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We gather at our Environmental Cottage on Grand Island, New York. The Cottage sits on several undeveloped acres.

-- Photo by Jon Rieley-Goddard

January - February 2008

Riverside-Salem UCC/DC
January – February, 2008
Program Schedule

All programs from 4-6 p.m. Sundays at the Cottage (3449 West River Road, Grand Island), unless otherwise indicated. Other events of interest in italics. For information/confirmation: 773-1426 (June) or www.riversidesalem.org

  • Jan. 6 BUSINESS MEETING [Epiphany] & Discussion of organizing in faith communities, particularly UCC/DC, to help pass the Time to Care Act (Paid Family Medical Leave Act) in New York State (A.1301/S.1501).
  • Jan. 12 Erie County and the City of Buffalo will again be hosting a post-holiday electronics and textile recycling event from 9-1 at the Buffalo Zoo parking lot (Parkside & Jewett).

For three January Sundays* [in the bleak mid-winter], we will explore the concept and nature of evil, accepting that evil can reside in each one of us. We affirm that to withstand evil in the world, we must first face what lies within each of our hearts. [We have met the enemy and he is us—Pogo.] We will close with an evening devoted to frank exploration and sharing of our personal knowledge of the evil within and how we have found or hope to find paths to empathy, compassion, and love. [‘Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear/And Grace my fear relieved—“Amazing Grace,” John Newton]

We plan to use the writings and experiments of others to help us with our own explorations—particularly, Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, Philip Zimbardo’s The Lucifer Effect (based on his Stanford Prison Experiment), and a report of Milgram’s Yale Experiment (referred to in the DVD on Abu Ghraib that we will begin with).

We will have some copies of articles & summaries that will be available both in hard copy and as attachments to emails. If you want but don’t receive the copies, please contact June (773-1426 or jlicence@buffalo.edu) or Jon (829-9784 or jonrg@verizon.net).

  • Jan. 13 DVD on Abu Ghraib and beginning discussion on the concept/nature of Evil
  • Jan. 17 Network of Religious Communities Annual Meeting, Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville. $25 per person. Information/reservations: 882-4793.
  • Jan. 20 We will continue our discussion of Evil, focused by the writings of Hannah Arendt’s 1963 book, “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A report on the Banality of Evil.”
  • Jan 21-23 An Interfaith Dialogue on Religion and Violence: Untangling the Roots of Conflict,” Trinity Episcopal Church, 461 E. Main St., Hamburg. The registration fee is $25.

    Jan. 27 Discussion of Milgram’s Yale Experiment and Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment and what they might lead us to know/say about ourselves and our capacity knowingly to harm others.

Feb. 3 ANNUAL MEETING (Business + Election of Officers + Adoption of Budget)

Feb. 10 Barbara & Angelo LaDuca, “Our Philosophy of Traveling, in Particular, to New Zealand” (which they did last September)

Feb. 17 Elea Mihou, “New Vision/Direction for the WNY Peace Center.” Elea, the new Director of the Peace Center, has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UB and worked in mental health in Cincinnati and for the Northern Kentucky University Department of Multicultural Affairs. She founded and built a multiracial student organization that worked for reconciliation in Guatemala and sanctions on Iraq (before the war). We welcome Elea and hope to learn how we can support her work.

Feb. 20 UB Green Office holds Town Hall meeting on UB Green Climate Action Report at Unitarian Universalist Church on Elmwood in Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Feb. 24 Marjorie Buscher, Traveling to China (last October)



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