Adult Relgious Education Program Recordings

The Thunder, Perfect Mind and Palm Sunday

Recorded on Sunday, April 14, 2019

Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

The Gnostic Gospels

 

The Thunder, Perfect Mind and Palm Sunday (NEW)

The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene)

Recorded on Sunday, March 10, 2019

Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

The Gnostic Gospels

 

The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene) 

The Gospel of (Doubting) Thomas

Recorded on Sunday, March 3, 2019

Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

The Gnostic Gospels

 

The Gospel of (Doubting) Thomas

Open Preaching and Secret Teaching: Rabbi Jesus and Other Spiritual Teachers

Recorded on Sunday, February 24, 2019

Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

The Gnostic Gospels Class

 

Open Preaching and Secret Teaching: Rabbi Jesus and Other Spiritual Teachers

Introduction to the Nag Hammadi Texts

Recorded on Sunday, February 17, 2019

Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

The Gnostic Gospels

 

Introduction to the Nag Hammadi Texts: Self-Introductions

What Became of the Transcendentalists?

Recorded on Sunday, December 9, 2018

Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

What Became of the Transcendentalists? Influence, legacy, and relevance.

Spiritual Friendship

Recorded on Sunday, December 2, 2018

Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

Spiritual Friendship: The Story of Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Emily Dickinson

Evolution: The Transcendentalists

Recorded on Sunday, November 18, 2018

Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

Evolution: The Transcendentalists and the Reception of Darwin in America and its application to understanding religion in global perspective.

The Transcendentalists as Organizers

Recorded on Sunday, November 11, 2018

Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

The Transcendentalists as Organizers: Thomas Starr King, Henry Whitney Bellows, humanitarian relief and organized Unitarianism

“The Secret Six”

Recorded on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

“The Secret Six” Who Supported John Brown (five of them Transcendentalists), and the Story Behind the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

 

Marriage in the 19th Century

Recorded on Sunday, October 21, 2018

Transcendentalists Revisited - Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

Marriage in the 19th Century: The Story of Margaret Fuller Ossoli; the “Boston Divorce” of Caroline Healey Dall.

 

Spiritual Friendship

Recorded on Sunday, October 7, 2018

Transcendentalists RevisitedClass led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

Spiritual Friendship: The Story of James Freeman Clarke and Margaret Fuller. Conversations for Women, the Church of the Disciples, and Theodore Parker.

How The Transcendentalist Circle Began?

Recorded on Sunday, September 30, 2018

Transcendentalists RevisitedClass led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

Hedge’s Club: How the Transcendentalist Circle began (and how and why it ended only four years later).” 

 

Thank you for attending my September 23rd class on “The Transcendentalists Revisited.” Click here to view the handout from last week (September 23), in which Emerson and Lydia Maria Child attempt definitions of Transcendentalism.
 
September 30 John told the story of the Transcendentalist Circle, which Emerson sometimes called “Hedge’s Club” – how and why it came together in 1836, what its meetings were like, and why it ceased meeting in 1840. There was a good deal of biographical background about Emerson, Hedge, and George Ripley, who may be considered the core figures in the group.
 
If you would like to do some reading in original sources to enrich your experience of the class, I recommend these:
 
Emerson’s 1837 Phi Beta Kappa address at Harvard, “The American Scholar,” sometimes called “the American Intellectual Declaration of Independence.” (click here)

 
Emerson’s 1838 “Divinity School Address,” which one of the professors called “the latest form of infidelity,” and which made RWE the principal spokesperson for the “new views” of the Transcendentalists. (click here)

The Transcendentalists Revisited

Recorded on Sunday, September 23, 2018

Transcendentalists Revisited - Class led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens

 

“Mrs. Birdseye: Elizabeth Palmer Peabody’s Reminiscences of W.E. Channing and the emergence of Transcendentalism in America.” 

 

The opening session last week focused on the dramatic story of the death of Charles Follen in the burning of the Steamer Lexington on Long Island Sound, Jan. 13, 1840, and some background on the role Follen played in bringing German idealism to America. He was both Harvard’s first professor of German, 1825-1835, and taught ethics and history in the early 1830s at the Divinity School as well. Here is the Wikipedia article about him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Follen

 

This week we turn to his friendship with the leader of American Unitarians, William Ellery Channing, and how Follen’s death impacted Channing personally and led to a demand for church reform.

 

If you are so inclined, I recommend reading Channing’s 1828 sermon, “Likeness to God.” http://www.americanunitarian.org/likeness.htm, which I will allude to early in my talk.  

 

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