Recordings of previous Adult Classes

Previous Adult Learning Classes

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Peacemaking in a Divided Country

Special guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Bill Shaw leads a discussion about peacemaking and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Rev. Shaw is the Executive Director of the 174 Trust in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Bill Shaw.  Recorded March 10,  2024 

The Art of Dying Well

How do we approach the inevitable event of our death? Most don't know that there are options to take dying into their own hands. Hear stories from congregation members whose loved ones were faced with a difficult, terminal diagnosis and how they chose to be in charge of the way their lives would end. While this is a very heavy topic, we'll find joy, strength, love and encouragement. Books referenced: The Art of Dying Well by Katy Butler; Choosing to Die, a Personal Story by Phyllis Shacter; The VSED Handbook by Kate Christie.

Speakers: Carol Heath, Betsy Brittle, Rev. Karin Hejmanowski.  Recorded February 25,  2024 

The Opioid Epidemic: A Community Response

The opioid epidemic is one of the deepest challenges in country. Come learn about the roots of this epidemic, how to respond to an opioid emergency, and how to build safer communities. The goal is to equip and inspire anyone toward practical action amid this national crisis.

Speaker: Joe Lyon, NP.  Recorded February 11,  2024 

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement - Session 4

In this four-part series, we highlight three events in this movement: the Montgomery bus boycott, the Birmingham campaign, and the march on Selma. We discuss the role of the church in this movement and the theology of Dr. King. The presenters are Jim Bennett, Barry Vickrey, and Bill Prior.

Topic: Dr. King's Theology.  Jim Bennett, speaker. Recorded January 28,  2024 

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement - Session 3

In this four-part series, we highlight three events in this movement: the Montgomery bus boycott, the Birmingham campaign, and the march on Selma. We discuss the role of the church in this movement and the theology of Dr. King. The presenters are Jim Bennett, Barry Vickrey, and Bill Prior.

Topic: March on Selma.  Bill Prior, speaker. Recorded January 21,  2024 

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement - Session 2

In this four-part series, we highlight three events in this movement: the Montgomery bus boycott, the Birmingham campaign, and the march on Selma. We discuss the role of the church in this movement and the theology of Dr. King. The presenters are Jim Bennett, Barry Vickrey, and Bill Prior.

Topic: Letters from a Birmingham Jail.  Barry Vickrey, speaker. Recorded January 14,  2024 

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement - Session 1

In this four-part series, we highlight three events in this movement: the Montgomery bus boycott, the Birmingham campaign, and the march on Selma. We discuss the role of the church in this movement and the theology of Dr. King. The presenters are Jim Bennett, Barry Vickrey, and Bill Prior.

Topic: Overview. Bill Prior, speaker. Recorded January 7,  2024 

Adults with Disabilities in Higher Education

Learn how the College of Adaptive Arts at West Valley College in Saratoga is transforming the lives and perceptions of adults with disabilities. Co-founder & Executive Director DeAnna Pursai was named a 2022 CNN Hero

Speaker: DeAnna Pursai.  Recorded November 5,  2023 

Middle East Perspectives

Speaker: Rev. Debbie Whaley (Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, OH)

3-part lecture series "How Did We Get Here?" — 1. the Jewish narrative (link), 2. the Palestinian narrative (link), 3. the Arab Christian narrative (link).

Nov. 1, 8 & 15, 2023 

The Camino de Santiago: Experiences from a Modern Day Pilgrimage

Speakers: Linda Andersson & Jeff Reilly

October 15, 2023

The Gospel According to John - Session 4

Speaker: Dr. William Prior

October 1, 2023

The Gospel According to John - Session 4

Speaker: Dr. William Prior

October 1, 2023

The Gospel According to John - Session 3

Speaker: Dr. William Prior

September 24, 2023

The Gospel According to John - Session 2

Speaker: Dr. William Prior

September 17, 2023

The Gospel According to John - Session 1

Speaker: Dr. William Prior

September 10, 2023

The Problem With Christian Nationalism: Part 2

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jim Bennett

May 21, 2023

The Problem With Christian Nationalism: Part 1

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jim Bennett

May 7, 2023

Racial Wealth Gap Simulation

Speaker: David Gist, Senior Regional Organizer for Bread for the World

April 24, 2023

God and Big Tech

Speaker: Rev. Annanda Barclay

January, 2023

Theo Ed Talk # 1

Speaker: Dr. Amy-Jill Levine

Fall, 2021

Theo Ed Talk # 2

Speaker: Dr. Wil Gafney

Fall, 2021

Theo Ed Talk # 3

Speaker: Austin Channing Brown

Fall, 2021

SVPC Youth 2021 College Panel

Led by: Keyla Zorzella and Marsha Dyslin

March, 2021

Additional Resources here.

Romans Class Session 1

Speaker: Dr. Bill Prior

June, 2020

Romans Class Session 2

Speaker: Dr. Bill Prior

June, 2020

Romans Class Session 3

Speaker: Dr. Bill Prior

June, 2020

Romans Class Session 4

Speaker: Dr. Bill Prior

June, 2020