Let the Kids Play: Elinor Ostrom, Ant Colonies, and Your Congregation In-Person and Virtual Worship

In 2009, Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize in Economics for her long study of self-governing groups–like, for instance, a pick-up basketball game. Ostrom articulated eight principles that help self-governing groups be effective. Evolutionary scientist, David Sloan Wilson, connected Ostrom’s observations of human groups to collective behavior across evolution. And the Christian narrative of the Pentecost reverberates with the same principles. How could these ideas apply to congregational life–not to mention, your next family gathering? That’s the topic for today! Guest Speaker-Rev. Jake Morrill

Jake Morrill is a product of the TVUUC religious education ministry. For 19 years, he served as Lead Minister of the Oak Ridge UU Church. Now, he coaches and consults with family businesses, through Generation to Generation Leadership Coaching. Jake and his wife, Molly, are the proud parents of two teenagers and enjoy going on walks in the woods.

(You can watch our worship service streamed at 11 am on our Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/yfx9pnx6, or our website https://tvuuc.org/ and also on our YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/ycksxc98.)

Per the CDC, Knox County’s risk level has returned to LOW. No COVID-related restrictions are in place, though masks and vaccination are encouraged. The Lizzie Crozier-French room is designated for remote viewing with masks required for all over the age of two.You may also watch our services online. The full Covid policy can be viewed online here