Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott
May
23
to Jun 13

Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott

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Dates: Four Wednesdays, May 23 and 30, June 6 and 13

Time: 10:30-Noon

Tuition: $45/4 sessions before May 16; $50 after

Location: UPC

One theme that ties together the works we will read is resilience! The ability to bounce back and claim a full life is revealed across a diverse tapestry of narratives: whether trying to create a new understanding of survival and of community after the out-break of violence (A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry), being suddenly thrust into life in exile and exploring new, unknown geographies (Exit West by Mohsin Hamid), or never forgetting your beginnings and persevering to reconnect with a lost past (A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly). On the last gathering we shall watch the film, Lion, which is based on Brierly’s memoir.

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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Celebrate Iftar with the Raindrop Foundation of San Antonio
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Celebrate Iftar with the Raindrop Foundation of San Antonio

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Date: Wednesday, June 13

Time: 7:30-9:30

Tuition: FREE

Location: Raindrop Foundation of San Antonio (4337 Vance Jackson Rd., SATX 78230)

At this event, during the time of Ramadan, we will gather as people of diverse backgrounds, with the purpose of building bridges and cultivating mutual understanding.

As you may know, Ramadan is the holiest of the 12 months in Islam during which Muslims fast. Fasting starts at dawn and ends at sunset. During this time, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking (including water) and intimacy. The fast is broken at sunset with a dinner called "iftar" where family, friends and neighbors gather. The Raindrop community has been sharing iftar dinners with many other communities in our city for the last several years.

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Below is the tentative program:

7.30 pm Arrival, Mingle and Live Sufi Music

7.45 pm Welcome by Raindrop

8.00 pm Prayer Area Tour

8.15 pm Ramadan Presentation

8.35 pm Iftar (Fast-Breaking Dinner)

9.00 pm Closing Remarks

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When Life Throws a Curve--Plan B! An Interfaith Book Dialogue Co-Sponsored with the Raindrop Foundation of San Antonio and the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
Jun
24
to Jul 15

When Life Throws a Curve--Plan B! An Interfaith Book Dialogue Co-Sponsored with the Raindrop Foundation of San Antonio and the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest

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Dates: 4 Sundays, June 24, July 1, 8, and 15

Time: 1:30-3:00 pm

Tuition: $15/4 sessions on or before June 14; $20 after

Enrollment: 8 min./35 max.

Location: Raindrop Foundation of San Antonio (4337 Vance Jackson Rd., SATX 78230)

Across four Sundays, we will study, break bread together, and discuss Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Each week we will dive into one or two chapters, exploring Sandberg’s insights on how to rebuild life after shattering event. A different member of the group will be asked to lead that week’s discussion. Co-sponsored by our friends at the Raindrop Foundation of San Antonio and the Dialogue Institute, this group is organized by Sumeyra Tek, Fatma Arslan, and Dhawn Martin

Dr. Fatma Arslan teaches electrical engineering at UTSA and is a leader in the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest. Dr. Dhawn Martin is the Executive Director of the SoL Center. Sumeyra Tek is a PhD student in Physics at UTSA and volunteers as Outreach and Event Coordinator of the Dialog Institute of the Southwest.

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God's Promise: I Am with You-the 2018-2019 PW/Horizons Bible Study with Rev. San Williams
Jul
10
to Jul 12

God's Promise: I Am with You-the 2018-2019 PW/Horizons Bible Study with Rev. San Williams

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Dates: Three days, Tuesday, July 10-Thursday, July 12

Time: 10:00-Noon

Tuition: $35/3 sessions before June 2, $40 after (5th person free per group)

Enrollment: 12 min./50 max.

Location: UPC

A primary theme that will be explored in this study is God’s promise to be with the world, to be present. Different expressions of this promise will be examined, as well as how this promise has sustained diverse communities across time.

Reverend San Williams, an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), most recently served as Interim Pastor at University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Seminary in New York City, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has served Presbyterian churches in Houston, Corpus Christi, and most recently, Austin, as Pastor of University Presbyterian Church of Austin.

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Spirituality and Mental Health 101 with Doug Beach
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Spirituality and Mental Health 101 with Doug Beach

Date: Wednesday, May 9

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $15 on or before May 2; $20 after

Enrollment: 10 min./35 max.

Mental illness can often be managed, and individuals can live productive and purposeful lives in recovery. Learn about the hope for recovery and a holistic approach to mental illness. Learn how we all play a role in providing hope for families and individuals affected by a mental illness.

