a four-part Zoom class with the Rev. John Buehrens, author of Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice (Boston: Beacon Press, Jan. 2020). Four Wednesdays starting May 6 at 4:30 pm PDT, 7:30 EDT.
Participation in the course is open and free through the Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville, TN, (www.tvuuc.org)
The four sessions will cover the following topics:
May 6: THE TRANSCENDENTALISTS: SHARED VALUES, CONVERSATIONS, AND SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIPS
May 13: WOMEN’S RIGHTS, EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY
May 20: ABOLITIONISM AND THE CIVIL WAR: THE PEAK OF TRANSCENDENTALIST INFLUENCE
May 27: NATURE, EVOLUTION, AND ENVIRONMENTALISM: THE TRANSCENDENTALIST CONTRIBUTION
Register in advance for this meeting here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
There are three things that Zoom has recently done for classes like this to prevent Zoom bombing, etc.
1) People must register in advance. I selected the option that says that they must register before the session begins on Wed., May 6. They then can attend any or all sessions. No registrations after that.
2) They must use the information in the confirmation email, including the password.
3) On joining, they will enter a waiting room, from which I will admit them.