ADULT EDUCATION AT THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ITHACA:
Our Adult Education series, meeting from September through June, aims to provide classes in the same areas of study as a Seminarian would encounter, including Greek Scriptures (New Testament), Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), church history, theology, Gospel and cultures, worship, Christianity and the arts, interfaith understanding, and social justice. We bring in a variety of speakers from the community and surrounding regions, as well as using the talents within our own congregation. We hope you will join us for Adult Education at 11:30-12:30 pm on Sundays after the service.
Carol Hockett, Coordinator of School and Family Programs at Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art, will give us an illustrated talk about the museum’s new fall exhibition. how the light gets in brings together a group of about 52 artists and artist collectives from 32 countries whose work engages themes of migration, immigration, displacement, and exile. It is about hope at a time in which migration has become one of the most pressing issues for humanity.
Rev. Cindy Weaver’s recent sermon explored the rich Old Testament theme of “Wisdom,” personified in Proverbs as a woman. This class will permit us to dig deeper into the Wisdom Tradition, including how it is linked to other parts of the Bible.
Sept. 22 and 29
Who are "Others"? This summer several sermons have dealt with "the other". Who do we consider to be our neighbor? Is the "other" a neighbor? Why do we need to create the "other"?
In these two classes we will continue this discussion by looking at two of the six essays in Toni Morrison's The Origin of Others. Copies of the essays will be available before the first class. Lorraine Maxwell and Cindy Weaver will lead us.
Lorraine Maxwell and Cindy Weaver will lead us in the last of three classes on Toni Morrison's The Origin of Others. In these essays, the author—one of the greatest writers of the 20th century—deals with the timely subject of how we think about and treat other people, and are treated by them. Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss her work. You are welcome to attend even if you missed the earlier classes, because a different essay will be studied each Sunday. Books are available in the main office.
Prof. Emeritus Jane Mt. Pleasant (Tuscarora), past director of Cornell University's American Indian Program, will lead a discussion on Indigenous cropping systems, plants, and human well-being. She lectures frequently on Indigenous agriculture and its links to contemporary agricultural sustainability, and is considered a national expert in Iroquois agriculture. Dr. Mt. Pleasant has explored Iroquois agriculture from a multi-disciplinary perspective that includes history, archaeology, paleobotany, and cultural /social anthropology in order to provide a critically needed bridge between scholars in the humanities and social sciences who work in Iroquois Studies.
Mayor Svante Myrick will explain the Green New Deal for Ithaca. Don’t miss this great opportunity to find out what Ithaca plans to do to combat climate disruption.
Maury Tigner will be leading us in a discussion and sharing about Stewardship Sunday
Suzanne Scholten, Director of Christian Education, will lead parents and non-parents through a Godly Play experience. It will be held in the Godly Play room on the second floor.