2018 Adult Summer Series
We all enjoy a change of pace in the summer! The Summer Education Series, coordinated by the Adult Education Committee, gives our teachers and leaders a break, encourages fellowship among folks from the different classes, and provides the opportunity to hear from a variety of individuals from our congregation and community on topics of interest. We kick off the series hearing about A Place at The Table - Raleigh's only pay what you can cafe.
June 3 - A Place at the Table
Located at 300 W. Hargett St. Suite 50, A Place at the Table is a pay-what-you-can restaurant in the global One World Everybody Eats network and the only one in our area. APATT is a place where everyone can eat good, healthy food in community with people from all walks of life has wonderful support from local businesses, faith communities and many Raleigh restaurants. Maggie Kane, Executive Director of APATT will be our guest and will share how “people’s lives are changing from volunteering with us, dining with us, and simply having a conversation with someone with which they normally wouldn’t.”
June 10 - Making Peace through Music
A TED talk and music by David LaMotte John James will lead the class as we consider how music can transcend and transform cultural, political, religious, social and divisions and as a conduit to peacemaking, using a recent TED talk by musician and international peacemaker David LaMotte.
June 17 - Soul Collage
Soul Collage is a method of self-discovery through a creative process of making a personal “snap shot of your soul” made by tearing or clipping images (often from magazines) and then combining them, perhaps against a new background image, into a collage. Participants will have the opportunity to create a soul collage; all materials will be provided. Led by Susan Bradshaw and Dottie Burch.
June 24 - ‘My God Is So Big’!
As the children’s song says, God’s creation is so fantastic as to be certainly beyond our total understanding. But if we look at the fossil evidence and various current scientific understandings, our appreciation of God’s miraculous universe expands enormously. Phil Hayden will share thoughts and slides from his recent sabbatical, one believer who has struggled over the years from acceptance of a literal creation story, to a broader understanding of God’s working in the natural world. Indeed, our God is so big!
July 1 - Holiday Weekend No Class
July 8 - Reflections on the 223rd General Assembly
Mac Schafer was elected by the Presbytery of New Hope to serve as a commissioner to the 223rd General Assembly. This is the bi-annual national gathering of the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination and takes place this year in St. Louis, MO. Mac will share his experiences and reflect on some of the decisions that were made.
July 15 - South Sudan
PCUSA Mission Co-Worker in South Sudan, Leisa Wagstaff, serves in South Sudan with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) in education and trauma-healing. This includes working with South Sudanese refugee populations in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda who have been displaced because of the country’s continuing conflict. Leisa serves South Sudan’s most vulnerable communities and has helped the PCOSS’s school system establish a teacher-training program, develop logistical and curriculum plans, implement trauma-healing workshops for children and prepare teachers to lead workshops.
July 22 - Triangle Radio Reading Service (TRRS)
TRRS connects people who are blind and print impaired to each other, their communities, and families by delivering news, information, and entertainment using the latest audio technology. Fred Woodward will talk about his volunteer service and Anne Brennan, staff member of TRRS, will share how this important service changes lives.
July 29 - History & Meaning of the Labyrinth
Are you a little nervous and self-conscious about walking the labyrinth? No worries, many people are. Mac Schafer will present the history and meaning of the labyrinth with a wonderful powerpoint put together by the labyrinth training organization Veriditas. We hope this session will inform and educate so there may be more personal comfort with this 4000 year old tool for spiritual reflection, prayer and metaphor.
August 5 - Who Needs God?
Popular theologian Harold Kushner gives us wisdom for anyone who has ever stepped back and thought, ‘there must be more to life than this?’ Here he looks at the spiritual nourishment our souls crave, in much the same way that our bodies need the right foods, sunshine and exercise. You do not have to read the book ahead of time but you may want to. Ron Ash will lead our discussion.
August 12 - Lands of Faith and History: Jordan and Israel
The experience of standing on ancient ruins where our biblical forbearers likely were, visiting historical sites and engaging in conversation and reflection on the present challenges in the Middle East are a few of the topics Debbie Kirk and Heather Brannon will discuss their participation in this Union Seminary Study Seminar earlier this summer.
August 19 - From Rome to Assisi Italy
is rich with religious history that informs our faith tradition. From Vatican City to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Assisi Debbie Kirk will share her recent sabbatical pilgrimage to this beautiful country.
August 26 - HMPC Summer Mission in Western North Carolina
The Mission Trip Team to Avery County will tell us about their work with Habitat and Grandfather Home for Children. Led by Team Leader John Oldenburg and other trip participants.
September 2 - Labor Day Weekend No Class
September 9 - Fall Kickoff and The Gathering Returns