All programs are held Tuesdays, 4 pm
via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/360635588 Passcode: StStephen
(Join us on Zoom 15 minutes before class for fellowship.)
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September 8, 15, & 22 (Tuesdays)
Where Do We Go From Here?
presented by Amy Hastings
4:00 p.m. tea and visit; 4:30 p.m. class and conversation
“Share the outrage now, but understand that if you are not having conversations about this with your family, your friends, and strangers you meet in the airport six months from now, then there is no reason for you to expect that anything will have changed with this moment. Silence is too easy.” — Larry Gladney, Professor of Physics, Yale University
One of the multitude of comments of a Black writer in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, this statement (above) challenges us to keep talking about this. This is racism, racial injustice, and the anti-black bias that shaped the history of our country and overtly and more subtly permeates our civic life and institutions today.
As a predominately white congregation in one of the whitest states in the country, we must wrestle with this subject, deeply, fully, and intentionally. To share outrage, yes, but as importantly to listen, learn, and understand. The goals of this Adult Education series are to do all of those. Through video interviews, short readings, and discussion, we’ll go deeper into this and confront the question Martin Luther King asked in his final book, “Where do we go from here?”
Week 1 – September 8: “Waking Up White”
(Click on the video and readings to view)
Video: Where Do We Go From Here, Episode 4, The Rev. Sherry Osborn.
Week 2 – September 15: “The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning”
Video: Where Do We Go From Here, Episode 1, Steffen Gillom.
Week 3 – September 22: “Where Do We Go From Here”
Readings: 1) Repentance and Reconciliation – C. Meeks ,” by Catherine Meeks; 2) “Repairing This ‘Era of Abandonment,’” by Liz Theoharis; 3) “Becoming an Incarnated People: An Interview with Keri L. Day”
Many Thanks to Larry for the summer programs on “Love and Justice”. The readings for “Love and Justice” are listed below and may be helpful for the “Where do we go from here” programs.
- Trillin on MLK
- Begin Again chap 7
- Notes of a Natvie Son Essay
Tuesday, September 29
“St. Michael and All Angels”
presented by Diane Nancekivell
Class begins at 4 p.m. on Zoom (socializing 15 minutes before class)
We will consider the history of The Feast of St. Michael and how the myth came into the lexicon of Christianity and influenced it’s cultural evolution. St. Michael, the archangel slayed Satan. Who is Satan? How might we engage with and allow for the pure potential of angels? Can this myth inspire us today?
Tuesday, October 6
“The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: What Do They Mean Today?”
presented by Joanna Colwell
Tuesday, October 13 & October 20
“A Time To Keep Silence”
presented by Eric Davis
Class begins at 4 p.m. (socializing 15 minutes before class)
Tuesday, Oct 27, 4 pm
“The Ethical Edge of Pilgrimage”
by Dr. Henry Ralph Carse
If pilgrimage is “mysticism in motion,” how do we understand the practical theology and transformational ethics of sacred journey? Pilgrimage takes a thousand forms, and calls us even in (perhaps especially in) times of “shut-down” and social crisis. What might a post-modern pilgrimage be like, if unplugged from piety, from politics, and from prejudice? Beginning with focus on journeys to the “Holy/Unholy Land,” we will then together let our pilgrim gaze widen, with perspectives into cross-cultural issues of justice, truth and reconciliation as pilgrim vocations.
You are invited to read this article by Dr. Carse before the program. ETHICAL EDGE OF PILGRIMAGE
Dr. Henry Ralph Carse lived for over 40 years in Palestine and Israel. His experiential teachings and a/theological renderings touch on the Art and Practice of Pilgrimage, Scriptural Theology, Wilderness Spirituality, Practical Mysticism, and Interfaith Peace Activism.
Henry R. is the Founder of Kids4Peace International, a non-profit interfaith youth movement, engaging Palestinian and Israeli youngsters, as well as those from other war-torn regions, in dialogue across the lines of their respective conflicts. He has 4 children and 2 grandchildren in two hemispheres, and dwells himself in the Green Mountains, continuing to write and to practice theology and reconciliation, along the pilgrim path.
Tuesday, November 3
A Word to The Church
Discussion of Sermon by Presiding Bishop Curry
We will view Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon, “A Word to the Church”, which he delivered on September 16 as guidance for the election season. Bp Curry asks: What is the role of the Church at a time of deep and dangerous divisions in our public life? What is our role as individual followers of Jesus, committed to his way of love? Although the church holds to partisan neutrality, “partisan neutrality does not mean moral neutrality.” He urges followers of Jesus to engage moral discernment in relation to public policy, understanding voting as an act of moral agency, and asking always, “What does loving one’s neighbor look like in our public witness?”
Bishop Curry’s words are inspiring and timely. We’ll listen to his sermon together, and talk about what might help us in a difficult and urgent time.
Tuesday, November 10 and 17th
“The Grace in Aging”
The book is available at the Vermont Book Shop. Click Here to purchase the book online (discount code is BG15) or you can call the store (802-388-2061), ask for the St Stephen’s book group 15% discount.
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