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SoL Courses Fall 2014


Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
with Rachel Brownlee

Dates: Three Saturdays, Sept. 6, 13, and 20, Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuition: $35, Lab Fee: $35, Register by Sept. 2.
Enrollment: 10 min./12 max.

Description: Have fun cooking (and eating) delicious plant-based family meals. Whether it’s for an occasional “Meatless Monday” or the full-time vegetarian, these hands-on sessions will help participants make flavorful meals with balanced nutrients. Rachel will also give background information on vegetarian diets and health benefits of plant-based eating. (Please make instructor aware of any food allergies. Some recipes used will contain dairy, nuts and wheat barring special requests).
About the Instructor: Rachel Brownlee is not totally vegetarian, but has a love for both vegetables and nutrition. She trained in traditional culinary techniques at St. Philip’s College, and is now taking coursework in advanced principles of nutrition and food science at Texas State University, where she is pursuing a Master of Science in Human Nutrition. Rachel is also an accomplished artist and a mother. 

Couple Talk:
Renew the Depth and Delight of Communication
with Marian Higgins

Dates: Six Mondays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6 and 13, Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Tuition: $65 per person, scholarships available
Register by Sept. 3.Enrollment: 5 couple min./10 couple max.
Notes: Child care with a certified teacher available. 
Parents to bring snacks. To reserve child care, call 210-732-9927 by Sept. 3. 

Description: This popular class is designed for committed couples who want to learn a new way to talk and a new way to listen to their partners. It is for couples who wish to explore their relationships for deeper understanding and to develop a curiosity and desire to truly listen to their partners. Join us as we venture forth with small and large group discussions plus group demonstrations. Recommended book: Getting the Love You Want, by Harville Hendrix and Helen Lakelly Hunt.
About the Instructor: Dr. Marian Higgins, a clinical psychologist, received her Ph.D. from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. Higgins recently retired after 25 years in private practice, contract work with Laurel Ridge Psychiatric Hospital, Child Protective Services, and Boystown, as well as serving as Counseling Coordinator at the Community Clinic. 

         NOTE: REGISTER by contacting Diane Duesterhoeft below
Co-Sponsored with San Antonio Interfaith Power and Light
Creation & Spirituality:
Awakening Passion for the Environment in People of All Faith Traditions
with Dr. William Greenway

Schedule: Tuesday, Sept. 9; 7 - 8:30 p.m. 
Location: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (4201 De Zavala Rd, 78249)
To Register: Contact Diane Duesterhoeft, dduesterhoeft@gmail.com or 210-254-0245

Description: San Antonio Interfaith Power and Light features a program on ethical relationships with all creatures and creation. Grounded primarily in Christian and Jewish precepts, Greenway speaks from an open Christian perspective that focuses upon vital aspects of spirituality shared by all the major great faith traditions.  
About the Instructor: Greenway is Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Metaphor in Life, Story and Dream
with Marga Speicher

Dates: Four Mondays, Sept. 15, 22, 29, and Oct. 6, Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuition: $45, Register by Sept. 8.
Enrollment: 12 min./18 max.

Description: Metaphors are images that can deepen understanding and enrich our lives or they can narrow and limit understanding, thereby hurting us. Our focus will be on (a) metaphor’s subtle powers to open doors to deeper experiences or to narrow and limit one’s views; (b) seeking access to the enrichment of the inner life that metaphor can bring. We will discuss, reflect, journal, and share insights. Participants are invited to bring a sack lunch. 
About the Instructor: Marga Speicher, Ph.D., LCSW, has a private practice in psychotherapy and Jungian psychoanalysis. She is Senior Faculty of the Training 
Program of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, UTHSCSA. A lover of literature and folklore, she leads workshops on symbolic understanding of images and themes in dreams, stories, and experiences of everyday life, seeing such images as opening doors to the core of our humanity, individually and culturally, and to the archetypal dimensions in human life. 

Teaming with Wildlife
with Richard Heilbrun

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 16, Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Tuition: $15, Register by Sept. 9., Enrollment: 18 min./200 max.

