The Experience of Yoga
Apr
29
10:00 am10:00

The Experience of Yoga

  • University Presbyterian Church

Many people have popularized Asana (postures) as yoga. However, yoga is about stillness “of the mind.” In this retreat the aim is to experience what it would be like to live in an ashram, or monastery. We will practice physical yoga and pranayama, learn how to align in
postures, experience reading the yoga sutras and meditate to the sound of Tibetan bowls. There will be a vegetarian potluck at mid-day.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., $30/1 session

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Jewish Music: A Reflection of Cultures and Faith
May
9
May 16

Jewish Music: A Reflection of Cultures and Faith

  • University Presbyterian Church

Music is one of the most engaging, and ever-present features of Jewish worship, celebrations and life-cycle events. Uncover the rich history and variety of musical
language with Cantor Jeremy Lipton, as he explores the multi-cultural strands that comprise the Jewish musical experience.

Register: here.

Building Ties with our Arab Neighbors: An Evening of Conversation, Dinner, and Friendship
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

Building Ties with our Arab Neighbors: An Evening of Conversation, Dinner, and Friendship

  • University Presbyterian Church

Please join us in a time of fellowship and dialogue as we break bread together. In sharing a meal, we will also share stories of our faiths and traditions. We can learn so much from our Arab neighbors. This promises to be a unique time set apart to strengthen ties and friendships across faiths and communities.

Friday, May 12, 7-9 p.m., $17/1 session

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Why Bother to Change the World? Challenging the Problem of Cynicism---DATE CHANGE
Apr
19
7:00 pm19:00

Why Bother to Change the World? Challenging the Problem of Cynicism---DATE CHANGE

  • University Presbyterian Church

Participants begin with a simple and universal insight: the world is not as we wish it to be. In responding to the call to remake the world, we face the complexity of the issues at hand, the enormous weight of the past, and the recalcitrance of the social and political systems in which we do our work. But of all of these obstacles, cynicism is among the most stubborn and debilitating. The cynic asks us quite bluntly: “why bother?” In this course participants confront cynicism head-on, seeking to understand what it is, where it comes from, and what we can do about it. We will explore several varieties of cynicism, focusing on two mainstream (and often warring) types of cynicism — religious cynicism and scientistic cynicism. Each offers us the same self-fulfilling cynical prophecy: we are fools to believe and act as though this world might be made better.

Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 p.m., $15/1 session (DATE CHANGE)

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Cultural Conversations: Refugees in San Antonio
Mar
27
6:30 pm18:30

Cultural Conversations: Refugees in San Antonio

  • Institute of Texan Cultures

Have you ever wondered who refugees are — why they fled their home countries and how they're building new lives here? You're not alone. Amid a national conversation on America's refugee policy, join Councilman Ron Nirenberg and others for an open, honest discussion during the event Cultural Conversations: Refugees in San Antonio.

Come enjoy a sampling of foods from different cultures and take part in small group discussions on a number of issues related to the refugee community, including how the refugee program works and how entrepreneurship by former immigrants and refugees is changing the face of our city. Come talk with your neighbors and learn how to separate fact from fiction.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultural-conversations-refugees-in-san-antonio-tickets-32543576714.

March 27; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; FREE

Trekking Through the Wild: Bulverde Oaks Walk and Picnic
Mar
25
9:00 am09:00

Trekking Through the Wild: Bulverde Oaks Walk and Picnic

  • Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve

Join us as we walk the newly built trail at Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve, an urban land holding of Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. Just ask how amazing this experience is from the folks who attended last term! 

Saturday, March 25, 9:00 a.m.-noon, $25/1 session

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Muslims and Sikhs in Today's America
Mar
22
7:00 pm19:00

Muslims and Sikhs in Today's America

  • University Presbyterian Church

Join Sarwat Husain and Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D., in a much needed discussion of the realities and possibilities facing Muslim and Sikh communities in the United States today. This discussion will explore the current climate and examine the resilience of each community, how they are responding and continue to contribute to the common good. Learn how each might navigate, contribute to, and transform the shape of America in 2017 and beyond. The experiences of Husain and Singh, as activists, teachers, and leaders of inter-religious dialogue, will also inform the conversation.

