Propaganda: The Dangers of Dehumanization with Edward B. Westermann
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Propaganda: The Dangers of Dehumanization with Edward B. Westermann

Date: Thursday, Oct. 4
Time
: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $15 before Sept. 27, $20 after

Join Dr. Westermann in an exploration of past and current deployments of propaganda, what it feeds on, and what it fuels. The conversation will also look into the dangers of dehumanization as political rhetoric, with examples from Nazi Germany and implications for our own times.

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West Meets East: A CEO's Journey to Buddhism and  Introduction to the Buddha's Teachings with Thomas Bruner
Oct
8
to Oct 10

West Meets East: A CEO's Journey to Buddhism and Introduction to the Buddha's Teachings with Thomas Bruner

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Dates: Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 8 and 10
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $30 before Oct. 1, $35 after

A former Buddhist monk-in-training and longtime Buddhist practitioner, Mr. Bruner leads an interactive discussion of the life of the Buddha, and the core teachings he expounded upon his enlightenment. Learn about the journey of the Buddha from a child of wealth and privilege, to spiritual seeker, to “enlightened one” and teacher. We will explore Buddha’s core teachings – the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. A former “Type A” executive, Bruner shares his journey experiencing these teachings as a Westerner, and their applicability to day-to-day life.

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Gun Myths Busted with Lisa Epstein
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Gun Myths Busted with Lisa Epstein

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $15 before Oct. 2, $20 after

Come hear about how Moms Demand Action is working to educate the public, change the culture around guns, and advocate for legislation that is proven to prevent gun violence. Learn about common gun myths and how to refute them with facts.

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Sacred Sites: Downtown Churches Bus Tour with Bonnie Simons
Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

Sacred Sites: Downtown Churches Bus Tour with Bonnie Simons

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Please note the time change from catalog)
Tuition: $40 before Oct. 1, $45 after

The tour group will board a bus and explore three downtown San Antonio churches, along with learning their rich and diverse histories. The planned stops are: The Little Church of La Villita, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and San Fernando Cathedral. Early registration needed in order to secure the bus reservation.

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Community Reading of To Be Honest: Voices on Islam during the 2016 Presidential Election with Habiba Noor
Oct
17
to Oct 24

Community Reading of To Be Honest: Voices on Islam during the 2016 Presidential Election with Habiba Noor

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Dates: Two Wednesdays, Oct. 17 and 24
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $30 before Oct. 10, $35 after

You will be invited to take part in reading the play, To Be Honest, a piece of documentary theatre gathering perspectives on Islam from interviews with San Antonians in 2016. Faculty and students from Trinity University embarked on a research project to explore San Antonians’ views on Islam during the highly charged 2016 presidential elections. In this course we will first learn how the script came to be written. Then, in the second session, we will read the script together in a readers’ theatre style. The play has 22 parts, representing different religious and political communities in San Antonio. We will use our reading of the script to engage some of the more difficult questions that have emerged in our current political climate.

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Who Wrote the Bible? A Look at the Documentary Hypothesis with Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham
Oct
23
to Oct 30

Who Wrote the Bible? A Look at the Documentary Hypothesis with Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

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Dates: Two Tuesdays, Oct. 23 and 30
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $30 before Oct. 16, $35 after

Was the Bible written completely by God or did humans play a role in writing the Bible?
Join Rabbi Abraham for this exciting course based on Richard Elliot Friedman’s book,
Who Wrote the Bible? The course will explore the evolution of the Documentary Hypothesis as well as what different strands of contemporary Judaism believe about who wrote the Bible.

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Technology & Faith with DeAnne Cuellar and Rabbi Marina Yergin
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Technology & Faith with DeAnne Cuellar and Rabbi Marina Yergin

Date: Monday, Nov. 5
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $20 before Oct. 29, $25 after

In order to develop a sustainable strategy to address the educational, economic, and civic engagement problems created by the digital divide in any community, it is a best practice to bring together collaborators from the public, non-profit, and private sectors that are already addressing these issues. Want to know more about the intersection of online media and digital inclusion? Facebook and Twitter are seemingly inescapable. And what about all these hashtags? What does it all mean? Within our faith-based communities, who has access to the Internet? Why do many congregations still send printed versions of their bulletins through “snail mail” and via e-mail? We’ll explore data to demonstrate broadband access gaps and needs in the community. We’ll learn how Temple Beth-El has worked with its congregants to use social media.

