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Music of the Christmas Season: 2020 Edition

We will learn about, listen to, and enjoy the music that makes Christmas an enjoyable, beautiful season. The first session will be an exploration of the secular celebration of Christmas. We will kick off with Barry Manilow reminding us that “Christmas is Just Around the Corner” and end with The Cincinnati Pops’ rendition of “Deck the Halls.” In between we will hear vocalists and musical groups who have made memorable recordings to celebrate the season. The second session will focus on the sacred celebration of Christmas. We will listen to recordings by famous choral groups and enjoy hearing traditional carols, music from long ago, and a very inspiring rendition of “Mary, Did You Know?” by opera soprano Kathleen Battle accompanied by classical guitarist Christopher Parkening. We look forward to seeing you join us for a class that will make your Christmas season merry and bright. About the 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.

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The History and Evolution of the Nobel Peace Prize

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

This course examines the origins, development, and current context of the world’s most prestigious recognition for contributions to the cause of peace. It traces the origins of the Nobel Peace Prize to a thriving peace movement organized in the early 19th century by citizens animated by religious and humanitarian principles that had gained broad support by 1901, when the prize was first awarded. The course features a gallery of recipients (and non-recipients) to illustrate the diverse ways of promoting peace and the evolution of thinking about peace over the past 120 years. In addition it describes the process of selecting recipients and invites reflection about the significance of the Nobel Peace Prize over the decades through the present day. About the instructor: Dr. Michael Clinton Michael Clinton, Ph.D., is professor of history at Gwynedd Mercy University, where he has taught since 2003. Having earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from La Salle University and his master’s degree and doctorate in modern European history from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Clinton teaches courses in European and world history, historical thinking, and historiography. As a scholar whose research focuses on European peace movements during the decades before the First World War and their interactions with American peace advocacy, Dr. Clinton has conducted research in various archives across Europe and in the United States. Dr. Clinton previously served as president of the Peace History Society and book review editor for its journal, Peace & Change.

Using Imagery for Relaxation and Mobility

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

This class will focus on how one can use imagery to enhance relaxation, improve posture, and move more easily and efficiently. The instructor will introduce various images and guide deep breathing, gentle stretching and movement, and creative self-expression towards holistic integration of mind and body. About the Instructor: Dr. Minjung Shim Minjung Shim, Ph.D., is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and assistant research professor of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. As a dance/movement therapy clinician, she has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals across the life span in both medical and behavioral health sectors. She obtained her Ph.D. in creative arts therapies at Drexel University and fulfilled postdoctoral training in mind-body medicine at Stony Brook University. Her clinical and research interests center on the integration of mind-body and creative/expressive arts-based interventions in the mainstream health care system by means of rigorous, evidence-based research and clinical application of this work.