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ACTS Membership Organization Events:

April 3rd, 2017

Four Membership Events Featured in this Issue

1. REMINDER: Preaching and Teaching With

Terry Hershey:

When: April 8th, 8:30 a.m.---lunch; 1:00 p.m.---4:00pm 

Where: University United Methodist Church

Address: 1085 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210

Price: $10 Registration and Lunch

A Weekend with Terry Hershey

"Today, Hershey's teaching and preaching is notable in that it supplies information but doesn't give set answers."

Los Angeles Times

Preaching & Teaching at University United Methodist Church

Workshops Saturday, April 8, 2017 -8:30 a.m.---lunch; 1:00 p.m.---4:00 p.m.

($10 Registration & lunch)

Preaching Sunday, April 9th, 11:00 a.m.

Saturday a.m.- "Find your Sanctuary: Create Places of Rest, Renewal, and Refuge"

Everyone has a sanctuary. If only in our mind. Even if we can't name it, we know of its power. It is a place where you do not owe anyone and where no one owes you. We are wired to need grounding and renewal and less hurry...In sanctuary we can be wholehearted; whether grief or gladnes or sadness or joy. We make space to see and to be seen. We make space to welcome, to offer comfort and hope. 

Saturday p.m.- "Soft Hearts from Hard Places." 

"We know that we should love one another; practice kindness and compassion. But here's the deal: Love can only spill from a heart that has been softened and in most cases broken." This is a workshop for anyone who has faced tough times. 

About Hershey

Terry Hershey is an author, humorist, inspirational speaker, ordained minister and landscape designer. Among his books are "Sanctuary: Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life" and "The Power of Pause: Becoming More by Doing Less." 

University United Methodist Church

Corner of East Genesee St and University Avenue

Parking lots on University Avenue

Reserve by April 6th: 315-4757277 or

2. The Philosophical Retreat to the Here and Now

When: Sat April 8 @ 5 PM - Vulnerable Life
Where: Grewen Auditorium, Grewen Hall at Lemoyne College

Speaker: Richard Moran, Ph.D., Brian D. Young Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University

Certain philosophies (both Western and Eastern) describe us as prone to forms of attachment that are illusory, and promise to indemnify us against the hazards of life by exposing such illusions. One such hazard is that of transience and temporal life itself, and it is sometimes urged that since the present is the only genuine reality, attachments to the past or the future are forms of illusion we can and should be free of. This talk raises some questions about the ideal of “living in the present.”  Richard Moran, Ph.D., received his doctorate from Cornell University in 1989 and began teaching at Princeton University, then at Harvard University, where he has been since 1995. His interests include philosophy of mind and moral psychology, the nature of testimony, and aesthetics and the philosophy of literature. His 2001 book Authority and Estrangement: An Essay on Self-Knowledge was hailed as “one of the most striking and original books in the Philosophy of Mind written in the last ten years.” Moran also has published papers on metaphor, and on imagination and emotional engagement with art.

This event is part in a series sponsored by the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy and McDevitt Center, Vulnerable Life. As human beings, we are all exposed to suffering. We suffer physically and psychologically. We are confronted with moral dilemmas that have no clean resolution. We are all faced with our mortality and with the related fact that whatever lives we choose we cannot know what the alternatives would have been like. During the 2016-17 academic year, the McDevitt Center and the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy will sponsor Vulnerable Life, a series of public lectures at Le Moyne College engaging the theme of our human vulnerability to suffering and how we can cope with it. The central question orienting the initiative is: Should seek to overcome our vulnerability, as some philosophies and spiritual practices counsel, or find ways to live with it?  For more information about any of the events in this series, call (315) 445-6200 or send an email to

3. Notes from No Man's Land: A Reading and Conversation with Eula Biss

When: Monday, April 10 @ 5:30 PM

Where: Panasci Family Chapel on campus of Lemoyne College


Returning to questions of race, racial identity, and whiteness, critically acclaimed essayist Eula Biss reminds us that we are all interconnected--our bodies and our fates.  Along with a reading by the author, the evening will include an exchange with sociologist Farha Ternikar, Ph.D., and, of course, conversation with the audience.  Eula Biss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation (named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times), Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism), and a collection of poetry, The Balloonists.

4. Syracuse Peace Council: Statewide Lobby Day & Rally for the New York Health Act

When: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (All day)

Panasci Family Chapel on campus of Lemoyne College


Call your NYS Senator and ask they sponsor the New York Health Act (S4840). The Syracuse Peace Council has signed-up for the New York Health Act. Contact your State Senator and tell them: “Healthcare is a human right. We need the Senator to sponsor the New York Health Act to guarantee healthcare for ALL New Yorkers!” Senate Switchboard: (518) 455-2800

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