The Topics Below can all be presented as a Sermon, Lecture or Seminar and can be tailored to suit specific needs, interests or time constraints
Apocalypse, New Age, or Mayan Meltdown?
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
In contemporary western culture, we have taken to recycling and remodeling the cosmologies of the ancient world to our own liking, resulting in a lot of current excitement about:
1) The impending return of Jesus Christ in a Christian/Muslim Apocalypse, 2) The dawning of the New Age of Aquarius, and 3) The apparent alignment of precession, the winter solstice and the galactic equator at the end of the Mayan Calendar in December 2012.
Obviously, these can't all be true, but they are all fascinating, and enormously influential in popular culture.
It’s perfectly natural to want to see time and history as meaningful, and to try to organize the flow of the past, the present and the future into some far-reaching and grand design. We stand on the receiving end of some truly remarkable ancient attempts to do exactly that; for instance, the Zoroastrian Apocalypse and the Christian Millenniums, the Hindu Yugas, and the Buddhist Kalpas.
There is something valuable to be learned from all of them - even if lesson one is not to take any of them too seriously!
We all seek meaning in time, and our destiny and fulfillment in history. We long to fathom the hidden, innermost secrets of the universe, but at the same time, we can’t help but impose our own desires and limitations upon it. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference, but that's why it's so important to try!
So join us in this stimulating combination of lectures, graphics, discussions and small group work as we try to get a grip on the big picture. We'll examine the most influential cosmologies and chronologies of the ancient world, along with their contemporary interpretations, while coming to terms with our uniquely personal visions of the meaning of time and history in our own lives.
A Partial List of Previous Engagements
Hudson Valley Episcopalian Diocese - Monday Meetings University Unitarian Universalist Society, Orlando, FL St. Mark's Unitarian Church Edinburgh, Scotland