Jan 28 Social Principles of the United Methodist Church
Lamar Robertson – Pastor’s Administrative Assistant at First Church will discuss 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 will explore 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.
Feb 04 Kathryn Duncan, Associate Professor of English, St. Leo University, St. Leo, FL
A return visitor to our class, Professor Duncan, shares 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”.
Feb 11 Raymer Maguire: Part 1 of 3 A discussion of Homo Deus, A Brief History of Tomorrow, a book written by Israeli author Professor Yuval Noah Harari from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Feb 18 Raymer Maguire: Part 2 Continuing the discussion of Homo Deus, A Brief History of Tomorrow, a book written by Israeli author Professor Yuval Noah Harari from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Feb 25 Raymer Maguire: Part 3 Continuing the discussion of Homo Deus, A Brief History of Tomorrow, a book written by Israeli author Professor Yuval Noah Harari from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Mar 04 Debbie HiIl presenting
Mar 11 Ron Lee: Part 1 of 3, of a discussion on The Reformation
Mar 18 Ron Lee: Part 2 of a discussion on The Reformation
Mar 25 Ron Lee: Part 3 of a discussion on The Reformation
Apr 01 EASTER SUNDAY Gene Zimmerman presenting
Apr 08 Kent Horsley will speak on George Washington
Apr 15 Gary Mason: “Rethinking Conflict”
Rethinking Conflict developed out of the work of its founder the Rev. Dr. Gary Mason. He has worked extensively over the past thirty years in conflict transformation, peace building and reconciliation, primarily within the Northern Irish Peace Process. Gary played a leading role in establishing the Skainos project in inner city Belfast, a world class urban social justice centre, developed in a post-conflict society as a model of coexistence and shared space. Since the completion of the Skainos project, in October 2012, Gary has been increasingly approached both locally, nationally and internationally to share his experiences on community transformation, social justice, conflict transformation, peace building and the role of religion in conflict. rethinkingconflict.com
Apr. 22 TBA
Apr. 29 TBA