Classes at The Center

Fall Speakers Series at The Center

Sister and Brothers All: Perspectives on Immigration

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, October 4-November 1, 2017

Presented by The Center at St. Andrew’s in collaboration with OneWorld. More details available here.

Session 1, October 4: “Why do we care? Sharing stories of social justice and immigration to inspire action through love” St. Andrew’s parishioner Matthew Cauble will present several guests who will share their stories. Those attending will be invited to share too. This evening will set the stage for the rest of the series.

Session 2, October 11: “Unheard voices of the parishioners at St. Matthew/San Mateo Episcopal Auburn” with Father Antonio Illas, Priest-in-Charge of this mission church. In a time of both great promise and huge uncertainty for his Latino parishioners in this bilingual church, Father Antonio will invite us to share in the Church’s ministry of love, inclusivity and social justice. Born in Puerto Rico, Father Illas grew up in New York and Chicago and graduated from Central Connecticut University with a BA in History. After a 25 year career as a special agent of the U.S. Government, he pursued his call to the ordained ministry, completing seminary in Puerto Rico. He was ordained an Episcopal priest and was appointed by Bishop Rickel to be priest in charge at St. Matthew-San Mateo in June of 2016 after serving as supply clergy in churches on the U.S./Mexico border and in the Mexican Episcopal Church.

Session 3, October 18: “Faith Over Fear: Standing with our Muslim Neighbors” with Aneelah Afzali, founder and executive director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), and the Rev. Terry Kyllo, pastor serving The Catacomb Churches, a Lutheran and Episcopal congregation of house churches, and director of Neighbors in Faith (NIF), an organization working to facilitate relationships between Muslims and those of other faiths to build stronger communities for a more peaceful world.

Session 4, October 25: “Discrimination, Immigration, Deportation and Exclusion: An Historical and a Personal Jewish Story” with Rabbi Ted Falcon and Ruth Neuwald Falcon, who have collaborated in the growth of innovative synagogues in Los Angeles and in Seattle. They publish a weekly teaching,  produce programs. and share the universal spiritual teachings of the Jewish Wisdom Tradition.

Session 5, November 1: “Common Immigration Myths” Danielle Rosche and Verónica Quiñónez, both lawyers and advocates for immigrant rights, especially the rights of children, youth, and others at risk. Both have extensive experience with immigrants.

Wednesday Evening Suppers at The Center
October 4-November 1, Centering Prayer 5:45pm ~ Supper 6:15 ~ Classes 7:00-8:30
All are invited to all or part of each evening, and all are welcome. Wednesday evenings include not only classes but Centering Prayer in the Chapel and supper in the Parish Hall. A $10 donation is requested for supper, or you can pay for all five suppers ahead for $45. Our Center chef Sean Johnson provides hearty and tasty comfort food which offers the perfect setting for meeting new people and visiting with old friends. Please RSVP for supper if you can or just show up!

End-of-Life Planning Workshop 

A four-week series developed as a follow-up to Speaking of Dying documentary 

Wednesdays, Wednesdays, October 11 – November 1, 7-8:30 pm 

Speaking of DyingThis past spring, The Center at St. Andrew’s presented a series entitled “Speaking of Dying.” The first session was a screening of the film Speaking of Dying – Living Deeply, Dying Well, produced by Trudy James, who herself led the discussion afterwards.

Trudy has offered to return to St. Andrew’s in the fall to conduct an “End-of-Life Planning Workshop,” the four-week series she developed as a follow-up to Speaking of Dying.  It is not necessary to have attended the spring session in order to attend the series this fall. The sessions, scheduled to run on four consecutive Wednesdays (October 11 – November 1, 2017) will provide an opportunity for participants to go into depth and detail regarding their end-of-life wishes and allow time to complete the paperwork to ensure those wishes are met. Topics include:

Trudy JamesThe cost for this 4-part session is $125.00 per person, or $100 per person for couples or family members. This fee includes a binder, advanced directive and many handouts, as well as Trudy’s wisdom over many years of working with those dying and their families. All proceeds from the class will be collected by The Center at St. Andrew’s and passed on to Heartwork for continued support of Trudy and her ministry.  Visit Trudy’s website for more information about her organization and particularly about the “speaking of dying” work.

This series is open to all whether you saw the movie or not. 

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