Imagination…Human Community -CLOSED


1:10 PM – 2:50 PM

9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22

What happens when the human spirit is released towards genuine good will? During and following World War II, American society enthusiastically supported not only recruitment and service, but also War Stamps and Bonds, then the G.I. Bill for returning veterans and, finally, the Marshall Plan, which spurred the next 20 years of imagination, innovation and generosity both in American society and beyond. What spurs the human spirit to mutuality, cooperation, altruism, and self-giving? What prevents and stifles it? Is it activated only in times of individual or communal threat? Does it presume some level of material self-sufficiency and affluence, or are there other “currencies” from which it draws? How is it discovered and/or re-discovered.

Operating as a group learning project we identify and pursue these questions bringing in our own life experiences, our current thinking and explore both historical examples as well as current social-psychological research.


6 sessions starting Monday, Sept. 17 at 1:10 PM

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Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Donald Thompson

Rev. Dr. Donald Thompson is a retired university professor/administrator who taught theology, ethics and religious studies in higher education in Canada. He holds graduate degrees from Harvard and McGill universities. For the past four years he has been teaching ethics courses exploring human good, sustainability, awareness and choices at LLI. Currently, he is a priest associated with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien.