The Status and Role of News Media in a Polarizing World
Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

The Status and Role of News Media in a Polarizing World

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Tuition: Free

At a time when reputable mainstream news outlets, such as The New York Times and CNN, are routinely condemned for reporting “fake” news, and when reporters are even physically threatened, how are local news reporters and editors navigating this political polarization? What is the media environment in San Antonio? Has disregard for the journalism profession reached San Antonio, impacting its reporters as well as readers, listeners, and viewers? How has this environment shaped the gathering of news and its presentation via social media venues? Has readership and viewership dwindled because people seek “echo Chambers,” where they find their own “news” or create their own news? We will explore what factors play into media divides, such as: the impact of social media and technology and readers’ inability to tell fact from fake news, or fact from opinion. More importantly, we will seek to identify steps to improve the dialogue. 

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Meditation Mondays: Centering the Week with Dhawn B. Martin
Jan
28
to Apr 8

Meditation Mondays: Centering the Week with Dhawn B. Martin

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Dates: 2nd and 4th Mondays (Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Mar. 25, Apr. 8)

Time: 8-9 a.m.

Tuition: $5 per session; $25 for all six

Register By: Jan. 21

Enrollment: Open

Whether you’ve never meditated or are a transcendental sage, join us for communal meditations. Together we will breathe in new possibilities for how we shape our days, setting intentions that nurture peace, generosity, and compassion. We will open the hour with centering prayer and wisdom literatures from diverse traditions, and then move into the contemplative. Feel free to stop by for part of the time or the entire hour; all are welcome!

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GREEN '19 Movie Screening--Renewal
Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

GREEN '19 Movie Screening--Renewal

Date: Wednesday, Jan, 30

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

FREE

Location: William R. Sinkin Eco Centro. It is located at 1802 North Main Avenue, at the corner of Main Ave. and E. Locust.

Join us for Film Screening of Renewal, described on the webpage as “the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists. From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth” http://www.renewalproject.net/film).

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Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott
Feb
5
to Feb 26

Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott

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Dates: Four Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26

Time: 10:30 a.m.-12 noon

Tuition: $40 before Jan. 29, $45 after

Enrollment: 10 min./12max.

We will discuss the role and ‘place’ of women in Korea, under Japanese occupation, in China, and in Japan through three books and a film. The novels: Daughters of the Dragons by William Andrews; The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See; and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. During the last meeting, we will watch and discuss the film adaptation of Memoirs.

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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Folk Medicines of Antiquity with Frances Evans
Feb
7
10:00 AM10:00

Folk Medicines of Antiquity with Frances Evans

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Date: Thursday, Feb. 7

Time: 10 a.m.-12 noon

Tuition: $15 before Jan. 31, $20 after

Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

Interwoven in this discussion will be stories, histories, and insights into the nature of the folk medicines of antiquity.

Frances Evans, an educator, worked in the Northeast Independent School District for

33 years. She served as a classroom teacher, principal, director of special programs, and

associate superintendent. Frances became interested in folk medicine while working as a

docent at the Institute of Texan Cultures.

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The Three M's for Mind Freedom: Tools to Help Ease Everyday Stress with Julie Little
Feb
18
to Mar 4

The Three M's for Mind Freedom: Tools to Help Ease Everyday Stress with Julie Little

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Dates: Three Mondays, Feb. 18, 25, and Mar. 4

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $40 before Feb. 11, $45 after

Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

This class is for busy people who are feeling overwhelmed or burned out and are looking for some practical techniques for everyday use. These techniques can help provide us with a way to ease our minds, live more fully in our bodies, and let go of some of the stressors that cause us problems in our lives. Join us for a break from the everyday, and learn some easy techniques to improve the quality of your life right away!

As a retired public school teacher, Julie Little enjoys teaching classes for adults and coaching people on Wellness and Well-Being. A native Texan, she has traveled and lived in other parts of the world, but San Antonio is home. She is a follower of spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh, and studies meditation and mindfulness with a group here in town. She offers classes on mindfulness and how it adds to our wellness as well as other support classes such as Tai Chi and meditation.

