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New course beginning
May 8 --
4 Tuesdays from 1-3 pm at the Women's Institute of
Reading the Testimonies
All around is a growing disillusionment with organized religion on the one
hand and scientific materialism on the other hand. Neither of these fully
satisfies our profound inner hunger for spiritual experience. Is the
answer to our existential problem to be found in meditation, in yoga, in
prayer, in acts of devotion? Must we be shamans or saints to achieve a
glimpse of the divine?
In these four sessions we read and examine “awakenings”—the mystical
transformations of individuals both extraordinary and ordinary.
Testimonies of mystics and mystical texts (drawn from Jewish, Christian,
Muslim, Buddhist, and other sources) demonstrate that the path to deeper
meaning is not “for others.” Just as these individuals pierced the veil of
the ordinary to behold timeless beauty and fill their lives with sacred
light, so can you and I. While no single path is right for everyone, some
path exists for each of us.
Literacy is the only prerequisite for this class. Readings will be
provided. No one has to have received a divine call (we need not even
believe in the divine) to join us in the quest for a more luminous and
New course beginning
September 4 --
12 Tuesdays from 1-3 pm at the Women's Institute of
"THE BOOK OF EXODUS"
Salvation and Revelation--Then and Now
The Book of Exodus contains the two central events of ancient Israel:
the passage of the people from slavery to freedom and the forging of a
nation with God as its king at Sinai. These are the Jewish messages which
both Christianity and Islam considered necessary for their own future.
Neither of them is without precursors in the even older literature of
Egypt and Mesopotamia, but they were crafted in uniquely splendid fashion
by the authors of the Hebrew Scriptures. Even today, the messages of
redemption and revelation continue to inspire us and fill us with
In our study of Exodus we will discuss the world in which the text was
constructed, the meaning it had for its original readers, the meanings
assigned to it through the ages, and the relevance of the Book of Exodus
for our time. The textbook for the course is any edition of the Bible that
contains the entire Old Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures).