Feb 04 Kathryn Duncan, Associate Professor of English, St. Leo University, St. Leo, FL

 

A return visitor to our class, Professor Duncan, shared with us a discussion of Harry Potter, and a college class trip to England.

Kathryn received her Ph.D. from Tulane University with a specialization in eighteenth-century British literature. She’s published and given presentations on pirates and Methodists, and her current book project is “Jane Austen and the Buddha: A Study of (the) Enlightenment”.

Jan 28 Social Principles of the United Methodist Church

Lamar Robertson – Pastor’s Administrative Assistant at First Church discussed how we interact as individual Methodists with others. The topics are complex, nuanced, and potentially difficult to face on our own, but also, filled with grace and understanding. Through this dialogue we explored how we are called as individual Methodists to relate to such things as climate change, abortion, food justice, poverty and global politics.

Lamar’s academic background in religious studies includes; Spiritual Leadership, Asian Religions in America, and Judaic Studies. He is the author of “REL 101: An Introduction to Undergraduate Religious Studies”, which is part of his efforts to increase religious literacy and interfaith understanding. Much of his speaking focuses on challenging the modern understanding of orthodoxy and religion.

Jan 14  Katharine Henry, Missionary for General Board of Global Ministries currently serving in Kissimmee

Katharine Henry is a Global Mission Fellow US-2 with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in August 2017. The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.