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.


June 3
Four Forms of Racism

SURJwith Quinn White & Megan Olney
9:30am, Friends Hall

Malice gets a lot of play time because it is easy to call out bigotry and hatred that is laid plain for all to see. But this is only one type of racism - just the tip of the iceberg. Racism is a system of advantage based on race, and this manifests in many more nuanced ways. During this discussion, we will define and differentiate the four forms of racism, explore the way they show up in our different institutions as "business as usual," and discuss their relationship to one another.

Quinn White & Megan OlneyQuinn White is a teacher, a writer, and a racial justice activist with SURJ-KC. She leads SURJ-SACC with Megan Olney and lives in Shawnee, KS with her husband and son.

Megan Olney is a Business Analyst for a technology company and participates in the Kansas SURJ chapter. She works on leading SURJ-SACC with Quinn White and lives in Overland Park, KS with her adorable Border Collie Susie Q


June 10
Run For Something -
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Running for Office But Were Afraid to Ask

Matthew Calcarawith Matthew Calcara
9:30 am, Friends Hall

Whether you want to run for office yourself, or volunteer on a campaign, this seminar will give you ideas on how you can be the change you want to see in the world. Politics is a team sport, and we can show you how to get in the game. And we'll have plenty of time for Q&A so you can ask anything you've been wanting to know about getting involved.

Olathe resident Matthew Calcara is a 3rd generation Kansan; a businessman who decided to run for office because he was sick & tired of being sick & tired of the way things are. He serves as the Democratic precinct committeeman for Olathe Precinct 4-14, a former board member of Equality Kansas, a volunteer event organizer with the Kansas Voter Registration Project, and was part of the inaugural class of endorsees from the national progressive organization RunForSomething. He was featured in the Harper's magazine story "Star Search: the race to rebuild the Democratic Party" along with other local, national and even international media (Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper).

If elected in November, Matthew would be the first openly-gay person to ever serve in the Kansas Legislature, and would represent the 30th District, in which Saint Andrew is located.

June 17
Unintended Bias

Bill Rose-Heimwith Rev. Bill Rose-Heim
9:30 am, Friends Hall

To be human is to have biases. Most of us are aware of our preferences and can manage what we do with them. It's the unintended biases that can influence behavior and attitudes without our even realizing it. When these unintended biases are incorporated into systems, they can exist unnoticed and unchallenged. St. Andrew folk get this. We will spend some time revisiting unintended biases, review how St. Andrew confronts and challenges institutional racism, and consider ways that this congregation might help lead other Disciples in our Region to join in this important faith-rooted effort.

Rev. Bill Rose-Heim has served in ministry for thirty-five years and during the last twenty-five years he has served in three denominations in the Midwest. He is married to Rev. Donna Rose-Heim and is the father of five children. Bill is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has served in emergency services as a first responder and planner and held office in city government. Since November 2015, Bill has been serving as Regional Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Greater Kansas City.


June 24
Connecting with the Homeless in Johnson County

Sharon Rodriguezwith Sharon Rodriguez
9:30 am, Friends Hall

Sharon Rodriguez is the author of Homeless Not Invisible - Photographs and Interviews of the homeless of Johnson County. In 2015, Sharon, an Olathe, Kansas photographer, started to notice the homeless. Living in the most affluent county in Kansas City she did not understand how this could happen. Asking questions and doing research led her to interview and photograph the homeless. She now collaborates with several agencies and faith based organizations to meet people who live on the streets. Her work continues today. She now is facilitating Coffee and Conversation as a way to find out the needs of the homeless. - Sharon will accept donations of Peanut Butter because she carries jars of peanut butter in her car to hand out to the homeless.