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.
- January 6: The Constitution Speaker, Bruce Petrie
- The constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the states, it is the source of all government powers, and also provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of united states citizens. It seems so simple, and yet it is this very document that is the foundation of our democracy. Come join us a for a brief refresher on the constitution on January 6th, 2019. Speaker Bruce J. Petrie, Jr., education law, constitutional law partner at Graydon, Bruce believes the arts have a unifying, civic role to play in times of national division. He sees the art/law connection as a way to help citizens better understand what he calls “America’s best masterpiece”: the US Constitution. He teaches an undergraduate course called “Constitutional Conversation” in which students discuss the many ways the Constitution influences our civic lives.
- “Seeing the Constitution, not just through the lens of divided politics or hyper-legalism, but more broadly through the lens of culture and the humanities is a way to connect We the People and the next generation of citizens around the values and ideals that hold us together.”
- January 13: The Judiciary Speaker, Marianna Bettman
- “The judiciary” (also known as the judicial system or the court system) is the system of courts that interprets and applies the law in the name of the state. The judiciary can also be thought of as the mechanism for the resolution of disputes. Under the doctrine of the separation of powers, the judiciary generally does not make statutory law (which is the responsibility of the legislature) or enforce law (which is the responsibility of the executive), but rather interprets law and applies it to the facts of each case. However, in some countries the judiciary does make common law, setting precedent for other courts to follow. This branch of the state is often tasked with ensuring equal justice under law.” Wikipedia. Come join us and learn more about our judicial system, Judges and the courts. What you don’t know, might just surprise you!
- Speaker Marianna Brown Bettman is distinguished Teaching Professor of Practice Emeritas at the university of Cincinnati College of Law, where she taught torts, legal ethics and a member of the supreme court of Ohio. She is former Ohio state court of appeals judge. Professor Bettman is a frequent presenter on Supreme Court of Ohio cases at continuing Legal and Judicial education seminars and conferences.
- There is no Adult Forum on January 20th due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday January 21)
- January 27: Restorative Justice: Speaker Honorable Heather S. Russell
- Judge Russell is a graduate of Walnut Hills High, Miami University and the UC College of Law where she was an Urban Morgan Fellow. She was an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney from 1984-2001. In 1999 Judge Russell won her election to Loveland City Council. She was elected to the Hamilton County Municipal Court in 2001 and has served on the bench continuously since that time. She and her husband have lived in Loveland since 1986, where they raised their two grown sons, and were avid high school baseball and basketball parents, and college baseball parents.
- Change is coming! CHANGE Court stands for Changing Habits And Setting new Goals is Empowering, is designed to give those caught up in prostitution and victims of sex trafficking a chance to get clean, walk away with a clean record, and rebuild their lives.
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!
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