To study thought as it affects religion . . . A Gathering of Unitarian Universalist Ministers
In 2018, Prairie Group studied the works of 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 #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 #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?