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‘The Growth of Political Tribalism’

On Sunday, Dec. 12, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (PUUF) service topic will be “The Growth of Political Tribalism,” presented by Ed Funk.  

Funk points out that Kurt Vonnegut once said “The two real political parties in America are the winners and the losers.  The American congress is at war with itself and legislation no longer appears as its main purpose.”

Funk explains that “In short, the defined historical function of congress may have been to come together to ‘discuss the common interests’ of the nation.  Today, however, it appears that our dominant political groups primarily want  to promote their party’s agenda so they can achieve tribal dominance, with the interests of the nation being secondary.”

Ed and his wife Lynn moved to Pagosa in 1999.   He was formerly a journalist and a teacher, and is a past president of PUUF.  He considers himself a struggling cynic, “Who seeks to find balance between hope and pessimism by never ceasing to marvel and laugh at the absurd human comedy.”

Continuing this month’s study of the Jewish religion, the children and young people will explore a story from the Torah about Noah and the Rainbow Covenant.  They will also play an ark game and write a covenant of their own.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.