Wednesday, Mar. 22, 7-9 p.m., $25/1 session

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***CANCELLED:Vocation and Call: Integrating Work, Life, and a Sense of Meaning
Mar
20
Mar 27

***CANCELLED:Vocation and Call: Integrating Work, Life, and a Sense of Meaning

  • University Presbyterian Church

***CLASS CANCELLED****
When is the time to act on your sense of call? In that gap year before college? As a salve to mid-career burnout? In the post-work years when horizons seem more open? In this course Burnam and Gonzalez will explore how life, call, and vocation emerge in different ways and at different times. 

Mondays, Mar. 20 and 27, 7-9 p.m., $30/2 sessions

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Religious Traditions and the Full Dignity of Women Panel Discussion
Mar
9
4:30 pm16:30

Religious Traditions and the Full Dignity of Women Panel Discussion

  • University of Incarante Word

Panelists will discuss how their respective traditions, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, both have and have not fostered the full dignity of women. A joint venture with Women’s Global Connection of the University of the Incarnate Word, in celebration of Women’s History Month, the conversation will explore the problems and possibilities for women amid the structures of religion. Discussion will be held at University of the Incarnate Word. Co-sponsored by Women’s Global Connection (WGC) of the University of the Incarnate Word.

Thursday, Mar. 9, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Free/1 session

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**CLASS IS FULL** White Shaman Rock Art Panel: A Personal Pilgrimage
Mar
6
7:00 pm19:00

**CLASS IS FULL** White Shaman Rock Art Panel: A Personal Pilgrimage

  • University Presbyterian Church

The White Shaman is an ancient rock panel which can be seen today in a cave located in the Lower Pecos region of Texas on the Pecos River. Perez will talk about the White Shaman Panel’s visual narrative of the indigenous Coahuiltecans’ world view and creation
story. Co-sponsored by Headwaters at University of the Incarnate Word.

Monday, Mar. 6, 7-9 p.m., $10/1 session

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Workshop: The Power of Dialogue with Essential Partners (EP), formerly known as The Public Conversations Project
Mar
2
8:30 am08:30

Workshop: The Power of Dialogue with Essential Partners (EP), formerly known as The Public Conversations Project

  • University Presbyterian Church

The Power of Dialogue is the “flagship workshop” of Essential Partners (EP), formerly known as The Public Conversations Project. As EP describes it, “This is a comprehensive ‘deep dive’ into our time-tested method for transforming conflicted conversations about divisive issues.” Highly experiential, the first day and a half combines a series of exercises and accompanying lectures that lay out the foundations of a dialogue practice. Relying heavily on reflective practices to glean learnings from group activities, this intimate training of up to 20 participants meets people at all levels of practice. The second day and a half is an extended role play based on an actual case from our own practice. Participants will act as a facilitation team invited to intervene in a community conflict and certain participants will enroll as community members. The workshop concludes on the third day with a simulated 2.5-hour dialogue that will give participants an experience and sense of the heart of this important work. Co-sponsored with UTSA College of Public Policy and the Nehemiah Community Reentry Project. Participants will also work on a plan to apply their learning to situations in their own communities.

DATE CHANGE. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., $575-$625/3 day Workshop

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Doing Justice without the State: Examining the Role of Faith in Restorative Justice
Mar
1
12:00 pm12:00

Doing Justice without the State: Examining the Role of Faith in Restorative Justice

  • University Presbyterian Church

This discussion makes a case for the importance of faith-based organizations’ involvement in community justice. Community resistance is fueled by myths about
offenders, a focus on public safety, and feelings of danger. A starting point for an educational process should be with faith-based organizations, which are a nexus for most communities. The discussion will present information on their involvement with faith-based initiatives, or community justice initiatives.