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Movie Screenings and Discussions Series with Dhawn Martin, Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl, and Nicole Foy
May
8
to May 22

Movie Screenings and Discussions Series with Dhawn Martin, Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl, and Nicole Foy

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Dates: Three Tuesdays, May 8, 15, and 22

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $15 (for panel discussions following films)

Enrollment: 12 min./40 max.

Register by: Apr. 24

Tuesday, May 8: Theologians Under Hitler. The Executive Director of the SoL Center, Dhawn Martin, Ph.D., leads the discussion of this film, which explores the complicity of certain faith leaders and theologies with the Third Reich.

Tuesday, May 15: Trembling Before G-d. A discussion of this film, which explores the experiences of Orthodox Jews who are homosexual, is led by Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-El, San Antonio.

Tuesday, May 22: God and Governing. This Texas Tribune documentary explores the role of faith in policy formation in the Texas Legislature. Leading the discussion afterwards is Nicole Foy of the Women’s Global Connection (WGC), a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

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CANCELLED--Faith and Disability with Melanie Cawthon, Kameron Chicone, Susan Galindo, and Daniel Izarraga
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

CANCELLED--Faith and Disability with Melanie Cawthon, Kameron Chicone, Susan Galindo, and Daniel Izarraga

Date:

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Apr. 30; $25 after

Enrollment: 14 min./35 max.

Join an interactive discussion facilitated by Melanie Cawthon, co-founder and Executive Director of disABILITYsa, about faith and the worship experience, and living with a disability in San Antonio. Panelists share their experience in building a community of worship for people with disabilities, personal struggles to find a place of acceptance among believers, and how places of worship can create a more inclusive environment for worshipers of all abilities.

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Diversity of Faiths: How They Influence Health with Rajam Ramamurthy
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Diversity of Faiths: How They Influence Health with Rajam Ramamurthy

Date: Monday, Apr. 30

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Apr. 23; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./30 max.

Explore how faith has influenced the health of a population for centuries, and question its relevance, examining how faith might still influence individual and community health today. Instructor’s opening statements are followed by audience participation and exploration of certain health practices of various faiths. Additional topics explored will be 1) Maternal Mortality and 2) Opioid Epidemic, and how faith might influence addressing these issues.

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CANCELLED Explorations of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Izabela Chabinska
Apr
25
to May 2

CANCELLED Explorations of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Izabela Chabinska

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Dates: CANCELLED

Time:

Tuition: $35 on or before Apr. 18; $40 after

Enrollment: 10 min./30 max.

Join Izabela to enrich and elevate your practice through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. As we delve into the Yoga Sutras, we’ll examine Samkhya philosophy as a background. We will also study the nature of the mind and consciousness, how and why we suffer, and the path to freedom from suffering as laid out in the Yoga Sutras. The class will include gentle stretching and movement followed by discussion of selected portions of the text, breathing exercises (pranayama) and a short meditation.

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POSTPONED--CHECK BACK FOR DETAILS--Causes and Implications of Rohingya Genocide with Sarwat Husain
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

POSTPONED--CHECK BACK FOR DETAILS--Causes and Implications of Rohingya Genocide with Sarwat Husain

Date: 

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Apr. 17; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./40 max.

Learn the facts about the ongoing genocide of the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar. How did this tragic situation arise? What does it mean for us all? Meet some members of the Rohingya community and hear their first hand stories.

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CANCELLED--Genocide with Ed Westermann
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

CANCELLED--Genocide with Ed Westermann

Date: Cancelled

Time: 

Tuition: $20 on or before Apr. 10; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./40 max.

We will examine the issue of genocide from its historical roots as proposed by Raphel Lemkin and codified in UN Resolution 260 to its continuing development within contemporary discourse. Westermann will discuss the changing construction of genocide and the implications associated with the conceptual, legal, and definitional changes to the concept as proposed by some legal and academic scholars.

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CANCELLED Yoga: A Deeper Experience IV with Mary Martha McNeel and Friends
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

CANCELLED Yoga: A Deeper Experience IV with Mary Martha McNeel and Friends

Date: CANCELLED

Join us for a dive into an understanding of our inner lives. Emotional hygiene is as important as physical hygiene. We will begin our exploration with a guided "Asana" (posture) practice that will lead into deep relaxation of the mind/body. This will be followed by a short exposure to the Sutras: the Mind Science Map from India. Sam Salazar will then lead an inner exploration of the Energetic Body, the Chakras, from his personal exploration. Finishing the experience, we will be serenaded by Ellen Tisdale and her Tibetan bowl collection. Bring a box lunch and a yoga mat.