Description: Learn why Texas wildlife is imperiled and what we can do to make a difference. By the early 20th century, America’s once numerous birds, mammals, and fish were largely depleted. In the 1930s, the situation started to improve with an infusion of funding for game and fish species. Wildlife areas were created, habitat actively managed, and wildlife populations were augmented or restored with transplanted animals. But many other species continue to decline. Now biologists and conservation organizations have identified more than 1,300 species of concern in Texas, where wildlife and their habitats are impacted by urban expansion, energy production, water requirements, a disconnected citizenry, and exotic diseases. 
About the Instructor: Richard Heilbrun is the Conservation Outreach Program Leader for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. A wildlife biologist, he has worked on projects to conserve wildlife, manage wildlife habitat, and help people connect with natural resources on a deeply personal level. Richard holds degrees from Texas A&M University in wildlife ecology and has worked for Texas Parks & Wildlife for 12 years. He supervises programs designed to connect Texans with the outdoors, improve wildlife habitat, and manage our most sensitive wildlife populations. 


Scriptural Reasoning:
Reading the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam 
with Narjis Pierre 

Dates: Four Wednesdays, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, and 8, Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tuition: $45 (includes kosher/halal lunch)
Register by Sept. 10. Enrollment: 6 min./12 max.

Description: Scriptural Reasoning is a class designed for non-experts who enjoy reading their own sacred texts and have an interest in the sacred texts of others. It offers an opportunity for a small group to read texts of the Abrahamic traditions--Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each meeting will focus on one of four topics: Trees and Fruit, Going the Extra Mile, Education and Knowledge, and Using God’s Gifts. The process was developed at the University of Cambridge, England, as a way to deepen understanding across religious traditions, foster friendship and help participants learn more about their own and others’ religious texts and practices. Each table of six is composed of two Jews, Christians, and Muslims. For more information on scriptural reasoning, go to www.scripturalreasoning.org. 
About the Instructor: In 1997, Narjis Pierre co-founded the San Antonio Muslim Women’s Association, and she has been a participant in the Tri-Faith Dialogue of San Antonio since 1999. From 9/11 on, she has been a speaker on the Koran and Islamic topics and a teacher. She serves on the board of peaceCENTER of San Antonio. Narjis grew up and received her professional training in Switzerland. In 1984 she attended The American Institute of Qur’anic Studies, an experience that inspired her to convert to the Islamic faith. Narjis has been a private end-of-life caregiver for the last 14 years. 


Answering Your Questions
about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
with Thomas Hardaway

Dates: Two Wednesdays, Sept. 17 and 24, Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Tuition: $35, Register by Sept. 10., Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

Description: Using video clips and excerpts from the Old and New Testaments, along with The Book of Mormon, Dr. Hardaway will provide a brief history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will discuss the essential beliefs of the gospel of Jesus Christ in LDS membership and practice. In addition, he will review the LDS Church view of eternal life and the role of temples and associated temple ordinances.
About the Instructor: Thomas Hardaway, M.D., pediatrician and child psychologist, is a former Bishop in the LDS Church, and is presently a director in the San Antonio LDS Church’s music program. He serves as director of the Texas Children’s Choir of San Antonio.


Celebrating Your Child
with Cindi Caitlin

Dates: Three Mondays, Sept. 22, 29, and Oct. 6
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m., Tuition: $45
Register by Sept. 15.Enrollment: 12 min./25 max.

 Description: How can we best nurture our relationships with our children and grandchildren? Given the challenges that face today’s families, we will explore the parenting journey and gain a new understanding of our children’s lives. We will learn to appreciate individual development, multiple intelligences, and the spirituality of children.
About the Instructor: Cindi Caitlin has over 35 years of experience in teaching young children. She has been the program director at University Presbyterian Children's Center since 1989. She is an adjunct faculty member at San Antonio College, and holds degrees in Early Childhood Education and psychology. Cindi provides training at local, state and national conferences and is the author of two books on toddler curriculum. 


The Forbidden Books of the Prophet Enoch:
Their Influence on the Earliest Christians 
with Todd Hanneken

Dates: Two Tuesdays, Sept. 23 and 30, Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Tuition: $35, Register by Sept. 16.
Enrollment: 10 min./16 max.