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GREEN '19--Green Sacred Texts: Part I with Francisco Garcia-Treto and Dhawn Martin
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

GREEN '19--Green Sacred Texts: Part I with Francisco Garcia-Treto and Dhawn Martin

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $10

Register by: Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Exploration of diverse texts that speak to the interdependence of all life. As a first example, we will look into “The Green Bible.”

Join the SoL Center and the Sinkin Eco Centro in this year of mindful practices that celebrate the beauty of our world and the amazing transformations that can occur when we work together.

Francisco Garcia-Treto is an Emeritus Professor of Religion from Trinity University. He joined the Trinity Faculty in 1966 and retired as the J.F.R. King Professor of Religion in 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy degree from Maryville College, and a Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has written numerous articles on biblical interpretation (in both English and Spanish), is particularly interested in minority (Latino/a or Hispanic) interpretation.

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Buddhism's Guide for Ethical Living: The Boddhisatva Precepts with Thomas Bruner
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Buddhism's Guide for Ethical Living: The Boddhisatva Precepts with Thomas Bruner

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Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $15 before Feb. 13, $20 after

Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

Buddhism isn’t just about meditation - it’s about moving through the world in an ethical and moral manner. The Precepts are Buddhism’s guide for a principled life. Learn about the 16 Buddhist precepts, with an emphasis on the 10 grave precepts.

A San Antonio native, Thomas Bruner has traveled from CEO of a start-up in Texas, to Vice President with the nation’s largest humanitarian organization in Washington, D.C., to consultant helping businesses and organizations do great work through Bruner Strategies. He is a senior lay disciple at Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon – one of the country’s leading Soto Zen Buddhist temples. He became a Buddhist in 2003 and took the late Kyogen Carlson, Sensei, as his teacher in 2006. Bruner spent 2014 living and working at Dharma Rain as a postulant while discerning the possibility of ordaining as a monk.

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Voicing the Soul: Spiritual Poetry with Bonnie Lyons
Feb
21
to Feb 28

Voicing the Soul: Spiritual Poetry with Bonnie Lyons

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Dates: Two Thursdays, Feb. 21 and 28

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Tuition: $25 before Feb. 14, $30 after

Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

Whether to celebrate our joy or to find comfort in times of grief and hopelessness, we turn to spiritual poetry for the words to express our deepest feelings. The twenty-third psalm, “The Lord is my shepherd,” is certainly one of the best-known spiritual poems, but there are many others. Some of these great spiritual poems, such as Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun,” are Christian, some like the biblical psalms are Jewish. Some are from other cultures, such as Rumi’s marvelous 13th century work, which, surprisingly, has become among the most popular poetry of the 21st century. Our two most famous early American poets, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, wrote spiritual poetry. The body of spiritual poetry is vast and comes from many cultures, places and time-periods. You may know the poems of Hildegard of Bingen, but what about Lao–tzu and Wu-men? And of course, spiritual poems, such as Marge Piercy’s “The Art of Blessing the Day,” are written today. In this class we’ll read and discuss a selection of spiritual poems both for their spiritual content and as works of art.

Bonnie Lyons retired in May 2014 with emeritus status from the University of Texas in San Antonio. She has taught and lectured in Greece, Italy, Spain, Israel, and England. During her long career she has published eight books: Call It Sleep, Passion and Craft, two full-length books of poetry: In Other Words (which contains 40 monologues spoken by women in the Hebrew scriptures) and Bedrock, plus three chapbooks: Hineni, Meanwhile, and So Far . Her most recent book, WOW: Wonderful Old Women, contains interviews with 13 amazing San Antonio women eighty years and older.

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Honoring Our Children by Nurturing the Development of the Whole Child and Reflecting on Ourselves as Parents, Grandparents, or Caregivers with Cindi Catlin-Gaskins
Mar
8
to Mar 30

Honoring Our Children by Nurturing the Development of the Whole Child and Reflecting on Ourselves as Parents, Grandparents, or Caregivers with Cindi Catlin-Gaskins

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Dates: Two Fridays, Mar. 8 and 22, and One Saturday, Mar. 30

Times: 8:15-9:45 a.m. on Fridays; 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday

Tuition: $30 by Mar. 1, $35 after (Scholarships available; childcare available for UPCC enrolled children only)

Enrollment: 4 min./20 max.

