November 3: Rev. Dr. David Lawrence, From Egypt to the Promised Land, The Wilderness Sojourn
Why did it take the people of Israel so long to reach the Promised Land and claim it as their own, after they were freed from enslavement in Egypt? The Hebrew Bible devotes many chapters in the end of Exodus and the beginning of the Book of Numbers to this lengthy sojourn in the wilderness. Dr. Avivah Zornberg’s commentary on the Hebrew Bible calls the travel from Mount Sinai to the land of Canaan “a forty year death march” and “a great failure,” filled with much complaint and distrust, as well as great resentment toward the wisdom and care of God. In two sessions, on October 27 and November 4, we will examine the narrative contained in the Book of Numbers, often overlooked by today’s Christian community, thinking about the wilderness experience and what we can discover about trusting God and faithful living in the face of deep adversity in our own lives.
November 10 & 17: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Europe and the US, Dr. Brid Nicholson
In the first session Dr. Nicholson will explore the complicated religious and political history of Iran and Saudi Arabia, including European involvement in the 20th centiry in it's pursuit of oil resources. In the second session we'll look at the rising tensions in the Middle East, and try to understnad why Europe and the US appear to be taking significantly different positions.
Dr. Nicholson received her Ph.D. from Drew University and is Associate Professor of History at Kean University where she also serves as Director of the Holocaust nad Genocide Program and Jewish Studies Program. She received the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Scholarship at Kean in 2010. The child of an American diplomat, she spent much of her childhood in the Middle East.
December 8: Why I Celebrate Chanukkah and Christmas, Diann Parkas
Diann grew up in a Jewish home, had a traditional Bat Mitzvah, and she became a Jewish believer in Jesus over 30 years ago. Diann will share how following Jesus as the Messiah is a natural outgrowth of her traditional faith for her and other members of her religious community.
Diann earned a Master of Arts degree from NYU and is currently enrolled in a PhD program of Biblical Studies at Antioch Baptist Bible Seminary. She was a dancer before her religious conversion and has continued to use dance to convey her faith.
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