Stories from Syria – November 8

Understanding Syria Through Syrian Stories

…an oral history of the Syrian conflict based on interviews with more than 300 displaced Syrians across the Middle East and Europe since 2012.

7:00 p.m., Assembly Room
Nassau Presbyterian Church

Download an Event Poster (pdf)

How can we make sense of the tragedy in Syria? For years, headlines carry reports of ISIS, chemical weapons, refugees drowning in the sea, and one of the worst humanitarian crises of our times. In the rush of breaking news, however, it can be difficult to get the full picture of the whole conflict is about. Called “essential reading” by the New York Times, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria offers that vital background, exclusively in Syrians’ own words. Prof. Wendy Pearlman spent five years carrying out hundreds of interviews with Syrians across the Middle East and Europe to chronicle the origins and evolution of the Syrian war through the stories of ordinary people who have lived its unfolding. Please join Wendy for a discussion about Syria based on her acclaimed new book.

Copies will be available for sale at the event and Wendy will be available briefly afterward to sign them. Copies will also be available between Sunday Services at Nassau Presbyterian Church on October 21, 28, and November 4.

Wendy Pearlman is the Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, where she specializes in Middle East politics. She is the author of four books, as well as dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters. Wendy earned a PhD from Harvard  University and a BA from Brown University, and has conducted research in Spain, Germany, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.


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Celebrate CETANA’s 25 Years on November 2

CETANA 25th Anniversary Celebration

November 2, 2018

Nassau’s mission partner, Cetana Educational Foundation, is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Friday, November 2 at 7:30 pm with a champagne and dessert affair at the D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center on Rosedale Road. The event includes an auction of beautiful Myanmar art and handcrafts (preview items at cetana25.com). Cetana, founded by Nassau member Lois Young and her family, has brought educational opportunities to thousands of Myanmar youth, most recently with its Nassau Church-funded English teacher-training project in Kanpetlet.

Tickets are $100 per person. Contact: Sue Jennings, susancjennings@gmail.com.

Auction Items can be previewed online: cetana25.com

To find out more about CETANA please visit: cetana.org

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Arm in Arm Benefit – October 23

Join Arm In Arm at our annual fall benefit Tuesday, October 23, in the new Stockton Education Center at Morven Museum.

Register or Donate Here

6:30 pm
Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception
Silent Auction opens

7:30 pm
Panel discussion moderated by Peter Fasolo, Chief Human Resources Officer, Johnson & Johnson, and Arm In Arm board member

8:30 pm
Coffee and dessert
Silent Auction concludes

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Nassau’s 1st Annual Water Walk

Water Walk for Villages in Partnership

October 21, 2018

Nassau’s first annual water walk fund raiser to support Villages in Partnership, VIP.
Start time: After second service, wear your walking shoes.
We will provide the buckets for carrying water.

To register for the Water Walk visit: vipwwnassau.everydayhero.do

To find out more about Villages in Partnership please visit: villagesinpartnership.org

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Adult Education – October 2018

October Classes
Theologians for These Times (Assembly Room)
Finding Faith in Literature (Music Room)
Inquirer’s Class for Prospective Members (Niles Chapel)
Colossians In-Depth (Maclean House)
Slavery, Presbyterians, and Princeton (special Noon event)

Download the October brochure: October 2018

Theologians for These Times

October 7

Bonhoeffer and the Question of Compromise (1906-1945)

Mark Edwards

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

Theology has ideals of divine perfection. Politics has real world problems. What’s a disciple to do when Christ isn’t on the ballot? Working from both Bonhoeffer’s systematized Ethics and his spontaneous reflections from prison, we’ll address what he might teach us about confronting political and theological compromise.

Mark Edwards joined Nassau as Director of Youth Ministries in September of 2013. He is a lifelong Presbyterian and holds a PhD (Philosophy and Theology, 2013) from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has been an Assistant of Instruction at Princeton University, and is currently an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey. Mark is married to Janine and they have two children.

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October 14

Contemporary Theologian Russel Botman (1953-2014)

Dirk Smith

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

The South African theologian Russel Botman was internationally known for his many contributions to public life – as student leader during the struggle against apartheid, as influential congregational minister, as ecumenical church leader, as academic theologian, as President of the South African Council of Churches, as Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University, and as leading voice in tertiary education in Africa. His family participated in the life of this congregation when Botman was a Fellow at The Center of Theological Inquiry. One of the founding figures in what is today known as “public theology,” he received the Kuyper Prize in 2014 for his contributions to public life. This class will focus on how faith informed and inspired Botman’s own life of public service – in his own words, his “project of hope.”

