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Religious Exploration

The Religious Exploration Committee of the Board of Deacons provides educational opportunities for Plymouth members and friends in the areas of Bible study, interpersonal growth, contemporary theology and inter-faith dialogue.


Summer 2013 program

Compassionate Communication


July 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fireside Room. Please register; $75, partial scholarships available.

This full-day introductory workshop is designed for people who are interested in learning the basics of the compassionate/nonviolent communication model (NVC) developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. Individuals, couples and families who have begun to integrate compassionate communication into their personal and professional lives have experienced the following benefits:


We will practice:

The worYvette Erasmuskshop facilitator, Yvette Erasmus, M.Ed., has experience teaching Compassionate Communication at the Aslan Institute and with diverse groups.

For additional information, go to www.cnvc.org or contact the program coordinator, Anne Seltz, at anneseltz@aol.com.

Co-sponsored by the Religious Exploration and Spiritual Enrichment Committees.

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Winter-Spring 2013 programs

 


Bible Study: It's Our Sacred Text

Sundays, 9:15 a.m.; continues through May 2013. Room 207
Mary Kay Sauter

The Bible is quoted by statesmen, politicians, philosophers, poets and even orbiting astronauts. People from all walks of life have found in its pages just the right words for innumerable situations throughout history. But what does it mean to us? Join us as we explore the entire Bible this year.

Starting with Genesis in the fall, the class will continue with Exodus in the New Year and continue working through the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Come every Sunday or whenever you can. Informed by recent scholarship of Process, Liberation and Feminist theologies, you will amazed by what you learn!

Mary Kay Sauter is a semi-retired UCC pastor whose ministry has been nine intentional interim pastorates.

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Compassionate Communication


Jan. 26 (new date is changed from the published flyer), 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fireside Room. Please register; $75, partial scholarships available.

This full-day introductory workshop is designed for people who are interested in learning the basics of the compassionate/nonviolent communication model (NVC) developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. Individuals, couples and families who have begun to integrate compassionate communication into their personal and professional lives have experienced the following benefits:


We will practice:

The worYvette Erasmuskshop facilitator, Yvette Erasmus, M.Ed., has experience teaching Compassionate Communication at the Aslan Institute and with diverse groups.

For additional information, go to www.cnvc.org or contact the program coordinator, Anne Seltz, at anneseltz@aol.com.

Co-sponsored by the Religious Exploration and Spiritual Enrichment Committees.

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Beyond the Basics: Compassionate Communication Deepening


Saturday, Feb. 16, 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fireside Room. Please register; $75, partial scholarships available.

This series is designed for people who are familiar with the Marshall Rosenberg model, who have attended a basic training at Plymouth or elsewhere, or who have read the Rosenberg book NonViolent Communication: The Language of the Heart.

Through structured activities and guided discussion, we will explore subtle differences between "Being Giraffe" and "Doing Giraffe," the protective vs. the punitive use of force and drawing from power with others as opposed to power over others in human relationships.

Participants will:

The worYvette Erasmuskshop facilitator, Yvette Erasmus, M.Ed., has experience teaching Compassionate Communication at the Aslan Institute and with diverse groups.

For additional information, go to www.cnvc.org or contact the program coordinator, Anne Seltz, at anneseltz@aol.com. Co-sponsored by the Religious Exploration and Spiritual Enrichment Committees.

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HYMNING:
Songs and Poems of Winter Turning to Spring

Thursdays in Lent, Feb. 21-March 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m. No registration, no fee.

Lent is a time for self-examination, contemplation, reflection and renewal, a time to let die those patterns that have hindered growth to clear our ground for fresh flowerings: the Easters springing from our Good Friday tombs. Poetry, hymns and psalms are good company on the Lenten journey. We will sing and delve into the history of some traditional hymns and unpack the content of their words. We will read contemporary poetry with Lenten themes and endeavor to find how they might touch and illuminate the truths of our own lives. And we will write our own lyrics of praise, protest, agony and joy.

Jim Gertmenian, Plymouth’s senior minister, also is an accomplished hymn writer. Sam King is a poet and teacher.

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Impossible Forgiveness Workshop—FULL, registration closed

Saturdays, March 2, 16 & 23, 9 a.m.-noon.

Forgiveness is, at once, one of the most overwhelmingly compelling and at times most difficult concepts of the Christian faith. Jesus' ministry of reconciliation and forgiveness is all-encompassing, and yet it can be hard to accept personally and very challenging to apply to some others. In this workshop series, Kaji will explore this gift of grace—conceptually and personally, forgiveness as a gift, steps towards working towards forgiveness and the transfer of power involved in the process. The workshops will include components of discussion, prayer, reading and writing in community. Please join us for this sacred journey.

Kaji Spellman is the sabbatical minister while Jeff Sartain is on sabbatical. Ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2006, Kaji is a graduate Kaji Spellmanof the University of Pennsylvania and of Yale University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude and a Master of Divinity degree with highest awards in preaching and liturgy, respectively. She is a gifted liturgist, and was trained at Yale's Institute of Sacred Music to be a cantor, leading congregational singing. Before this, she worked for a large financial services company on Wall Street. To learn more about Kaji and her work, please visit her website, www.kajispellman.com.

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Explore Noncanonical Texts: The Gnostic Gospels and The Acts of Paul and Thecla

Thursdays, April 4-25, 7:00-8:30 p.m., room 205. No registration, no fee.

If you have been curious about the texts that were found at Nag Hammadi in 1945, join Don Burrows and Paula Northwood as they explore some of the texts that did not make it into the canon. Paula will examine a few of the Gnostic Gospels such as The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Thomas. She will use Elaine Pagels’ Beyond Belief as the main resource. Don will explore The Acts of Paul and Thecla. The Acts of Thecla are part of a Pauline tradition that provided apostolic blessing for women's leadership roles in the church. These sessions will give you a great background for the Jesus Seminar on the Road (April 26-27).

Don BurrowsDon M. Burrows is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in classics at the University of Minnesota. His Ph.D. minor is in religious studies, with emphasis on the New Testament and early Christian history. His dissertation focuses on the Greek novels, which were contemporary with early Christian works, including the New Testament.

Paula Northwood is minister for education.

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Jesus Seminar on the Road

Friday evening and Saturday, April 26-27. Registration, fees and details to be announced.

This Jesus Seminar on the Road will build on Hal Taussig's new book, A New New Testament, in proposing ways to read existing New Testament texts as companions to some of the recently discovered books from early Christianity like The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary, The Gospel of Truth, The Thunder: Perfect Mind, The Acts of Paul and Thecla and The Odes of Solomon. Some questions that will be explored: What happens to both the contemporary lessons for our day from early Christianity and the ways we think about Christian beginnings when the canonical walls come down, and new families of texts cross canonical boundaries to form new New Testaments? Forsaking both the ideas that everything outside the traditional New Testament is heresy or inferior and the romantic notion that all the new discoveries are better than the old ones, this seminar works to reconstruct combinations of texts for both better spiritual lessons for today and better history of the first centuries.

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View Spiritual Enrichment programs here. Download PDF for winter-spring 2013 offerings and NEW winter-spring 2013 offerings for both programs.

Keep in touch: To receive regular email notices about these opportunities, send an email with "Adult Learning" in the subject line.

At a glance...

Fall 2012 programs

Bible Study: It's Our Sacred Text

Compassionate Communication

Beyond the Basics: Compassionate Communication Deepening

HYMNING: Songs and Poems of Winter Turning to Spring

Impossible Forgiveness Workshop

Explore Noncanonical Texts: The Gnostic Gospels and The Acts of Paul and Thecla

Jesus Seminar on the Road


 

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