“It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.”
    --Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
A Revolution of the Spirit...
There are few places left where we can truly be ourselves and come to discover our true spirit. For some of us, religion has lost its meaning, yet we desperately want the kinds of experiences religious communities offer. Amidst the cynicism of the world, we still have hope--yet we don't have a way to express that hope. Our churches and schools don't necessarily speak to us, yet with still have faith, and we still want to learn. We long for a community in which we feel safe, we are challenged, and we work together to give meaning to the world.
             
The Revolution Ethics Project conducts seminars for people of all ages who want to see the world anew and make the world a better place.  Led by facilitator/instructor Eric Bowman, the group meets for reading, hearty discussion, intellectual growth and spiritual renewal. Studying some history, philosophy, religion, and literature, we look at current social issues, ethical scenarios, and our own attitudes in an attempt to bring about meaningful change in the world.

The next leaders of society will not just be cunning businessmen or ambitious politicians—they will be hopeful, thoughtful, kind-hearted people. These leaders need a place to foster their hope and feed their spirit. The Revolution offers them this. 

 

 

Spring/Summer 2016: New Initiatives

This spring we began a number of new initiatives designed to reach more people and do more good works. In May, Revolution students Meghan Close, Jess Nerz, and Steph Leandri began a series of discussions designed for young women. These conversations allow a safe place for young women to discuss the issues they face. Some have called this "Girls' Club" but it really has no formal name yet. They meet every other week; it is completely run by students (no adults, no men allowed) and they design their own conversations. It has been particulary helpful to young women who are headed off to college, as they deal with different kinds of challenges and threats. It has allowed young women to hear from those closest to their experience.

 

In addition, we will be working with the Souhegan High School ethics forum to develop an event designed to raise funds for the Hope for Gus foundation. Our first meeting is on July 20, so we will have more to report soon.

 

Fall 2015: A Revolution of the Spirit

Join us as we embark on our 5th academic year. Starting on Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30pm, the Revolution will begin an academic year dedicated to a revolution of the spirit. This means an increased emphasis on encountering our own selves, developing the spirit, and delving into subjects traditionally reserved for religions. We will not be afraid. I hope you will join us.

 

Summer 2015: Revolution: Faith

This past spring, we launched our first Revolution: Faith conversation. Revoluiton: Faith conversations will include Bible study, scriptures from other world religions, discussions about prayer and spirituality, and a genuine exploration of issues of faith. Through this, we hope to add a more intentionally religious and spiritual dimension to the Revolution. This may not be for everyone; those not inclined towards religion can certainly opt not to attend. However, we feel it is important not to shy away from religion simply from fear of offending someone. One of the objectives of the Revolution is to offer spiritual growth. We hope to add more of that in the coming year.

A few years ago, a Revolution member commented that "the Revolution is like my church." This is a great complement, in my opinion. I grew up religious but without a church--I still feel that way sometimes. My goal for this year is unapologetically seem more like a faith community (in all the best ways). This doesn't mean dogma, doctrine, and ritual. I doesn't mean exclusivity. Atheists and humanists--nothing will really change for you and you're just as welcome as always. But for those looking for something like a faith community, I think you'll like where we're headed.

January 2015: Taking (Political) Action

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