Adult Forum Hour
When/Where: Sunday mornings from 9:00AM– 10:15AM in the Guild Hall.
The Adult Education Forum has taken a look at a wide variety of subjects over the past years, tackling everything from religious issues to ethics and morality in our society today. A one-month portion of each year is dedicated to foreign affairs. In the past, we have tackled the Palestinian/Jewish question, the Arab Spring parts 1 and 2 and several other foreign policy issues.
Other subjects have been the Affordable Care Act, immigration and many issues from our city’s governance, to learning about the many newer cultural programs and volunteer efforts in our inner cities. We have also managed to take a hard look at environmental issues such as water rights and fracking.
Adult Forum Committee members include: John Bentley, Bill Cartwright, Kirt and Joanna Hobler, Craig Hopewell, Don Harrison, Jonathan and Nancy Lippincott, Gerri Strauss, and Rev. Dr. Stephen Caine.
We would welcome new members with fresh ideas and enthusiasm!
If you are interested in joining the Adult Forum Committee, please contact Gerri Strauss.
The seminars begin with a brief synopsis of the critics. Next, we go into an overview of the diversity of the Gnostic texts: prayers, letters, acts, apocalypses, apocryphons, philosophical treatises and most significantly — Gospels.
We will consider Gnosticism’s primary theological concepts such as denial of both the virgin birth and the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Furthermore, we will see some differences between the Gnostics’ understandings of God and more traditional views.
The focus this week will be the Gnostic Gospels of Mary, Philip, Truth, Judas and Thomas — these last two being the best known generally. Our concern is with the differences and similarities between these gospels and the Gospels of the New Testament. Paramount is the influence of Plato and Neoplatonism for the Gnostics.
Rev. Dr. Hawley’s impressive resume includes:
Defiance college 1970 BA History, Louisville Seminary 1973 Master of Divinity, 1985 Doctor of Divinity, Union Presbyterian Seminary Richmond Master of Theology, United Theological Seminary Dayton 1977-1999 Professor of Greek and New Testament, Wilmington Presbyterian Church 1978-2003, Indian Hill Episcopal and Presbyterian Church
Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group meets monthly, the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm at Jan Ring’s home, to discuss a book chosen to provoke thoughtful contemplation and spiritual growth. We are a co-educational group that has fun and stimulating conversations in order to expand our thoughts and ideas about the world. We welcome all to join!