Men of Westminster

Second Friday Breakfast

The Men of Westminster holds a breakfast meeting the 2nd Friday of each month from 7:00 to 8:15 AM in Fellowship Hall, with a skilled speaker and discussion facilitator to stimulate thought on how God is working in our lives. Men, don’t miss the fellowship and discussions! Full breakfast provided (donations accepted). Contact Dudley Schadeberg with questions and reservations.

Friday, October 12
A Volcano Primer: When to Run Towards Them and When to Run Away

If you have been watching the news you should have seen some amazing videos of the recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala. Volcanoes have been present on earth, in one form or another, since the very beginnings of the planet. They are a magnificent reminder of the great forces at work on the interior of the planet to rework and reconstitute the surface features.

We are a planet of constant change. Not all planets exhibit volcanism; in fact, most do not. Dr. Victor P. Zabielski will present a primer on volcanic activity on our planet and an overview of volcanoes in general. He will explain why Earth is different from so many other bodies in our solar system. Mars was once volcanically active but now only contains extinct volcanic features. Venus may yet have erupting volcanoes. Why do erupting volcanoes in Indonesia cause so much damage and potential climate change, whereas volcanic eruptions in Iceland are more photo opportunities than catastrophes? 

Victor Zabielski is a professor of geology and Assistant Dean of the geology department at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia, and has taught there since 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received his Ph.D. in Geology from Brown University. He also received a two-year post-doctoral fellowship from the University of Minnesota. He worked as a consulting geologist for George Marshall Consulting Geologists in Averill Park, New York, before joining the faculty at NVCC.  The field work associated with his work has ranged from the Bahamas, Oman, and in the Canadian Arctic off the coast of Elsmere Island.

Men’s Retreat 2019

February 1-3, 2019 at Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center
Dr. Bruce Douglass, Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington

We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Bruce Douglass, the Director of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, as our retreat leader. He is a noted authority on John Calvin and the Protestant Reformation, and on how reformed theology subsequently influenced the development of modern Europe and the creation of a new constitutional republic in the New World that we know of as the United States of America. Bruce is well known to many in our church, having presented a number of lecture series at our Sunday morning adult education classes relating to reformed religion and its influence on theological, cultural, and social issues in contemporary American society. 

Bruce Douglass retired earlier this year from his post as Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University, where he taught political and social theory. A graduate of Yale (Master of Divinity) and Duke Universities (Master and Ph.D. in political science), he chaired the Department of Government and also served as Dean of the Faculty of Georgetown College.  His publications include several edited volumes, such as One Nation Under God, Catholicism and Liberalism, and Liberalism and the Good. His essays have appeared in a variety of scholarly journals as well as such popular publications as The Responsive Community, The Christian Century, Commonweal, Christianity and Crisis, and the New Oxford Review.

Those men who have attended previous retreats know how enjoyable and rewarding the program, food, and fellowship have been.  Men who have never before attended a retreat should consider attending this one. Sign up will begin the first Sunday in November in Fellowship Hall.