As the new year gets underway, we pause to consider the progress human beings have made in overcoming violence and oppression. At times it may seem that human nature is inherently war-like and xenophobic, but is that really the case? Aren’t we becoming more civilized? Perhaps it depends upon one’s perspective. Perhaps the “better angels of our nature” really are winning out!
Speaker: Rev. Becky Edmiston-Lange
The movie “Green Book” has occasioned wildly divergent reviews, with some critics praising it as one of the best movies of 2018 and others saying it doesn’t deserve a single star because of its formulaic and demeaning trivialization of black experience. The title refers to an African American travel guide which allowed blacks to travel through the Jim Crow South with a measure of dignity and safety. The movie is based on a true story about an unlikely interracial friendship that developed in 1968. How can one movie elicit such differing reactions – and what do those differing reactions tell us about the state of racial relations in this country today?
Join us for this annual service, which marks the births, deaths, and other significant “turnings” in the lives of the Emerson community during the year past.
Fill your night with candles and carols, and bask in the soft, sweet things of the season.
The Emerson Music Department is excited to present Calling All Dawns by Christopher Tin. Prepare to enjoy cultural music from around the globe that celebrates the human cycle of life and the fluid, cyclical nature of the universe.
Many of us have been celebrating the holidays in the same way for years and years, maybe even for generations. But when our lives change in major ways, we may find that our celebrations and rituals need to change as well. Whether due to a … read more.
The internet defines a mashup as “a mixture or fusion of disparate elements” and usually it refers to a digital combination of different songs. Maybe so, but here it refers to “the many reasons for the season” – the season of joy and light and … read more.
The sensation of taste is a great gift of human anatomy. So much of the food we eat tastes so much better than it would if sustenance were the only consideration. And yet, to taste, to eat, is to confess dependence upon the bounty of … read more.
A Veteran’s Day service in recognition of members of our Armed Forces, current and past, featuring excerpts from letters and journals of service men and women from World War II to the present. Five Emerson members who are either veterans themselves or have connections with … read more.
What do you want to be for Halloween? This season of witches and goblins, super-heroes and fairy princes and princesses provides an opportunity for us all to explore our “shadow” side. What hidden part of your personality is yearning to emerge? What aspects of human nature does our society prefer remain hidden? And who or what carries the “shadow” for us all? Feel free to come in costume. Our children will be doing so as it is UNICEF Carnival Sunday.