Your Thoughts on Navigating the Seas of Change

Our 2016-2017 Adult Education Series Navigating the Seas of Change came to an end on May 21. We’ve had tremendous attendance and I am grateful for your support. I hope you’ve been able to learn, grow and explore questions about faith and are now living out that faith in the world. Look for information about next year’s classes in the upcoming summer Chronicles. My door is always open for ideas and thoughts for the coming year. For now, listen to some of this year’s Adult Ed participants about our series:

“Teachers brought up questions of complacency and responsibility, encouraging me to speak up and discuss important issues of faith and hope.”

“I love the level of scholarship; objectivity.”

“Classes reinforce my need to be involved—not be a bystander.”

“I’ve relearned techniques for self-care.”

“Imam Zia & Fatimah Popal interacted with us as they shared the importance of interfaith dialogue, speaking their truth with honesty; opening my eyes to people of different faith.”

“Passionate teachers delivered knowledge in a way that is gently confrontational yet illuminating, giving me thought about my role in persecution of immigrants.”

“The rational & principled arguments of Peter Wehner (Ethics & Public Policy Center) remind me of the paramount values of love, inclusion, and tolerance of those who see current political situations differently.”

“Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana brought personal stories, relevant to today’s world, which raised awareness of problems through emphasis on tools and personal responsibility.”

“Sunday morning programs have helped me to remember to be more receptive to God’s grace.”

“Dr. Sathi Clarke (Wesley Seminary) offered me a very different approach to Christianity. I’ve always thought of myself as a concerned Christian—but I realized I could do more in the practice of discipleship. He made me think.”

“General Presbyter (of the National Capital Presbytery), Wilson Gunn, provoked good discussion about faith. He updated me about the Presbyterian Church USA today.”

Faith Implications of Sexual Violence, with Ruth Everhart, gave a “first person narrative that was honest, personal and real. She taught me how better to deal with pain and cruelty; a poignant example of reconciling life with faith.”