Java & Jesus

Java and Jesus meets most weeks at 9 a.m. and is currently meeting in person (in the Swan seminar room off Friendship Hall) with the option to attend via Zoom. (Equipment in the Swan Room allows in-person participants to see and hear those on Zoom and Zoom participants to see and hear the people in the room.) Each week’s reading is typically posted on Wednesday or Thursday for the following Sunday. J&J is sometimes canceled when there is large-group programming at 9 and may be canceled for part of the summer. Weekly announcements and worship resources will say if J&J has been canceled. The most recent J&J email is automatically posted below. New people are always welcome and it is OK to attend even if you have not had time to do the reading. You will find an open discussion of wide-ranging topics and many different points of view expressed. You can ask to be added to the Java & Jesus email list by sending email to [email protected]. Click here to see an archive of past readings & topics.

This week’s Java and Jesus

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  • ORUCC Java & Jesus, May 19th, 9 am (In-person or by Zoom)

    Java & Jesus

    Sunday, May 19, at 9 am

    Attend in-person at the church in the

    Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely

    by Zoom

    Dan Rossmiller facilitating

    All are welcome!

    Join us even if this is your first time!

    At this session of Java & Jesus, we will discuss a video of a 2009 TED Talk by religious historian Karen Armstrong on the topic: “Let’s Revive the Golden Rule.” 

    Karen Armstrong is a British author and commentator of Irish Catholic descent known for her books on comparative religion. She is a former Roman Catholic sister who became a religious historian and author. Along the way, she moved from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical Christian faith. She attended St Anne’s College, Oxford, while in the convent, and majored in English. She left her order in 1969, while in college.


    Among her many books are: A History of God (1993), which sketches the evolution of the concept of God in the three major monotheistic traditions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, along with some details on Buddhism and Hinduism; The Case for God (2009); Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (2010); and The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts (2019).


    Armstrong received the TED Prize in February 2008. She used that occasion to call for the creation of a Charter for Compassion, which was unveiled the following year.

    Here is a link to the video: 

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