Upcoming Speakers

August 21

Guest Speaker

Philip Chard



9:00am in the Colby Barn

and on Zoom

"Realistic Optimism: Meeting the Challenges of Imposed Change"

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Realistic optimism is a learnable attribute that is pivotal in meeting the many psychological and interpersonal challenges created by unwanted change, such as the pandemic. Unlike pie-in-the-sky optimism, research shows the realistic variety allows us to adapt, grow more resilient and maintain self-mastery in the face of adversity, losses, life disruptions and suffering. We will examine the critical components of realistic optimism, including:

  • Resilience

  • Emotional self-regulation

  • A growth mindset

  • Self-care methods that support personal well-being


After 32 years as President and CEO, Philip recently retired from Empathia, Inc., a behavioral services firm providing health, safety and productivity solutions for over 400 organizations across North America. He remains a practicing psychotherapist who, for over 34 years, has written an award-winning weekly column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel titled "Out of My Mind,” now published in the Shepherd Express. Philip is author of The Healing Earth, which won the Midwest Publishers Award, and Nature’s Ways. His next book, Absolutely Out of My Mind, is a compendium of his newspaper columns, due out later this year. Previously, he was Director of Behavioral Science Education at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, where he was an associate professor and received the Outstanding Faculty Award.

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On the second Sunday

of each month, PCUUC

services are available

via Zoom only.

All other services

are held in-person

and via Zoom.