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Winter Programs 2018
George Smiga, S.T.D., 8 Saturdays:
Jan. 13 – March 3, 2018 , 9 – 11 am.
Title: Miracles, Preaching and Shipwreck: Vivid Stories from the book of Acts (bring your own Bible)
Description: The Book of Acts is the companion volume to the Gospel of Luke. It is filled with dramatic and colorful accounts of the growth of the church after the resurrection of Jesus. Because Acts is not a gospel, it is often overlooked by preachers and students of the Bible. Help us correct this oversight, as we follow Luke’s stirring narrative of the spread of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
TITLE: Global Environmental Justice: The Great Stumbling Blocks
Description: Now more than ever, industrial and globalizing civilization is aware of its planetary effect on the environment. Almost daily, we see announcements about climate change, the risk of mass extinction; or struggles over pipelines, fracking, hurricane planning, sea level rise planning, geo-engineering or more. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the risk of propagating inhumanity in all of this. But what can we say about a just order in which we can have faith? How can our moral compass orient us towards a just and resilient future that expresses humankind’s capacity for great consideration of, and symbiosis with, life as we meet it on our shared planet? This workshop will go over the major forms of global environmental injustice and explore some clear -albeit idealistic- answers to carry with us in the day-to-day as well as exploring the roles of wonder, relationships, and utopian thinking in the hope of the future.