The first Monday each month, we’ll take advantage of the TED website and its focus on ideas worth spreading. We’ll view an engaging video lecture and join in facilitated discussion moderated by Rev. Kate.

Topics will be announced the week proceeding each session.

Recent video lectures include:

All it Takes is 10 Mindful MinutesAndy Puddicombe: When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)

What turn out not to be true? When Casey Gerald’s religion failed him, he searched for something new to believe in — in business, in government, in philanthropy — but found only false saviors. In this moving talk, Gerald urges us all to question our beliefs and embrace uncertainty.

Lie Detector – Pamela Meyer thinks we’re facing a pandemic of deception, but she’s arming people with tools that can helptake back the truth. Social media expert Pamela Meyer can tell when you’re lying. If it’s not your words that give you away, it’s your posture, eyes, breathing rate, fidgets, and a host of other indicators. Worse, we are all lied to up to 200 times a day, she says, from the white lies that allow society to function smoothly to the devastating duplicities that bring down corporations and break up families.