Learning Community Speaker Series

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Zach Dunn.


Winter 2017


The Learning Community at First Church Boston presents:

Sunday, January 22
Diana Smith, Ministerial Intern, First Church Boston; Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry, MDiv
"Walking the Path of Nonviolence in Myanmar: Buddhist and Christian Approaches"

Sunday, March 19
Adelaïde Gross, First Church Boston Member and Fisherwoman
"On Fishing"

Sunday, April 30
Becky Richardson, President of Promise the Children UU and First Church Boston member
"Cynicism Threatens Our Democracy Today"
A talk about Elliot Richardson, US Attorney General during the Watergate era

"I will speak about Elliot's personal values, his family, his WWII service and his political work as Secretary of HEW, of Defense and as Watergate Attorney General. Elliot served also as Under-Secretary of State and Secretary ofCommerce. He was proud of his school motto, "Dare to be True". He believed deeply in telling the truth. He felt that the lies told by President Johnson about the war in Viet Nam, the secretiveness of President Nixon, and the extent of deception in the Iran-Contra affair during President Reagan's term of office destroyed public confidence in government. Before the Viet Nam War, people trusted government. What happened in the 1960’s was the beginning of cynicism and the distrust of the U.S. government that has led to the Republicans views today." --Becky Richardson