You’re invited to a Lecture, Video and Discussion Series presented by Paradise Valley United Methodist Church called “Happiness and ‘The Good Life'” which meets Mondays • 6:30-8 pm • October 1, 8, 15 and 22. Explore the nature and meaning of happiness and “The Good Life” with guidance from experts in the fields of theology and psychology, wisdom from Wesley and others, and from what you know based on your own experiences.

Session 1: October 1, 2018, 6:30-8 pm
PVUMC Chapel
Happiness, through the Prism of Scripture
Presenter: Rev. Beth Rambikur
UMC DSWC Director of Connectional Ministries
“Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matt.10:39) Discuss happiness and the “Happiness Paradox” as seen through Biblical teachings. Lecture by Rev. Rambikur; discussion follows.

 

Session 2: October 8, 2018, 6:30-8 pm
PVUMC Chapel
Happiness, through the Prism of Psychology
Presenter: Lani Shiota, Ph.D.
Arizona State University, Psychology Department

Explore “Happiness” as viewed from the perspectives of current culture, ancient philosophy and fresh insights of psychology. Lecture by Dr. Shiota, who specializes in the psychology of emotions, followed by discussion.

 

Session 3: October 15, 2018, 6:30-8 pm
PVUMC Room H7
Happiness, through the Prism of Theology
Convener: Keith Sobraske
Watch videos of Miroslav Volf, Viktor Frankl, the Dalai Lama, and others, and explore writings of Paul Tillich and John Wesley, with roundtable discussion. Explore the connections between blessings, gratitude, meaning, purpose, relationships, values and works, and their effects on happiness, from the viewpoints of diverse thinkers.

 

Session 4: October 22, 2018, 6:30-8 pm
PVUMC Room H7
Happiness, through the Prism of Experience
Convener: Keith Sobraske
Watch a video, “There’s more to life than being happy!” by writer Emily Esfahani Smith, followed by testimony and discussion. Articulate and assess the happiness stories and allegories of our own lives, which shed light on life strategies leading to happiness and “The Good Life.”

 

Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
602-840-8360, info@pvumc.org

Free childcare available with 48-hr reservation: 602-840-8360, ext 134.

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