"The purpose of the Prairie Group is to study thought as it affects religion, religious experience, the church, in any relevant aspect, science, philosophy, political science, history and any other. It has a special interest in worship and the church and its ministry."--from the Prairie Group archives.
The purpose of this website is to communicate information to members of Prairie Group, to offer the papers presented at Prairie Group on-line, and to post upcoming assignments and reading lists for the next year's gathering.
Prairie Group will meet
November 12-15, 2018
Dues and Room Requests are due October 12.
The topic for the 2018 Group Gathering
will be focused on the works of Octavia Butler.
Download a registration form here. Send your completed form to Daniel Budd, Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prairie Group, 2018, Nov 12-15. Topic: Octavia Butler.
Program Team: Molly Housh Gordon, Josh Snyder, and Justin Schroeder
Paper #1: An artist’s work emerges out of the life and times that they have lived. Share with us the narrative of Octavia Butler’s life. In what ways does that narrative connect or diverge from the stories and experiences in her novels?
Note: this paper will be shorter (3000 words) than other papers to allow time for programming on Monday evening. (Collected Articles at Octavia Butler's website may be helpful content for this paper.)
Paper prepared by: Kendyl Gibbons. Response: Mary Moore
Paper #2:Introduce us to Afrofuturism as an artistic genre and address its potential or actual use as a prophetic strategy or tradition.
Paper prepared by: Rose Schwab. Response: Daniel Kanter
Paper #3:Explore the theology - and the theodicy -of the Earthseed Chronicles. What do the characters and their scripture teach us about agency & connection, trauma & resilience?
Paper prepared by: Jennifer Nordstrom. Response: Nic Cable
Paper #4:Explore the meaning of memory and ancestry in Butler's Kindred. How might our own deep re-examination of our ancestry and the memories/stories of our past, remembered, or reconstructed, help us minister more effectively in the present?
Paper Prepared by: Ruth MacKenzie. Response: Brian Mason
Paper #5: So What? Now What? How might the practices of Emergent Strategy and the theme's from Butler's writing live in and shape our ministry (whether community or congregational life)? What old habits and practices might they replace?
Paper Prepared by: Marlin Lavanhar. Response: Ashley Horan
Worship/Chaplain: Rob Eller-Isaacs Aesthetics: Danny Givens
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed Chronicles Book 1)by Octavia Butler
Parable of the Talents (Earthseed Chronicles Book 2) by Octavia Butler
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack