Current Classes

Future of the Environment: Hope or Despair, or Are There Any Other Options?

Glenn Gilbert

Class begins 2/7/2018, ends 2/7/2018

Feb. 7; 1:30 p.m. How are we to think about the condition of our planet? Is it too late to reverse course? Are we all doomed? Are there reasons to …

Feb 14; 1:30 p.m. For those of you in your 70s or older, the title will likely cause you to remember stories about each of these items. But for a …

Feb 21; 1:30 p.m. Concealed in the basement of the old Adams Store at 124 S. Main St., in the drawers, on the mezzanine shelves (and sometimes in plain sight) …

Reading Genesis Well

Paul Keim

Class begins 2/27/2018, ends 3/8/2018

2:00-3:30  This course will explore the book of Genesis using four different interpretive lenses. First, we will read Genesis within the context of other ancient origin stories. Second, we will …

Swashbuckling, Slapstick and Swordfights: A Journey to Penzance

Marcia Yost – Coordinator

Class begins 3/12/2018, ends 3/21/2018

10:00-11:30 In our journey to Penzance, you will learn to know the pirates and the parody. You will venture into the realm of Gilbert and Sullivan as they created a …

J. Lawrence Burkholder on Mennonite Ethics: from Isolation to Engagement

Lauren Friesen

Class begins 3/26/2018, ends 3/29/2018

2:00-3:30 The lectures will cover three forthcoming volumes on this topic. In Volume I, Burkholder explores the strengths and limitations of the stance Mennonites took on nonconformity, which meant withdrawal …

It Can’t Happen Here: Handmaids, Farm Animals and the Dystopian Novel

Judith Davis

Class begins 4/2/2018, ends 4/13/2018

10:00-11:30 George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale offer two perspectives on political systems and their effects on the individual. In this class, we will read and …

A Trip Around The World – In A Jennings’ Chair

Phyllis Miller – Coordinator

Class begins 4/18/2018, ends 4/25/2018

10:00-11:30 Travel around the world through personal stories from folks who have lived and worked in other cultures. The four sessions will be divided by countries: Afghanistan by Bill and …

The Art of Life, Illness & Death

John Blosser

Class begins 3/1/2018, ends 3/9/2018

2:00-3:30 The very human experience of illness, death and dying has arguably inspired works of art for ages. We will examine some of the more significant works of literature and …

A Taste of Personal History

Dawn Szabo

Class begins 5/15/2018, ends 5/24/2018

2:00-3:30 Have you thought about writing your life story but you don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve started to write your story, but your project has stalled. This …