Come join us to discuss life meaning, religion and faith from an African American, Afro-Caribbean or just plain African, perspective. This group will share their beliefs, ideas and experiences in a spirit of openness and acceptance.
We will first center our discussion around a series of books entitled,, that allows participants to start talking about what religion is, how it's framed within an experience or understanding, life, death, relationships, ethics and beyond. These books come from a liberal religious tradition and are meant to provide some structure for studying religious topics but are not meant to impose a particular viewpoint. Along the way, other resources and activities such as books, videos, visiting places of worship and music will be incorporated into our exploration. We will explore ideas, concerns, thoughts, experiences and the like within the context of African and African American experiences without having to be confined to the boundaries of any one belief system or faith. We will discuss ideas of black religious history and how it has shaped our religious outlook. We will also discuss ideas of science, sexuality, gender, race, education and poverty.
We will explore thought and discussion through action and experience. When ready, we could develop solutions to address poverty or provide educational support for children. We could help an acting company in developing a play, assist a concert in the making or support a poetry reading. We could also explore nature by walking a trail at Meeman-Shelby forest or by going out of the city to observe astrological events such as a shooting star or lunar eclipse.
As a Christian, Muslim, Pantheist, Buddhist, Pagan or Atheist/Agnostic you are welcome. As a lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight or transgender person you are welcome. As someone who wants to explore religion and science in tandem you are welcome. No member will be asked to give up their existing faith or beliefs but participants are asked to be open and respectful to other members as we embark on this journey. You might say that we are looking for a few people, unafraid of being poked or prodded, who are willing to ask the questions we are told we can't ask.
Meetings are held at 2005 Nelson Avenue, Memphis, TN. Light refreshments will be provided.