Tom Wilkinson, Vice President, Development
Florida United Methodist Foundation (sponsored by the McRae Class)
We were invited by the McRae Class to join with them for a discussion of challenges faced by the local church and what the conference and the foundation are doing to ride the current trends.
“One Year Later – Dom’s Homily”
John Richard – to be rescheduled
A Nu Class “Wrangle” allows members to comment on and discuss previous class topics as we re-visit previous presentations, bringing up unanswered questions or unspoken thoughts, allowing for additional discussion and comments.
Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Central Florida
Rev. Katrina Jenkins, Dean of Religious Life at Rollins College
A review of the book and unconventional author, presented by Debbie Hill
Presented by Raymer Maguire, Gene and Emily Anne Zimmerman
Emily Anne and Gene take on the roles of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Raymer as interviewer, Douglas Abrams in a discussion of; The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?
They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.
Presented by Drew Gribble and Myra Wells
By using humor and (some) historical fact, we look at the life and times of St. Columba, a lesser known Saint, overshadowed by his more historically famous “Brother,” St. Patrick. What can we learn from St. Columba and what did he do that impacts our lives even today?
Pastor James (Jim) Coffin – Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida
Growing up on a farm in Missouri, Jim spent a year at Union College in Lincoln Nebraska and a year as a church volunteer in Mexico. He subsequently earned a degree in theology at Newbold College in England and later was ordained as a minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. During his ministerial career, he worked in both the United States (26 years) and Australia (10 years).
Pastor Coffin spent nine years working in youth ministry and nine years as an editor of Seventh-day Adventist publications. Prior to assuming his current role in 2011, he served for eighteen years as senior pastor of the Markham Woods Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Longwood, FL. Concurrent with his pastoral work, he directed a study center/think tank that sought to create more effective communication between religious adherents and our postmodern and increasingly secularized society. He has authored three books dealing with the theory about, practice of and questions arising from religion and written scores of articles for religious publications and websites. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.