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Next Oak Ridge Forum on Religion & Science
The next meeting of the Oak Ridge Forum on Religion and Science is scheduled for Thursday, May 26th, 2005, ...

... The cost of lunch and incidentals for this event is $8.00 per person. We ask that you notify us by e-mail to rritchie16@comcast.net by Wednesday, May 25th, with the number in your party that expect to attend. Alternatively a phone call to 483-8998 with this information will be appreciated.

The meeting will be held in the Grace Covenant Church at 100c Adams Lane in Oak Ridge. The church is located in the middle of a low building just below the YWCA on the West Turnpike in Oak Ridge, only a long block west of the intersection of Hwy 62 with the Turnpike. You can easily get a free map of this area from www.mapquest.com by typing the street address into the blanks.

A social session is planned for 11:00 am, followed by a buffet lunch at 11:30 am catered by the Soup Kitchen, and then by the following event:

Jane Flanagan and Ellen Greenwood offer a look at "Michael Servetus: Heretic or Hero?"

Jane and Ellen are presenting information on the life of Michael Servetus. The presentation is based on a recent book about Servetus, Out of the Flames by Lawrence & Nancy Goldston. Servetus lived in the early 16th century. Using his extensive language skills, he translated early editions of the Bible and wrote extensively on the errors of the trinity. He was also a scientist, and a physician. Michael was declared a heretic, and he and his books were burned at the stake in Geneva. Several copies of his works escaped burning, so his story lives on. This presentation was originally made as part of a worship service at Westside UU Church.

Jane Flanagan was raised in the Unitarian faith. As an adult, she has been active in numerous Unitarian Universalist congregations. She is a member of Westside Unitarian Universalist Church in Farragut, West Knoxville. She is also active in the Foothills Craft Guild, Swimmin Wimmin and the Taoist Tai Chi Society. She and her husband travel extensively. They are the parents of two adult children and grandparents of four. Jane is a summer employee of the YMCA of Greater Boston, working at a camp in Central New Hampshire. The rest of the year, she lives in Oak Ridge.

Ellen Greenwood is a library media specialist for Knox County Schools. When not encouraging young people at Cedar Bluff Middle School to enjoy reading and research, she reads, spends time with her grandson, hikes in the mountains of East Tennessee, volunteers with a cat rescue group,and attempts to fan the spark of liberal religion in West Knox County through her involvement with Westside Unitarian Universalist Church.

Spouses and friends are cordially invited. We would appreciate your sending the names and e-addresses of those who might be interested in attending.

We are experimenting with a new feature for our website at www.oakridgefrs.net ; we will publish drafts of articles where the authors would appreciate comments.

Posted by pking
May 21, 2005