Scholars Gild

The Scholars Gild

Special Zoom Scholars Meeting

“The Psychological Benefits of Western Spiritual Beliefs”
Tuesday, January 19th, 2020, at 7:30 PM

In this intriguing talk, our speaker Scott Kushner will explore the Judeo-Christian religious tradition, its principles, and rituals, as a complete psychological meaning system.  Whatever meaning system one uses, it’s important to understand its components and how they relate to one another.  Scott will present religious mystical definitions of God, creation, humanity, and our purpose for existence.  He will explore how this belief system helps us to define where we’re going and how we will get there.

The Old Testament tells the story of one particular people.  But at the deeper mystical level, it is an archetypal story about each of us.  The journeys of its various characters can be a metaphor for our own lived experiences.  Their flaws, doubts, fears, and failures, hopes, and aspirations are the same ones we all go through in our individual lives.

The big ideas in this talk include: 1) the psychological relationship of the human condition to the Judeo-Christian philosophy of Creation, Revelation, and Redemption; 2) the relationship of our core beliefs to our practices and rituals, and the collective impact they have on our experience of life; 3) a rational argument for the utility value of a transcendent divine belief system.

This talk will be about the psychological value that these beliefs and practices bring to our lives and society, and how aligned they are with modern psychology.  It will be accessible to all regardless of belief system, religion, or secular mindset.

Speaker Biography

Scott Kushner began reevaluating his core beliefs about 13 years ago, in the interest of acquiring greater joy and meaning in his life.  During this time, he’s studied regularly with several different Kabbalah groups here in America and in Israel.  His most significant study has been with Chassidic groups and has included weekly study, as well as participating in about forty workshops.

Over the years, Scott has given many public and organizational talks to Jewish, Christian, heterogeneous and secular work-related groups.  His talks tend to focus on the emotional value of traditional beliefs and how to integrate them into our daily lives.

Scott is an IT and Innovation Executive, typically working with mid-size software companies. Formally, his background is in engineering, IT, and finance.  He credits his spirituality with greatly enhancing his creativity and leadership skills at work, where he gives regular talks on innovation, collaboration, relationship, and work purpose.   Scott and his family live in Arden.

The Scholars Gild meets the third Tuesday of the month, September through June. This season, we will continue to meet virtually via Zoom until further notice.

There is no fee to attend Scholars Gild discussions.  Since we usually ask for donations to the Arden Club at our live evenings, we would like to encourage all to continue this tradition by making a donation on http://ardenclub.org/donate/.  Your support helps keep the virtual and in-person lights on at the Club and makes possible dynamic programming like concerts, theater, dance, and of course, our Scholars Gild evenings.

Follow the “Arden Scholars’ Gild” on Facebook to get all the updates.  If you would like to receive email notifications about this or future Scholars Gild events, contact the Scholars Gild via ScholarsGild@gmail.com.

Zoom link for this Scholars Gild evening:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83613335180?pwd=VkZKV094T3IyMDM4OGFRSkNKajVUZz09

Meeting ID: 836 1333 5180

Passcode: 385509

Scholars Gild Zoom Meeting Archives

“Little Brain within the Heart”

The recording of the latest Scholars evening talk with James Schwaber is now available on our new YouTube channel at this link: https://youtu.be/hbGdZiBCmmk Look for future recordings of Scholars evenings to be posted on our Facebook page and on the Arden Club.

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The Scholars Gild meets the third Tuesday of the month, September through June. This season we will continue to meet virtually via Zoom until further notice.
There is no fee to attend Scholars Gild discussions. Since we usually ask for donations to the Arden Club at our live evenings, we would like to encourage all to continue this tradition by making a donation at http://ardenclub.org/donate/. Your support helps keep the virtual and in-person lights on at the Club and makes possible dynamic programming like concerts, theater, dance, and of course, our Scholars Gild evenings.

Follow the “Arden Scholars’ Gild” on Facebook to get all the updates. If you would like to receive email notifications about this or future Scholars Gild events, contact the Scholars Gild via ScholarsGild@gmail.com.

These lectures will be recorded and made available here on the website at a future date.


A gild of the Arden Club, the Scholars Gild explores and discusses topics of interest to the gild members and those of the community.  Each month a different topic is presented and discussed.  We have covered topics ranging from issues of poverty and race to the culture of  Native American tribes of the lower Delaware River valley, to the current research on how the immune system works, and much, much more.

The mission of the Scholars Gild is to provide an environment where those attending can learn about an interesting subject and participate in a free-flowing discussion on the subject.  Our monthly discussions are like having a conversation with our friends and family on an interesting subject in our living room with an expert in the room.

Visit our blog on this website to see the upcoming discussion topic.

Our Discussions

The Arden Scholars Gild holds regular monthly discussions at 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday’s of the month (except July and August).  Our discussions are held in the lower Gild Hall.  These discussions are open to all. Other programs are periodically held which are aligned with our mission.  These events are held at other times and locations.

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Use this form to request inclusion on our email distribution list, make comments on our past programming, make suggestions for future programming, or simply any other point you would like to convey.

Our History – The “new” Arden Scholars Gild

In February, 2010, the Arden Club Board unanimously approved the creation of the new Scholars Gild. Some people don’t see this as the creation of a new gild but the resurrection of an old one. According to oral history, the Club had a Scholars Gilds in the 1930’s and again in the 1950s and 1960s.

As a quick summary, the Village of Arden was founded on three pillars: Arts & Crafts, planned community, and Henry George’s single tax. The Georgist Gild covers the latter; the Scholars Gild will (as currently conceived) explore the ideas, concepts, and thinking on arts, crafts, and community as they impact the Ardens and our broader community today.  This concept represents our starting point. We expect the gild to evolve over time.

The creation of the new Scholars Gild was easy. Some 35 members in good standing signed a petition that was presented to the Arden Club Board of Directors at their January meeting. (Only 15 signatures were required.) The petitioners confirmed their support of the gild and their willingness to sustain it. Also presented was a statement of purpose, goals and objectives, and financial responsibilities.

  • Purpose: The purpose of the New Scholars Gild is to promote scholarly dialog among members of the Gild, the Arden Club and the broader community, by bringing in learned people on subjects of interest and importance to the community.
  • Goals and Objectives: The New Scholars Gild will produce and promote lectures open to the general public on subjects and by lecturers selected by Gild members. These lectures will increase participants’ knowledge and awareness of the selected topics and provide a basis for future dialog.
  • Financial Responsibilities: The Scholars Gild accepts contributions for support of our programs. Additional funding for support of our programming will be raised by the Gild by soliciting grants and charging admission to programs.

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