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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Philosophy and Religion - Fall 2017                          


Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                  

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Bible Discussion                                          

Thursday                                       PR173002          


Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14

Instructor(s): Rev. Tom Dunkum and June Leslie

This Bible discussion group will start a verse by verse study of the books of I and II Thessalonians followed by the books of I and II Timothy. Newcomers welcome!


Ultimate Philosophy Questions                             

Thursday                                       PR173052          


Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14

Instructor(s): Bryan McChesney

This year-long discussion series will consider some of the important questions philosophers confront, some of which have some type of answers, but many do not.........yet.  We will begin with philosophy, then: 1) “What is Knowledge?”, 2) “Can religion belief be justified?”, 3) “Does God exist?”, 4) “Do we have free will?”, 5) “Could there be an afterlife?”, 6) “What is the nature of the mind?”, 7) “What is morally right and wrong?”, 8) “How should society be organized?”, and other questions about life. In fact, taking this course may even make your life just a little more meaningful.


Socrates Café                                

Wednesday                                   PR173003          


Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 29

Instructor(s): Annebel Lewis

Our ongoing philosophical discussion uses the Socratic Method to discuss questions, topics, or issues through perspectives of various philosophers, from Aristotle to the present, as well as through one's own experiences. The discussions this session will focus on ethics.


Images and Realities of Women in the Bible                                   

Tuesday                                         PR173027          


Oct 17, 24, 31

Instructor(s): Dr. Edward Garrett, Jr.

It has been only in the last 50 years or so that there has been an extensive, detailed study of women and their importance in the telling of the story of the Bible's message. For centuries men were considered the main figures and given top priority in the interpreting of God's story of history and salvation. Here is a rich opportunity to learn the realities of the status and role of women in the Old and New Testaments. We will examine the pictures of women as being "single", "a wife and mother", and "widowed". What was it like to be a woman in the synagogue (and early Church)? Lastly, what were the laws concerning women in marriage and in divorce? ATTENTION: This three week exploration is also geared to help MEN understand the vital contributions women made to the unfolding of God's message. In other words, men are most welcome!


Jewish Bible Interpretation                                    

Thursday                                       PR173053          


Oct 19, 26

Instructor(s): Rabbi Dennis Beck-Berman

This course will explore the many traditional styles of Jewish Bible Interpretation. Students may bring any English Bible translation for use in class.


Comparative Religion Series: Understanding Messianic Judaism                                          

Tuesday                                         PR173018          


Nov 14, 21, 28

Instructor(s): Gail Bobrowitz

In response to many requests of LLI members who participated in a recent survey, a series of classes on the religious traditions of several world religions will be offered in 2017. We will continue our exploration with a look at Messianic Judaism. The course will explore four areas: (1) Its History and Background Sources; (2) Its Religious Beliefs; (3) Its Leadership, Authority, and Organization; and (4) Its Customs and Rituals.


Christmas Carol Stories and a Musical Celebration                                     

Thursday                                       PR173031          


Dec 7

Instructor(s): Dr. Edward Garrett, Jr. and Diana C. Greer

Are you looking to put a little sparkle into your Christmas celebration? Here is a rich opportunity to add some joy and meaning to the stories of your favorite Christmas carols. We will discover some fascinating and interesting twists to traditional carols, such as, "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing", "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", and "Joy to the World". Plus, we will learn about some new carols, such as "Mary, Did You Know?". We are blessed to have one of Richmond's most talented musicians, Diana Greer, to lead us in the playing and singing of your favorite requests. Mark your calendar now and register to be a part of this special Christmas class!


About Fees
Your Lifelong Learning Institute membership gives you access to all of LLI classes and trips, most without any additional costs. There are some classes and trips which require additional fees. Where there are additional fees, those fees must be paid at the time of registration. Fees can be paid by check, cash or credit card. If paying by check, please clearly indicate the classes and trips being covered.