 

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Ancient Wisdom: Shahrazad as Healer with Marga Speicher
Apr
11
to Apr 18

Ancient Wisdom: Shahrazad as Healer with Marga Speicher

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Date: Two Wednesdays, Apr. 11 and 18

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $35 on or before Apr. 4; $40 after

Enrollment: 12 min./25 max.

Humans are storytellers. Across cultures and ages, our tales have served to teach, transmit generational wisdom, warn and entertain. We explore The Thousand and One Nights, a story collection from Persia before 1000 CE. Shahrazad, the storyteller, shows in her being and through her stories how to see another’s pain and how to relate so that healing can occur. What Shahrazad is and transmits can be useful in education, conflict resolution and therapeutic endeavors.

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Religion, Race, and the Civil Rights Movement with Lauren Turek
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Religion, Race, and the Civil Rights Movement with Lauren Turek

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 10

Times: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Apr. 17; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./40 max.

How did ideas about race and religion intertwine during the U.S. civil rights movement? In this course, we will reach back into history to look at how religious ideas helped to create modern notions of race. We will trace how Americans incorporated these notions into the legal system of slavery. We will also consider how African Americans drew on beliefs about freedom and dignity rooted in religious traditions to resist their subjugation. We will analyze historical documents, music and film to reveal how religious principles informed non-violent resistance tactics. And we will consider the role of not only Christian churches but also Jewish and Islamic influences on the movement.

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A Literary Approach to the Hebrew Bible with Francisco Garcia-Treto
Apr
9
to Apr 23

A Literary Approach to the Hebrew Bible with Francisco Garcia-Treto

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Date: Three Mondays, Apr. 9, 16, and 23                                                                                       Time: 7-9 p.m.                                                                                                                                 Tuition: $40 on or before Apr. 2; $45 after                                                                              Enrollment: 12 min./30 max.

This course offers an introduction to reading selected narrative and poetic passages from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Attention will be on their literary forms – how does this approach open new windows to their meaning and help us to understand their message? Suggested reading for folks interested in this discussion: Tod Linafelt, The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

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Women, Art, and the Process of Finding Our Voice with Sarah Jones
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Women, Art, and the Process of Finding Our Voice with Sarah Jones

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 6

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Feb. 27; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./20 max.

Life isn’t perfect! Yet, media and pop culture lift up a particular image of how women and men are to be. Honoring Women’s History Month, this course will explore finding our own voice. We will use dream-tending, animators clay and dialogue as ways of connecting with our own and others’ stories in a more playful, empathic way.

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Film Screening: Roxanne, and Discussion--Rising Against Hate with Shahid Iqbal and Atif Ali (Co-sponsored by Muslim Cultural Heritage Society)
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening: Roxanne, and Discussion--Rising Against Hate with Shahid Iqbal and Atif Ali (Co-sponsored by Muslim Cultural Heritage Society)

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 27

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: Free, donations accepted

Enrollment: Open

Register By: Feb. 20

A young International student, Roxanne, comes to America to study political science. Ridding herself of her feudal family background, she changes her name from Rokhsana to Roxanne, and begins to assimilate in the modern passionate voices of reasoning. She has convictions, loves everyone, and stands for their rights. Justin is no exception when she falls in love, except he’s the only son of a conservative senator from Texas. Life takes a decisive turn when one night, her hijab-wearing Muslim roommate is assaulted on campus. Following the screening, there will be a question and answer time.

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The First Texas Artists: Art and Archaeology in the Lower Pecos Canyons with Jim Sievers
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

The First Texas Artists: Art and Archaeology in the Lower Pecos Canyons with Jim Sievers

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Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $20 on or before Feb. 14; $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

This discussion will introduce the ancient people who lived, loved and died while creating a culture and rock art in the geographic area of southwest Texas known as the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. We will take a close look at the pictographs, the earliest ones in North America, and specifically the White Shaman panel that tells the religious and mythological beliefs of the people who painted it.

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Ethical Wills: Leaving a Spiritual Legacy with Marcia Weser
Feb
12
to Feb 19

Ethical Wills: Leaving a Spiritual Legacy with Marcia Weser

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Date: Two Mondays, Feb. 12 and 19

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $30 on or before Feb. 5; $35 after

Enrollment: 12 min./25 max.

