Many science fiction stories and spiritual traditions talk about portals: a passage from the here-and-now into an uncertain future.
The 1918 influenza epidemic, which may have infected 500 million worldwide and killed 50 million, resulted in a number of significant social changes. Not all was what we might consider positive. Many nations in the world established social safety nets, public health departments, and organized collection of health data. Some nations saw an increased reliance on science; some saw increased skepticism. There was an increase in belief in eugenics.
We will come out of this pandemic different than when we went in. What have we learned, what can we imagine as a better future so that we can avoid or better survive future crises?
And what do we need to be doing now if we are to get to that future? Will we step through a portal to a different future, intentionally made better — or fall through a different portal, to a future that is unconsciously shaped by these experiences, and may not have learned any lessons?
Leader Jone Johnson Lewis is our speaker of the morning.
11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another. We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30. After that, we have a time of informal conversation.
Sharing of Responsibility
Donations to RYSEC for Sunday Programs in January, 2021, will be shared with the American Indian Community House (aich.org), a community-based organization which serves the needs of Native Americans residing in New York City. AICH seeks to improve the status of Native Americans and to foster inter-cultural understanding.
Please mark your check or online donation “Sunday Programs,” to be sure it’s split between our sharing partner for the month and support for the programs of the Society.