ADULT EDUCATION AT THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ITHACA:
Our services and Adult Education classes are now in person. Classes will follow fellowship time, starting around 11:15 a.m. and running for about 50 minutes. For better air circulation, tentative plans are to hold the classes in the sanctuary rather than Dodds Hall, either in the choir loft or the front pews. We will practice mask wearing and spacing. We hope you will join us! If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Suzanne, the staff liaison to the Adult Education Committee (Suzanne@firstpresithaca.org)
Rev. Phil Courtney will lead us in a Bible study of Matthew 7:12, “Rethinking the Golden
Rule.” On our faith journey, what are new things we can discover about how we treat each
John Weiss, Associate Professor of History Emeritus at Cornell, is well known by our
congregation for—among other things—his long service to the homeless. This has included
organization, collection, and distribution of the food that we volunteer the first Saturday of each
month. Delivery of the food during Covid led John to become better acquainted with members of
the homeless community known as the Ithaca Jungle—a set of encampments in southwest Ithaca.
John will tell us about his experiences there, needs of the occupants other than food, and
opportunities the Jungle offers to follow the teachings of the 25 th chapter of the Book of
Class will be led by Jude Rose, Childcare planner and developer for the Child Development
Council. Jude will briefly describe the role of the Council in Tompkins and Cortland counties in
helping families and young children, especially during the current COVID pandemic. She will
also help us understand ways we can participate in ensuring quality care for all children.
Our guest will be Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres, new Director of Sustainability for the City of Ithaca,
where he leads the implementation of the Ithaca Green New Deal, including the City’s Net-Zero
2030 and Justice50 strategies. We will talk about the Ithaca Green New Deal, with special focus
on the intersection of climate change and climate justice. We will also discuss the different ways
in which the City of Ithaca is making sure disadvantaged communities are involved in the
conversation, the definition of climate change policies, and the implementation of solutions.
From 2010, Dr. Aguirre-Torres led an ambitious climate justice program in Latin
America, for which he was recognized as Champion of Change by President Obama in 2012 and
as Leader in Sustainable Innovation by the White House Office of Science and Technology in
2016. He is a former White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, Chairman of the Latin
America and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy, and Chairman of the Energy Working
Group at the Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council. He holds a degree
in Computer Engineering, a Master’s in Computer Science and a PhD in Electrical and
Electronic Engineering from University College London.
Lunch and Learn, an opportunity to learn about our church, what our committees do, how they serve our
community, how to get involved, connect with each other, share ideas and enjoy lunch together (in a
Covid-safe way)! Followed by a sack lunch, (Provided by the church, along with a drink and dessert –
PLEASE BRING A QUILT OR BLANKET.