Wednesdays, Mar. 1, 8, and 15, 12-1:15 p.m., $25/3 sessions

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Women and Jewish Law: The Tension Between Tradition and Modernity
Feb
8
Feb 22

Women and Jewish Law: The Tension Between Tradition and Modernity

  • University Presbyterian Church

The role of women in the public arena of religion has changed dramatically since the mid-20th century. Across faith traditions women have been ordained as ministers and rabbis, assuming public roles in congregational leadership. How do these developments
reflect on the traditions of our faith? How is Jewish law (Halacha) intractable or flexible? Examine the nuances of Jewish law pertaining to women’s roles in public life and how legal principles of mitzvot (obligations) intersect with common practice, folk belief and popular culture.

Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 15, and 22, 7-9 p.m., $35/3 sessions

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Is the Old Testament a Historical Text?
Feb
6
Feb 13

Is the Old Testament a Historical Text?

Participants will look closely at particular sections of the Old Testament—from Genesis through Chronicles—in an effort to determine if they provide historical information.
In order to answer the historical question, we will consider the origins of the texts, genre, external sources, and archaeological evidence.

Mondays, Feb. 6 and 13, 7-9 p.m., $25/2 sessions

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"Out of Order": A Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
Feb
5
4:00 pm16:00

"Out of Order": A Documentary Film Screening and Discussion

  • University Presbyterian Church

Out of Order is a groundbreaking feature documentary revealing the complex and painful struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer faith leaders within the Presbyterian Church, USA. Out of Order offers a glimpse of a new kind of spiritual leader and movement for welcome which is beginning the delicate work of winning acceptance beyond the wedding chapel. To watch the film trailer and learn more visit www.outoforderdoc.com.

Sunday, Feb. 5, 4-6 p.m., Free/Donations accepted

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How Dialogue Can (Re)-Shape Understandings of Identity and Difference
Jan
26
7:00 pm19:00

How Dialogue Can (Re)-Shape Understandings of Identity and Difference

  • University Presbyterian Church

Learn how the power of communication, in particular interpersonal dialogue, can be structured to promote openness and intercultural understanding. Participants will be introduced to concepts about social identity, stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, together with the cultural ideologies that feed them. 

Thursday, Jan. 26, 7-9 p.m., $15/1 session

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Midrashim (Jewish Folktales) in Genesis
Jan
24
Jan 31

Midrashim (Jewish Folktales) in Genesis

  • University Presbyterian Church

Midrashim (Jewish folktales) are an extremely important part of the Jewish religion, being stories which expand upon the Biblical text to better explain its meaning. A midrash may be derived from ambiguous actions or alternate meanings of words or even a
different interpretation of the Biblical story, all for the purpose of further insight into the text. Learn more about midrashim from the Book of Genesis.

Tuesdays, Jan. 24 and 31, 7-9 p.m., $25/2 sessions

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Education Inequality: Seeds and Perpetuations of Injustice
Jan
19
7:00 pm19:00

Education Inequality: Seeds and Perpetuations of Injustice

  • University Presbyterian Church

Explore the dynamics and realities of education inequality in San Antonio and our broader community. The course will look into how these inequalities perpetuate injustices across generations.

Thursday, Jan. 19, $15/1 session

CANCELLED

Jewish, Muslim and Christian Rituals from Cradle to Grave
Jan
3
Jan 17

Jewish, Muslim and Christian Rituals from Cradle to Grave

  • University Presbyterian Church

Three learned religious leaders, Rabbi Samuel Stahl, Imam Beytullah Colak, and Revered San Williams, will enrich our understanding of Jewish, Muslim and Christian rituals--from Cradle to Grave.

Tuesdays, Jan. 3, 10, and 17, $40/3 sessions

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Goddess and God in the World with Judith Plaskow and Carol P. Christ
Nov
21
7:00 pm19:00

Goddess and God in the World with Judith Plaskow and Carol P. Christ

  • University Presbyterian Church

Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow will discuss and read from their new book Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology. Their theological conversation begins from the premise that the transcendent, omnipotent male God of traditional theologies must be replaced with new understandings of divinity....They propose a new method for thinking about theological questions: embodied theology, rooted in experience and tested in dialogue. Their probing of the autobiographical sources of their theologies combined with an intense questioning of each other's views offers both a new way of speaking about Goddess and God and a fruitful model of theological conversation across difference.

