CANCELED--P.E.A.C.E. Is Our Birthright
Sep
23
9:00am 9:00am

CANCELED--P.E.A.C.E. Is Our Birthright

Date: Saturday, Sept. 23 (one session only)
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Bring a brown bag lunch.)
Tuition: $60
Enrollment: 12 min./30 max.

Make prayer, not war! Peace gives birth to and nurtures our common-unity, our community. During this one-day experiential learning, participants will explore
peacemaking and organizing through the five simple words: Pray, Educate, Act, Connect, Enthuse (P.E.A.C.E). We will learn to integrate what is already within us and will gain fluency in how we can bring more peace into our families, communities, and world.

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500 Years in the Making: Reflections on the Protestant Reformation
Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

500 Years in the Making: Reflections on the Protestant Reformation

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 26 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 12 min./50 max.

Drawing on examples from Martin Luther, we will examine how faith reforms and evolves as social, political, and spiritual contexts change. For example, 500 years ago Martin Luther proclaimed that the emphasis of Christians should be on ‘God Who Delivers’ (Gospel) more than on ‘God Who Demands’ (Law), because more emphasis on the Gospel and on the Grace of God was needed at that time. But in our current situation, what is the present time telling us? Join us as we look at other examples and possibilities for emerging understandings of Christian traditions.

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Dare to Listen Workshop with Texas Public Radio
Sep
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dare to Listen Workshop with Texas Public Radio

Date: September 27, 2017

Time: 7 - 9 pm

Tuition: FREE

Enrollment: 14 min./ 28 max.

Register By: September 25 

Some believe that people have lost their willingness and their ability to listen to one another. Is that happening in your family, work place, congregation or community? The Sol Center, in partnership with Texas Public Radio’s Dare to Listen, is offering a Listening Workshop on Wednesday, September 27, 2018. Conversations facilitated by Dr. Bill Mitchell and Dr. Dhawn Martin. 

This free workshop is designed to help participants look at their own listening habits and learn strategies to become better listeners. This 60-75 minute session will help people put listening back into their conversations by identify listening barriers and sharing ideas on overcoming those barriers.

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Five Catholic Reform Movements Leading to Vatican II
Oct
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Five Catholic Reform Movements Leading to Vatican II

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 3 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 12 min./50 max.

The work of Vatican II began long before the council was called. Reform movements addressing liturgy, catechesis (education in the Christian faith), ecumenism, patristics (early Church leaders and priests), and scripture started the “return to the sources” that led to reform at the council. This session will examine each of these movements and their significance on the work of Vatican II.

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The Quaker Reformation
Oct
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Quaker Reformation

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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What's Left to Reform?
Oct
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

What's Left to Reform?

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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Rhythms That Mobilize: Music of the Protestant Reformation
Oct
15
3:00pm 3:00pm

Rhythms That Mobilize: Music of the Protestant Reformation

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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Anabaptism: The Rebirth of a Peace Church
Oct
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Anabaptism: The Rebirth of a Peace Church

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 17 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 10 min./35 max.

Anabaptism, in the 16th century and now, offers a challenge to the larger church. Its members seek to radically follow in the way of Jesus, a way marked by nonviolence, transformation, and community. This course will look at the historical Anabaptist
movement of the 16th century (sometimes termed the “radical reformation” of the Protestant Reformation). We will explore the theological implications of adult
baptism, peace, community, and discipleship in the Mennonite church. There will be opportunity for conversation as we consider how this tradition may speak with the traditions that we each represent.

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Reformation Dialogue: Scripture and Tradition in the Faith and Practice of Latina Baptists and Catholics
Oct
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Reformation Dialogue: Scripture and Tradition in the Faith and Practice of Latina Baptists and Catholics

Date: Monday, Oct. 23 (one session only)
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $20
Enrollment: 12 min./45 max.

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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Intercultural Book Study
Oct
24
10:30am10:30am

Intercultural Book Study

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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Creating a Culture of Kindness
Oct
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Creating a Culture of Kindness

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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Biblical Female Characters as Masks
Nov
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Biblical Female Characters as Masks

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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Expressions of Non-Orthodox Judaism
Dec
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Expressions of Non-Orthodox Judaism

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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Who Are You? Identity and Intercultural Conversations
Sep
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Who Are You? Identity and Intercultural Conversations

Dates: Two Mondays, Sept. 18 and 25
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Tuition: $35/2 sessions
Enrollment: 12 min./30 max.

Explore the path to effective and meaningful intercultural dialogue. How do we identify ourselves and overcome identity threats? In this class we will practice ways to ask questions and listen to each other. If someone were to ask you in a group, “tell me about yourself,” what would you say? Each of us is multi-faceted, and these identity characteristics serve as filters to how we process information, engage with people, and make decisions. Participants will develop their dialogue skills and increase their understanding of others.

