Spring 2015 Adult Education at Montview

Adult Education

Fellowship Hall

February 1, 8, 15, 2015
Religious Identity and Community in the Digital Age
Jeffrey Mahan invites us to think of the “digital” as metaphor through which we think about ourselves and the worlds we inhabit. In a technical sense, “digital” refers to the construction of text and images from tiny pixels of information, and results in the ability to infinitely sample, reorganize and repurpose those bits. Mahan suggests that, as we have embraced digital technologies, we have come to think in new and more fluid ways about our own religious identities, the religious communities we inhabit, and the authority of religious leaders. Is your own religious identity a digital construction that you have built by sampling and combining multiple sources? Does Facebook provide a model for the multiple communities and networks you participate in? Does the ongoing shared authorship of Wikipedia articles illustrate how religious claims and organizations are crafted today? This class will explore these ideas and invite participates to think about what this suggests for our life together at Montview.
Facilitator: Dr. Jeffrey Mahan, a familiar face around Montview, is the Ralph E. and Norma E. Peck Chair in Religion and Public Communication and Professor of Ministry, Media and Culture at Iliff School of Theology. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and is an ordained Methodist minister.

February 22, March 1, 8 15 & 22, 2015
Faiths of Our World
We will examine beliefs, rituals, cultural creations (art, music, literature, etc.) and other interesting facets of major religious traditions on our globe today.
Facilitator: David Valeta has taught at CU Boulder since 2002 in the area of Western Religious Traditions. His academic preparation includes: B.A. in Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages from Geneva College (PA); M.Div. from Bethany Theological Seminary (IL/IN); Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology (CO). Primary Research Areas include Western Religions, Court Tale Literature in the Bible and the Ancient Near East, Humor and Satire in the various Religious Traditions, Resistance against Imperialism in the Ancient World, Peace and Justice in the Biblical Traditions, The books of Daniel and Revelation, and Modern Apocalypticism and Millennialism.

April 12 and 19th, 2015
Shaker Art and Religion
The Shakers came to North America seeking religious freedom in 1774, led by former Quaker Ann Lee. They flourished throughout the next century, founding many communal villages and spreading their particular beliefs and practices. The most visible aspects of Shakerism—architecture, village design, and the many objects they made—expressed their deepest beliefs. We will look at this religion and the art forms it produced, including the spiritual gift drawings received from departed Shakers through visions and trances. Today there are only 3 remaining Shakers, but their art is still collected and celebrated.
Facilitator: Annette Stott is a Professor of Art History at the University of Denver and assistant director of the DU/Iliff Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion. She teaches classes in American art and religion, women in art, graduate research methods, and arts of the American west. She is the author of Holland Mania: the Unknown Dutch Period in American Art and Culture, Pioneer Cemeteries: Sculpture Gardens of the Old West, and editor of Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland, 1880-1914.

Sundays, April 26, May 3 and May 10, 2015
The Jewish Trinity: God, Torah and Israel
Exploration of Jewish ideas of divinity, scripture & peoplehood
If one seeks a sense of the spirit of Judaism, one must explore the three fundamental relationships to the Jewish psyche: relationship with God, with tradition and with one another. During the course of this three week class, Rabbi AdamMorris will lead a journey of study through the main facets of each of these relationships.
Facilitator: Rabbi Adam Morris, of Temple Micah in Park Hill

Adult Education

Contemporary Issues Forum is an adult education class offered on Sundays at 9:15 am with topics that change weekly.
McCollum Room

February 1
Homelessness in Denver: Progress Made and Issues Remaining
Speaker: Bennie L. Milliner, Executive Director, Denver’s Road Home, City and County of Denver

February 8
The State of the City
Speaker: Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock

February 15
The US Economy in Recovery: Are We Still the Land of Opportunity?
Speaker: Dr. Debbie Evercloud, Economist, author, and instructor at University of Colorado-Denver and Webster University.

February 22
A Insiders Look at the 2015 Colorado Legislative Session 
Facilitator: Colorado State Representative Beth McCann House District 8

Adult Education

Parenting Forum a track of adult education at Montview specifically for parents of children and teens.
Gallery Room

January 11 – “Promoting Healthy Eating Habits to Last a Lifetime” with Montview member Carrie McConnell, MA, RD

February 1-8 – “Sleep in Babies and Children” with Dr. Stephen Hawkins

February 15 – “Animate” video, Coffee, and Conversation” with Rev. Ian Cummins

February 22-March 15 – Montview member Linda Rumbarger will lead a discussion on the book Families & Faith: How Religion is Passed Down Across Generations

March 15 – “Keeping Marriage Alive when Children Arrive” with Hilary Silver, LCSW

March 22 – “Animate” video, Coffee and Conversation” with Rev. Ian Cummins

April 12- May 3 – “Parenting Teens: Guiding Your Kids into Adulthood” with Kayla Knopp, MA, Graduate Student in the Clinical Child PhD program at DU.

May 10 – “Seasoned Parents Panel” Coffee and Conversation with Montview Members who’ve survived the early years

Adult Education

Coffee & Conversation
1st Tuesday of the month from 10:00 to 11:30 am 
Meet in the Commons
Facilitator: Russ Wehner
Using video presentations by leading theologians, we will explore and discuss some of the most provocative issues of faith for our times.

Women’s Wednesday Evening Book Study
Interested in thought-provoking discussions on books that will challenge you and help you develop your faith? This book group will allow you to do just that while getting to know a great group of women at Montview. Contact Linda Rumbarger at lrumbarg@hotmail.com or 303.525.2917 for more information and schedule.

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