Dirk Smit is the Rimmer and Ruth De Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary. Smit came to Princeton from South Africa, where he taught systematic theology at the universities of Western Cape and Stellenbosch, was involved in ecumenical church activities and contributed to public life with both popular and academic writing.

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October 21

Ignacio Ellacuría: Radical Witness to the Kingdom (1930-1989)

Francisco Pelaez-Diaz

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

Why in some instances does witnessing to the Kingdom of God lead to the ultimate sacrifice? How does this sacrifice in some cases become a life-giving inspiration for future generations? The life and work of the Spanish-Salvadoran philosopher and theologian Ignacio Ellacuría represents a clear example of this kind of inspiration for a deep commitment to the work of justice, freedom and the liberation from the social and political conditions that inflict suffering and death. Join Francisco Pelaez-Diaz to learn more about this Latin American theologian, who remains unfamiliar to many in the US, and explore together the answers to these questions.

The Rev. Francisco Pelaez-Diaz is a PhD candidate in Religion and Society at Princeton Theological Seminary. Francisco is originally from Mexico and has worked as an ordained pastor among immigrants in a multiethnic/multiracial PC(USA) congregation in Dayton, Ohio. His dissertation –in progress– Is titled “Migration as a Way of the Cross: Ignacio Ellacuría’s Notion of ‘Crucified Peoples’ for Theological Reframing of Central American Migrant Experience.”

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October 28

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

Peter Paris and Daniel Migliore

9:15 a.m.
Assembly Room

The subject of a high-profile documentary in 2017, An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, and dubbed by Religion & Politics as “Washington’s Favorite Theologian, ” Reinhold Niebuhr was respected by the political left and right. A pastor (Evangelical and Reformed Church) before he was a celebrated theologian and foreign policy expert, Niebuhr wrote prolifically about the self, morality, ethics, politics, the public square, justice and so much more. Join us for a conversation about theologian Reinhold Niebuhr’s legacy and its relevance for our times.

Peter Paris is Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor of Christian Social Ethics Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. Paris is a world-renowned scholar, honored most recently by a collection in his honor, Ethics That Matters: African, Caribbean, and African American Sources. While in Princeton he also worked closely with the Princeton University African American Studies Program. He has also been a Visiting Professor in Harvard University Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary (New York), and Trinity Theological College (Legon, Ghana).

Daniel Migliore is Professor Emeritus of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister, whose broad interests include systematic theology, Karl Barth, the Trinity, and Christology. During his career he taught courses on Christology, the doctrine of God, the theology of Karl Barth, Barth’s Church Dogmatics, and an introductory course on the doctrines and practices of Christian faith. His book Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology has been a standard through three editions. Dan is a “clergy member” of Nassau.

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Ongoing through December 16

In-Depth Bible Study: Colossians

George Hunsinger

9:15 AM
Maclean House

George Hunsinger returns for the 21st year to lead this verse-by-verse examination of Colossians. Bibles are available for use during the class. Find them on the Deacon Desk by the church kitchen. Class meets next door in Maclean House (Garden Entrance).

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Finding Faith in Literature

October 7

Shakespeare and the Bible

Rhodri Lewis

9:15 a.m.
Music Room

Explore Shakespeare’s relationships with, and use of, the text of sacred scripture. Writing before the publication of the King James Version, he relied for the most part on the so-called Geneva Bible, though he occasionally shows awareness of the Vulgate’s Latin. Rather than turning to scripture as a source of truth or meaning as earlier dramatists did, particularly those who wrote the Mystery Plays to which the young Shakespeare was exposed, we find him treating it almost as a source like any other. He thereby explores the tensions about the authority and significance of scripture that dominated so much of English and European public life in the century after Luther posted his 95 theses.

Rhodri Lewis is Senior Research Scholar in English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University, having recently moved from a Professorship of English Literature at the University of Oxford. He remains an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford. His most recent publication is Hamlet and the Vision of Darkness (Princeton UP, 2017), and he is currently at work on two main projects: a short book on Christopher Marlowe, and something much longer on the development of satirical writing between 1500 and 1750.

