January 8, 15, 22, and 29, local Presbyterian and author Carol Shepley, returns with further reflections on her book Movers and Shakers, Scalawags and Suffragettes: Tales from Bellefontaine Cemetery (2008) St. Louis, an illustrated timeline beginning with Laying the Foundation for a Great City, exploring the men and women who made St. Louis the city it is, starting with the Native Americans who built the mounds and the early settlers who set the tone, then moving to focus on the founders of our great institutions–leaders who took us through the Civil War, industrial magnates, literary giants, Civil Rights leaders and the visionaries of the World’s Fair, among others, and closing with County vs. City, exploring the Great Divide of 1876 and the consequences of which continue to affect our region.
February 5 and 12 – We are pleased to welcome Carrie Craven, outreach coordinator for Millenium Research, an organizattion that does research on various brain diseases for pharmaceutical companies. The first week Carrie will share with us the ways in which we can help ourselves or those we love keep the brain active and moving. The following week, one of the physicians will share with us information about recent research, educate and recruit participants in medication trials for new Alzheimer’s & Dementia drugs and Psychological drug trials.
February 19: Journey to the Common Good, by Walter Brueggemann: What does it mean to serve the common good in contemporary times. Paul Reiter will lead a discussion on this critical topic on Sunday, February 19, exploring simportant questions such as: What is the role of the church in today’s society and where is it going? What lessons does it have to offer a world in the midst of such turbulent times? The answer is the same answer God gave to the Israelites thousands of years ago: Love your neighbor and work for the common good. Well known author Walter Bruggemann calls us to consider this answer in our journey together to serve the common good through neighborliness, covenanting, and reconstruction as we move forward into the future.
February 26 and March 12 – The Conversation Project: The hard questions to discuss with loved ones are often those about end of life and healthcare directives. The Conversation Project is a resource that provides a way for family members or friends who are in charge of directives to talk about those issues. We will provide an overview and the materials that can help with some of the important questions and answers we want for our parents, grandparents and those we care for and love. Karen Blanchard will lead the class. There will be two sessions, two weeks apart to give people time to review materials, reflect and share in discussion again on March 12.
January 8, 15, 22 and 29 – Islam and Muslims in St. Louis and Around the World: We begin the new year with an introduction on the Basic Teachings of Islam and Its Relationship to Christianity and Judaism by Dr. David Oughton, associate professor of World Religions at St. Louis University. The class will continue with Dr. Ghazala Hayat, professor of neurology at SLU and former president of the Islamic Foundation of St. Louis discussing Women’s Rights in Islam; Jihad; & Muslims in the U.S.
COMING IN 2017: George Durnell will talk about Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Alice Bloch will talk about Liturgical Dance; a combined class with Christopher Saxton talking about George Washington and Chaplain Jay Summerville from Aberdeen Heights leading a discussion on the relationship between faith and ecology–the call to be stewards of God’s creation.
ALSO ON SUNDAY MORNINGS…
DISCUSSING FAITH IN TODAY’S WORLD – Discussing Faith in Today’s World is a friendly, discussion-based class. All are welcome. Just drop off our children upstairs in Sunday school and head downstairs to Room 029 for some grown-up discussion. This year we’re starting off with Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity, by Adam Hamilton. No outside reading or preparation is necessary. Feel free to drop in whenever you’re free. “Lord, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don’t need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity.” Questions? Contact Sarahlynn Lester: Sarahlynn@LesterBoal.net.
SHAPING OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES THROUGH ART, MUSIC & MEDITATION – On the second Sunday of the month (September-May) we will resume the opportunity to share in a discovery of the lectionary texts used for Sunday morning sermons by our pastors. Starting September 11, join our Spiritual Director, Rev. Paul Reiter, as he explores poetry, art, music and narrative inviting a deeper reflection on the texts that will connect with spiritual practices that we can embody in our daily lives. Come and join us at 9:30a.m. in Room 028. No RSVP needed.