First Day School Program
Sundays, concurrent with Meeting for Worship (Sept-June)
First Day School begins at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays with Gathering Singing.
The children are divided into two age groups. The 3-7 age group will consist of Sparkling Still, Godly Play/Faith and Play, and the Obadiah book series. The programs for the 8 and older age group will consist of AFSC's “If I had a trillion dollars” curriculum, Godly Play/Faith & Play, Jr, Meeting, and visiting other churches.
Childcare is provided for children too young to participate in the programs.
1st First Day Program
First Sunday of the month after potluck dinner
Dec. 1: Winter Season Card Signing
Jan. 5: Eldering
Feb. 2: Quaker Ethics and East Africa
Adult Religious Education Program
Sundays, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Nov 24: Conclusion, pp. 34-38
That-Of-God in Nietzsche (Dec. Adult Ed.)
This witness teaches us that there is a heart not only behind every spoken word we may hear, but also behind every written word as well. And just as there are interpersonal situations where it is harder to hear That-Of-God behind words spoken, there are texts in which it is harder to decipher That-Of-God behind words written.
For Christians of many stripes, and also for those Quakers who do not identify as Christian, the several works of Friedrich Nietzsche may rank high on the list of texts that seem hostile or mean-spirited, or, at least, difficult to hear That-Of-God in or through. Nietzsche is, after all, well-known for his announcement of the “death of God,” for his incisive moral-psychological critique of Christian morals (as he understood them), and for titling a work, in which he began a “revaluation of all values,” The Antichrist.
In December, the Adult Religious Education program will seek out That-Of-God in Nietzsche’s works through a close reading of the passages in which the reader starts to hear intimations of Nietzsche’s positive project. Short passages of the relevant texts and brief orienting comments will be provided, in addition to the usual lively discussion.
Dec 1: Reason, Doubt, and Nietzsche’s “God”: What really has died in the “death of God” passages?
Dec 8: Yes-Saying & Terrors of Conscience: Amor Fati and the Eternal Return of the Same
Dec 15: The Idea of a Gay Science [Fröhliche Wissenschaft]: objectivity as denial of self
Dec 22: Philosophy Expressed in a Life: Nietzsche’s confessional “Preface” to the second edition of The Gay Science
Let us enter into this interpretive work of love, so that, if nothing else, we might marvel at how much Nietzsche could see for one with a heart so blind.
Spiritual Seekers Information and Discussion Program
Fifth Sundays, 12:30 to 3:30 pm.: Dec 29, Mar 30
People come to Friends meetings for various reasons, many visit as part of a personal spiritual journey of seeking out a religious tradition that speaks to their condition. The Spiritual Seekers Information and Discussion Program is a way to find out more about Quaker faith and practice as well as an opportunity to explore how Quaker faith and practice relates to your own personal spiritual journey. Childcare is available as requested.