Sunday, February 18, 2018, "Dialogue Across a Divide" by Dr. Lisa Row. Speaking with others who hold differing opinions can be intimidating - so much so that we might hesitate to speak at all. This service will propose ways to reach across a divide and hold meaningful dialogue. Dr. Row served as a U. S. Marine for 27 years. Licensed to teach in Virginia, she tutors her sons who are both in 9th grade. Lisa has been happily married to her best friend for 32 years. They bought a farm in Berryville that still has no name. In her spare time, she moderates a family-friendly Minecraft gaming server and grows too many vegetables in her square foot garden.
Sunday, February 25, 2018, "Dark of Winter" by Rev. Russ Savage. This is the long, dark, cold time of winter. Even though the days are getting longer bit by bit, we slog through from day to day waiting for it to be over, feeling the cold hard ground beneath our feet and seeing the lifeless plants and trees shivering in the wind. Is there any redeeming value to this time of year, this dark of winter? Let us examine this question for ourselves.
Sunday, March 4, 2018, "Crime and Redemption" by Alex Lesman. After decades of tough-on-crime policies, one in three adult Americans has been marked by contact with law enforcement. This talk explores how we as UUs reckon with the consequences of these policies and how we treat those marked as “criminal." Alex Lesman is a Policy Analyst at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, working on issues related to criminal records. He has experience as a public defender and prisoners' rights lawyer and he chairs the Committee on Corrections and Community Reentry at the New York City Bar Association. A lifelong UU, Alex is a member of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. He is the son of long-time UUCSV members Ann and Bob Lesman and the great-nephew of UUCSV early member Charles Burwell.