Winter 2019

Classes are free except where noted and open to the public.


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Sunday Morning Seminar

Jesus and His Jewish Influences
Sundays, 8:30 – 9:45 am 
Wicker Room, South Campus

Featuring 30-minute weekly DVD lectures by Dr. Jodi Magness, religious studies professor at the University of North Carolina. Discussions following each week will focus on the inextricable linkage of Jewish history and faith with Jesus to really understand who this Jesus really is and what his message really means for us today. Facilitated by John Hoberg and others. Free and open to the public.

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Christianity: Perspectives and Insights

The Gnostic GospelsLost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
Sundays, 7 – 8:30 pm (Through March 24)
Centennial Room, North Campus

Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication, a DVD series featuring professor and author Bart Ehrman
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart Ehrman

This twelve-week study explores a wide variety of noncanonical writings using Bart Ehrman’s book and lecture series. The course offers “a compelling look at early forms of Christianity and shows how they came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten.” This class is designed so that participants will gain new insights into early, first, second, and third century Christianity. Readings prior to class are helpful but not necessary. We invite you to drop in and out as your schedule allows.

Lisa Norris and Paul Kramer will facilitate.
For questions contact Christy at

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Tai Chi for BalanceTai Chi

Tuesdays, 9 – 9:45 am
Weist Room, South Campus

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: or 614-203-7913, or Diane Sturges:

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Tuesday at Ten
The Accidental UniverseThe Accidental Universe
Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 am (through February 26)
Wicker Room, South Campus

During January and February, Tuesday at Ten probes science and religion through Alan Lightman’s fascinating book, The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew.

“Alan Lightman possesses the mind of a theoretical physicist and the soul of an artist” in these essays that explore the nature of the universe and its relationship to our humanity, the dialogue between science and spirituality, and the manner in which modern technology has separated us from direct experience of the world.

Holding a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities at MIT, Dr. Lightman has compiled an impressive list of fiction and non-fiction writings, including Einstein’s Dreams and Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine. Pete and Pidge Diehl will facilitate the discussions. All are welcome, no cost to attend. A limited number of books are available in the bookstore. Contact Christy at with questions.

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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

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Women Living the Questions

The Great Work of Your Life
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Wicker Room, South Campus

Beginning in January we will use the book by Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life, as well as related videos. The focus is primarily on finding practical ways to bring these teachings into our daily lives. New members are always welcome.

For more information, email Linda Baldeck at

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Wednesday Evening Bible Study 

Wednesdays, 7 – 8:15 pm 
Burkhart Chapel, South Campus

The Letters of John
Led by Rev. Jim Long, we will meet for 8 Wednesdays through Feb. 27. We will not meet during Lent.

A Bible Study by Rev. Glen Miles will meet during Lent on Tuesdays from 7 – 8 pm in Grace Hall at North Campus from March 12 – April 16 on “What does the Bible say about…?”
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Contemplative Way Group

Thursdays, 11:45 am – 1 pmThe Heart of Centering Prayer
Wicker Room, South Campus

We continue with Cynthia Bourgeault’s new 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 Rev. David Hett and other spiritual directors.

Books are available in the Bookstore or Thursdays before or after the group by arrangement.
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Call Christy at (614) 488-0681 ext 247 or