One Service and Religious Education at 10 a.m.
Speaker: Member Philip Martin
Music: Tristan Strelitzer, Choral Director
“All stories teach, whether the storyteller intends them to or not. They teach the world we create. They teach the morality we live by.” – Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass. Fantasy literature does this especially well. It’s remarkable to see the rise in fantasy lit in the 21st century, from Harry Potter on. Is this escapist? Or is it possible it’s a way to deal with complex issues more deeply and creatively? Perhaps this is especially appropriate to understand as Unitarian Universalists, where we’ve long sought to creep past the dragons of dogma to envision a better world. Fantasy literature provides outstanding tools for the imagination, to use in our daily lives and as spiritual touchstones. Let’s explore why.
Philip Martin is a writer, editor and director of Crickhollow Books, an indie press based here in Milwaukee. As previous books editor for The Writer Books, he has worked with a range of writers, from famous names like Frank McCourt and Jane Yolen to many emerging newcomers. He is also a lifelong UU, raised from childhood in the denomination and is a member of the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee.