At the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, there is a great deal of emphasis placed upon community. In Joseph Campbell’s model of the interpretation of mythology, social meaning is one of four fundamental functions of myth.
Yet, Campbell also emphasized the value of solitude and lack of accountability to the demands of community. He once advised, “You must have a place to which you can go, in your heart, your mind, or your house, almost every day, where you do not know what you owe anyone or what anyone owes you. You must have a place you can go to where you do not know what your work is or who you work for, where you do not know who you are married to or who your children are.”
How can mythology at once serve to uphold the community, even as it requires separation from community?
Contemplate this mythological quandry in solitude, but come together to share your thoughts about it in the first of the mythology discussion series in the Adult Religious Education program at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 9:00 AM on November 20, and again at 12:00 Noon on the same day.