Description: The books attributed to Enoch gave prophecy of hope and consolation to early Christians. So why were they soon banished from Christianity? They would have been lost forever in their original language had the Dead Sea Scrolls not been discovered in the Judean desert. Established Christianity suppressed the dangerous message of judgement and a new world order. This course will introduce Enoch, his books, and the apocalyptic literary genre that thrived among arginalized groups before they were successfully suppressed by mainstream Judaism and Christianity. We will engage in a close reading of “Enoch’s  Apocalypse of Weeks” and the “Animal Apocalypse”.
About the Instructor: Dr. Todd Hanneken is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism, Department of Theology, St. Mary's University. He teaches the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament and the history of interpretation, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls and other marginal books of early Jewish literature. He is the author of “The Subversion of the Apocalypses in the Book of Jubilees” and Director of the Jubilees Palimpsest Project, which develops technologies for recovering text from ancient manuscripts that are unreadable by the human eye.


A Dubious Distinction:
The U.S.A. Is the World’s Largest Jailer
with Jorge Montiel

Dates: Three Thursdays, Oct. 2, 9, and 16, Time: 7 - 9 p.m.,
Tuition: $45, Register by Sept. 25. Enrollment: 12 min./30 max.

Description: Learn the history of the incarceration of America and its consequences. With only 5% of the world’s population, the U.S.A. incarcerates 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. And people of color are most affected – for example 29 percent of the Black male population between 21 and 29 are in prison, on parole, or on probation on any given day. Also of concern is that private prisons continue to grow in size and profit, benefiting from a set of policies that result in a very profitable “commodity:” young prisoners. 
About the Instructors: Jorge Montiel has been an organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation for 10 years. After organizing in Arizona, Montiel joined COPS/Metro in 2008. This year he helped launch the San Antonio Sponsoring Committee, a new institutional organizing effort. Montiel also collaborates with the San Antonio Criminal Justice Action Coalition. Jorge will be joined by Dr. Kevin Downey, Director of Crosspoint, as co-facilitator. He is a valuable member of the San Antonio Criminal Justice Action Coalition.


Sikh Tradition, Belief and Practice
with Hardeep Singh and Jasdeep Singh 

Dates: Two Tuesdays, Nov. 11 and 18, Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Tuition: $35, Register by Nov. 4., Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

Description: Gain a new understanding of Sikhism, a monotheistic religion founded during the 15th century in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. Today it is the fifth-largest organized religion in the world, with approximately 30 million people. Adherents of Sikhism, known as Sikhs (students or disciples), are respected for their generous community service.
About the instructors: Hardeep Singh, with a degree in computer science, is the owner of a UPS store in San Antonio. His wife is a physician, and they have two children ages 5 and 7. He serves as the representative for Sikh Dharamsal for interfaith events in San Antonio. The Sikh Dharamsal is a place to learn spiritual wisdom and serve the community. Jasdeep Singh, who also has a degree in computer science, works in health care IT and builds mobile applications for physicians to remotely monitor their patients anywhere in the world. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and 7-year-old son. He is an occasional interfaith representative for Sikh Dharamsal and the Sikh Research Institute.


Gardening Techniques for Low Maintenance Landscapes
with Paul W. Cox 

Dates: Three Fridays, Oct. 3, 10, and 17, Time: 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Tuition: $45, Register by Sept. 26., Enrollment: 12 min./16 max.

Description: Explore the varieties of trees and shrubs best suited for our region while learning about planting tips, maintenance of new and established plants, and pruning tips. The first session meets at SoL Center followed by two field trips to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Wear walking shoes and bring a hat, water, sunscreen and snacks. Participants pay the entrance fee to the Botanical Garden. 
About the Instructor: Paul W. Cox has served San Antonio as a botanist for over 30 years. An alumnus of Stephen F. Austin State University, Paul is an international speaker on horticulture, native plants, endangered plant species, prehistoric flora and tropical plants and has named and released many new plants. He serves as continuing and master naturalist instructor on botany, tree identification and horticulture. He is senior co-author with Patty Leslie Pasztor of “Texas Trees-A Friendly Guide”, winner of two awards for significant contributions to horticulture


The First Six Years of the Nazi Regime:
Paving the Road to the Holocaust 
with Maxine Cohen 

Schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 7; 7 - 9 p.m. at the SoL Center and Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center’s Holocaust Museum (12500 NW Military Hwy, 78231)
Tuition: $20, Register by Sept. 30.Enrollment: 20 min./35 max.

