Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians with Tim Milinovich
Dates: Monday/Tuesday, May 5 & 6.
Time: 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Cost: $25/2 sessions.
Register by April 28.
Enrollment: 12 min./50 max.
Description: Take a tour behind the scenes as Paul writes his two letters to the Corinthians. These letters have had an important influence on our theology of communion, the church as a body, spiritual gifts and serving one another. But what was happening in Corinth that required Paul to write with so much passion and intensity? Learn what the city of Corinth was like, how Paul set up the community, and what happened after he left. Dr. Milinovich will also show us how we can interpret the letters in our own churches now.
About the instructor: Dr. Timothy Milinovich, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Pastoral Institute at the University of the Incarnate Word. He received his M.A. in Religion & Bible from Yale Divinity School and earned a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America. He is the author of Beyond What Is Written: The Performative Structure of 1 Corinthians, and Now Is the Day of Salvation, which discusses the structure of 2 Corinthians.
History and Practice of Ramadan, with Interfaith Iftar Ramadan Dinner
Instructor: Sarwat Husain
Monday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 20
Time: 7 - 9 p.m. at SoL Center
Tuition: $20/2 sessions.
Enrollment: 12 min./40 max.
Saturday, July 12, 8:30 p.m., Dinner at University of Incarnate Word, Marian Hall, hosted by CAIR-SA. Co-sponsored by UIW Liturgical Outreach.
Description: Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar, this year on June 28. In the first session, learn about the history of Ramadan; in the second session Rabbi Sam Stahl will address fasting in the Jewish Tradition and Rosalyn Collier will address fasting in the Christian Tradition, along with Sarwat on the Muslim Tradition. In the final session, you will enjoy a traditional Ramadan dinner to be held at the University of the Incarnate Word. The fast of Ramadan is the fourth pillar of faith in Islam. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day. Fasting is seen as a way to cleanse the soul and have empathy for those in the world who are hungry and less fortunate. Muslims also read the Quran, do special prayers and attend mosques more frequently.
About the instructor: Sarwat Husain is the Founder and President of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)-San Antonio and serves as Vice Chair of CAIR- National Board of Directors. She is an award winning advocate for human rights and education for cross-cultural understanding, and serves on the Board of Directors of the SoL Center and Program Committee. Sarwat’s awards include Peace Maker of the Year 2013, Pax Christi USA (National Catholic Organization), Headliner Award for the Association for Women in Communication, and named a Distinguished Alumni of University of Incarnate Word in 2012. She is Publisher of Al-Ittihaad Monthly, the largest American Muslim newspaper in the state of Texas.
Reconciling Paul: A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians
2014-2015 Horizons Bible Study with Rubén R. Dupertuis
Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Aug 5, 6, and 7
Times: 9:30 am – 12 noon.
Tuition: $35/3 sessions (5th Person in group free.)
Enrollment: 25 min./60 max.
Description: Paul’s writings are some of the most influential in Christianity. Revisiting the struggles Paul faced and the authenticity and integrity of his theology is an essential task for the churches today. Paul, like us, wrestled with and questioned his faith as he tried to live as authentically as possible in an ancient world that was also in the midst of a great deal of change. What can we learn from revisiting 2 Corinthians and considering Paul’s theology and ideas as they relate to the context of our time? This study invites us all to ask whether or not we understood Paul’s writings clearly in the past and to read his letter afresh in light of the issues we face in our time. Concepts of shared partnership, power in weakness, healing, reconciliation, love, and a new apostolate all figure prominently in the study, authored by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty.
About the Instructor: Rubén R. Dupertuis is Associate Professor, in the Religion Department at Trinity University. He received a B.A in English Literature from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Theological Studies from Claremont School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christian Literature from Claremont Graduate University. His interests include Acts of the Apostles and early Christian narrative more generally, education in the ancient world, and the role of Bible in American Popular culture.
Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott
Dates: Friday, August 8, Wednesdays, Aug. 13, 20, and 27
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon.
Tuition: $45/4 sessions.
Enrollment: 8 min./12max.
Description: Sibi Aydelott will lead participants in stimulating discussion and exploration of three books and a movie, selected to spark your interest and curiosity about diverse cultures. Participants are encouraged to voice their ideas, perspectives, and to raise questions leading to dialog on intercultural issues.The book selections include Dreams of Trespass by Fatime Mernissi, a rich narrative of a childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem, which portrays a girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the recent Muslim world). Arranged Marriages by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, a collection of short stories, is a poignant collection about new lives in America, with independence, the mixed blessing. Brick Lane by Monica Ali, and the film, Brick Lane, portray a young Bangladeshi woman in London, who leaves behind her sister and home for an arranged marriage and a new life. Nazneen struggles to accept her new lifestyle, and keeps her head down in spite of her predicament, but she is forced to confront her dreams when the hotheaded young Karim comes knocking at her door.
About the Instructor: Sibi Aydelott holds a doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has taught in the United States, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, and Qatar. She has also worked as a Curriculum Consultant. She moved to San Antonio in 2010.
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