Thursday Night Bible Class Series beginning Feb 7 @ 6:30pm
A New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy tells the true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice. Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, and winner of the Carnegie Medal of Excellence in Nonfiction, Just Mercy chronicles Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson’s experiences as a young lawyer. In particular, it focuses on the case of Walter McMillian, a man on death row for a murder he insisted he didn’t commit. Join us as we, through this book, explore the complex histories of racial and criminal justice in America and consider how we can be a part of creating a better future.
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 from 2pm-4pm: “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).