Aug 26 Raymer Maguire: Book Review: “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan Peterson

Humorous, surprising and informative, Canadian clinical psychologist and psychology professor, Dr. Jordan Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.
     What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers. Also an introduction to  Dr. Stephen Greenblatt’sThe Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve.”

Aug 12 Raymer F. Maguire, IV – Florida Amendment 4

Raymer will discuss Florida Amendment 4, the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, which is on the ballot in Florida as an initiated constitutional amendmenton November 6, 2018. He will examine Florida’s 150-year voting disenfranchisement history, and bring a felon’s testimony as to what it means on a personal level, to have lost the right to vote.

Raymer Maguire, IV, is the manager of ACLU of Florida’s Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform. Raymer obtained a degree in Economics and Finance from Bentley University. Prior to entering Florida’s political landscape in 2013, he founded and managed three successful, small businesses from 2006 to 2013. He worked for Florida’s two medical marijuana ballot initiative campaigns from 2013 to 2016, serving as the Deputy State Director during the 2014 campaign and Deputy Campaign Manager during the 2016 campaign. Raymer hopes to bring real and lasting change to Florida’s criminal justice system by focusing on compassionate, common sense-based changes to the current system.

Aug 05 Kathleen McLaurin – A Presentation on “Quakers, the Religious Society of Friends”

Members of the various Quaker movements are all generally united in a belief in the ability of each human being to experientially access “the light within”, or “that of God in everyone”. TheQuakers(or Religious Society of Friends) is a Christian movement which professes the priesthood of all believers, a doctrine it derives from 1 Peter 2:9. They include those with evangelical, holiness, liberal, and conservative understandings of Christianity. The Religious Society of Friends avoids creeds and hierarchical structures.

Jul 29 Belvin Perry, Jr.    

Belvin Perry, Jr. was raised to value public service, his mother, Jessie M. Perry, worked as a public-school teacher and his father, Belvin Perry, Sr. served in law enforcement as one of the first two African-American police officers to be hired by the Orlando Police Department.

After graduating from Jones High School, he attended Tuskegee University receiving a Bachelor of Science in History in 1972 and a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services in 1974. He studied law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor in 1977. He began his legal career with the Office of the State Attorney serving as a Trial Attorney in 1977. 

He quickly rose through the ranks with the State Attorney’s Office, concluding his service with the prosecutor’s office as Chief Assistant State Attorney in 1989. In January of that same year, he became the first African-American to be elected to the circuit bench of the Ninth Circuit without first being appointed. While serving as a judge for nearly 25 years he has served as Administrative Judge in Osceola County and served nine terms as Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit.

In 2014, Perry retired from the bench and joined the Orlando law firm of Morgan & Morgan as a personal-injury attorney.

Judge Perry has received numerous awards and honors and holds memberships in many organizations.  For more information;

Jul 22 Vasudha Narayanan, Distinguished Professor, Department of Religion, University of Florida

Vasudha Narayanan is a past President of The American Academy of Religion (2001-2002). She was educated at the Universities of Madras and Bombay in India, and at Harvard University. Her fields of interest are the Hindu traditions in India, Cambodia, and America; visual and expressive cultures in the study of the Hindu traditions; and gender issues. She is currently working on Hindu temples and traditions in Cambodia. She is the author or editor of seven books and numerous articles, chapters in books, and encyclopedia entries and the associate editor of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Dr. Narayanan was named University of Florida’s Teacher Scholar of the Yearin 2010.

Jul 15 Debbie Hill: Book Review

Grateful:  The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks”  by Diana Butler Bass

The author explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.