Monday, November 21st, 7:00-9:00pm, $15/one session or $30/"Three Faith Series"

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Nov
19
7:00 pm19:00

Islam's Jesus

  • University Presbyterian Church

Muslims, like Christians, believe in the second coming of Jesus (in Islam, known as the descent of Jesus) and Dr. Saritoprak will discuss the different theological views to the descent. Dr. Zeki Saritoprak also will address the important role that Jesus can play in interfaith dialogue.

Saturday, November 19th, 7-9 p.m., $15/ one session; $30 for the "Three Faiths Series," which includes A Sacred Dissonance: Explorations in Jewish-Christian Friendship and Goddess and God in the World with Judith Plaskow and Carol P. Christ.

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Nov
17
7:00 pm19:00

A Sacred Dissonance: Explorations in Jewish-Christian Friendship

  • University Presbyterian Church

Measuring against previous eras, Jewish-Christian friendship is experiencing a renaissance. What what is the benefit of this friendship? Can Jews and Christians be spiritual allies? The conversation will be in two parts.  Led by Professors Anthony Le Donne and Larry Behrendt.

Thursday, November 17th, 7-9 p.m., $15 /one session; $30 for the "Three Faiths Series," which includes Islam's Jesus and Goddess and God in the World with Judith Plaskow and Carol P. Christ.

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Oct
19
9:00 am09:00

The Murals of San Antonio's West Side

  • University Presbyterian Church

The murals of San Antonio’s west side are treasurers hidden in plain sight. Professional tour guide Bonnie Simons will take participants on a tour bus to discover these beautiful works of art.

Wednesday, October 19th, 9 AM - noon, $35, one session. CLASS is FULL. WAIT LIST AVAILABLE.

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Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home
Oct
16
7:00 pm19:00

Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home

  • University Presbyterian Church

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home is a 90-minute film which presents inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits.  The film features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping sound the alarm about habitat and species loss.  

Monday, October 17th, 7-9 PM, Free though a donation will be taken for the film makers/ one session.

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Bulverde Oaks: San Antonio's New, Urban Nature Preserve
Oct
15
9:00 am09:00

Bulverde Oaks: San Antonio's New, Urban Nature Preserve

  • Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve

Walk the newly-built trail at Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve--an urban land-holding of Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. View and identify a plethora of trees, vines and forbs. Visit natural resource conservation sites including the bat house, the bird watch, the butterfly station and the rescue honeybees’ repository.  Led by Gail Gallegos and Ron Tullius.

Saturday, October 15th, 9 AM - noon, $25, one session

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Oct
5
Oct 12

Vocation: A Gracious Partnership

  • University Presbyterian Church

This short course explores the energies at play in human vocation, the sense that we are called to certain work, relationships, and a way of life.  The unifying model to be presented has its roots in Christian tradition, and may be adapted for people of other faith traditions or no particular tradition. Led by Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson.

2 Wednesdays, October 5 and 12, 7-9 p.m., $45/ 2 sessions.

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Sep
25
4:00 pm16:00

New Orleans Style Jazz Concert with The Regency Jazz Band

  • University Presbyterian Church

All are welcome to attend the jazz concert which will take place in the sanctuary of University Presbyterian Church and the New Orleans inspired reception following the concert.  Help celebrate The SoL Center’s Fifteenth Anniversary and honor the contributions of Rev. Kelly Alle.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., no tickets needed, but donations are gratefully  accepted.

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Headwaters Film Series: American Environmental Activism
Sep
14
Sep 28

Headwaters Film Series: American Environmental Activism

  • University Presbyterian Church

Headwaters at Incarnate Word will be presenting three films that address the intersection between faith and environmentalism in the United States. Participants can register for individual films or all three.

3 Wednesdays, September 14, 21 and 28, 7-9 p.m., Free/ 3 sessions.

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Sep
13
Sep 27

Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land: Religious Freedom in the United States

  • University Presbyterian Church

The United States was founded on a great and noble set of ideas, but implemented by imperfect human beings. We will explore the history of religious freedom and diversity from the beginnings of our Republic through today.  Led by Rabbi David Komerofsky.

3 Tuesdays, September 13, 20 & 27, 7-9 p.m., $35/ 3 sessions.

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