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A 1940s Swing Music Afternoon with the Regency Jazz Band
Sep
17
4:00pm 4:00pm

A 1940s Swing Music Afternoon with the Regency Jazz Band

Get ready to tap your feet and twirl around the floor! If that doesn't tempt you, then surely this will: Frito pie, a San Antonio original.

But that's just one of the delectable treats that will transport you back to the sights, sounds, and tastes of the 1940s.

All for great causes--to benefit the work of the SoL Center and to honor Barry Hubbard and Rev. Ann E Helmke, two individuals who have contributed tirelessly to their communities.

Sunday, September 17, 4:00-6:00 pm, tickets $40; giving levels available

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Yoga: A Deeper Experience II
Sep
16
10:00am10:00am

Yoga: A Deeper Experience II

Date: Saturday, Sept. 16 (one session only)
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Bring a brown bag lunch.)
Tuition: $35
Enrollment: 12 min./25 max.

Expand mind, body, and spirit! Yoga includes 8 limbs (or steps) and in this workshop we will cover limbs 4-8. The workshop will include one hour of restorative yoga, one hour of breath (pranayama) and visualization, and two hours of introduction to the sutras—the mind/science anthology—emphasizing personal insights and revelations as important steps on the spiritual journey.

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CANCELED:Mystic of the Month: An Invitation to Grow in Prophetic Compassion
Sep
6
10:00am10:00am

CANCELED:Mystic of the Month: An Invitation to Grow in Prophetic Compassion

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Dates: Four Wednesdays, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1,
and Dec. 6
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Tuition: $50/4 sessions
Enrollment: 8 min./30 max.
Register By: Aug. 30

Explore life, love, and transformation. Participants will learn about the life and teachings of Christian mystics. The love of God and love of neighbor — as perceived by each mystic — will guide our time together. The classes will include still prayer, journaling, teaching and small group reflection, and using the process of mutual invitation to create a community of respect and growth.

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Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews, The 2017-2018 PW/Horizons Bible Study, with Rev. Traci Smith
Jul
25
10:30am10:30am

Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews, The 2017-2018 PW/Horizons Bible Study, with Rev. Traci Smith

Community, in all its shapes and expressions, will be the primary theme explored in this three session course. Great Cloud of Witnesses, as a rich metaphor for community, is examined and experienced as a continuing and sustaining presence throughout this study. Join us as Rev. Traci Smith leads this discussion of the PW/Horizons Bible Study.

Tuesday-Thursday, July 25-27, 10:30 a.m.-Noon p.m., $35/3 sessions

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Finding the Voice of the Voiceless in the Hebrew Bible with Michal Lemberger
Jul
23
4:00pm 4:00pm

Finding the Voice of the Voiceless in the Hebrew Bible with Michal Lemberger

What can we learn by looking at the biblical stories of those who were voiceless? We will look past the “winners”—especially King David—to those whose lives are more complicated by loss, betrayal, and politics.  Discover what these stories tell us about the text of the Hebrew Bible and our own culture with poet and scholar Michal Lemberger.

Sundays, July 23, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., $17/1 session

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Crafting a Life that Matters: An Interfaith Book Dialogue, Co-Sponsored with Raindrop Turkish House and the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
Jul
2
1:30pm 1:30pm

Crafting a Life that Matters: An Interfaith Book Dialogue, Co-Sponsored with Raindrop Turkish House and the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest

Across five Sundays, we will study and discuss Emily Esfahani Smith’s new book, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters. Each week we will dive into one to two chapters, exploring Smith’s proposal that creating a meaningful life entails four key elements: belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence. A different member of the group will be asked to lead each week’s discussion. Co-sponsored by our friends at the Dialogue Institute and Raindrop Turkish House, this group is organized by Sumeyra Tek, Gulsum Arslan, Fatma Arslan, and Dhawn Martin. There will be light snacks.

5 Sundays, July 2-30, 1:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., $15/5 sessions

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Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott
Jun
6
10:30am10:30am

Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott

Books in this summer course bring to life the indomitable spirit that epitomizes women who faced down racial and gender discrimination in their time. The books we will read and discuss are:  The Whip by Karen Kondazian, Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, and Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.

4 Tuesdays, June 6-27, 10:30 a.m.-Noon p.m., $50/4 sessions

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

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

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

CANCELED Jewish Music: A Reflection of Cultures and Faith

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CANCELED. 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.

CANCELED

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

The Experience of Yoga

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

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

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

Cultural Conversations: Refugees in San Antonio

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

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

Muslims and Sikhs in Today's America

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
to Mar 27

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

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***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
4:30pm 4:30pm

Religious Traditions and the Full Dignity of Women Panel Discussion

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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

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
8:30am 8:30am

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

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
12:00pm12:00pm

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

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
to Feb 22

Women and Jewish Law: The Tension Between Tradition and Modernity

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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
to 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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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

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
to Jan 31

Midrashim (Jewish Folktales) in Genesis

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

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

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

Islam's Jesus

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Sacred Dissonance: Explorations in Jewish-Christian Friendship

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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