Saturday, May 23, 2020

My last culture post! Its been fun.

I too have trouble believing that anyone would vote for Trump.  In my 94 years I have never seen such a divisive force in our country.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Living through a pandemic at age 94

I am given hope for the future by this message from my Unitarian Church where I find a broadly based community of people of all cultures and creeds considering life's meaning.


Here is the Sunday service at All Souls UU Church in DC on April 26, 2020. I thought Tony's message was outstanding. I hope you will be challenged by it and also enjoy the concluding music which was performed the evening of the Women's March on Washington on the day after Trumps inaugural.


Friday, April 10, 2020

An unusual post for me.


A thought I want to share


I never thought I would do anything like this, but these are strange times, even for one 94. While I still consider myself a "religious" person, I admit upfront that I no longer believe all that I learned about "god" most of my life. TO ME A CHURCH IS A PLACE WHERE I HAVE TRIED TO FIND THE MEANING, PURPOSE AND MORAL TONE OF AND FOR MY LIFE. OBVIOUSLY OTHERS MAY FIND DIFFERENT SOURCES FOR ACCOMPLISHING THAT.

YET! I want to invite you to a service tonight at my INTERFAITH

ALL SOULS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH IN WASHINGTON DC

The ministers and singers will attempt to bring meaning and comfort from the plague our world is suffring from now. I know it will help me and I urge you to join me or to seek out other spiritual support.

And know that it is my “treat”. Do not feel compelled to make a contribution: other than to those groups you may find worthy of your support.

The service starts at 7:30PM and may be sourced as follows.

The ministers and singers will attempt to bring meaning and comfort from the plague our world is suffring from now. I know it will help me and I urge you to join me or to seek out other spiritual support.

And know that it is my “treat”. Do not feel compelled to make a contribution: other than to those groups you may find worthy of your support.

Ron Lehker

The service starts at 7:30PM and may be sourced as follows:

All Souls Good Friday Service, this evening at 7:30 PM 

Dear Friends,

Please join me, Rev. Tony Coleman, and members of our music team for an intimate service of music, scripture, contemplation and prayer as we honor the brokenness of our world by remembering the passion and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. Have a candle ready, if you can. A simple communion will be served. If you wish to partake in communion, please have a piece of bread and a sip of wine, water or grape juice available.

You may access our live Good Friday service online or you may phone in to the service at 929-436-2866 (meeting ID: 659 811 817).


Saturday, February 1, 2020

February Cultural Events: Featuring the National Archives


This week (month?) I am highlighting the many, many events available at the National Archives here in D. C. Note that they are available on “Facebook and Twitter!!!!
Since the list is already too long, you're on your own to discover some of the books being presented at Politics and Prose, but is highlighted by E.J. Discussing his new book, Code Red: How Conservatives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our County.  THE EVENING DISCUSSION STARTS AT 6:30PM ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7.  bE SURE TO ARRIVE EARLY FOR SEATING.


LIVE AT NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
Academy Award Presentations may require advance reservation, but stand-bys are generally available.




Sunday, January 26, 2020

Current and Cultural Events for the rest of January

Setting aside my Ranting, here are some fascinating events we have an opportunity to attend this week.  The list ends with my plans for two future REAL RANTS!

At the old standby, Politics and Prose on Connecticut Avenue:

Monday, January 27 – 7 PM
Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes – Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the Worlds Most Powerful Office

Tuesday, January 28 days 7 PM
Marsha Chatelein – Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

Wednesday, January 29 – 7 PM
Diane Ravitch – Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Flight to Save America's Public Schools

Thursday, January 30 – 7 PM
Kim Ghattas – Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the 40 Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion and Collective Memory in the Middle East

Friday, January 31 – 7 PM
Yuval Levin – A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus: How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream

How fascinating that in most cases the tone of the book is established in the subtitle.

If these cultural events do not totally absorb you, here is one more that may have appeal the following may have appeal:

Film: A More or Less Perfect Union

William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, DC National Archives – Metro stop one half block away

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:00 pm. to 9:00 pm.

Reserve a Seat

A More or Less Perfect Union (2020) explores the most contentious issues in American history and today through the lens of the U.S. Constitution. The groundbreaking three-part public television series tells the story of how the framers put freedom in writing; how amendment after amendment finally spread freedom to all of “we the people,” and how we still struggle today to preserve the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution. Hosted by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg—a national authority on the Constitution, with 30 years of experience on the Federal appeals court in Washington, DC. Throughout the series, experts of all stripes—conservative, progressive, and libertarian—debate key issues of liberty: freedom of religion and press, slavery, civil rights, the Second Amendment, separation of powers, and more. Following the screening of episode one of the series, Judge Ginsburg will be joined by Professor Hadley Arkes, , Edward N. Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions emeritus at Amherst College, to discuss the series and take audience questions.

And for anyone missing my “Ranting” please know that I'll have two more in the near future expressing my concern about:

The Democratic candidates candidates for the next election and
One way out of our America's governmental moral abyss


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