April 2017: Adult Religious Education

April 2 Dietrich Bonhoeffer Part 2 (Linda Clark

We continue our discussion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian who worked as part of the resistance to the Nazis. Imprisoned for 18 months, Bonhoeffer was executed in the last months of World War II.

A prolific writer, Bonhoeffer coped with circumstances by composing a personal philosophy built on sacred community, mutual suffering, and costly grace. We will discuss the major ideas in his writings that continue to resonate with people today.

April 9 Right Sharing of World Resources

Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR) is a Quaker organization founded in 1967 that provides microloans to projects in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and South India. RSWR raises funds to make grants to community-based women’s groups. The annual budget is just over $500K. Recent fundraising efforts results in an endowment of nearly $1 million, some of which is reserved for organization capacity building. The Peace and Social Concerns Committee will provide a simple meal to support RSWR after Meeting for Worship.

April 16 Easter Worship Sharing

April 23 The Gathered Meeting (Bill Hecht)

This session will be based on the “Gathered Meeting” pamphlets by Thomas Kelly (1940s) and the newer pamphlets by Steven Davison (2017). Bill will share what he thinks he understands from them, and then have worship sharing on the topic.

April 30 Friendly Bible Study (Gordon Roesler and John Allder Stephens)

Friendly Bible Study is a simple way to connect with the Bible that honors the insights of Quaker practice. The method highlights the roles of personal experience and continuing revelation to relate the biblical witness to our lives in the present. This session will include a quick review of the method and time to practice with a short passage.