Coming Up


Oct 21  The Upcoming Election


Led by Nu Class member and former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charley Wells


Oct 28  Dianne Richardson: Theology and Poetry

Basing her presentation on her Theology & Creativity Class, Dianne looks at history and form of biblical poetry; the how and the why as well as discussing contemporary examples of faith-based/faith-adjacent poetry.

Nov 04  Spencer Pfleiderer: Central Care Mission of Orlando

Spencer Pfleiderer is the President and CEO of Central Care Mission of Orlando. Born and raised in Tiro, Ohio, Spencer was ordained in the Christian Missionary Alliance in 1987.

Nov 11 Lamar Coleman, Pastors’ Administrative Assistant, will speak on “Missional Formation”.

Nov 18 Elisa Ewoldt The nature of God as revealed in the Book of Jonah and the relevance for us today. While it isn’t surprising that there are varied opinions on Jonah’s character, it issurprising to find how many varied opinions there are on what the book reveals about God’s character!

Nov 25  Nu Class Wrangle

Dec 02  Rick Sickles presents on “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama

Following up on the Gene and Emily Ann Zimmerman play depicting these great men, hosted by Raymer Maguire; Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or perhaps because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. 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 to others. They looked back on their lives to answer a single 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.

Dec 09  Rebecca Sickles & Bill Causey:
Intergenerational Worship

Dec 16  Christmas Music & Liturgy: Ron Lee

Dec 23  Christmas: Ron Lee

Dec 30  Kent Horsley: 2018 Review of Books

Jan 06 Rick Sickles presents on “The Righteous Mind:  Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” by Jonathan Haidt

With permission from Nu Class President Frank Gilbert, Rick discusses this complicated book shared in a presentation two years ago by Frank.  The thought is that as Frank lives and breathes the economy of statistics concerning human psychological issues, Rick brings a different perceptive as a career technology sales engineer. 

So, why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount?  Why are so many conservatives in politics and religion apparently winning the battles for the moral high ground?  Why do we sometimes assume the worst about the motives of our fellow citizens?  How can we better understand people with whom we disagree, without making us righteously certain that those who see things differently— are wrong.

The Righteous Mind, the 2012 landmark book by Jonathan Haidt, can help us understand these questions better and as a result give us the wisdom to deal with the people in our lives we distrust and fear the most. 

Jonathan Haidt is an American social psychologist who lays out a path of understanding of intuitions and how they differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

Jan 13  Rick Sickles presents on “The Righteous Mind:  Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” Part 2

In this “landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself” (The New York Times Book Review) social psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike.

Jan 20  Lynn Van Horne: The Refugee Ministry