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October 14

Renewal and Rebirth in Jane Austen’s Persuasion

Deborah Nord

9:15 a.m.
Music Room

Austen’s final completed novel, Persuasion, published posthumously in 1918, tells the story of spinster Anne Elliot’s second chance at happiness with the same man, Captain Wentworth, she had rejected years before. But marriage is never just marriage in Jane Austen. This hugely satisfying love story is also a tale of spiritual renewal and even bodily rejuvenation, and it imagines, at the same time, a kind of renewal and reform of British social relations. Longing for rebirth, for escape from her autumnal and dimming life, Anne Elliot also enacts an escape from outmoded notions of privilege, class, and marriage.

Deborah Epstein Nord is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton. A specialist in Victorian literature and culture, her latest books are Gypsies and the British Imagination, 1807-1930 (2006), and, with Maria DiBattista, At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present (2017). She is currently working on a project about the relationship between 19th-century fiction and the visual arts.

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October 21

Milton’s Paradise Lost

Russell Leo

9:15 a.m.
Music Room

In Paradise Lost John Milton gives an exciting poetic account of the fallen angels, the Creation of humanity (to say nothing of the rest of the universe), and life in Eden before and immediately after the Fall. But to what extent is it Christian, at least in a way that we recognize today? And to what political ends does Milton write? These are some of the abiding questions you will hear addressed in this introduction to Paradise Lost and its milieux.

Russell Leo, originally from Rochester, New York, received his PhD from the Program in Literature at Duke University where he studied Reformation poetics and their impact across seventeenth century Europe. Leo came to Princeton University in 2009, first, as a postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows and, after 2012, as an Assistant Professor in the English Department.

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October 28

Harry Potter Belongs at Church

Debbie Hough

9:15 a.m.
Music Room

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is easily the best-selling and most popular literature series in recent memory. These books are a “portkey” from Harry’s world into the world of the Bible, because they are jampacked with Christian symbols, values, themes, theological ideas and much more. You are invited to put on your spectacles of faith (if they are shaped like Harry’s even better!) and take a look into the wealth of ideas shared in the seven volumes for fans of all ages.

Debbie Hough recently retired as the Director of Christian Education at Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and Princeton Theological Seminary. She is a Harry Potter mini-geek, her favorite character is Professor McGonagall, she’s a Gryffindor and her animagus is a buzzard. And she believes all of this can work together!

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Inquirer’s Class for Prospective Members

October 14, 21, and 28

Lauren McFeaters & the Membership Committee

9:30 a.m.
Niles Chapel

Come explore the meaning of Christian faith, church membership, and the foundations of the Presbyterian Church(USA). Classes are open to anyone wanting to discover more about our church and are required for those who wish to become church members. Your presence and  membership mean everything to us! Contact Lauren McFeaters (lauren@nassauchurch.org, 609-924-0103 x102)

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October 28

Slavery, Presbyterians, and Princeton

Jim Moorhead

12:15 p.m.
Assembly Room

Examine how Presbyterians addressed slavery in the pre-Civil War period. Contrary to what one might suppose, the institution was not confined solely to the South. Slavery still existed in New Jersey, though with dwindling numbers of people in bondage in the early 1800s. Explore Presbyterian responses to slavery here in Princeton–at the college, the seminary, First Church (predecessor of Nassau), and Witherspoon Strett Church.

Jim Moorhead is professor emeritus of American Church history at Princeton Seminary. He became engaged in research on this topic when he wrote two short essays for the university’s online Princeton and Slavery Project, and when he participated in the task force conducting an historical audit of Princeton Seminary’s relationship with slavery. Jim, his wife Cynthia, and their three children are long-time participants in the life of the Nassau congregation.

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Concerts & Recitals – October 2018

Westminster Conservatory Recital
Thursday, October 18

On Thursday, October 18 at 12:15 p.m. Westminster Conservatory presents “The House of Life,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a song cycle on poetry of Dante Gabriel Rosetti.  The performers, Timothy Urban, baritone and Kathy Shanklin, piano are members of the Westminster Conservatory teaching faculty.

On Thursday, November 15 the series will present  High Winds, a trio consisting of Katherine McClure, flute; Melissa Bohl, oboe; and Kenneth Ellison, clarinet.

These free recitals are presented by Westminster Conservatory Faculty at 12:15 PM in Niles Chapel, now in their 17th season.

