Dec 30 Rick Sickles presents on “The Righteous Mind:  Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” by Jonathan Haidt (Part 1)

With permission from Nu Class President Frank Gilbert, Rick discusses this complicated book shared in a presentation two years ago by Frank.  The thought is that as Frank lives and breathes the economy of statistics concerning human psychological issues, Rick brings a different perceptive as a career technology sales engineer. 

So, why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount?  Why are so many conservatives in politics and religion apparently winning the battles for the moral high ground?  Why do we sometimes assume the worst about the motives of our fellow citizens?  How can we better understand people with whom we disagree, without making us righteously certain that those who see things differently— are wrong.

The Righteous Mind, the 2012 landmark book by Jonathan Haidt, can help us understand these questions better and as a result give us the wisdom to deal with the people in our lives we distrust and fear the most. 

Jonathan Haidt is an American social psychologist who lays out a path of understanding of intuitions and how they differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.


Dec 02 Rick Sickles presents on “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama

Following up on the Gene and Emily Ann Zimmerman play depicting these great men, hosted by Raymer Maguire; Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or perhaps because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift to others. They looked back on their lives to answer a single question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.

Nov 18 Elisa Ewoldt 


The nature of God as revealed in the Book of Jonah and the relevance for us today. While it isn’t surprising that there are varied opinions on Jonah’s character, it is surprising to find how many varied opinions there are on what the book reveals about God’s character!