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PVUMC Finding Common Ground Speaker Series

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Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (Chapel)

4455 East Lincoln Drive

Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

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More so than at any other time in decades, Americans are experiencing a social upheaval that has led to seemingly intractable and extreme polarization. We struggle to understand each other’s cultural nuances, and don’t see eye to eye on economics, religion or politics. It’s not just that we can’t seem to agree. Often times, we can’t even begin to understand the positions of others, suggesting that there are fundamental, substantive differences in how we view reality.

Confronted with this situation, the church plans to take a step back and call a “time out” by extending an invitation to explore the diverse worldviews, beliefs, cultural orientations, and prejudices we hold. The lectures are geared to explain how they form and why they are such powerful forces in our lives. With these insights, the hope is that participants will be able to better understand others and move closer to that illusive common ground.

In partnership with the Salaam-Chai-Paradise Interfaith Forum, and in the interest of promoting cross-cultural awareness and better understanding of our neighbors and ourselves, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church announces its “Common Ground" speaker series.

These community events welcome members of the interfaith community, neighbors, and PVUMC members and constituents to find common ground in an exploration of different worldviews, beliefs, cultural orientations and prejudices.

The three scholarly lectures will be in the PVUMC Chapel at 6:30 pm, presented by Dr. Adam Cohen on October 12; Dr. Steven Neuberg on October 26, and Dr. Stephanie Varnon-Hughes on November 9. The Roundtable Discussions will be in Room H1 at 6:30 pm on the Thursdays following each lecture, allowing for more in-depth discussions of what participants learned the week before.

REGISTER for one event, two events, or all three. Roundtable discussion registrations will be taken at each speaker event for the week following that speaker.

October 12, 2017 - Lecturer: Dr. Adam Cohen, ASU, Psychology Department
Know Thyself: Why and How Do We Believe What We Do?:
The Foundations of Our Worldviews and Belief Structures

How similar or different are the beliefs, morals, and worldviews of members of different faith communities? Do these have to be essentially the same for us to trust one another?

October 26 - Lecturer: Dr. Steven Neuberg, ASU, Psychology Department
Why and How Do We See Others as “Different”?:
The Ubiquity and Anatomy of Prejudice and Exclusion

Prejudices infiltrate all societies, shaping institutions and coloring much of everyday social interaction, often with extremely harmful consequences. Why are prejudices so ubiquitous, so “normal,” and so readily engaged? Why are our likes and dislikes, hopes and fears, senses of security and vulnerability, so apparently contingent upon others’ nations of origin, ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual preferences, and political affiliations?

November 9 - Lecturer: Dr. Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Claremont Lincoln University
Where Do We Go From Here? “True Grit” and Experiential Strategies for Finding Common Ground

Being human is a messy endeavor. We are made to be in relationship—built for community, craving to be known and seen and heard, better together. And yet, some flaw in us allows us to dwell on difference and allow diversity to become divisiveness. When we learn that diversity will indeed transform us: body, soul, and nation, we can systematically name, teach, and celebrate the practices that help us persevere in shaky places.

In this capstone lecture, Dr. Varnon-Hughes will help us understand the idea of “resilience” and why it’s an essential ingredient in establishing Common Ground. She will also share examples of tools and techniques you can use immediately in your everyday lives, and in your workplaces, congregations, communities, and families—to help become okay with uncertainty, and allow a posture of openness to deepen our engagement with others, with our own ethical or spiritual traditions, and with humanity.

Free, certified onsite childcare is available during the concerts with a 48-hour reservation, making concerts like this one a great date night. To reserve a spot for your child(ren), please call the church at 602-840-8360, ext 134 at least 48 hours before the event. If you need to cancel childcare, even at the last minute, please call the number again.

Please note that we have a strict no alcohol and no smoking policy.

Find out more about the Common Ground series and our church at pvumc.org and read/share our blog post: https://pvumc.org/2017/08/11/common-ground-series-features-professors-from-asu-and-claremont-lincoln/

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