Adult Education – April 2018

April Line-up
Nassau Making a Difference
Retirement on Your Terms
In-Depth Bible Study: First Corinthians

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Please note: there will be no Adult Education Classes on April 1 (Easter) or April 29 (Communiversity).


Nassau Making a Difference

Nassau’s engagement in and commitment to local mission runs deep and wide. This year’s mission series focuses on three long-standing relationships in Princeton and Trenton. Come both to be inspired by the work in progress and drawn into the stories of the need for justice, advocacy and helping hands.


April 8

Against All Odds

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

Princeton native, Paul Robeson, was the epitome of the 20th-century Renaissance man. He was an exceptional athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author, and political activist. Several NPC members are working with our Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church friends to restore and renovate Paul’s birthplace at 110 Witherspoon Street. The Paul Robeson House is established as a memorial to Paul’s life and his unwavering commitment to equality on behalf of the poor and underserved.

Denyse Leslie, Clerk of Session at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church and Vice President of the Robeson House Board; Ben Colbert, President of the Board; and Board members from both churches will help us know more about this remarkable man and the exciting plans for his birthplace.


April 15

Trenton – A Tale of Two Cities

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

Come for an insider understanding of the city of Trenton and many of the challenges and opportunities Trenton currently faces, including the changing demographics and medical state of affairs, among others.

Jane Rohlf Boyer, MD, an internal medicine specialist in Trenton, is also a long-time community activist, enthusiast and supporter. She and her husband Ted know and care deeply about Trenton and about those who live there.

Adriana Abizadeh is the Executive Director of The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund (LALDEF) in Trenton. She is committed to programs and services focused on the well-being of Latin Americans, their civil rights, and access to health care and education.


April 22

Free at Last

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

Come hear Jim McCloskey tell the story of his latest, and one of his “most rewarding” cases. On December 20, 2017, Centurion freed and returned to their eagerly awaiting families three ex-soldiers who had spent 26 years falsely imprisoned for a 1992 Savannah, Georgia murder. From start to finish Jim will walk us through this nonsensical tale of justice going awry and how truth can indeed be stranger than fiction.

Jim McCloskey is a current member of Nassau’s session, and the founder of Centurion Ministries, the Princeton based non-profit that works to free persons who have been wrongly convicted.

 


Retirement on Your Terms

Retirement isn’t a rocking chair and a gold watch anymore. There are nearly as many ways to retire as there are retirees, and what works for one may not be the best solution for another. Join us for a series on successful retirement that addresses questions like when to retire, and the impact of work, familial and community engagement, lifestyle, and faith on quality of life in retirement. (Please note: Financial planning will not be discussed in this series.)


April 15

Factors associated with health and successful aging

9:15 a.m.
Music Room

People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before and many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there’s no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. Come and discuss some of the most important factors associated with healthy aging. Review the health “secrets” of the people leaving in the Blue Zones; areas where people live long and wholesome lives. Participants will have the chance to ask questions on specific “issues” and “difficulties” that they may have faced in their quest to change unhealthy behaviors and attain a healthy lifestyle.

Labros Sidossis is currently Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health, at Rutgers University, USA and Professor of Nutrition at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece. Dr Sidossis’ teaching and research has focused on the mechanisms regulating human health and diseases (e.g obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemias, severe burn injury). He has also studied the factors determining successful aging in populations in the Mediterranean region and the USA.


April 22

Meaning and Purpose As We Age

9:15 a.m.
Music Room

As we age our roles and responsibilities change, but every stage of life presents opportunities for purpose and meaning. Learn strategies for engaging  with others, serving, and deepening our faith that can make our retirement spiritually rich, satisfying and happy.

The Rev. Robin Bacon Hoffman serves as chaplain to the diverse community at Meadow Lakes, a Springpoint Senior Living retirement community in East Windsor. She earned her M.Div. and Th. M. degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary, after careers in chemical engineering and IT consulting. Ms. Hoffman leads a variety of continuing education workshops for Rutgers University School of Social Work, including Positive Aging, Promoting Wellness in Older Adults and Ethics Essentials. She lives in Princeton Jct. with her husband Jeff, not far from her daughters and grandchildren.


1 Corinthians In Depth

Sundays, 9:15 a.m.
Maclean House (Garden Entrance)

George Hunsinger leads a verse-by-verse examination of the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians. In this epistle the Corinthian congregation wrestles with doctrinal and ethical issues in conversation with their “founding pastor,” Paul, and Paul offers compelling good news in his understanding of the cross, the resurrection, worship, and life together in Christian community.

George Hunsinger is Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.


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