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Global Education: Now and Then

Virtual - Zoom

This course will provide an overview of Global Education Motivators’ 40 year evolvement in global education. It was founded in 1981 to help schools and the community meet the complex challenges of living in a global society. Global Education Motivators (GEM) is a United Nations non-governmental organization which seeks to empower youth globally for a better tomorrow. Wayne will discuss the formal relationship of GEM with the United Nations and the evolvement of real world experiential learning for teachers and youth. April 13 - Session 1 April 20 - Session 2 Instructor: Wayne Jacoby - Wayne Jacoby is a co-founder and current director of Global Education Motivators, which is presently based at Chestnut Hill College. He served as a secondary school teacher from 1964 to 1995, mostly with Springfield High School in Montgomery county. Wayne developed a relationship with the United Nations first with Model UN, and then through GEM. GEM has a formal status with the UN Department of Global Communications and a consulting status with the Economic and Social Council. GEM has helped create UN based student conferences and is currently running three international youth conferences with the UN on the sustainable development goals.

An Introduction to the Music of Johann Sebastian Bach

Virtual - Zoom

Ah, Bach! Johann Sebastian Bach! He is one of the greatest composers who ever lived. In the first session we will explore Bach’s instrumental and keyboard music. We will listen to excerpts from two of his Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites, the famous Fugue in G minor for organ and much more. Session two will focus on Bach’s Mass in B minor. We will listen to excerpts from this magnificent example of choral music sung by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem under the direction of Greg Funfgeld. April 15 - Session 1 April 22 - Session 2 Instructor: Jim Smith - Jim Smith was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Lansdale. He graduated from North Penn High School and earned a degree in music education from Mansfield University. Jim taught elementary vocal music at Hiram Dodd Elementary School in the Allentown School District from 1973 until his retirement in 2007. He serves as the organist at Sanctuary UMC in North Wales and occasionally plays the organ in the Dock Woods Chapel. Jim and his wife Sue lived in Quakertown for 32 years. They moved to Dock Woods in 2014.

Why Do Good Christians Disagree About Politics and What Does Our Lord Want Us to do About it?

Virtual - Zoom

In this two session course, we will briefly look at the depth of Christians’ disagreement about politics and then discuss relevant biblical principles. We will talk about concrete ways to truly listen to each other - both for the sake of Christian witness and also the well-being of our democracy. April 27 - Session 1 April 29 - Session 2 Instructor: Dr. Ronald J. Sider - Dr. Ronald J Sider has taught courses on faith and politics for several decades. He is the distinguished professor emeritus of theology, holistic ministry and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary at Eastern University. He is the founder and president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action. Dr. Sider has published over 45 books, including: Just Politics: A Guide for Christian Engagement, Fixing the Moral Deficit, and Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. Ron and his wife, Arbutus, live at Dock Woods.

Have questions? Have an idea for a class?

Contact Maribeth Benner,
Living U coordinator, at 215-368-4438.