All classes are in the Lounge and meet from 9:15 to 10:15, unless otherwise noted.
February Adult Education:
Strategic Vision for Bradley Hills:
Presentation and Open Discussion of the New Strategic Plan
Come and learn about our strategic vision: our new mission and vision, our goals and objectives, and how we propose to measure our progress over the next five years. As we begin the implementation process, we will only succeed together. We want your input!
- February 5: New Initiatives in the Strategic Vision
Cathie Lutter, Sara Inati, and George Petrides will lead the discussion of how the data were used to generate the current plan. What did the Strategic Visioning Task Force develop as a result of all the data gathered? How can you be part of making it real?
BHPC is working with our partners at the Bethesda Jewish Congregation and the Idara e Jaferia Mosque to sponsor a single refugee family and assist in their re-settlement in the Bethesda area. We are expecting a family in the near future. This Adult Education series will focus on refugee resettlement programs beginning at the federal level and moving to the very local level.
- February 12: Cameron D. McGlothlin, Program Officer with the Refugee Admissions Office in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) at the U.S. Department of State will discuss how our federal government supports refugee resettlement.
- February 19th: "Addressing Refugee Needs - Beyond the Material"
Many refugees arrive here after suffering a strenuous and traumatic journey. This week’s discussion will focus on appreciating refugee emotional and mental health issues and needs, presented by Jennifer Isely, MSW, LGSW, Clinical Case Manager, TASSC International. Jennifer completed her Master’s of Social Work with a clinical concentration from Catholic University in June 2015. During the first year of her graduate program, Jennifer interned at TASSC, where she was incredibly inspired by the survivors she worked with. Before starting her graduate work, Jennifer spent over two years serving in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan working with local women to develop a crisis center for survivors of domestic violence and bride kidnapping. Post-Peace Corps, Jennifer worked for a local nonprofit in the Washington, DC area supporting survivors of human trafficking, and has additional experience counseling survivors of sexual assault.
- February 26th: "How Bradley Hills, Bethesda Jewish Congregation and the Idara e Jaferia Mosque are coordinating efforts to make 'our family' feel at home"
Join us for a panel discussion with representatives of the three faith communities spearheading the effort to re-settle a refugee family in our area.
March Adult Education:
March 5: Lecture and Discussion with Robert P. Jones, Ph.D, M.Div. CEO, PRRI
“Quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year.” —The New York Times Book Review.
Dr. Jones will join us for Adult Education to discuss his latest book, The End of White Christian America. This provocative book outlines the rise and decline of the influence of white Protestant Christians in the cultural fabric of our country. Using findings from extensive PRRI survey reports, the book explores the origins of the anxiety many in the white Christian community feel in the face of a changing racial and cultural landscape in the United States.
Dr. Jones is a noted scholar of religion and public policy and the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles. He is frequently featured on major national media outlets, discussing politics, religion and culture. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University and a Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Full biographical details can be found at http://www.prri.org/staff/robert-p-jones-ph-d/
Additional information on the book can be found at http://www.prri.org/end-white-christian-america/
A limited number of copies of the book, The End of White Christian America, will be available in the Lounge during Adult Education for purchase. It is also available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble online.