Here are UUCC’s offerings for Adult Religious Education for winter and spring 2021:
Contemporary Ethics Issues Based on Bible Stories, presented by Ken Walsh
Contemporary issues will be derived from selected Bible stories and discussed in a seminar manner seeking individual perspectives and comments on that perspective and then other perspectives and comments. The purpose is to develop your initial thoughts on ethical issues with the consideration of other perspectives and clarifying comments. Uses the companion book, Bible Stories for All Without the Dogma, for optional pre-class readings. Available at registration through the UUCC Book Store ($15 including tax and delivery).
Tuesdays, January 26, February 2, February 9. 7-8:30pm (EST) via Zoom.
- Session 1: Course description in detail, presenter background, Biblical influences in Western culture, description of modern seminars; ethics & morals; discussion routine; and issues derived from the stories of Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, Noah, and Abraham.
- Session 2: Isaac, Jacob, Esau, Laban, and Joseph
- Session 3: Moses, Ruth, Saul, David, Solomon, Esther, closing
The ethics, morals, and responsibility issues will cover the following themes: personal responsibility, the responsibility to care for others, relationships, morality, and fairness.
Read the book Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey, 10 pages every 2 days, starting February 1st. Discuss the book on a private Facebook group. Starting February 1st, questions posted every other day to discuss. With Robin Slaw, DRE.
Women in the Old Testament (w/Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Commentary) presented by Ken Walsh
We will discuss how women have been portrayed and not portrayed in the Old Testament. Topics include women in activist, non-traditional roles, including Eve, Shiphrah & Puah, Deborah, Ruth, and Esther. And the portrayal of women in traditional roles, including Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Hannah. We will also discuss how Elizabeth Cady Stanton came to write The Woman’s Bible and the reactions to it. Our session is scheduled for 90 minutes with additional time available if needed for further discussion.
We will use Ken Walsh’s companion book, Bible Stories for All Without the Dogma, and the Bible for your optional pre-class readings. His book is available through the UUCC Book Store (for $15 including tax and free delivery as a registration option), or at Amazon, bn.com and bookshop.org (which supports independent bookstores). You can read the Bible online for free at https://www.biblestudytools.com/gnt/ or search online for Bible Study Tools. Scroll to Bible versions. He recommends the Good News Translation for easy-to-understand, common language.
Tuesday, March 23, 7-8:30pm (EST) via Zoom