The Adult Education program at All Souls plays a significant role in the life of the congregation and includes a variety of experiences overseen by the Adult Education committee. The goal is to provide a rich assortment of explorations that deepen our understanding of the spiritual and religious dimension of our lives as exemplified in the practices and theological understanding of several traditions including Unitarian-Universalism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.
We are able to draw upon the resources of our own congregation as well as those of institutions of higher education in the New York City area as we seek to promote a deeper engagement with our own spiritual and moral imagination. At the heart of this program are the two Adult Education sessions we conduct each Sunday morning. The program is augmented by monthly explorations of topical issues (Lifelines Center), and by other weekday discussion groups that explore Biblical literature, sacred poetry, and spiritual practices. Finally we also sponsor seminars that focus on personal life issues like facing serious illness, depression, or living with the loss of loved ones.
THE LIFELINES CENTER
Founded in the fall of 1999, the Center’s mission is to create an environment where people can engage with one another face to face around the issues that most deeply touch our lives, helping to build meaningful community through dialogue and creative interchange.
The Center sponsors lecture programs held in Reidy Friendship Hall at All Souls: hour-long presentations by speakers (free and open to the public) preceded by refreshments and followed by a discussion. Past speakers have included Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Gary Hart, Geoffrey Canada, Katrina vanden Heuvel, William Sloane Coffin, Eugenie Scott, Dan Wakefield and Cornel West.
If you would like more information on the Adult Education Program and the Lifelines Center, please email Rev. David Robb or call (212) 535-5530.