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Creativity, Religion, and Challenges to Humanity’s Future

By Phyllis Culp

Dr. Branden Thornhill-Miller shares his reflections on crucial issues threatening humanity’s very survival at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
“Creativity, Religion, and Challenges to Humanity’s Future”
By Dr. Branden Thornhill-Miller
Sun, Dec 28, 10:30am
Hotel Posada de la Aldea

We live in an age of unprecedented change. Globalization is bringing groups closer together, increasing the opportunity for both creative cross-fertilization and intergroup friction. At the same time, our range of technological powers has grown dramatically, magnifying the human strengths and frailties that direct them.

Some years ago, Dr. Thornhill-Miller was one of twenty-three scholars from different disciplines around the world invited by the Foundation for the Future to discuss the problems facing humanity’s long-term survival. Among figures such as E.O. Wilson, Richard Dawkins, Johan Galtung (one of the supporters of  peace and conflict research), and experts on every kind of disaster scenario that might bring an end to humanity, Thornhill-Miller was asked to write and present on religion and intergroup conflict.

In his talk, he will share some of his contributions to this extraordinary meeting and his reflections on a few of the many crucial issues humanity’s novel situation now demands that we address. He will invite us to engage our creative imaginations and look beyond our habitually short-term time horizons in a manner necessary to meet the many challenges to humanity’s survival and flourishing in the future.

Dr. Branden Thornhill-Miller is a fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and teaches behavioral economics at the Sorbonne in Paris and in several different countries as a core faculty member of the Preparing Global Leaders Foundation. He studied ethics, politics, and economics at Yale University, world religions at Harvard, and psychology at Oxford, where he was lecturer and director of studies for experimental psychology and for psychology, philosophy, and physiology for two colleges. He is particularly interested in the interface of psychology with a wide range of other disciplines. Special music will be provided by guitarist/songster Marc Silber.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes everyone. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join us for hospitality and discussion afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit


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