Desert Palm’s longstanding commitment to life-long learning is evident in our quarterly offerings. We take on an intentional mix of topics ranging from gender studies to the plight of indigenous peoples around the world.
And what an exciting time to be connected to a progressive educational program! Many progressive Christians are of the opinion that, as the Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we are in the midst of another great period of Reformation today. That’s why we’ve been drawn to books like John Philip Newell’s The Rebirthing of God, and Robert Jones’ The End of White Christian America. Rather than running from the challenges posed by the modern or post-modern world, we relish the opportunity to learn and grow.
We’re also committed to relating our Adult Ed program to issues of social justice and the work of the larger, national Church. When the national Church got behind the movement to rename Columbus Day to “Indigenous People’s Day,” we showed a four-part documentary film series (Standing on Native Ground) that focused on indigenous environmental issues. Similarly when fear-based questions flared up around transgendered persons using public restrooms, we hosted an educational workshop at which transgendered activist Ashton Skinner (and Ashton’s parents) spoke about their engagement with the struggle for LGBT Civil Rights.
So no matter what your area of interest—spirituality, social justice, or the ongoing quest to integrate science and religion—you’ll find something of interest in our lively and ever-changing Adult Ed program.
The Women’s Study group meets twice a month on Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. The group reads about and discusses important women in Church history and philosophy. The newly formed group takes on works such as Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman. You do not have to have attended before or attended each session. Join us when you can for lively discussion and great sharing!