Co-sponsored with our Adult Education Board, the Common Ground programs are now on the third Wednesday of each month starting at 7:00 pm in the Chapel Room. $10.
JANUARY 18 • JIM KENNEY
RUSSIA, PUTIN, AND POWER
Understanding Russia and Russian internal politics has always been a challenge. But never more so than today, as Russia-watchers find themselves pondering Churchill's enduring "riddle-mystery-enigma" one-liner while trying to decipher Vladimir Putin's latest improbabilities. Bullying former Warsaw Pact allies, hacking Democratic Party emails, dabbling in the Facebook “fake news” affair, and perhaps even hatching some bizarre strategy with Donald Trump as unwitting stalking horse, and , perhaps meddling in the U.S. election? What is the thoughtful analyst to make of this increasingly aggressive strongman, as he grows more worrisome to Europe, China, and the U.S, and less and less popular in his homeland.
FEBRUARY 15 • JERROL LEITNER
NICAEA—WHEN JESUS BECAME GOD
When Constantine claimed the empire in 306, Christian teaching was varied and inconsistent. A minority camp called Jesus divine and equal to God the Father but the majority saw Jesus as subordinate to the Father and lacking in absolute divinity. Bishops and theologians fought an ever-escalating war of words and wounds complete with anathemas and excommunications. Demanding unity in his empire, in 325 Constantine called a council in the city of Nicaea. Christianity was forever transformed in doctrine and its relationship to the larger culture.
MARCH 15 • JOHN WASIK
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
TRUMP AND FINANCIAL REALITY
How will the new president and Congress impact your retirement, financial well being and health security? Author/journalist John Wasik has been closely examining the impact of the most disruptive election in modern times and will distill some key insights.