Wednesday NightÂ Adult Education
Periodically throughout the year, Rev. Andrew Stehlik, Th.D.Â offers an adult education class beginning at 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings. Childcare is available upon request. Past classes have included Â 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 beginning November 16th on the 3rd floorÂ as Pastor Stehlik leads a discussionÂ regarding Vaclav Havel’s “The Power of the Powerless”. For a downloadable PDF of the essay click here
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 who delivered an inspiring message on “How Can Archaeology Affect Faith”. These are just a few of the fascinating speakers invited to Rutgers each fall.
This September 17 and 18 we welcome the great poet and author, Susan Brind Morrow.
Unlocking the mystery of Hieroglyphics as poetry with Susan Brind Morrow
â€śHieroglyphic means â€śmysteriousâ€ť yet hieroglyphs themselves are instruments of absolute clarity that present a pellucid record of the natural world. This is writing as it first was, a mirror of lifeâ€ťâ€”Susan Brind Morrow
Please mark your calendars for September 17-18 when our fall guest speaker, Susan Brind Morrow, will speak about her book The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts.Â Published in 2015, Brind Morrowâ€™s writing has been described as â€śopening the language of hieroglyphs with the skill of a scholar and the sensibility of a poet.â€ť Brind Morrow recasts the Pyramid Texts as an important poem, arguing that these immaculate engravings describe not only a foundational religion and philosophy but a radical way of viewing the world.
Buried in a tomb in the Egyptian desert some four thousand years ago, the Pyramid Texts are among the worldâ€™s earliest complex and extensive body of writing.Â Morrow argues that the Pyramid Texts should be recognized as a formative event in the evolution of human thought which — almost before science, art, and written language — set forth the relationship between time and eternity, life and death, history and ideas with astonishing parallels to Judeo-Christian culture, Buddhism, and Tantra.Â More than twenty years in the making, her book is a monumental achievement that locates the origins of poetic thought in Western Culture.
Susan Brind Morrow studied classics, Arabic, and Egyptology at Columbia University. She has lived and traveled extensively in Egypt and Sudan, working as an archaeologist and as a Guggenheim Foundation fellow studying natural history, language, and the uses of poetry. Her first book, The Names of Things: A Passage in the Egyptian Desert, was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir in 1998. She is also the author of Wolves and Honey: A Hidden History of the Natural World. She lives in upstate New York.
Click here for a link to an excerpt of her book which will be discussed at the Saturday sessions.