Sep 03 “Wrangle”

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.

Jul 30 “The Book of Joy – Lasting Happiness in a Changing World”

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.

Jul 23 “In Search of St. Columba”

Presented by Drew Gribble and Myra Wells

By using humor and (some) historical fact, we looked 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?


Jul 16 “Three Current Situations That Cause Me Concern.”

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