Retired psychologist Dr. Michael Sullivan will be sharing the insights and inspiration of a leading Unitarian minister about our experience of gratitude. Rev. Dr. Galen Guengerich sees gratitude as a central source of meaning in life. In his book The Way of Gratitude, he offers … read more.
Speaker: Dr. Michael Sullivan
Dr. Michael Sullivan is one of 30 psychologists nationally to have been honored by the American Psychological Association as a “Citizen Psychologist” for sustained activities in improving their communities. In Mike’s case, this was in recognition of his community service and volunteerism across the lifespan. From his work as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea in the 1960’s, and his alternative civilian service as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war, to his past decade of delivering Meals on Wheels here in Columbia, SC for Senior Resources, Inc., Mike believes he has gotten back far more than he has given. Mike has been an active member of UUCC since 2008, when he and his wife Susan moved here. He has volunteered in several UUCC governance positions, including secretary of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Social Action committee and the Finance committee.
The Rev. Dr. Forrest Church was a leading Unitarian theologian and minister who wrote many influential books including a popular introduction to Unitarian Universalism, A Chosen Faith (with John Buehrens). Two of his books profoundly influenced Dr. Michael Sullivan, a psychologist, in becoming a UU … read more.
In a consumerist society that values money, volunteering can be diminished as unpaid work. In reality, it pays remarkable dividends. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Giving freely of our … read more.