Coming Up


Jun 17  John Shughart & Debby Manual:

The UMC Annual Conference


Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33801 

Annual Conference is a yearly session for clergy and lay members to worship, learn about programs, and conduct the business of the United Methodist Church. Attendees Debby and John will update us on issues discussed.


Jun 24  Ron Lee: “Theology in Music” Part 1



Jul 1  Ron Lee: “Theology in Music” Part 2


Jul 8  Wrangle: led by John Richard

A wrangle is an opportunity for Nu Class members to question and/or discuss subject matter from previous classes.  It is also a chance to bring up new topics or issues. All are welcome to participate.

Jul 15  Debbie Hill: Book Review

Grateful:  The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks”  by Diana Butler Bass

The author explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.

Jul 22  Vasudha Narayanan, Distinguished Professor, Department of Religion, University of Florida

Vasudha Narayanan is a past President of The American Academy of Religion(2001-2002). She was educated at the Universities of Madras and Bombay in India, and at Harvard University. Her fields of interest are the Hindu traditions in India, Cambodia, and America; visual and expressive cultures in the study of the Hindu traditions; and gender issues. She is currently working on Hindu temples and traditions in Cambodia. She is the author or editor of seven books and numerous articles, chapters in books, and encyclopedia entries and the associate editor of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Dr. Narayanan was named University of Florida’s Teacher Scholar of the Yearin 2010.

Jul 29   Belvin Perry, Jr.    

Belvin Perry, Jr. was raised to value public service, his mother, Jessie M. Perry, worked as a public-school teacher and his father, Belvin Perry, Sr. served in law enforcement as one of the first two African-American police officers to be hired by the Orlando Police Department.

After graduating from Jones High School, he attended Tuskegee University receiving a Bachelor of Science in History in 1972 and a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services in 1974. He studied law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor in 1977. He began his legal career with the Office of the State Attorney serving as a Trial Attorney in 1977. 

He quickly rose through the ranks with the State Attorney’s Office, concluding his service with the prosecutor’s office as Chief Assistant State Attorney in 1989. In January of that same year, he became the first African-American to be elected to the circuit bench of the Ninth Circuit without first being appointed. While serving as a judge for nearly 25 years he has served as Administrative Judge in Osceola County and served nine terms as Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit.

In 2014, Perry retired from the bench and joined the Orlando law firm of Morgan & Morgan as a personal-injury attorney.

Judge Perry has received numerous awards and honors and holds memberships in many organizations.  For more information;


Aug 5  TBA



Aug 12  TBA



Aug 19  TBA


Aug 26  Raymer Maguire: Book Review:

“12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan Peterson

Canadian clinical psychologist and psychology professor Jordan Petersonjourneys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.



Sep 02  TBA


Sep 09  Raymer Maguire: Book Review

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve” by Professor Stephen Greenblatt Part 1

Review by Peter Conrad of The Guardian 3 Sep 2017 

Greenblatt – a professor of humanities at Harvard, academically celebrated as the biographer of Shakespeare and the founder of the new defunct fashion in literary criticism known as the new historicism – here picks apart the most invidious and onerous of myths. Genesis devised a story that told us where we are, why we are here, and established rules for our conduct. Human history in the Christian west has been a long battle to come to terms with that tale, whose inflictions include a drastic ban on acquiring knowledge and a baleful sexual morality, with the pain of childbirth and inevitable death imposed by God as penalties for disobedience. Greenblatt follows Adam and Eve out of the garden and shows how they were loaded with an extra burden of guilt by St Augustine, who invented the vile notion of original sin to make us all take the blame for an impromptu erection that embarrassed him in the public baths. Greenblatt welcomes the redemption of Adam and Eve by Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo or Dürer, who saw them as ideal physical specimens, not the harassed victims of a repressive God. Finally, a little relieved, he has Darwin kill them off.

Sep 16  Raymer Maguire: Book Review

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve” by Professor Stephen Greenblatt Part 2