We believe that faith is a journey we take together. Religious education takes a lifetime. It happens both within and beyond a congregation's walls. We support one another as individuals, families, and communities in an ongoing search for truth and meaning. We strive to guide one another—all ages among us—in religious questioning, personal change, and discovering ways to better live in … Read More ›
Sunday, April 2, 2017
The Island School
The Humanist Tradition
Eric Rasmussen, Guest Speaker, Gregory Cook, Worship Associate
Marcia Smith-Hill, Guest Pianist, Penny Brewer, Sunday Services Committee Coordinator
A lot of Americans have no belief in a higher power, and there is a long and courageous tradition of speaking out against religion stretching back two thousand years. We’ll talk a little about those who have spoken out and what they’ve said, but we’ll also talk a little about recognizing how important religion is to humanity, and how neuroscientists are finding some remarkable pathways to the bliss and sense of unity that so many of us seek there. Neurotheology, for example, is a new set of tools from medicine, psychology, neurology, and biochemistry, now beginning to reduce the suicide rate in our veterans.
At Cedars, much of the community life of the congregation occurs in various social groups that Cedars calls "Affinity Groups." Webster defines affinity as “a feeling of closeness and understanding that someone has for another person because of their similar qualities, ideas or interests.” Cedars has groups of people who like to read the same kind of things, who like to sing, who like to talk with friends, and who enjoy … Read More ›