"How Cataract Surgeries Function Religiously" - When I had my first cataract surgery involving the replacement of the lens in one of my eyes, I emerged seeing the world differently, something I experienced repeatedly over the 53 years of wearing glasses and/or contact lens since I was 10. How do we construct “lenses” to view our world, and what of the world are we really viewing? We’ll use some of the thinking of philosophy and religious studies to address these issues, so central to living out a particular religious tradition.
The Reverend Doctor Brent A. Smith was born in 1954 and raised in Richmond, Indiana, graduated with a B.A. in literature from Hanover College, a Masters of Arts from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Meadville Theological School in 1984. He was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist ministry, served congregations for over 26 years, and is our Minister Emeritus. In 2010 he moved onto the faculty of Grand Valley State University where he teaches in the Religious Studies Program and is the Program Coordinator. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Pat, Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for GVSU. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. Rev. Dr. Brent Smith BA: Dave L, SV: Music, Deluxe