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Are we ready to interact in a multiracial community?
Date: 11/11/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Behavioral Science
Presenter: Cecilia Sifuentes
Synopsis: Racial mixing, in and of itself, is not a new phenomenon in the world; however, In the USA it has increased since the passage of Civil Rights legislation and dismantling of state laws banning interracial marriage. The changing terrain of race relations has also been accompanied by an emergent cultural space where mixed race people who identify as “multiracial” are visible in the media and “multiracial” identity is increasingly viewed as a legitimate racial identity. The Co-Masonic order, fraternally united without distinction sexes, race, religion, or creed and aspires to move pass the limitations of the perceived difference between us by uniting us in a common purpose. Are we, as humans, ready to interact according to this Masonic ideal?

Is there free will in religion?
Date: 12/9/2017 4:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Katherine Murillo
Synopsis: Freewill is Gods greatest gift to humanity. However this gift still does not give humanity the "get out of jail free card." Free will is having the ability to make choices despite whether they are good or ill. It appears that free will issues always come to the surface when there is an issue of a poor decision. This tends to be used as an escape goat to not having to obey moral principles to others; thus, many religions have created cultures and dogmas to remove the "poor choices" we make, but to what end? Is the removing of poor choice end free will in religion?

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
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