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

April 30
"Week of Compassion"

Vy Nguyenwith Vy Nguyen
9:30 am, Friends Hall

We are excited to welcome Vy Nguyen, Executive Director of the Week of Compassion, as our guest preacher and Adult Ed speaker this Sunday. Vy holds a Master of Divinity from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and earned his B.A. in religious studies with a minor in environmental sciences from Texas Christian University. Prior to his role at WoC, Vy served more than 5 years with Church World Service for the Southwest Regional Office where he worked with congregations and donors to increase their fundraising portfolio. Prior to his work with Church World Service, Vy worked with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps office in Berkeley, CA where he strengthened relationships between volunteers, congregations, and non-profit agencies. Vy and his wife, Linh Bui, live in Oakland, CA.

May 7
"Ethiopia: A Cradle of Civilization"

Jim Martinwith Jim Martin
9:30 am, Friends Hall

After an exciting vote Saint Andrews Adult Education attendees chose Ethiopia as our next country of study. This landlocked country is the second most populous nation in Africa and located in a tough corner of the world. Surrounded by failed and failing states, Ethiopia is at once a major host of refugees from the violence in the Horn of Africa and a country in turmoil that is also the source of thousands of its own refugees. In 2017, the UN indicates that over 800,000 refugees are in camps in a Ethiopia. Yet in 2014 over 251,000 Ethiopian refugees were residing in the United States to escape political persecution. This major African country, which hosts the headquarters of the African Union, is an important player in the politics and our next country of emphasis.

Jim Martin is currently the Dean of Academics at the Army Command & General Staff College. A career historian with a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, he has taught at numerous universities.