Expanding Horizons

Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00AM

Expanding Horizons  
Meets Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 in the sanctuary for those who would like to attend in person.  If you would prefer to join from the comfort of your own home, the link for the programs will remain the same throughout the fall semester

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Sep 7              Welcome Back Brunch/Preview

Sep 14 –Sep 21           Love Thy Nature – Documentary
Leader – Suzette Curtis

Love Thy Nature vividly illustrates how we’ve lost touch with nature and presents a compelling case that reconnecting with the natural world is key to improving personal health and ensuring our survival on Earth.

Liam Neeson provides the voice of Homo Sapiens — our collective humankind — reflecting on how in the past several thousand years we have gradually separated from nature, believing we were meant to transcend and to conquer it. The film traces the disconnect between humans and nature from the agrarian and industrial revolutions to the digital revolution. This disconnect has disrupted billions of years of evolution, leading to a mass extinction of species and threatening the very survival of the human race.

With the help of engaging experts, the film highlights the restorative power of nature and several hopeful new developments. The emerging science of Biomimicry emulates nature’s designs, processes, and systems — rather than simply harvesting its raw materials — resulting in some of today’s most cutting-edge innovations. In the medical field, doctors are unveiling new findings on the role of nature in sustaining and healing the human body, and have discovered that spending time in nature can promote physical health, mental acuity, and emotional enhancement.

Sep 28         Audubon Society
Presenter – Diana Beck, President
Diana Beck has served as president of the local chapter of the Audubon Society for a number of years in the past and is once again in charge. The focus, she brings to the group and their efforts, is on protecting and restoring habitat. Learn what is being done locally and how you might be able to contribute or help in these efforts.

Oct 5 – Oct 26      Bible Study – The Gospel According to Luke           
Leader – Brian Smith

Luke, a convert by St. Paul, was the only Gentile (non-Jew) to compose a gospel and writing in the 80s he includes much of the oral tradition about Jesus not yet written down in the previous gospels of Mark and Matthew. He wants to make Jesus understandable to the non-Jewish world of Romans and Greeks where Christianity by the 80s was growing rapidly and where the vast majority of people experienced much suffering.

Nov 2 – Nov 30           Dear White Peacemakers
By Osheta Moore

Leader – Jill Stiemsma

Dear White Peacemakers is a breakup letter to division, a love letter to God’s beloved community, and an eviction notice to the violent powers that have sustained racism for centuries.

Dec 7              The Book of Longings
By Sue Monk Kidd

Leader – Debbie Wolf

“Bless the largeness inside me, no matter how I fear it …. When I am dust, sing these words over my bones: she was a voice”
In her fourth work of fiction Sue Monk Kidd takes a bold approach to history in giving a voice to Ana, wife of Jesus. Kidd is courageous in imagining the life of Jesus as a married man but also capturing Jesus as a fully human young man in his 20’s. Jesus is a prominent character in the novel, but this is Ana’s story and journey.

Dec 14             The Work of Christmas:  The Twelve Days of Christmas with Howard Thurman

Leader – Peg Bradley

This book is a celebration of the twelve days of Christmas, offering us a chance to dwell on the meaning of the season in dialog with the wisdom of one of America’s greatest mystics and activists, Howard Thurman. This poem written by Thurman will be a guide for our time together.
When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among brothers (and sisters), To make music in the heart.

Dec 21             Christmas Brunch