Food For Thought

CUUC Food for Thought

First and Third Sundays
8:45-9:45 a.m.

This group is open to all – we discuss various ways that our faith relates to our relationships, the community, the world….and ourselves. Topics vary at each session, frequently based on brief reading material that will be announced a few days before we meet. Sessions may be facilitated by various members of the group.

Food for Thought is held the first and third Sundays of every month, from 8:45 – 9:45 in the Lounge. We look forward to your participation in these interesting and fun discussions!

Topics

Our topic for February 2nd is “Your Right to Religious Freedom” – the commitment to religious freedom is straightforward, or is it?
In theory, the commitment to religious freedom is straightforward. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bars Congress from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” What does this “free exercise’’ mean? Can I use peyote in a religious ritual? Same sex wedding cakes, birth control coverage, giving water to immigrants who have crossed a U.S. desert without papers and other cases have come or are coming to a Supreme Court near you.  Prepare by reading this NPR article.

For February 16th, the topic is Animal Rights. Animal rights is the idea in which some, or all, non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own existence and that their most basic interests—such as the need to avoid suffering—should be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings. We will discuss the history of animal rights. We will ask if we, as UUs, believe animals should have rights and what they should be.

Here are two articles to read ahead, one pro, one con why animals should or should not have “rights.”

Why Animal Rights? from PETA

Animals do not have Basic Rights from the New York Times