Jamestown, N.Y. – Before his retirement, social psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Victor taught about loneliness in his course at Jamestown Community College on the psychology of intimate relationships.
Since then, loneliness has become a national health crisis, as reported recently by the United States Department of Health.
Victor will present “Loneliness in America: Myths and Realities” during the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) 10:30 a.m. hybrid service on Sunday, October 8.
Based on current social science research findings, the teacher, researcher and writer will address why, in addition to being a personal problem, loneliness is a social problem, that is, a problem in the way society is organized. He will show how the stress caused by loneliness is linked not only to suicide, alcoholism and heart disease, but also to today’s extremist politics.
The message most closely relates to the second and fourth of the seven Principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
There will be an opportunity for discussion after the talk. All are welcome.
A former president and member of the UUCJ since 1966, Victor taught at Jamestown Community College for 52 years. A recipient of the New York State University’s Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, he received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974. He has been an invited speaker at conferences in Canada, France, Scotland, and the Netherlands and has appeared on national television programs including Larry King Live, The Maury Povich Show and The View. His many publications include the book Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend.
Pianist Rosemary MacKown provides the music for the service. A social time follows.
Participation can be in person at 1255 Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown or online. To join virtually, use the link at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to support and celebrate each other, encourage spiritual and individual growth, and serve the wider community.