May 19 – “Loving the Questions Themselves” – Rev. Tina Squire
Children annoy with all the “Why?” and “How?” they ask, yet often those who have their queries honored grow into productive, creative adults. Scientist Suzie Sheehy chronicles how much of today’s technology was once the unproductive-seeming by-product of curiosity driven research. Movie producer Brian Grazer attributes all his success, including a thirty year partnership with director Ron Howard, to being curious. How can we celebrate and hone our questions to open our minds to the world around us?
May 26 – “Making our Answers Provocative Proposals” – Rev. Tina Squire
If creative questions move us to a way to act in the world, how can we frame those answers in a manner that keep us open to growth and change? How do we combine curiosity and commitment, open-mindedness and action?
June 2 – To Be Announced – Rev. Tina Squire
June 9 – We Are Never Broken – Janet Howe-Johnson
June 16 – Feeling Temporary About Myself: A Fathers’ Day Story in Three Objects – Wallace Hoggatt
Willy Loman, the Salesman of Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman, was the flawed son of a father who abandoned him. His father’s absence made him feel, as he put it, “kind of temporary about myself,” throughout the remainder of his life. This won’t be a lecture about Willy Loman, however: Willy is just one in a long line of sons abandoned by their fathers, a line going back at least as far as Ishmael, Abraham’s oldest son. I’m in line, too. A couple of years ago I talked about my own experience with an absent father: how I last saw him when I was twelve and a half, and how I learned of his death more than 30 years later. On this Fathers’ Day, 2019, I’ll revisit the same subject, this time with the help of three exhibits marked for identification and submitted for your consideration.
WALLACE R. HOGGATT recently retired after close to 23 years of service as Judge of the Superior Court. He lives in Sierra Vista with his family and has been a member of this congregation since 2008.