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Unitarians to hear about sport ethics

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

On Sunday, Jan. 12, Professor James Cross will discuss the topic “current and future ethical issues in sports,” drawing upon the sport ethics course he teaches at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Sport appears to offer an arena that allows for valuable practice in making ethical decisions. He plans to discuss several blatant examples of cheating in sport today, as well as exploring some more subtle forms of cheating. Has cheating become the norm? What is the current state of sportsmanship? What are some of the next ethical issues sport will have to confront? Why do we seem to change our values when we move from play to organized sport?

Sport is a microcosm of society and it can also be prophetic for society. In his class, he begins with study of philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill and Bentham), then attempts to have each student build their own personal moral reasoning strategy to guide them in decision making. The idea is for them to follow that moral reasoning strategy throughout the course experiences and reflect on how well it works for them. He hopes that his presentation will stimulate a thoughtful discussion, even if additional time is needed after the service.

James Cross is an associate professor of exercise science at Fort Lewis College. He has been an educator for 40 years, which has included 25 years as a coach at both the high school and college levels, and has been at Fort Lewis College for 25 years.

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sponsors a children’s spiritual educational program and encourages families with children to please join us for our Sunday service. Our children’s religious programs teach our Unitarian Universalist heritage, ethical living and moral precepts to love your neighbor, work for a better world and to search for truth with an open mind. Arts and crafts projects also are utilized to illustrate these principles.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is 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.

This story was posted on January 9, 2014.