Your will can leave your loved ones with much more than instructions for the dispersal of property and money. This course will provide a guide for writing about your values, faith, and hopes for your children and grandchildren with a structure to explore and explain your personal beliefs and hopes for future generations. Drawing on a long history in Jewish tradition, the instructor will give examples from the Hebrew Bible, traditional “ethical wills” from the 18th century, and modern examples. Participants will write, and if they wish, share their own “ethical wills” as part of the course.

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Funeral IQ: Things to Know Before You Go with Jean Nation of Funeral Consumers Alliance
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Funeral IQ: Things to Know Before You Go with Jean Nation of Funeral Consumers Alliance

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: Free

Enrollment: Open

Register By: Jan. 30

Many people of all walks of life have given their opinion of what makes a “good death”. Those that seem to have the most peace, emotionally and spiritually, are those who actually planned for the event, with actual written directives. Those who have taken the time and made the effort to think about their deaths are more apt to retain some control and say-so in their final months or days of life. We will be discussing your funeral IQ, having a good death, common funeral myths, advanced care planning, making a bucket list and the specifics about the Funeral Consumers Alliance and benefits of membership.

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RESCHEDULED DATES for Storytelling and Community
Jan
23
to Jan 30

RESCHEDULED DATES for Storytelling and Community

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Dates: Two Tuesdays, Jan. 23 and 30

(23rd at SoL, 300 Bushnell Ave and

30th at Raindrop, 4337 Vance Jackson Rd #203)

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $25 on or before Jan. 9; $30 after

Enrollment: 12 min./20 max.

We all crave a good story. In the greatest stories, the storyteller heals and connects the listeners to the ground of being and to each other. The first evening is a review of writing techniques, a suggested memoir arc and other writing approaches, along with several writing exercises. The second evening expands writing from the individual effort to the collective enterprise, with a consideration of writing as an essential healing and connective tissue in the community. The organizing of such a “community book” will be reviewed, and a bibliography provided for writing exercises throughout both classes.

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Mindful Conversations about the End of Life with Martha Jo Atkins
Jan
22
to Feb 5

Mindful Conversations about the End of Life with Martha Jo Atkins

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Dates: Three Mondays, Jan. 22, 29, and Feb. 5                                                                             Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $75 for all three classes or $25 per class
Enrollment: 10 min./ 25 max.                                                                                                      Register By: Jan. 15

Ninety percent of Americans say it’s important to discuss their own wishes for end-of-life care, but only 30 percent actually do (The Conversation Project, 2013). In this three-week course, we’ll engage in thoughtful conversations about death, dying, and end-of-life care options. You’ll be given tools to think and talk about what matters to you as you consider spiritual, emotional, and physical questions of mortality. Classes may be taken individually or in the series. If you complete the six-hour course, you will be certified to offer this course in your community by Abode Contemplative Care for the Dying.

Week 1: What Does Dying Well Mean to You? You’ve had a myriad of life experiences informing how you think about death and dying. Using guided meditation and mindfulness practices, we’ll consider your beliefs about dying, what happens when we die, and the best end-of-life outcome you can imagine for yourself.

Week 2: Questions and Answers. Through a series of specific and thoughtful prompts, you’ll be invited to consider questions to help you discern what you need and want at end-of-life. Music? Foot massage? Lots of people around or a few? Feeding tube? Answers to these questions and many more will paint a picture of your needs and wants. We’ll also consider forms required in Texas to help ensure your desires are met.

Week 3: Regrets, Forgiveness, and Memories. Talking with friends and family about our end-of-life needs and wants can be a vulnerable as well as meaningful and deepening experience. In this class, you’ll be led through a series of exercises around releasing regrets, opening space for forgiveness (or allowing the space to remain closed), and memory tagging. Examples of ways to share your end-of-life desires with your family will be shared.

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Yoga: A Deeper Experience III with Mary Martha McNeel and Friends
Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Yoga: A Deeper Experience III with Mary Martha McNeel and Friends

Date: Saturday, Jan. 13

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tuition: $35 on or before Jan. 6; $40 after

Enrollment: 16 min./25 max. 

Enjoy a mini yoga meditation retreat. Izabela Chabinska will lead us in Yoga Nidra known as IRest Yoga, a guided meditation, followed by an introduction to the Sutras, the Mind Science Map from India. This will be an interactive session including chanting selections from the Sutras. Sam Salazar will share insights into the process of connecting with the Chakras. We will conclude with Ellen Tisdale playing her Tibetan bowls, an enchanting meditation experience. Bring a box lunch and a yoga mat for this journey.

