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Mindfulness Meditation

Enjoy Mindfulness Meditation
Sunday, February 5, 2017 5PM – 6PM EST

Mindfulness meditation can help us feel more grounded as we go through our days. Many of us are feeling a great need for feeling grounded. Self-compassion meditation can help us be more grounded as we go out to do challenging work in the world.

Please join us for a meditation led by Ethical Culture Leader Susan Rose. We will gather by phone call. The call will be one hour with a ten minute introduction, 10 minutes of guided meditation and 10 minutes of silent meditation and 30 minutes for discussion and community connection.

This meditation will give you an opportunity to experience a time of being kind and caring to yourself, to be connected with others throughout the Ethical Movement and give us more resources to offer kindness and compassion to others.

Community meditations will be offered on a regular basis in the coming months. We will meet on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month at 5 pm ET (2pm PT3pm MT, 4pm CT). A variety of meditations will be offered including self-compassion, mountain meditation, and breath awareness. Join us and invite your friends for an ethically based meditation.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with info on how to  join webinar.

5604 Manor “Not-Really-that-Happy” Happy Hour

Friday, January 27, 4:30-6:30 pm

  The Workers Defense Project and Third Coast Activist Resource Center will host a “Not-Really-that-Happy” Happy Hour for progressive Austin residents to share concerns and strategize for the coming four years, and beyond.

The new administration in Washington and the Texas Lege will keep us busy with organizing efforts and critical analyses of the unjust and unsustainable nature of contemporary U.S. society. Our outreach and activism will be most productive with a vibrant progressive community for mutual support and networking. Folks can share stories and shore up each other for the work ahead.

Basic snacks and beverages will be provided; contributions of food/drink are welcome. There will be a short program at 5:30 pm.

5604 Manor was established by WDP and Third Coast in 2009 as a progressive community center for several groups. The building now houses an expanded WDP staff.

Location: Workers Defense Project, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723

Is Darwin’s Theory Flourishing or Floundering? A Debate

You are invited to attend a debate about Darwin’s “Tree of Life” — the theory of common descent of all of life on Earth from a single organism. In this forum, two philosophers of biology with expertise in the area, Joel Velasco (Texas Tech University) and Paul Nelson (Discovery Institute), debate the current status and future of common descent. Velasco will defend the mainstream evolutionary position; Nelson will challenge it. The event promises to be a lively exchange, with rich details from genetics, comparative biology, and the philosophy of science. Audience participation during the Q & A will be encouraged.

The details
Where: St. Edward’s University (Ragsdale Center—Jones Auditorium)
When: Friday, October 21, 7-9pm
Admission: Free and open to the public

Austin Empty Bowl Project

Sunday, September 25, ESOA will be painting bowls for the Empty Bowl Project.

The Austin Empty Bowl Project is an effort by Austin area potters to fight hunger. Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving, this annual family-friendly event invites you to select your favorite from thousands of locally crafted ceramic bowls, have it filled with gourmet soup and bread and listen to live music while enjoying your lunch. Your $20 donation goes to Kids Cafe, a program of the Central Texas Food Bank, and Meals for Kids, a program of Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Take the bowl home with you to remind you that others have empty bowls. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis Drive, Austin, TX 78744 . Hope to see you there!

 

ESOA Celebrates Life of Former Member Don Nelson

Remembering Donald Nelson
1929-2016

Donald Nelson, former member of the Ethical Society of Austin, passed away Wednesday August 10, 2016. Link to Statesman obituary.

Don was an active member of ESOA for several years. Rich Harrison notes that Don had a passionate love of philosophy and gardening, and fondly recalls time spent with Don and his wife Betty.

A visitation will be held Friday September 9, 6pm-8pm at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 3125 N. Lamar, and a Celebration of Life service Saturday Sept 10, 3pm, at St. Geogre’s Episcopal Church, 4301 H. IH-35.

Update on “Contacting Your Representatives”

We’ve added a new paragraph to the information page on how to contact your representatives.  The paragraph focuses on the problem of living near the edge of a district.  Some databases are not accurate down to the individual home, so a search will return multiple representatives for the same address.   Work-arounds and solutions for this problem have been added to this resource page.  Check it out . (cp)

Register for AEU 101st Assembly

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The American Ethical Union’s 101st Annual Assembly will be held this year in St. Louis, MO, July 14-17.  The 2016 theme is:  “Bending the Arc of History . . . Toward Justice.”  Program information and registration will be available on AEU’s website starting May 16.  The Assembly will be held at the St. Louis City Center Hotel.  The AEU rate is $109 for a single king room or double queen suite.

Keep It In the Ground

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The American Ethical Union has shared an action alert with us regarding Break Free 2016:

May 4-15, 2016:  A global wave of mass actions will target the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects — to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy.

Targeted protest and actions of civil disobedience will take place at selected critical locations around the world.  Actions in the US will take place May 12-15 in Anacortes, WA; Albany, NY; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO; and Washington, DC.

For additional context, this short  movie, Disobedience, is both enlightening and inspiring.   You can participate in any of the upcoming global actions by becoming a Digital Witness.  As a digital witness, you will witness live coverage of the events you sign up for and amplify the action, sending messages of support and, perhaps, displaying what you witness in your own social media platforms.

 

Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Lara Douglass led the discussion of this though-provoking book.

See our Facebook page.

What Is Love? – Colloquy

February 7, 2016

Before Adam Gravois led us in a conversation about love, we sang a lively version of “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.”  Adam urged us to speak in concrete terms of our own experience(s) rather than in abstractions.  We laughed, we cried, we ate Valentine candy.  While romantic love was mentioned by several, others talked about the love in their lives for parents, siblings, children, and friends.  (cp)