September 8 - October 20
The Poetry of Liberation
Come explore personal and social liberation from the lens of poetry and Scripture.
Leaders: Ed Loring (a founding partner of the Open Door Community) and Pastor Gary Charles
Maya Angelou’s magnificent poem, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” closes:
The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
John 8:36 declares: “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
Come join Ed Loring and Gary Charles as they weave together poetry and Scripture of liberation. Come read and consider how poets have given voice to the wisdom of Jesus that “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Taylor Conference Room (off Tull Fellowship Hall)
Israel/Palestine: Hearing the Voices of Those Seeking Justice
Leaders: Susan Landrum Long, Ann and Rod Hunter
Earlier this summer four Centralites traveled to Israel/Palestine with an Interfaith Peace Builders delegation. Susan, Ann and Rod will report on their experiences hearing from Palestinians and Israelis about the struggles of Palestinians living under Israeli military control and occupation. Using photos and short video clips we hope to fully share our amazing experience with class participants, with a focus on real people and situations that we observed. Topics will include The Wall, Jewish settlements and home demolitions in occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), military law governing Palestinians and civil law governing Israelis, Israeli control of resources in Palestine, boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS), the role of U.S. foreign policy, and the role of religion in this complex and tragic situation. We also will share ideas about how others can participate in the movement to seek justice and end the occupation.
The Community Room (off Tull Fellowship Hall)
A Celebration of Central’s Legacy of Childcare and Education, and Exploration of Social Justice Issues
Varied discussions on aspects of children’s education, development, and social justice
Facilitators: Melanie Bliss and Sarah Cook
This series features members of Central and the Atlanta community with expertise in aspects of child development, education, and social justice for children and families. The series honors the Child Development Center’s 40th anniversary. On the final Sunday, we will host a reception for all, including guests attending the celebration. For a complete list of dates and speakers, click here.
The Parlor (off Tull Fellowship Hall)