Description: Explore the period from 1933-1939 in which one of the most advanced nations in the world became one of the most violent in modern history. Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany in January 1933. How did the regime’s policies and racial ideology during the next six years lead to World War II and the planned extermination of millions of innocent people? We will look at the dismemberment of democracy and the power of propaganda in gaining the support of the German people. During the museum tour we will examine the consequences of Nazism’s radical ideology, and ask ourselves: does this history have meaning in the 21st century?
About the Instructor: Maxine Cohen served as Director of the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio 2000-2010. Prior to that, she directed the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation. She co-authored a short course on the Holocaust for public schools and taught the subject in schools throughout Bexar County, as well as at military bases and for church and civic groups. Maxine, who is currently retired, is a native Ohioan who moved to San Antonio with her husband and four children in 1968.


Global Warming: It's Hotter Than You Think
with David T. Young 

Date: Sunday, Oct. 19, Time: 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Tuition: $15, Register by Oct. 12., Enrollment: 12 min./200 max.

Description: A majority of climate scientists and scientific societies around the world have shown that global warming is real, and that it poses a serious threat to the habitability of the Earth. Yet many thoughtful citizens are unsure about whether the problem is real, and if so, how threatening it is. The class will begin with a brief and scientifically accurate overview of the most up-to-date reports on climate change. Evidence of the role of human beings in global warming will also be explored. This will provide a sound background for meaningful discussion, particularly on the public policy issues that form the basis of the global warming debate. 
About the Instructor: Dr. David T. Young is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, one of the first scientific societies to call for action on global warming. He has authored or co-authored over 200 professional papers on planetary science. Young retired in 2012 after 22 years at Southwest Research Institute where he served both as an Institute Scientist and as a Director for Research and Development. Dr. Young has led a half dozen experimental projects on NASA missions including the Cassini mission to Saturn. Dr. Young holds a Ph.D. in Space Science from Rice University and a post-doctoral degree in Astrophysics from the University of Bern, Switzerland. 


Buddhist Meditation and Dialogue
with Linda Mockeridge

Dates: Five Mondays, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10 and 17
Time: 7 - 9 p.m., Tuition: $45, Register by Oct. 13.
Enrollment: 12 min./30 max.

Description: Explore perceptions of our basic nature as human beings in a mix of meditation, talks, experiences, dialogues and discussion. The course is a study of the subject of selflessness, and the way the ego develops. It will provide insight into how we perceive the self. To gain a full understanding, it is to best to commit to attend the entire series. Meditation instruction is given the first night of class, a good start for anyone new to meditation and a good review for those who are experienced.
About the instructor: In 1995, Linda Mockeridge began a mediation practice and the study of the ancient teaching of Shambhala, which focuses on basic goodness and enlightened society. She became a Buddhist in 1997. She has taught Shambhala Buddhism in many cities, offering meditation programs to professional conferences, treatment centers and schools. She is the Shastri for the Texas Region (literally in Sanskrit, “teacher learned in the texts and commentaries”) and also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 


Moses: Messenger of God to Jews, Christians and Muslims 
with Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl, Rev. Dr. Francisco Garcia-Treto, & Sarwat Husain 

Dates: Three Tuesdays, Oct. 21, 28, and Nov. 4, Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Tuition: $45, Register by Oct. 14. Enrollment: 12 min./200 max.

