Weekly Classes Fall 2019

All classes are free except where noted and open to the public.


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John Schuster
John Schuster

Sunday Morning Seminar
Sundays, 8:30 – 9:45 am
South Campus, Wicker Room

September 8 – October 13
Topic: Celtic Spirituality
Facilitator: John Schuster

Celtic Spirituality as a Healing Force

How can studying Celtic traditions and history help us in our modern times? The ancestral memory that we carry within is largely forgotten and untapped and is a layer of our spiritual nature that is largely ignored by modern preoccupations. We will scan from ancient times to modern artists to gain a sense of what the Irish/Celtic earthy spirituality entails, and its connection to modern Christianity. The Celtic story and imagination are not just for the Irish – they are universal and at the core of what can guide and heal us. The Celts, like all indigenous cultures, show us how to stay in touch with the myths that matter and the instincts that make us human.

October 20 – November 24
Topic: The Celtic World
Facilitator: Mike Elliott


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Christianity: Perspectives and InsightsReligion and Violence
Sundays, 7 – 8:30 pm
North Campus, Room 101
(New Narthex meeting room)

September 8 – November 24
Topic: Religion and Violence
Facilitator: Lisa Norris

“Thinking about Religion and Violence” lecture series by Professor Jason C. Bivins, a Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University. “This course explores some of the factors involved in the persistence of religious violence by looking to the history of religious violence, its multiple manifestations, its scriptural justifications, and how its perpetrators perceive the world. Only by understanding the roots, causes, and circumstances of religious violence can we grapple with it intellectually and practically.”

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Tai Chi for Balance
Tuesdays, 9:00 – 9:45 am
South Campus, Brownlee Hall
Facilitators: Sally Kiska and Diane Sturges

Whether you are in perfect shape or if you have concerns about your balance and fear falling, Tai Chi for Balance is for you. Come join us on Tuesday mornings for 45 minutes of easy, relaxed moves that will strengthen stability, balance, agility and health, as well as, provide a calming meditative experience during these stressful times. The easy-to-learn movements are taught with mindful attention in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Beginning and experienced students are all welcome to participate. The instructors are Sally Kriska and Diane Sturges, both certified in Tai Chi for Balance, levels 1, 2, and 3, Guang Ping Yang style. There is no fee and registration is at the class.

For questions, please contact Sally Kriska: sallykriska@gmail.com / 614-203-7913 or Diane Sturges: dpsturges@aol.com

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Tuesday at Ten

Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 am
South Campus, Wicker Room

Returns September 10
Topic: Harvard University Justice Series. Learn more about it here.
Facilitator: Rev. Les Sauer and Rev. Sharon Sauer

This fall we will explore the question of “What is the Right Thing to Do” with Harvard University professor Michael Sandel’s course on Justice. Uniting philosophy, ethics, contemporary social issues and justice, professor Sandel guides his audience through exercises in critical thinking, democratic argumentation, reasoning and doubt toward a more meaningful wrestling with moral problems and choices we face every day. One of the most popular courses at Harvard, we are excited to offer this series to you.

Enjoy this course introduction:

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Wednesday Morning Fellowship

Wednesdays, 7 – 8 am
Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Both men and women enjoy the fellowship and weekly presentations and discussion of leading-edge topics. Ends promptly at 8 am. Open to the public. Facilitated by Lee Vescelius lvesceli@gmail.com or 614-404-9475.

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Women Living the Questions
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Wicker Room, South Campus

Facilitator: Linda Baldeck

The discussion group continues its focus on Eckhart Tolle’s book, Stillness Speaks. The essence of Tolle’s message is if we connect to the stillness within, we move beyond our active minds and emotions and discover great depths of lasting peace, contentment, and serenity. New members are welcome to join anytime. For questions, email Linda Baldeck at lbaldeck927@gmail.com 

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Wednesday Evening Bible Study 

Wednesdays, 7 – 8:15 pm 
Classroom, TBD

Will return October 2019
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Contemplative Way: Sacred Reading and Silent Meditation

Contemplative WayThursdays 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Wicker Room, South Campus

We continue with Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. A time of sacred reading is followed by a 30-minute silent meditation starting about 12:15 pm each week. Facilitated by varius members of the group.

Books are available in the Bookstore or Thursdays before or after the group by arrangement.
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(614) 488-0681  or askus@theburkhartcenter.org