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Faith Notes

Wednesday, Jan. 9

“SCREENS” PROGRAM, 6:30 p.m., Brookstone Church, 90 Griffee Road, Weaverville. A program titled “Screens: Navigating Life in the Digital Age” will be presented. Regarding the program and what has prompted it, discipleship and lifegroup Pastor Scott Moody noted, “On January 9th, 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world. I think you would agree that EVERYTHING changed at that moment. Our world is in the midst of the digital revolution. In the scope of history, there have been a few of these ‘seams of history’ moments when change happens so rapidly and expansively that it’s hard to even fathom the impact. I believe we are living in one of those ‘seams’ of history. Whether you call it the ‘digital revolution,’ the ‘age of information’ or something similar, there is no doubt that what our world has experienced since that 2007 announcement is truly historical. Just as the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century brought about significant cultural shifts, such as a massive migration from rural settings to urban centers, in the same way this digital revolution is bringing about rapid change. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or caught up in the strong current of this digital revolution. Sometimes we just want to avoid it — other times we may just decide to fully embrace the ride and not consider where it’s going to take us. Either way, wisdom would compel us to consider how to navigate life in the digital world.  Jobs are changing, parenting is different, growing up as a child in this world looks nothing like a generation ago. It’s the air we breathe today, so we need to adjust and regain our bearings. What steps can we take to be ‘intentional’ in all of life in this new digital world? Please make plans to join us on the evening of January 9th as we explore together the topics of screens, technology, social media and much more. This night will include relevant topics for all ages, so please bring the whole family.” To register, visit

Friday, Jan. 11

SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE NIGHT, 7-9 p.m., 1 Sandburg Hall, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The UUCA will screen a yet-to-be-announced film. After the screening, a discussion will be held. All are welcome and admission is free.

Sunday, Jan. 20

ETHICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM, 2-3:30 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville. An address titled “A Freethinker’s Gospel” will be presented by Chris Highland to the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. Highland, a writer and teacher, will be reading and discussing his new book, “A Freethinker’s Gospel.” The EHSA noted that “it may be a strange and startling title, but the theme of building bridges between people with or without faith permeates the collection of essays. Chris will explore his journey from faith to freethinking and how positive, constructive, inviting and liberating that journey has been. He will also offer his vision for a natural, humanistic way forward based on cooperation and collaboration between believers and nonbelievers. Highland, the author of a dozen books, writes the weekly “Highland Views” columns for the Asheville Citizen Times.  As a former minister and interfaith chaplain, he is now a freethinking humanist celebrant teaching courses on free-thought at UNC Asheville’s OLLI Center and at Blue Ridge Community College in East Flat Rock. His wife Carol is a Presbyterian minister, certified enneagram teacher and former director of the Marin Interfaith Council. They live in Asheville. Following Highland’s presentation, an informal discussion will be held, capped by refreshments. All are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 January 2019 11:29


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