Sunday Classes

 FIREPLACE ROOM SERIES

10:00A.M. in ROOM 030

September 10 and 17:  Mindfulness is a word that has been in the news lately. A special edition of Time Magazine decribes it as a means for “slowing down and staying present…in our every day lives.” We welcome Meg Krejci, director of Masterpeace Studios, who will give an introduction to the practice of mindfulness and the related mind-body meditation practices as a tool for stress reduction and daily living by exploring its origin, the anatomy of stress and obstacles to being present in the moment, and the related benefits of the practice.  We will also look at the practice of Contemplative Prayer, the Christian meditation practice, which Father Thomas Keating describes as, “opening up to God with the whole of our being.”

September 24: …to be determinded…..see the bulletin for further information.

October  1: NO CLASS – World Commnuion Sunday (one service at 10:00AM)

October 8 & 15: The recent televion series, “Thirteen Reasons Why”, about teen suicide, has been a source of controversy and conversation.  We welcome Stephanie Whitney of Care and Counseling, who will lead a series about the issues raised, ways of talking with our teens about these issues and the creative work of one school system that recorded a series, “Thirteen Reasons Why Not”, about how those struggling with their depression found a way to hope and healing in response to the original series.

October 22: Join those creating meals at the Rise Against Hunger Event.

October 29: What is going on with Medicare? Member and Elder of our church, Joseph Corcoran, has been working with Medicare for over 8 years. He will review the annual changes to Medicare and the basics you need to know. Join us to get questions answered for you or anyone else who needs such information.

November 5 and 12: Dr. Robert Wiltenburg, former Dean of Washington University’s University College, will speak about Morality and Spirituality in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Although careful throughout his career to avoid clear commitment to any particular religious sect or confession–escaping the censors? perhaps a secret Catholic?– in his final full play, The Tempest, Shakespeare makes his moral and spiritual concerns quite clear. Please read the play if you can.  Twelve copies are available for purchase for $3.00 (new!) in the office.

November 19: One of our in-house health insurance brokers, Joseph Corcoran, returns to talk about the changes for 2018. The individual health insurance market is an ever changing environment. He will go over The Affordable Care Act and any recent changes that have been made to it by the new administration. He will also explain how to shop the plans and compare them. This is an opportunity to get  your questions answered.

LECTURE SERIES
9:00A.M. in Room oo9

 

September 10–October  1:  We are pleased to have Dr. Cathleen Fleck begin our season with a series entitled “Kings, Queens and Cathedrals.” This class will be  an exploration of the arts and architecture of royalty and religious structures.  Dr. Fleck is Associate Professor of Fine and Performing arts at St. Louis University.

October 8-29: Dr. Rubin Rosario Rodriguez will lead a series on “John Calvin in Context: From Geneva to Ferguson.” He will explore Calvin as a resource for resisting racism, supporting social ministries and a Reformed theology of immigration. Calvin became such a controversial figure during the Reformation that he had to escape from France to Switzerland.  His works and words have had a profound impact in shaping our Presbyterian tradition.  Dr. Rosario Rodriguez is Associate Professor for the Department of Theological Studies and also works with the Center for International Studies at Saint Louis U.

November 5-26: Mr. Sheldon Enger, a longtime speaker on Judaism and a facilitator with Washington University’s Lifelong Learning Program, presents an opportunity to hear about Jesus through Jewish eyes rather than through the understanding of Christian tradition. The ministry of Jesus occurred in the times when many individuals claimed to be the Messiah. But unlike many of them, his presence made a long and lasting imprint.  We will hear about life in Israel-Judea during the life of Jesus, explore the birth stories, Jesus’ arrest, trial and execution and comparisons and contrasts between the Jewish Jesus and the Christian view of  Jesus as the Christ.

December 3-27: Our own George Durnell returns to lead a series entitled “Baroque Christmas.” This will be an opportunity to learn more about beloved Chirstmas music from Bach’s Magnificat, to Vivaldi’s Gloria, and shorter works by some other lesser known composers, including a piece by Sweelinck and a late 19th century setting of “In Dulci Jubilo,” based on the tune written by Praetorius. The latter composers, though they are  late Renaissance composers,  did live into the 17th century and provide us with a rich texture of Christmas music.

January 7 & 14:  Dr Patrick Osbourne will share information about the latest  findings, issues and concerns regarding climate change. Dr. Osbourne is the Executive Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center and has 30 years experience in tropical ecology research, education and environmental consultancy in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Australia, the Philippines and Kenya.

January 21 and 28:  Dr. Gwyneth J. Williams, Professor of History, Politics, & International Relations at Webster University, will be here to talk about how many of us think that the right for women to vote was a simple straightforward debate that gave permission to vote or not to vote.  Dr. Williams will speak about various aspects of the debate, including those in the church with regards to the question of equality of women vs. the differences between men and women with regard to granting women the right to vote. 

February 4-25  Julie Nicolai will be present with us to share the stories and power of the Underground Railroad, the 19th century path to freedom for escaped slaves. She will talk about the role of safe houses in this area, as those escaping made their journey to freedom in the “promised land,” the northern US or Canada. Other topics will include slave burial sites, the  plantation culture in the Little Dixie region of Missouri,  symbolic quilts, slave sales, slave hunters, abolitionists, plantation homes and more.