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Building Bridges: Naming and Negotiating Differences
Jan
8
4:00 PM16:00

Building Bridges: Naming and Negotiating Differences

Date: Monday, Jan. 8

Time: 4-9 p.m.

Tuition: Free

Enrollment: Open

Register By: Jan. 4

The SoL Center of San Antonio is privileged to partner with DreamWeek. As described by its organizers, DreamWeek seeks “to lay the foundations of tolerance, equality, and diversity to create a platform where persons across cultures and communities can discuss and exchange ideas, and foster enlightenment for the greater human experience”  (DWSA2018 Brand Guide, pg. 3). DreamWeek coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr., remembrance day. In the spirit of creative dialogue, SoL presents two panel discussions about bridge building across differences, community development, and the common good. Panelists’ conversations will be followed by a Q&A time. Please also plan to attend the reception between the two panels.

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Expressions of Non-Orthodox Judaism with Rabbi Samuel Stahl and Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Expressions of Non-Orthodox Judaism with Rabbi Samuel Stahl and Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 5 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 12 min./45 max.

Explore how and why Judaism became multi-denominational. Until the late 1700s, there were no Jewish religious denominations. All Judaism was Orthodox. However, when Jews were emancipated from the ghetto, especially in Germany, Reform Judaism was born. It evolved in two phases: first, synagogue ritual was altered to make it more compatible with Western culture. Then, Reform leaders began to justify these changes by emphasizing Divine inspiration rather than Divine revelation. Though Reform originated in Germany, it reached its full flowering in the United States, when German Jews immigrated here in the mid-1800s and established Reform Temples throughout the country. While Reform Judaism continued to make headway in Germany into the late 1800s, a group of rabbis decided that Reform Judaism had gone too far (particularly at the infamous Treif Banquet, when non-Kosher seafood was featured at the dinner celebrating the first Reform Movement’s Hebrew Union College Rabbinical Ordination, in 1883). Thus was Conservative Judaism, originally called Positive Historical Judaism, created. It has the motto of “Tradition and Change.” The movement grew quickly and moved to America soon after its creation. Both Reform and Conservative Judaism thrived in America. Rabbi Stahl will open the course with a presentation on Reform Judaism, and Rabbi Abraham will follow with an exploration of Conservative Judaism. Then both will participate in a panel inviting class
participation.

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Biblical Female Characters as Masks with Bonnie Lyons
Nov
6
to Nov 13

Biblical Female Characters as Masks with Bonnie Lyons

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Date: Two Mondays, Nov. 6 and 13
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $40 (Payment includes a copy of the book, In Other Words.)
Enrollment: 12 min./15 max.
 

Are there masks that might liberate in the Hebrew Scriptures? The first session of the course will use Lyons’ book of poems, In Other Words, which contains forty monologues each spoken by a different woman in the Hebrew Scriptures. On the second evening students will bring in a poem they wrote using a biblical mask ( Mary, Mary Magdalene, Elizabeth, etc.) and we will discuss the poems in class. The course will combine lecture and discussion. Participants will sit in a circle and work together as poets. (Participants will need to pick up the course book before the first class.)

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A Morning at the Missions with Bonnie Simons
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

A Morning at the Missions with Bonnie Simons

Date: Thursday, Nov. 2 (one session only)
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Tuition: $40
Enrollment: 14 min./50 max.
Register By: Oct. 26
Enter into the world of San Antonio’s historic and religious landscape. We will board a chartered bus and visit three of our Spanish Colonial Missions. Participants will learn Spain’s motives for the missions and the Native Americans’ challenges as they adjusted to becoming Spanish citizens. As we visit Mission San José, Mission Concepción, and Mission Espada, we will discuss the unique characteristics of each.
Bonnie Simons found a second career as a tour guide following a 30-year career in nursing. It is a natural fit, as she has an innate love for people and San Antonio history. A member of the Professional Tour Guide Association of San Antonio, Bonnie is its chair of education for 2017.

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Creating a Culture of Kindness with Shastri Betsy Pond
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Creating a Culture of Kindness with Shastri Betsy Pond

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 25 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 12 min./20 max.