Description: Distinguished Jewish, Christian, and Muslim presenters will offer their understanding of Moses, a larger-than-life personality in the sacred texts of all three monotheistic faiths. He is the preeminent prophet, emancipator, and lawgiver of the Hebrew Bible. He also figures prominently in the New Testament and the Koran. 
About the instructors: Samuel M. Stahl is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-el of San Antonio and the author of two books, “Making the Timeless Timely” and “Boundaries, Not Barriers”. Dr. Francisco García-Treto, born in Cuba, is a retired professor of religion at Trinity University and an ordained Presbyterian minister. His field of study and teaching has been the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Sarwat Husain, a member of the SoL Center’s Board, is an award-winning advocate for human rights and education for cross-cultural understanding. She is publisher of “Al-Ittihaad Monthly”, an American Muslim newspaper, and Founder and President of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)-San Antonio. Sarwat is the recipient of many leadership awards including Peacemaker of the Year 2013, Pax Christi USA.


Native and Special Trees of South Central Texas II
with Paul W. Cox

Dates: Three Fridays, Nov. 7, 14, and 21, Time: 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Tuition: $45, Register by Oct 31., Enrollment: 12 min./16 max.

Description: Get acquainted with the trees, shrubs and woody vines in our region, and learn to recognize the traits that make them unique. Learn how to identify various 
species of woody plants with the emphasis on native and adapted species. Tree tales—both tall and true—are part of the experience. This series builds on the presentation of this topic last spring. The first session meets at SoL Center followed by two field trips to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. Wear walking shoes and bring a hat, water, sunscreen and snacks. Participants pay the entrance fee to the Botanical Garden.
About the Instructor: Paul W. Cox has served San Antonio as a botanist for over 30 years. An alumnus of Stephen F. Austin State University, Paul is an international speaker on horticulture, native plants, endangered plant species, prehistoric flora and tropical plants and has named and released many new plants. He serves as continuing and master naturalist instructor on botany, tree identification and horticulture. He is senior co-author with Patty Leslie Pasztor of “Texas Trees-A Friendly Guide”, winner of two awards for significant contributions to horticulture


Reel Power: Fueling the Energy Revolution
with Alyssa Burgin

Dates: Two Sundays, Nov. 9 and 16, Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Tuition: $25, Register by Nov 3., Enrollment: 12 min./100 max.

Description: Join us for three dynamic films and conversation about our global warming challenges with an expert facilitator. Sun Come Up is an Academy Award nominated film that shows the human face of climate change. The film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific who are now some of the world’s first environmental refugees. Dirty Business: “Clean Coal” and the Battle for Our Energy Future is a feature documentary that investigates the true cost of our dependence on coal for electricity in the age of climate change. Deep Down follows the story of friends and neighbors in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky who find 
themselves on opposite sides of the nation's energy debate when a coal mining company attempts to create a new mine. 
About the Instructor: Alyssa Burgin is the co-founder of the Texas Drought Project, an effort that has organized workshops and conferences around the state on the topics of drought and climate change. She graduated with master’s degrees in playwriting and journalism from the University of Texas and did additional graduate work at the Annenberg School of  Communications.



­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­About SoL Center

 The SoL Center welcomes persons of all religious backgrounds. SoL Center events and classes offer a broad range of topics including interfaith exploration, study of sacred texts, dimensions of faith and the arts, ecology and science, and social and restorative justice.

 The SoL Center strives to develop relevant and significant classes, to strengthen partnerships with other religious and educational groups, and to identify new ways in which to explore the role of spirituality and faith in our time.


The center offers you a warm welcome. Volunteer Ambassadors provide nametags, refreshments, and assistance to participants and instructors. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the Ambassador program, contact me at 210-732-9927 or solcenter@upcsa.org.


Your contributions in any amount to the SoL Center, along with your continued participation in SoL Center events, enable us to continue our mission. If you wish to support the work of the SoL Center through a tax-deductible donation, please use the form on the back cover.

There are many other ways you can support the work of the SoL Center. Volunteers are needed to assist with hospitality, special programs, and publicity. Please contact the SoL Center to indicate any special interests or talents you’d like to share.


SoL Center classes are partially supported by an endowment established by SoL founding members, patrons and class participants. The income from this endowment and gifts received annually provide resources that enable the SoL Center to offer classes for reasonable tuition as well as provide a number of scholarships. If you would like to know more about helping to sustain the SoL Center through an endowment gift, please call or email David Gaskins, Treasurer of the SoL Center Board at: davegaskins@gmail.com

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