We offer a variety of opportunities for adult learning and spiritual growth during our education each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. from September through May (between the early and regular services; concurrent with children’s Sunday School). Programs include a weekly, lectionary-based Bible study, as well as sessions featuring speakers, study topics or videos on a variety of topics ranging from faith issues to social justice to current congregation activities.
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Macalester Plymouth Adult Education
November 2012-February 2013 Schedule
9:30 -10:30 AM, Plymouth Room
November 18 Over the Hills and Through the Woods... Facilitated by Gale Robb.
What does Thanksgiving (the holiday) mean to you? Is it a day off, a time of joy, or something you prefer not to think about? How have you given meaning to this day in your life? Come and share Thanksgiving memories and traditions, but also what you are giving thanks for this year.
November 25 Thanksgiving – No Class
December 2 Learning from our Partners in East Timor. Tom Liddle, Global Ministries
East Timor is emerging from the ashes of hundreds of years of foreign occupation and conflict. Monica and Tom Liddle recently returned from serving 3 years as mission personnel with Global Ministries, the mission board of the UCC and Disciples Church, which is in partnership with the Protestant Church of East Timor during this difficult period in its history. Hear firsthand how the UCC understands "mission work" and why it is important for our churches to be present overseas.
December 9 Seeking the Female Divine: A Pilgrimage to Turkey. Don and Rachel Christensen
December 16 Panama: Promoting Change on a Community Level. Sean Lundy, recipient of MPUC 2012 Peacemaker Award.
Sean will share information, photos and personal experiences from his summer in Panama working on a project with the Panama Ministry of Agricultural Development, UNICEF, and Familias Unidas. The aim of the project was to boost the nutritional status of young children in rural communities through improved access to a nutrient-dense food – goat’s milk.
December 23 Christmas Memories. Facilitated by Tom Ewald
December 29 No Class
January 6 Introduction to Nuclear Energy and Radiation. Rolf Westgard
A look inside the atom to discover why Einstein’s formula shows that converting an ounce of matter to pure energy provides ten million times the power output versus simply burning that ounce. We will study the basics of the average 300 millirems of radiation received yearly by everyone on earth - its benefits and dangers.
Each person attending each class will receive an 8-page handout which outlines in graphics the subject matter to be covered. Questions and discussion are encouraged.
January 13 Radiation and the Short and Long Term Consequences of Fukushima. Rolf Westgard
We will study the events at Fukushima and the basis for the evacuation and return of 100,000 people in a 13 mile radius from the 4 reactor Dai-ichi complex. We will also review the results of the intensive study of 105,000 survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, comparing their cancer, birth defects, and life expectancy data with that of the overall Japanese population.
January 20 Predications, Promises, and Prayers – Week 1. Led by Evelyn Purdy
A 5-week look at the Upper Room Discourse in the chapters of John 13-17. We’ll look at a single chapter each week. These chapters were Jesus’ last chance to personally teach his followers and we’ll look at the verses from the angle of a loved one saying, “before I go…”.
January 27 No class – Church Annual Meeting
February 3,10,17,24 Predications, Promises, and Prayers – Weeks 2-5. Led by Evelyn Purdy