Westminster Conservatory of Music

Choral Evening Service
The Choirs of Nassau & Witherspoon Presbyterian Churches

Saturday, October 20
5:00 PM, Sanctuary

The choirs of Nassau and Witherspoon will join with soloists, brass, and harp to present Alice Parker’s “Melodious Accord: A Concert of Praise” as part of a service of evening prayer and song on October 20, 5:00 PM at Nassau Church. An offering will be taken in support of the Paul Robeson House.


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Winter Weekend for HS Youth – 2018

Senior High Retreat at Lake Champion, it’s not just for Confirmation Students.

Download the Registration Packet Lake Champion Winter Weekend 2018 Forms Packet (pdf)

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Fall Update from Westminster Presbyterian Church

¡Muchisimas Gracias!

Thanks to Nassau’s love for urban children and youth! Because of your generosity, over 200 backpacks and school supplies were distributed to  children of all races who are a part of Westminster, Get SET After School Program, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF),  Beracah Apostalic Church, and Sprout State University: School of the Arts (K-12).

Seeking the Shalom of the City

By Patrick Jones TrentonDaily

Established in 1898, Westminster Presbyterian Church has been committed to “seeking the shalom of the city” for over 120 years. The church, originally located on Walnut Ave and known as the Walnut Avenue Presbyterian Church, relocated to its current location at 1140 Greenwood Avenue due a need for more space. Ultimately adopting the name Westminster Presbyterian Church, they continued to increase in both population and capacity over the next several decades — a growth that resulted in the construction of a large multi-purpose room known as Cook Hall in 1952, a new sanctuary in 1958, and eventually an adjoining educational building in 1964.

Over time, however, Westminster’s population began to decrease. After some time, the membership slimmed down to a smaller congregation predominantly comprised of Euro-Americans. This, of course, challenged the church with a tough decision. Leave Trenton or adapt? Fortunately, they chose to stay in Trenton and strive to become a house of prayer and praise for people of all nations.

Today, Westminster has a robust and diverse congregation comprised of individuals from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. This transformation was led in part by Pastor Karen Hernandez-Granzen who received her installation in 1995 and has been a staple in the Trenton community. In the early 1990’s the church’s future looked bleak, but today they are seeking the shalom of the city in many profound ways as they prepare to celebrate their 120th anniversary on September 30th.

Every Sunday at 11 am a diverse group of members gather to worship. Anyone, regardless of background, is welcome to attend.

Since 2000, weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm the halls of the education building have been filled with students in grades K-8 receiving nutritious hot meals; daily reading groups designed to foster development of literacy skills led by volunteers from local colleges; S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and manufacturing) enrichment activities; mentoring; and much more. The award-winning program runs according to the Trenton Public Schools calendar. To learn more visit http://www.WPCtrenton.com/ministries/getset.

Every Monday and Wednesday from 7 pm to 8:30 pm Westminster hosts The English School to provide English classes and tutoring for non-English speakers. To learn more visit http://www.WPCtrenton.com/ministries/englishschool.

Every year Westminster, in conjunction with Princeton University, hosts the annual Get SET carnival to celebrate and prepare area students to go back to school. On September 6th, their carnival was filled with various games and activities such as performances by the Trenton Circus Squad, face painting, and more.  Westminster is very grateful that with Nassau Presbyterian Church’s support over 200 backpacks and school supplies with distributed to children of all races from Westminster, Get SET After School Program, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Beracah Apostalic Church; a Hispanic/Latino immigrant church, and Sprout State University, School of the Arts (K thru 12).

To learn more about Westminster Presbyterian Church and their work in the community, visit them online at http://www.WPCtrenton.com/about/ or contact Pastor Karen at karisuhg@aol.com. You can also watch “A Day in the Life of Westminster”  http://www.WPCtrenton.com/video/.

More about TrentonDaily: www.trentondaily.com

In an effort to change the ongoing narrative and perception of our capital city, Greater Trenton will launch a new online publication this fall called TrentonDaily.  The publication will offer content to a wide audience of readers including developers, investors, residents, tourists, businesses, civic leaders and more. Daily content will showcase Trenton’s business assets, economic development initiatives, arts & culture, history, community engagement – and anything else that shines a positive light on the progress, opportunities and benefits of Trenton as a place to live, work and have fun.

