Wednesdays Together is a series of four evenings at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to nurture faith and fellowship.
For four Wednesday evenings, retired professor of German language and literature Hans Wuerth will offer lectures on National Socialism and the Holocaust. The series, starting tonight, continues through Oct. 7.
Wuerth will focus on the destructive political and social developments and their consequences during this period in German history, which included World War II and the Holocaust. Wuerth taught this material when he was a professor at Moravian College in Pennsylvania.
Tonight's lecture and discussion will examine the Holocaust after 1945 in Western Europe, in Germany, the United States and Eastern Europe. He will also discuss the history of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
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Sept. 23: Hand-outs will be used to help trace the Third Reich using a chronological approach, looking at questions like why the Weimar Republic failed, making the rise of Hitler possible. Also the ominous year 1933 and some other major and minor events before the beginning of World War II in 1939 will be discussed.
Sept. 30: Lecture on World War II including the deadly persecution of European Jews, including the various camps, the resistance movements and the victims including European Jews and others.
Oct. 7: Lecture and discussion will take participants from the Holocaust to other genocides since 1945, including Cambodia, Rwanda and Darfur.
Each week, supper will be served from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. as a fundraiser for a cause. A donation of $7 per adult and $3 per child, not to exceed $20 per family, is suggested.
The series will culminate in a trip to the Holocaust Museum on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10. The trip is limited to 50 participants. Reservations for the trip will be accepted on a first-come basis.
Zen for children
The Chapel Hill Zen Center is offering children ages 4 to 11 a space and time to practice living mindfully through programmed activities and an introduction to Zen concepts and Buddhist history and teaching.
This event will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. two Sundays a month during the fall and also provides a place for kids in the center Sangha while giving parents opportunity to meditate.
Meeting dates are Sept. 27, Oct. 11 and 25, Nov. 8 and 22, and Dec. 13.
For more information visit childrensprogramchzc.wordpress.com.
Jung and Buddha
Presentations on Friday and Saturday by Polly Young-Eisendrath, a Jungian analyst from Vermont, will draw on Carl Jung’s psychology of individuation and on the Buddha's teachings on awakening to offer a new vision of imperfection.
The events, sponsored by the Jung Society of the Triangle, will be held at the Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill.
The Friday time is 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. The Saturday time is 7:30 p.m. and admission is $30 for members of the Jung Society, $48 for non-members and $15 for students.
Young-Eisendrath, the author of 15 books, is a psychologist, mindfulness teacher, writer and Jungian analyst who has a clinical and consulting practice. She came to psychology and Jungian training through Buddhist practice, taking formal Zen vows in 1971.
Contact Flo Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-361-4135.