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Adult Education

Autumn Speakers

Every autumn Rutgers Presbyterian Church welcomes a renowned scholar to our church for a weekend seminar and workshop. In the past we have hosted Dr. Steve A. Wiggins, Associated Editor at oxford University Press and Ancient Near East scholar, Prof. Patricia Tull who spoke on Faith, the Bible and the Ecological Crisis, Neil Asher Silberman, an Archaeologist and Historian, Susan Brind Morrow who spoke on her book: The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Text. These are just a few of the fascinating speakers invited to Rutgers each fall.

This fall, October 6 & 7, we welcome Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He will lead an afternoon public lecture on Saturday:     “Einstein’s Biggest Blunder? Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe” and join us at our 11:00am Worship Service on Sunday to speak on “A Universe of Universes? Reflections on Life and the Cosmos”.

Alex Filippenko, an elected member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, is one of the world’s most highly cited astronomers. He is the recipient of numerous prizes for his scientific research, and he was the only person to have been a member of both teams that revealed the
Nobel-worthy accelerating expansion of the Universe. In 2017, he was selected for the Caltech Distinguished Alumnus Award.Winner of the most prestigious teaching awards at UC Berkeley and voted the “Best Professor” on campus a record 9 times, he was named the U.S. National Professor of the Year in 2006. He has produced 5 astronomy video courses with The Great Courses,
coauthored an award-winning astronomy textbook, and appears in more than 100 TV documentaries. He has given about 1000 public presentations, and he was awarded the 2004 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization. He is addicted to observing total solar
eclipses throughout the globe (16 so far, all successfully).

Thursday Night Summer Book Discussion Group beginning June 7 @ 6:30pm

This Summer we will read and discuss The Shadow of the Galilean, book by Gerd Theissen.

We will meet every Thursday evening from June – August at 6:30pm (In the session room). You can get the book on Amazon for just $16 or a Kindle version for $5.

It is an older book (first published in 1986) but it is still relevant especially in America, where we are surrounded by all those fundamentalist and even by “liberal” media force-fed by all sorts of literalist nonsense.

If you would like more information please feel free to contact pastor Andrew.

Wednesday Night Rutgers Lenten Seminars beginning February 28 @ 6:30pm

Periodically throughout the year, Rev. Andrew Stehlik, Th.D. offers an adult education class beginning at 6:30pm on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Childcare is available upon request. Past classes have included  discussions of the Pauline letters in their historical context and the Reformed tradition, in-depth studies of the 10 Commandments, the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles.

Please join us as Rev. Stehlik leads a seminar based on a book and DVD by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman.

Thursday Night Bible Class beginning November 30, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Please join us for our 2018 Summer Progressive Bible Class series entitled “first light:Jesus and the Kingdom of God”. Please check our YouTube channel for introductions to each lecture