About Patrick Jones

Patrick is currently the Project Manager for Greater Trenton which publishes TrentonDaily. Prior to joining Greater Trenton Patrick was a Bonner Community Scholar at Rider University where he was involved in Westminster’s GetSET after-school program which he has been involved with for the past five years.

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Confirmation – Info meeting, Sept 23

Confirmation Information Meeting: Parents & Students
Sunday September 23rd, 2018 10:15-10:45, Niles Chapel

You are invited to join this year’s Confirmation Program! We’ve had a blast over the past few years and people have enjoyed hanging out with each other, talking through the Christian faith, learning scripture, going on retreat with friends, and deciding what they really believe. Typically done in the 9th grade year, Confirmation is open to any in high school who are interested.

Retreats: We will gather for three Saturday evenings over the course of the year. These times will include meals, conversations, and other fun stuff. We ask that students come prepared with a short written work and the memory passages ready to recite. This helps to ensure that everybody has the information they need to talk and think in deeper and more critical ways regarding their perspective on God, the church, and their faith.

Download the Confirmation 2019 – Registration Packet (pdf).

Mentors: Each confirmand is asked to find a mentor who can join in the retreats, meet independently for ice cream, and help with questions and statements of faith.  While this may be an older sibling or aunt or uncle, parents cannot serve as mentors for their own kids since a big part of the confirmation process is gaining an independence of faith.

Lake Champion: The December Senior High Retreat at Lake Champion (this year November 30 – December 2) is a date to put on your calendars now – extended time to ponder, question, and learn – and throw snowballs, jump in a freezing lake, sit around the fireplace with friends…open to all Sr. High students, not only the Confirmation Class.

Important dates: Confirmation Sunday is May 19, 2019 at 10AM (with brunch following). Students will also be expected to participate in the Session Meeting on Thursday, May 16, 7:00-8:30PM.

In years past, those who have gone through the program have been glad they did and we welcome you for the year, and beyond.  Join us for the information meeting to learn more.

I’ll see students this Sunday, 9:15AM, for bagels and such as the Sunday morning program kicks off! If you have any questions about any of the programs for youth at Nassau, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mark Edwards



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Small Groups – Fall 2018

Weary and burdened by a daily dose of news that you only wish you could believe was fake? Tired of living in an age when the Kingdom of Heaven seems like someone’s idea of a cruel joke? Not after signing up for a small group, eight of which return this fall, offering myriad opportunities to strengthen your bonds to the fellowship of love and faith that is Nassau Church.

Find Your Way Back…

…to the hymns, or contemplate how Christian faith is imagined in dystopian literature. Join a study of the brilliant Frederick Buechner, or attempt to unravel some of the mysteries of John’s gospel. Want a preview of next week’s sermon? We’ve got that! And what better time than now to join others in thinking about the Holy Spirit and the Work of Justice, or a study of Simone Weil’s Gravity & Grace. Finally, Ned Walthall returns with another session on the The Sacred Art of Photography, the medium now central to contemporary art, this time focusing on photography and the parables.

Maybe it’s time to do more than read the paper; maybe it’s time to act. Small Groups at Nassau are in the business of transformation: no one remains unchanged, no one.

Sign Up

Sign up in Fellowship beginning Sunday, September 9, or online after Monday, September 10. Books will be available for purchase in Fellowship on Sunday morning or in the church office during regular business hours.

Groups meet weekly for seven weeks.

Available Small Groups

The small groups with spaces available are listed below.

Complete catalogue: 2018 Fall Small Groups (pdf)

Mondays, Oct. 1 to Nov. 12, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Faith in the Future: Christianity in Dystopian Literature

Corrie Berg, leader
Berg Home, Princeton
Light lunch (soup & bread) provided

Come read three classics of dystopian literature and learn how Faith is imagined in the future. What role does the church play in these futuristic societies? Are people imprinted with a desire for God even when religion is outlawed? How does our faith influence our view of the individual? We will spend two sessions discussing each book (about 100-150 pages of reading each week). No literature degree required! Come join this casual, welcoming discussion.

Corrie Berg is the Director of Children’s and Family Ministry at Nassau Presbyterian Church. She loves stories (Bible stories, all stories!) and is a life-long reader who believes that great literature helps us understand out own world and ourselves.

