Adult Discussion Group
A Deeper Understanding
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.
NEXT SUNDAY’S PRESENTATION
For a list of upcoming presentations, click here.
RECORDINGS OF MOST RECENT PRESENTATIONS
8 Mar 20: "Ending Homelessness in the South Bay"
Nancy Wilcox, who is the co-chair of the South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness, describes the conditions of the homeless people in Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan, and El Segundo. She provides demographic profiles and headcounts for the last five years for each of the four cities. She explains various actions being taken to help our homeless populations, including County Measure H and efforts by church groups and volunteer groups like Family Promise.
1 Mar 20: "The Varieties of God"
Around the world, there is a wide variety of ways in which people perceive God. Our speaker, Rev. Jim Burklo, senior associate dean of religious and spiritual life at USC, describes fifteen different concepts that humans have of God. Seven of these fit into the broad category of a supernatural God, four are versions of a natural God, and the final four are some variation of a transcendental God.
23 Feb 20: "Is The Human Mind Predisposed To Religious Belief?"
23Feb20: “Is The Human Mind Predisposed To Religious Belief ?”
Why is it that throughout history, humans have believed in supernatural beings, in fact, a very narrow band of these ? Why is this ? How do human minds work ? In the last several decades, researchers and academics have tried to answer. This research, now named “the cognitive science of religion”, has focused on the properties of the human mind and has been led by psychologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and others. On February 23rd, using YouTube and other media, we heard the views of experts, including Dr. Justin Barrett.