Life-long learning opportunities are always available to our residents at Willow Valley Communities. One of our upcoming educational lecture series beginning late in February will explore the teachings of four faith traditions.
Over the course of 4 weeks our residents will have the opportunity to hear speakers on each of four faiths and denominations. Some of the presentations may be in keeping with our knowledge and assumptions. Undoubtedly, there will be much that may be surprising along the way. If you’re a resident, you won’t want to miss this exceptional learning opportunity.
Our Faith Series will feature four lectures:
Judaism: It All Started with Abraham
Presented by Rabbi Jack P. Paskoff, Shaarai Shomayim. Speaking, as we often do, about a Judeo-Christian heritage, and with many Christians being familiar with extensive sections of the Hebrew Bible, there are many assumptions made about Jews and Judaism. Rabbi Paskoff will start at the beginning of Jewish history as we conceive of it to refine our understanding.
Islam: Faith and Practices
Mukaram Syed one of the founding members and part of the Board of Trustees of Islamic Community Center of Lancaster will present an introduction to Islamic faith practices and local community activities of the center.
United Church of Christ as a Voice in the Wilderness
Founded during the years leading up to the Civil Rights Movement, the United Church of Christ has always strived to be a denomination of inclusiveness. It has also been committed to walking the line between autonomy of local congregations and covenant with the denomination as a whole. Rev. Don Fenestre-Marek, will talk about how the UCC draws on the tradition of engaging its members and the culture at large prophetically. His talk will cover ways in which current national and global events are serving as a call to re-examine and renew the Church’s commitment to living out a consistent Christian social ethic.
Unitarian Universalism: Deeds, Not Creeds: Waking Together in Faith
From its origins in the American colonies in the seventeenth century, the faith tradition of Unitarian Universalism is based on covenant, not creed: that is, on agreements for how we walk and work together, not on common belief statements. Rev. Barbara Coeyman, Developmental Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, will explain how “Deeds, Not Creeds” describe this religion which today draws on many theological sources and embraces commitment to social justice as a critical component of UU identity. In addition to UU covenant, residents will learn about Unitarians, Universalists, and UUs in American history whose commitment to radical justice and freedom has been in the forefront of important social change.