Mondays, Oct. 1 to Nov. 12, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

The Road Goes On

Marshall McKnight, leader
Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church

Join us as we learn, share, pray and laugh with theologian, writer, preacher and faithful servant Fredrick Buechner as our guide. Buechner 101: Essays and Sermons by Frederick Buechner will lead us through a time of sharing that will be memorable and powerful. In the book’s forward, Anne Lamott writes of Buechner, “He writes about listening to your own heart, to the rhythms and narrative of your own life.”

Marshall McKnight, a Nassau Church member since 2011, serves as a deacon and is active on the Mass Incarceration Task Force and the Membership Committee. He was a journalist for seven years and for the last fourteen has worked for the State of New Jersey.

Tuesdays, Oct. 2 to Nov. 13, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

The Gospel of John

John Parker, leader
Tazelaar Home, Princeton

John’s Gospel contains some of the most thought provoking and poetic language in the Bible. Using the slim but superb N. T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guide, come explore the themes of the Gospel of John and its relevance for our lives today.

John Parker is long time member of Nassau Presbyterian Church. He wears many hats, including Elder, Deacon, Sunday School teacher, Youth leader, and Small Group leader. John appreciates Nassau’s Small Groups very much and still marvels that anyone would ask him to lead one. Somehow, with God’s help we all get by.

Wednesdays, Oct. 3 to Nov. 14, 6:30-7:30 a.m.

Listening Ahead of Time: Preparing for Sunday’s Sermon

Dave Davis, leader
Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church
Bring Your Own Breakfast, coffee & tea provided

Join a Bible study on the sermon text for the coming Sunday, examining and probing and drawing relationships with life and mission as followers of Jesus Christ.

Dave Davis has been pastor and head-of-staff at Nassau since the fall of 2000. His PhD in Homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary focused on preaching as a corporate act and the active role of the listener in the preaching event. He has published two sermon collections, A Kingdom You Can Taste and Lord and Teach Us to Pray.

Wednesdays, Oct. 3 to Nov. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Holy Spirit and the Work of Justice

Len Scales, leader
Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church

Prayerfully consider The Brief Statement of Faith and The Belhar Confession, two confessions of the PC(USA). We will also read The Sarasota Statement, a confessional statement written in 2017, and discuss how we are called to affirm our faith in our own contexts.

Len Scales is Chaplain and Executive Co-Director of Princeton Presbyterians of the Westminster Foundation. In 2017 she helped lead the Young Ministry Leader’s Gathering of the Synod of the Northeast on a similar topic. It was a rich time to remember the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s call on the Church to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly.”

Wednesdays, Oct. 3 to Nov. 14, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Simone Weil’s Gravity & Grace

Mark Edwards & Virginia Kerr, leaders
Edwards Home, Kingston

Simone Weil’s radical thinking swept across numerous fronts in theology, politics, philosophy, and in the daily way she cared for others. She has touched those who have sought both justice in human affairs and light in matters of the spirit. Join us in being challenged to live fully and love  gratuitously as we reflect upon her life and work.

Mark Edwards joined Nassau as Director of Youth Ministries in September of 2013. He is a lifelong Presbyterian and holds a PhD (Philosophy and Theology, 2013) from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has been an Assistant of Instruction at Princeton University, and is currently an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey. Mark is married to Janine and they have two children.

Virginia Kerr is a Princeton attorney who has been active in Nassau’s criminal justice missions for almost two decades, first with ABC Prison Literacy and currently with the Mass Incarceration Task Force. She has been an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where she received her J.D. and more recently has taught courses in history at several New Jersey prisons.

Thursdays, Oct. 4 to Nov. 15, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Photography and the Parables

Ned Walthall, leader
Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church
plus 2 optional off-site sessions

In the Gospels, Jesus often used parables to teach. When asked by his disciples why he spoke to them in parables, he talks, among other things, about the paradox of seeing and yet not seeing. “That is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing, they do not see.” (Matthew 13: 13). A great  photograph is like a parable: it enables us to see what it immediately reminds us we haven’t seen. We will ask ourselves how a photograph can function as a parable, examine some of Jesus’ parables, and create photographs to illustrate them.

No special skill or equipment is required, but you’ll be asked to think about the photographs you take and share them with the group. In addition to Thursday nights, there will be two optional sessions, including a Saturday in New York.

Ned Walthall has been thinking about and taking photographs for years. He is the geeky guy with the long lens at coffee hour. He is currently a candidate for an MFA in Photography at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. His work can be seen at nwalthall.tumblr.com.


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