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.

August Adult Ed Series:
Communicating with the "other side": Generations, Politics, Religion

August 13
"How Do We Communicate/Understand Other Generations"

Royce Ann Collinswith Royce Ann Collins
9:30 am, Friends Hall

Silent, Baby Boomer, Gen Xer, Millennial.  How do we talk with each other? They are so “set in their ways”.  They are so “laisse fair about everything”.  They are so “needy of feedback”.  “Do they ever stop texting?”  “The only way I can communicate with my kids is to text them.  They don’t talk.”  Okay, so we have issues with people from different generations.  Let’s talk about why we have these issues and how we can begin understanding each other.  

Royce Ann Collins has a Master of Religious Education degree and a Ph.D. in Adult Education. She is currently an Associate Professor at Kansas State University-Olathe.


August 20
"Talking Politics:  Can we stay reasonable?"

Jim Martinwith Jim Martin
9:30 am, Friends Hall

For many years, Americans have become more and more polarized in our discussions of politics. Liberal and conservative don't denote portions of the political spectrum anymore, but make up the latest dirty words in politics. Since the presidential election of 2016, things have only gotten worse. This class will examine techniques and suggestions to avoid taking your political conversations over the edge into the cesspool that has become our political discourse. 

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.

August 27
"A Middle Way -- An Alternative to Us & Them"

Rev. Mark Harmonwith Mark Harmon
9:30 am, Friends Hall

According to Rabbi Irwin Kula, we shouldn’t pretend that interfaith differences aren't challenging. To achieve interfaith harmony we need to learn how to handle the ambivalence, anger, messiness, complexity, anxiety and turbulence that is part of what it means to be human beings together on the planet. He contends that we are pretty good at talking about what we have in common, but we fail miserably when it comes to talking about our differences. He describes those differences as our sacred messiness and says that we need more, not less, of it because it is in this sacred messiness that we learn and grow.

I believe the same can be said of our intra-faith differences – the old conservative vs. liberal Christian battle that has been going on for far too long and has created a fault line in the church that encourages us to look at each other in terms of us and them. There’s an Anglican prayer that might point to what is needed. It goes like this: “Grant that we may maintain that middle way, not as a compromise for the sake of peace, but as a comprehension for the sake of truth.” To find this middle way, we first need to learn to talk to each other and that’s what we will be discussing on August 27th. I hope to see you there.