Introducing PIL Cooperative Forum

Moderator: Richard Sewell
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks starting 12 noon on September 17th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: A new format for PIL

We are past due for some new forms of presentation, especially as so many have declared themselves uncomfortable with the idea of being responsible for a full hour of solo presentation.

So we were thrilled when Richard Sewell offered to create a new approach for our first noon hour series.

Richard’s role will be to put together several groups of 3-4 members each, at our first Forum session on September 17, and to continue to work with them in a cooperative manner toward their presentations during the first sessions in January. The groups will continue to meet and work on their own out-side of the PIL fall schedule. Richard will meet once again with each group in November. An exciting new format in which all members are invited to participate .

The many faces of religion

Moderator: Don Santor
Registration Fee: $25
Time:  weekly for 5 weeks starting a 2:00 PM on September 17th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes:  Traditional peer learning participation expected
Religion has been an important part of the human experience from time immemorial. Despite the criticism it receives, it just won’t go away. It’s here for the long haul. While it is often the cause of war, conflict and human suppression, it also offers solace and comfort to millions in their time of need. Also, many turn to religion to define their purpose and meaning in life. This course will examine the many expressions of religion that have served humanity over the millennia. The purpose of this course is not to proselytize, but to inform, and to engage in critical inquiry.

Possible Topics

What is religion?
Why religion?
Are we wired for religion?
The idea of God/gods
World religions
Native spirituality
Psychology and religion
Missions and missionaries
Mysticism
Creeds and doctrine
Religion and the afterlife
Religious Reformers

    • Buddha
    • Jesus
    • Luther
    • Calvin
    • Loyola
    • Mohammed

Religious revivals
The Vatican
Religious fundamentalism
Turning points in Christianity

Televangelists
Miracles
Religious wars
Prayer and meditation
Sacred scriptures
Faith-healing
Women and religion
Feminist theology
Creation myths
Creation and evolution
Religious scandals
Purpose and meaning in life
Religion and politics
Liberation theology
Philosophy and religion
Spirituality
Religion and ethics
Can we be good without God?
Religion and Hollywood
Atheism and agnosticism
Is humanism a religion?
The demise and evolution of religion?
The future of religion

Socrates Café is back for 2018-19

Moderator: Molly Russell
Fee: $5 at the door – per session
Time: The 4th Tuesday in the month at 2:00 PM
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: No preparation required, but think about a discussion topic.


Year round, on the fourth Tuesday of each month, we gather for informal discussion and debate about the latest and most engaging news of the time. We choose, by vote, a pair of topics and each member offers an opinion on the first. The battle is joined. Molly Russell moderates.

 

Accomplished Canadian Women

Moderators: Jean Weigand and Sybil Tinker
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks starting at 12 noon on October 29th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: Presentation followed by discussion
Perhaps they are not so easy to find, but the search is a worthy activity and the results are illuminating. This is a good course for those who are a little shy about presenting at our learning table. Bring us a name and some facts and let’s talk about the woman you think has been either woefully overlooked or simply forgotten by history. Or, introduce us to a woman you have known who probably will never be recognized by the Governor General or presented a medal. But she may be a woman whose influence in the lives of even a few others others, is legendary.
Elsie MacGill

It was better when?

Moderator: Mike Ash
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 week starting at 2:00 PM on October 29th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: Traditional peer learning participation expected
How many times have you heard someone of our generation say “I’m so glad to have lived in the best of times, because the future doesn’t look so good.” We look back on our formative years with great nostalgia and fond memories, but was it better? I It must have been better, gas was only $0.37 cents a gallon! Let’s look objectively at aspects of life then, now and going for-ward, and try to get the real story. Perhaps the next generation will also see “the best of times”.

Possible Topics

The cost of things
Education
Standard of living
Personal safety and security
Job opportunities
The quality of work life
Personal growth and development
Health care
Communication
Transportation
Leisure and recreation
Work / life balance
Your personal experiences
The nature & relationships within families
Societal & political structures
Technology
Aspirational vision and goals
Spirituality
The advancement of the common good
The United Nations
International relations
Ethics and truth
The role of science
Human rights
Prejudice
Gender equality
Mental health & emotional well being
The nature of society
The urban / rural divide
The polarization of society
The changing goals of each generation