Adult Discussion Group

A Deeper Understanding

Enlightening dialogue

Join us for a lively, in-depth, single-topic, 70-minute discussion, typically featuring a knowledgeable authority. Share your views during the Q&A period. 8:30 AM every Sunday in the Assembly Hall.


ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP - Gene Editing To Create Healthier Babies - Video and Q&A with Jim Duffy

Date & Time:Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 8:30am

Our August 18 th topic will be “Gene Editing To Create Healthier Babies”. Geneticists have made ground-breaking advances in modifying the DNA in animal embryos in order to prevent inherited diseases. It is speculated that within a decade geneticists will be capable of making a variety of changes to the DNA of human embryos and of doing so reliably, economically, and routinely. We will start by explaining gene editing technology (CRISPR) using two brief TED talks and a Charlie Rose interview. We will also discuss the numerous ethical issues that must be addressed before these procedures can be approved/authorized. Jim Duffy will lead our Q&A. We begin at 8:30 AM in the Assembly Hall. All ages are welcome.

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11 Aug 19: “The Happiest Places on Earth” by Frank Hanzel

Why are the people of Finland and Denmark so much happier than the people of most other countries, including the United States ? Using the findings of the 2019 World Happiness Report released by the United Nations, Frank shows the “happiness” rankings of the top 50 and bottom 20 countries. He then discusses the factors that scientists and economists believe generate this happiness.

4 Aug 19: "Countries of Our Ecumenical Prayer Cycle" by Sheila Troupe

Sheila began by stressing the importance of our understanding something about the various countries that we pray for each Sunday during our ecumenical prayer cycle. Today Sheila focused on three countries in central west Africa (using for each country a “Geography Now !” video on YouTube):
• Equatorial Guinea (
• Central African Republic (
• Cameroon (

28 July 19: "Comedy and Spirituality" by Patrick Rowland

Patrick is Sylvia Miller’s husband and is an improvisational comedian who studied, and then taught, improv at Second City in Chicago, and now teaches improv at Westside Comedy Central in Santa Monica. Today Patrick taught us some of the rudimentary skills of improv, using a cycle that begins with our creating a one-sentence story (often exaggerated) quickly in response to a topic suggestion, then our partner building immediately upon our story, which we then extend further. This requires that we listen carefully to the story being told by our partner, and then quickly build upon it.

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