Shore to speak to Unitarian Universalists Feb. 24

Published 8:56 am Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will meet at the Tryon Youth Center on Rt. 176N on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. The group’s speaker will be Sally Beth Shore, who will speak on the topic, “An Introduction to Process Theology.”

The seventh UU Principle states that we are all a part of the interconnected web of life. This is an idea born of the rising ecological consciousness of the late 20th century. The mathematician Alfred North Whitehead articulated a philosophical system in 1929 challenging the view of a static “ground of being.”  Nothing, as it turns out is static, because all is changing in each moment.

“It’s a little hard to get used to that idea, but a process view of reality actually solves a lot of problems, and allows for a theology that merges science and spirituality. Today we’ll look at the difference between being and becoming and why process thinkers believe it matters. As we do this we hope to discover if this is a useful distinction for our lives,” Shores said.

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Shore received her masters of divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in May 2012.

Prior to beginning ministerial formation, she worked in the field of environmental science, and she continues to present talks about global warming for the Climate Reality Project. From 2008-2010 she served as intern minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley in Black Mountain. She lives with her husband and three children in Asheville, where she is a member of the UU Congregation of Asheville. Shore will be ordained by the UU Congregation of Asheville on March 22.

– article submitted by Dan Dworkin