Meets Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 in the Lounge 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 semester
FALL 2023 SCHEDULE
September 13, 2023 Welcome Back Brunch
September 20, 2023 Sue Schmitz
WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged for Mental Health.
In 2015 a process for churches to become WISE congregations was adopted at the UCC General Synod. Learn about Pilgrims’ WISE Task Force and why this designation is important for PUCC
We hear a lot about mental health challenges in the news. Due to stigma, many people may be reluctant to either seek help professionally or even speak to anyone about their stuggles. “The objective of WISE is to encourage UCC congregations to provide a warm welcome, promote inclusion, and offer support for all who live with mental health challenges, and to engage in living a commitment to be WISE about mental health.” We want to promote understanding and compassion, and reduce stigma – for all ages – Mind, Body and Spirit. The WISE Task Force has been working through the process to become a WISE designated church. Come with your questions and learn more about this important topic.
September 27, 2023 Juliane Troicki, Ph.D
Illuminating Project – The Illuminating Women exhibit showcased 30 inspiring women from the Fond du lac, WI community.
October 4, 2023 Jill Stiemsma
El Salvador Session 1 – Jill teaches English in El Salvador for an organization that funds housing, women’s businesses, children’s scholarships and much more.
October 11, 2023 Jill Stiemsma
El Salvador Session 2
October 18, 2023 Jill Stiemsma
Jill presents a one women play she wrote about Oscar Romero, who was murdered while celebrating Mass, including the voices of his supporters and his critics.
October 25, 2023 Maddie Wiles, president
HOPE LGBTQ+ serves students in Oshkosh and provides awareness and programming around identities, acceptance, and resilience.
November 1, 2023 Pastor Rob Van Ess
Session 1 Haggar: The Text of Terror by Phyllis Trible: . In high lighting the silence, absence, and opposition of God, as well as human cruelty, these neglected stories –interpreted in memoriam– challenge both the misogyny of Scripture and its use in church, synagogue, and academy.
November 8, 2023 Pastor Rob Van Ess
Session 2 Tamar: The Text of Terror by Phyllis Trible
November 15, 2023 Pastor Rob Van Ess
Session 3 An Unnamed concubine: The Text of Terror by Phyllis Trible
November 29, 2023 Pastor Rob Van Ess
Session 4 the daughter of Jephthah: The Text of Terror by Phyllis Trible
December 6, 2023 Pastor Rob Van Ess
Session 5 summary of feminist criticism: The Text of Terror by Phyllis Trible
December 13, 2023