Academy for Life & Faith

2017 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 2017 Adult Education Committee:
yce Ann Collins (chair), Marcia Manter, Vivian Gibbens, Mark Dugan, Julie Broski, & Denise Dugan.

October 1
"Seeking God: What does it mean?"

Royce Ann Collinsmoderated by Royce Ann Collins
9:30 am, Friends Hall

Saint Andrew states that we are “seeking God, creating community, and practicing justice.” What does it mean to seek God? Does one look at creation, read the Bible, discuss with friends or meditate? Everyone may seek God at different times in their lives in different ways. Jeremiah 29:13 states “when you seek me, you will find me; if you search wholeheartedly.” Representatives from the Pastoral Partners, David Winans and Pam Hamilton, will share their thoughts on what it means to them to seek God. Royce Ann Collins will moderate a discussion on the topic. “Seek the Lord while he is present, call to him while he is close at hand” (Isaiah 55:6). How do you seek God?

October 8
“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 Gladney is the director/founder/immigration attorney for Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund (MFAF). She will update us on the workers and families here for the busy apple season as well as the fears of many immigrants with the new immigration realities.

Bring your "R&B" (rice and beans!) to donate Sunday. Saint Andrew has supported MFAF for more than 20 years!

October 15

Bonnie Burnside & Pam Hamiltonwith Bonnie Burnside & Pam Hamilton
9:30 am, Friends Hall

Bullying hurts everyone and isn't just a part of growing up. Three conditions create a bullying situation: negative or malicious behavior, repeated over time, and an imbalance in strength or power between the parties involved. We will look at the roles of victim, bystander, and bully and how they are discussed with students at elementary school as well as adults. We will talk about some warning signs, how a person feels, what to do, and how to help prevent the behavior. Bonnie will bring several children's books and other resources about the topic that she finds helpful when dealing with a bullying problem or issue.

Bonnie Burnside is an Elementary School Counselor for the Blue Valley School District. She has worked in the fields of music education and school counseling for 38 years in rural, urban, and suburban schools. Here at SACC, Bonnie is a member of the choir, banner change team, offering team, and bird ministry team

Pam Hamilton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working for Cornerstones of Care. Pam’s area of expertise as a therapist is in trauma and personal relationships. She moved to Kansas to and joined Saint Andrew three years ago, with the highlight of those three years being her recent marriage to Mary O’Reilly.

October 22
"Climate Change and Health"

Christine Casereswith Christine Caseres
9:30 am, Friends Hall

This presentation summarizes findings of a 2016  US Global Change Research Program report titled, "The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States" that is based on peer reviewed studies from 2000 to 2015. Link to report:

Christine Caseres is the chair of the Natural Resources Committee, on the Board of the League of Women Voters (LWV) JoCo and a concern citizen passionate about climate change.

October 29
"The Outrage"

Outrage9:30 am, Friends Hall

“The Outrage” is an educational theatre performance piece that addresses the topics of teen dating violence and sexual assault in a candid, yet sensitive manner. It is performed by the Coalition for Awareness through Peer Education (CAPE). “The Outrage” is an award-winning program that has been very well-received in area middle and high schools and has received national recognition. 

The play promotes social justice and activism against violence while engaging audiences through artistic expression. Members of CAPE, which is primarily comprised of high school and middle school students, present current statistical information and depict realistic dating situations. 

The information presented is extremely valuable to all teenagers. One in five high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. Fifty-four percent of parents admit they have not talked to their child about dating violence.