First Session: Celebrating Multiple Intelligences

Through an exploration of child development and multiple intelligences, we will deepen our understanding and appreciation for our child’s unique “gifts.” We will reflect on our own multiple intelligences and their role in our approach to caring for and guiding children in today’s world.

Second Session: Deepening Spiritual Connections with Our Children and in Our Families

Through the formational lens of spiritual practices for children of all ages, we will explore children’s spiritual development and ways to deepen our children’s and our families’ sense of “awe”, connection to nature, and the awareness of the well-being of others in the local or larger community.

Third Session/Fieldtrip: Exploring Awe-some Nature and Art with Children

This outing to Chris Park on the edge of downtown will give families a chance to spend time together and dis-cover a sense of “awe,” with their child as they explore this park with its focus on beautiful simplicity in nature and art (http://www.chrispark.org/index.php)

With a BS in psychology and a MA in early childhood education, Cindi Catlin-Gaskins has been working with young children and families for close to 40 years. She has been with the University Presbyterian Children’s Center since 1982 and the director of the program since 1989. Cindi is an adjunct professor in the early childhood studies department at San Antonio College. As a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Bexar County since 2010, Cindi has also worked with foster families and children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.

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GREEN '19--Green Sacred Texts: Part II
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

GREEN '19--Green Sacred Texts: Part II

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 19

Time: 7-9 p.m.; $10

Tuition: $10

Register by: Mar. 12

We continue looking at texts from diverse traditions that call attention to the sanctity of

and relation between all life.

Join the SoL Center and the Sinkin Eco Centro in this year of mindful practices that celebrate the beauty of our world and the amazing transformations that can occur when we work together.

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When the Powers that Be Co-Opt Sacred Texts: Dinner and Conversation with Rev. Andries Coetzee
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

When the Powers that Be Co-Opt Sacred Texts: Dinner and Conversation with Rev. Andries Coetzee

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 20

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Tuition: $20 before Mar. 13, $25 after

Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

A favorite often manipulated text used by those in power to subject peoples, territories, and ideas is Romans 13. Take as an example, verses 1-2: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” In this gathering we will discuss the meanings of the text and how different powers have used one primary interpretation of Romans 13 to subjects others. Join us for a vegetarian meal and conversation.

Andries (Dries) Coetzee was born the youngest of four children in the rural town of Ceres, South Africa. After serving a year of mandatory military service, he went on to study Theology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, where he earned BD and MA degrees. He has served PCUSA churches in Houston, Texas, Bloomington, Minnesota, and Wooster, Ohio. Dries was honored in 2016 with the Lydia Thompson Humanitarian Award and in 2017 as a co-recipient of the Person of the Year award from the Wooster/Orrville NAACP. Dries currently serves as head pastor at University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio.

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Things to Know Before You Go with Jean Nation
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Things to Know Before You Go with Jean Nation

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 2

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: Free

Register by: Mar. 25

Enrollment: Open

Many people of all walks of life have given their opinion of what makes a “good death.” And truth be told each person’s death is as unique as the lives that came before—shaped by attitudes, physical conditions, medical treatments and the people involved. Those that seem to have the most peace, emotionally and spiritually, are those who 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 FCA and benefits of membership.

