January 2018 Adult Religious Education

January 7 Spirituality in the Face of Addiction (Sandra Palmer Lavenhar)

An exploration, from personal experience, of how spirituality can develop in spite of the disease of addiction. And how, in the end, spiritually is a critical factor in overcoming the state of active addiction.

January 14 The Anthropology of Religion (Jim Nations)

What can the anthropology of religion teach us about Quakers as a community and about ourselves as individuals? This presentation examines the cross-cultural structure and function of spiritual beliefs to show how religions are alike– and how, like Quakers themselves, they can be different.

January 21 Update on the Alexandria FCNL Advocacy Team (A presentation by
a panel of Advocacy Team members)

The Team completed its 4 sessions of training and has met with Representative Don Beyer to  discuss concerns about military spending. Each January, FCNL announces an advocacy theme
for the year. The panel will lead a discussion of the new advocacy theme and Advocacy Team plans.

January 28 Resolving Conflict from Environmental Change (Antonio Bravo)

Exploring the link between climate change, increasing global civil unrest, conflict, and food insecurity. A Quaker call to conscience in facing the global and domestic challenges presented by climate change.