Adult Spiritual Formation, November 2020
We have some wonderful virtual opportunities for learning on timely topics for November!
Sundays, 9:30-10:30am, on Google Meet. To join by phone, dial 904-900-0997 and use PIN: 669 662 752#. Please note that the above link and dial-in number will remain consistent from week to week, every Sunday from now on.
November 1: “A Passion for the Ballot: From Susan B. to You and Me”
Join the Rev. Deborah Hughes, President and CEO of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, for this timely presentation that will offer insight and inspiration as we reflect on two centuries of voting rights and voter suppression.
November 8: “’Every beautiful poem is an act of resistance:’ Looking at Palestinian Life, Love, and Culture”
Dr. Mark Brummitt, Assistant Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and co-leader of several CRCDS trips to Palestine, will take us on a tour of the Palestinian West Bank. There we will find a far more vibrant, and indeed diverse, way of life than we were perhaps expecting—from the traditional terraces around Battir, to the hipster coffee houses of Beit Lehem and Beit Sahour; through the souks of the old cities to the local food stuffs influencing international cuisine. (The first words in this title, by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, remind us that human thriving—in the form of creativity—is to claim a place in the world.)
November 15: “Planting Olive Trees in an Apartheid State”
Members and friends of Mountain Rise United Church of Christ, Fairport, Tom Prinz, Cal Dickerson, Gary Schaeffer, and Joanne Guarnere, will share insights and pictures from the trip they took in February to Palestine to plant olive trees, some of which were ultimately destroyed by the Israeli occupation forces.
November 22: “Behind the Blockade: A Trip to Gaza, Palestine”
Join Dr. Tom Foster, Professor of Imaging Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center and participant in Rochester Witness for Palestine and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, and Dr. David Sperber, psychiatrist in private practice and co-founder of Rochester Jewish Voice for Peace, as they share insights and pictures from their medical-focused humanitarian trip to Gaza in March.
Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm, on Google Meet. To join by phone dial 267-870-7240 with PIN: 764 100 396#.
To receive electronic copies of the articles to be discussed this month, contact Becky D’Angelo-Veitch.