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:
yce Ann Collins (chair), Marcia Manter, Vivian Gibbens, Mark Dugan, Julie Broski, & Denise Dugan.

February 11
Human Rights Violations

human rightswith Professor Tom Nanney
9:30am, Friends Hall

Professor Tom Nanney will give a talk about human rights violations.
Tom Nanney is a Visiting Associate Professor at University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, where he teaches Global Legal Systems, Introduction to American Legal Skills, Lawyering Skills, Introduction to Islamic Law, and International Human Rights. Previously, Tom was in private practice at a large, international law firm. Tom holds a BA in Religion from Dartmouth College, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and a JD from UCLA.


February 18
Seeds of Hope

Alex Morsewith Alex Morse
9:30am, Friends Hall

Alex Morse will be sharing how Week of Compassion is planting seeds of hope in many rural communities across Latin America.  Stories will highlight the positive changes that are happening and how Week of Compassion is helping farmers to grow more food while adapting to the challenges of climate change.

Alex Morse is the Associate Director of Latin American Programs for Foods Resource Bank, and a member of St. Andrew Christian Church.  Over the last 11 years he has worked with partners in the Dominican Republic responding to the needs of people living with HIV/AIDs, served with Church World Service in Haiti during the Haiti Earthquake Response, and has visited more than 40 programs addressing hunger spanning from Mexico to Paraguay.  Alex has a Master's Degree in International Development from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh.  He lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife, Erin Morse.


February 25
Saint Andrew’s Newest Mission Commitment: IHN

IHNwith Stevie Morris & Jodi Dinkins
9:30am, Friends Hall

Stevie Morris and Jodi Dinkins will share their Interfaith Hospitality Network experience with hosting homeless families and single women at St. Andrew.  This mission is supported by 36 Johnson County churches and hosted by 12.  Our next hosting week is Feb. 18-25.  If you have questions or an interest in how this program uniquely addresses the issue of homelessness in our area, please join in our informal discussion soon Sunday, Feb. 11.

Stevie Morris, a retired social worker, has worked with those in poverty for over forty years in Johnson County, Kansas City and New York.  As a retiree, Stevie continues to work with Girl Scouts, children’ s theater, tutors reading in Spring Hill and works with an anti-poverty program in Miami County.  Her interests lie in helping children and families grow and develop into confident adults.  Currently, she teaches 2nd and 3rd graders here at St. Andrew.

Jodi Dinkins, a retired teacher of Special Education for 41 years, has volunteered at Interfaith Hospitality Network for 6 years.  She has served on the St. Andrew Mission team for 6 years, as well.  Jodi also volunteers with the Victim Assistance Unit at the Johnson County District Attorney’s office. Prior to retiring, she had volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for 21 years. She and her husband Bob have been members of St. Andrew for 19 years.  


March 5
Hospice Basics and Benefits

VITASwith Rabbi Jon Kleinman & Nick Lundholm
9:30am, Friends Hall

The end of life is a sensitive time for people and their families.  Facing the unknown is often frightening as we all struggle with fear.  There are many myths regarding hospice services.  This presentation by Director of Market Development Nick Lundholm, and Rabbi Jon Kleinman, chaplain and community liaison for VITAS Healthcare, will eliminate these myths and empower families to make the decisions that are right for them and their loved ones.
Breakfast will be provided!

Rabbi Jon Kleinman has been serving his communities as a chaplain since 2011.  Ordained in 2013, Jon started his pastoral care career at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati.  From there, he was a chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Jon started working at Vitas in the early Spring of 2016.  With strong partnerships in the community, he believes Vitas can bring comfort to patients and their families.  Jon moved to Overland Park recently with his wife, Rabbi Monica Kleinman, who is the director of lifelong learning at Congregation Beth Torah.

Director of Market Development Nick Lundholm has experienced hospice personally with his grandmother and father.  Believing that healthcare is a scary world, he wants to help other navigate the waters. He is an experienced healthcare educator who has taught in hospitals and nursing facilities in the region.  He is a loving husband and father of two.