How might we heal deep divides and the crushing speed of life? Considering kindness as an antidote can sound naïve, yet making kind and gentle inquiries about another can
create a connection, give insights into life, and touch hearts. Genuine kindness is so powerful it can make the world a better place. This class will include teachings on inherent human wisdom and dignity, using meditation/mindfulness as the method of uncovering the same.

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Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott
Oct
24
10:30 AM10:30

Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott

Dates: Four Tuesdays, Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, and 14
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Tuition: $50/4 sessions
Enrollment: 8 min./12 max.

Join us for good reads and stimulating conversation. We will read and discuss the following works. The Waiting Room, by Lisa Loomer, is both comedy and tragedy.
The play focuses on societal expectations of beauty and their psychological, medical, and political impact on three women from different eras: Forgiveness from Heaven, an 18th century Chinese woman, suffers from the losses and pains caused by foot-binding; Victoria, a corseted woman from the 19th century, battles the diagnosis of “hysteria;”
and Wanda from New Jersey wrestles with the realities of silicone breast implants. The Bridegroom by Ha Jin is a book of 12 stories, with titles such as “Sabatuer,” “Flame,”
and “An Official Reply.” Each story is based in a China experiencing change, transformation, and the birth pangs such change induces. And The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel, tells of collaboration, genius and encounters between two people from very different cultures at the turn of the 20th century, Cambridge University mathematician H.G. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar, of the South Indian Brahmins, whose genius was undeniable. The last session will be devoted to the movie, The Man who Knew Infinity, based on the book.

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COURSE CLOSED.Reformation Dialogue: Scripture and Tradition in the Faith and Practice of Latina Baptists and Catholics with Drs. Renata Furst and Nora O. Lozano
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

COURSE CLOSED.Reformation Dialogue: Scripture and Tradition in the Faith and Practice of Latina Baptists and Catholics with Drs. Renata Furst and Nora O. Lozano

Date: COURSE CLOSED
Time
Tuition
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Scripture and tradition historically have played a major role in Christianity. Dr. Furst (Catholic tradition) and Dr. Lozano (Baptist tradition) will introduce particular ways
in which Latinos/as, as Baptists and Catholics, have related to these two theological sources. This introduction will cover commonalities and divergences, as different
traditions have used these theological sources in specific ways. In addition, cultural issues have affected the understanding of the Bible and tradition.

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Rhythms That Mobilize: Music of the Protestant Reformation with Dr. John Silantien
Oct
15
3:00 PM15:00

Rhythms That Mobilize: Music of the Protestant Reformation with Dr. John Silantien

Date: Sunday, Oct. 15 (one session only)
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Tuition: $25
Enrollment: 12 min./150 max.
Register By: Oct. 9
Come to experience the rhythm and rhymes of the hymns and psalms that inspired the Protestant Reformation. In the early 16th century, sacred music in the Catholic Church was sung in Latin by the clergy. Protestant reformers aimed to bring the music to the people via congregational singing. Luther loved music and introduced the use of chorales for congregational involvement in the service. Calvin believed that the poetry of the Book of Psalms was the only proper music for church use. The music of the Genevan Psalter helped spread the news of the Reformation more quickly than the written or spoken word could. This workshop will involve the University Presbyterian Church Choir.

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What's Left to Reform? with Rev. Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

What's Left to Reform? with Rev. Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 10 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 12 min./45 max.


Rev. Dr. Wardlaw explores the question, “What is left to ‘reform’?” by shifting the concept of ‘reformation’ from noun to verb. Join us as we consider the relevance of this shift in today’s world.

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The Quaker Reformation with Val Liveoak
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Quaker Reformation with Val Liveoak

Date: Monday, Oct. 9 (one session only)
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 10 min./25 max.

Focus for this class will be on the beginnings of Quakerism and on the wide spectrum of Quaker expression in the 21st century. Discover how the Religious Society of Friends, formed during the English Civil War (1642-1651), offered a peaceful but strong challenge to both the state church and the violent Puritan forces. During this time, George Fox and others followed the “Christ within” to take pacifist stands and to testify to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, forming a non-hierarchal religious society that challenged not only war, but also inequality, religious persecution, social injustice, sexism, and the roots of poverty. In the ensuing centuries, a relatively small number of Quakers have influenced social movements, such as the abolition of slavery, prison reform, women’s civil and human rights, universal suffrage, relief for victims of war, conscientious objection to war, and living the testimonies of Integrity, Peace, Simplicity, Equality, Community, and Sustainability. The Society went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize after WWII.

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