Jean Nation is the current President of the San Antonio FCA Chapter, past president 2013-2016, 2009-2012, Treasurer 2017, and member since 2008. Jean retired as US Army Lieutenant Colonel and registered nurse after 40 years of service. She holds a MPA in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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Screening and Discussion of "Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2" with Kristin Houlé
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Screening and Discussion of "Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2" with Kristin Houlé

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 9

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: Free

Register By: Apr. 2

Enrollment: Open

"Lindy Lou: Juror Number 2" is a documentary film by Florent Vassault. For 20 years, Lindy has lived with unbearable guilt. Committed to fulfilling her civic duty, Lindy sat with 11 other people on a jury that handed down the death penalty to a Mississippi man convicted of a double homicide. An overwhelming feeling of regret compels Lindy to track down her fellow jurors to discuss their own experiences both during and after the trial. A conservative, religious woman from the South, she tackles this topic with humor, an open mind, and sincere curiosity. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (www.pbs.org/pov). Join us for a fascinating examination of an often-overlooked perspective on the death penalty. (http://www.pbs.org/pov/lindylou/) The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) is a statewide, grassroots organization working to end the death penalty in Texas. We engage in outreach, education, and advocacy to raise awareness of death penalty issues and promote a political/cultural climate that accepts alternatives to capital punishment. TCADP works to reduce death sentences and executions until the death penalty is abolished, and to build common ground around opposition to the death penalty.

Kristin Houlé, involved with human rights and death penalty movements since 1995, has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) since 2008. From 2007-2008 she was a Soros Justice Fellow and conducted research and public education around the intersection of the death penalty and severe mental illness in Texas. She served for five years as the Program Associate for Amnesty International USA's Program to Abolish the Death Penalty. Kristin graduated from the University of Kentucky and resides in Austin, Texas.

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Ebru (Water Marbling) with Nihal Sonmez
May
9
to May 23

Ebru (Water Marbling) with Nihal Sonmez

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Date: Three Thursdays, May 9, 16, and 23

Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Tuition: $40 before May 1, $45 after

Enrollment: 12 min./35 max.

Ebru, often referred to as the “dance of color on water,” is an authentic Turkish art that has been considered a spiritual art for centuries. This unique art form is produced by sprinkling color pigments into thickened water and utilizes special brushes to create various designs that are then transferred onto a sheet of paper or other surface. Believed to have been invented in the thirteenth century Turkistan, ebru then spread to China, India and Persia, and Anatolia. Seljuk and Ottoman calligraphers and artists used marbling to decorate books, imperial decrees, official documents. New techniques were perfected in the process and Turkey remained the center of marbling for many centuries. In this class we will explore a variety of techniques that participants will use to create their own masterpieces.

Born in Turkey, Nihal Sonmez has lived in San Antonio for the last year and a half. Love for every line, color, and image that she came across has been with her since childhood. She graduated from Gazi University, Department of Fine Arts, and has also earned two master’s degrees, one from Gazi University Institute of Fine Arts and the other from Ankara University in Museum Education. She was taught Ebru (Turkish Traditional Arts) at Bulent Ecevit University in Turkey as a Lecturer at a Traditional Art Department. In recent years, she has become interested in the field of Islamic Art, which inspired her research and study of Preservation Islamic Art. Now she is working on her third master's degree in Preservation of Cultural Heritage Division. She believes that developing an authentic perspective and better understanding of the world is only possible by art, as it embodies an international language.

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GREEN '19 New Year: An Eco Inventory in collaboration with the William R. Sinkin Eco Centro
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

GREEN '19 New Year: An Eco Inventory in collaboration with the William R. Sinkin Eco Centro

DATE: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

TIME: 7:00-9:00pm

FREE

LOCATION: UPC

We will celebrate things we are already doing well and discover practical, everyday strategies to green our routines even more.

Join the SoL Center and the Sinkin Eco Centro in this year of mindful practices that celebrate the beauty of our world and the amazing transformations that can occur when we work together.

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

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

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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CANCELLED:Technology & Democracy
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

CANCELLED:Technology & Democracy

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

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

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

POSTPONED: Technology & Faith with DeAnne Cuellar and Rabbi Marina Yergin

Date: POSTPONED. Date TBD
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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Who Wrote the Bible? A Look at the Documentary Hypothesis with Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham
Oct
23
to Nov 6

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

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Dates: Two Tuesdays, Oct. 23 and Nov. 6
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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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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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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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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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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CANCELED Propaganda: The Dangers of Dehumanization
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

CANCELED Propaganda: The Dangers of Dehumanization

Date: CANCELED
Time
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Tuition:

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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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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