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Tell Me What You See: Visions of Heaven and Hell in the Ancient World with Sara Ronis
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Tell Me What You See: Visions of Heaven and Hell in the Ancient World with Sara Ronis

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Tuition: $15 before Oct. 31, $20 after

Many religious thinkers have imagined what heaven and hell look like through narratives in which exceptional human beings get tours of the divine realm. The most famous literary work to describe one of these tours is Dante’s 14th-century Divine Comedy. But the genre is actually much older than Dante. Join us to examine how three texts from the ancient world thought about the heavenly realms: Enoch (circa 4th or 3rd centuries BCE), the Apocalypse of Peter (2nd century CE), and the Arda Wiraz-namag (completed circa 9th or 10th century CE). Spanning over fourteen hundred years of human history, these three texts represent the genre of tours of heaven and hell from a Jewish, Christian, and Zoroastrian perspective. We will explore what these visions reveal about the kinds of theology, controversies, and conversations taking place in history. Finally, we’ll examine the impact these visions had on modern life.

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The Meaning of Christmas: What Divine Births Meant in the Ancient World with Brian LePort
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Meaning of Christmas: What Divine Births Meant in the Ancient World with Brian LePort

Date: Thursday, Nov. 8
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $15 before Nov. 1, $20 after

To some early Christians, Jesus of Nazareth did not have a human father, because he was conceived by a virgin through the power of God (Holy Spirit). Is this claim unique? In fact, no, as there were other important figures from the ancient world who were said to have been born of a god, figures including Caesar Augustus, the philosopher Plato, and the Buddha. In this course we will ask why it was that Christians found it important to claim that Jesus had a divine birth, and what such a claim meant in antiquity.

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Technology & Democracy
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Technology & Democracy

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $15 before Nov. 6, $20 after

Did you know that Texas is one of the most difficult states in the nation in which to register to vote? Join us as we discuss the evolution of voting in American democracy. Technology is making our lives more socially connected and creating better opportunities for people to prosper. But is it making our democracy stronger or weakening the ties that make our communities special? We will explore how technology can help strengthen our elections through recent innovations such as online voter registration and many others.

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Cinderella: There is More to Her Story Than Getting the Prince with Marga Spicer
Nov
28
to Dec 5

Cinderella: There is More to Her Story Than Getting the Prince with Marga Spicer

Dates: Two Wednesdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $35 before Nov. 21, $40 after
Enrollment: 12 min. / 25 max.

Folktales have captured the hearts and the imagination of generations across the globe. They tell of struggles in human existence, of ways in which we engage with forces that affect us, of means that can aid our journey through life. They are symbolic stories that depict aspects of the archetypal world. This workshop centers around the story of Cinderella as told in Germany, Russia, and China, and explores it as a story of inner development. It describes loss of a caring parent; encounters with the harshness of life; experiences of envy, rejection, cruelty; tasks to be undertaken. It shows connections to life-giving energies and leads to a new phase in life. Exploration of how such images of loss, grief, pain, harsh tasks, inner and outer helpers – manifest in contemporary life – can lead us to grow with the help of Cinderella and re-enter our world with deepened understanding. We will listen to the stories and explore, discuss, reflect on the images with the aim of strengthening our capacities for living through troubling experiences.

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How to Engage in Heated Conversations Without Getting Burned with Patricia M. Porter
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

How to Engage in Heated Conversations Without Getting Burned with Patricia M. Porter

Date: Monday, Sept. 17
Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Tuition: $20 before Sept. 10, $25 after

Meaningful conversations on heated topics eliciting different perspectives can be tricky, sticky and prickly. Do you know how to maneuver productively in these conversations? Or do you run from them for fear of escalating conflict, being misunderstood, or saying something you might regret? Participants will have an opportunity to identify their biggest challenges and triggers; learn a tool to check assumptions; and practice speaking to be understood and listening to understand.

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Social Entrepreneurship: Making a Difference while Making a Living with Shokare Nakpodia
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Social Entrepreneurship: Making a Difference while Making a Living with Shokare Nakpodia

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Date: Thursday, Sept. 13
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $15 on or before Sept. 5; $20 after

This course will engage both new and experienced leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators in civic conversation about doing what you’re passionate about while also earning an income. In addition, using himself as an example, Mr. Nakpodia will detail how to sustain a
business that thrives on community engagement, advancement of people, and passion for change. He will also discuss his background and how he founded DreamWeek, a 16-day January summit enhancing the voices of tolerance, diversity, and equality.

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Climate Change and Ecological Spirituality with Joseph L. Cook
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Climate Change and Ecological Spirituality with Joseph L. Cook

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Date: Wednesday, Sept. 12

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: Free

Enrollment: 20 min. / 75 max.

Register By: Sept. 5

Mr. Cook will highlight the connection between sacred texts and creation-consciousness, or an ecological spirituality, which mobilizes religious communities to address the climate change crisis. In light of climate change denial, he will explore current science and weather-data, while also examining present and future climate challenges.

Joseph L. Cook currently is the Environmental Planner/Coordinator for Cherokee Nation Business Services here in San Antonio. Joseph holds several advanced degrees in the fields of Entomology, Business, and theology. He has extensive service in U.S. Military branches, in particular as a Captain in the Army and as instructor and manager of various departments in the Navy.

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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 July 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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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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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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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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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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