Academy for Life & Faith

2018 Series of classes sure to stimulate thought, discussion and action.

The Adult Education Committee is pleased to present this month's selection of the Saint Andrew Adult Education Series. The series brings classes ranging from environmental topics, to social issues, to scriptural and theological studies. Each series is led by speakers who are experts in their field and have a passion to share with us as we continue the challenge to 'seek God, create community, and practice justice.'

We would like to extend a big thank you to the members of the 2018 Adult Education Committee:
Marcia Manter, Vivian Gibbens, Mark Dugan, Julie Broski, & Denise Dugan.

September 30
Democracy: Is It Threatened?

Barbara Bollierwith Barbara Bollier
9:30am, Friends Hall

Barbara will discuss participatory democracy in the context of potential threats to democracy, as well as the role of faith communities in democracy. She brings her own rich experience to this topic, including the disapproval and pushback she has received from her own party for endorsing a Democrat in the Third District Kansas congressional race.

Barbara Bollier is a Republican member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 7th District, which includes a large part of northeast Johnson County. Before being elected to the Senate, she represented the 25th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. She is also a physician.


October 7
Migrant Farmworkers

Suzanne Gladneywith Suzanne Gladney
9:30 am, Friends Hall

The apple harvest season is bountiful this fall... lots of  apples, workers, families and needs. Saint Andrew has supported the Migrant Farmworkers Assistance project and welcomed these strangers for more than 20 years. Come hear the stories at 9:30am in Friends Hall.  

Suzanne has spent more than thirty years as a legal aid attorney assisting undocumented workers and migrant families in our Kansas city region.

October 14
New Thinking About the Climate Crisis - TED talk by Al Gore

ted talk al gore9:30 am, Friends Hall

In this new slide show Al Gore presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act. Following the viewing of this TED talk we will discuss Trump administration rollbacks that might lead to increases in climate change worldwide. Climate advocate, Al Gore focused the world’s attention on the global climate crisis. Now he’s showing us how we can move towards real solutions.


October 21
KSvotes & Advance Voting

Brian McClendonwith Brian McClendon
9:30am, Friends Hall

We will gather in Friends Hall to hear Lawrence native, Brian McClendon. Brian is a Research Professor at the University of Kansas and a candidate for Kansas Secretary of State. He co-founded the startup that became Google Earth, and more recently he co-founded KSvotes, a nonprofit that allows citizens to register to vote and request advance ballots from their phones. He will talk about KSvotes and advance voting.


October 28
Mission Southside

Craig Howardwith Craig Howard
9:30am, Friends Hall

Mission Southside is not a church, but partners with churches, “helps” organizations, businesses, and individuals to bring hope to Johnson County, KS through the meeting of both physical and spiritual needs. Craig Howard is the Executive Director of Mission Southside.